Subject Leader - Music

Banstead Preparatory School |

We are looking for an enthusiastic Subject Leader in Music to join the team at Banstead Prep School permanently, on a part time basis.

Banstead Preparatory School is a co-educational prep school and nursery, educating around 250 girls and boys aged 2-11. Set on the outskirts of the village of Banstead, Surrey, there are good transport links to London and the South East.

Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to offer the broadest range of opportunities as part of an engaging, innovative and exciting curriculum, helping us to set the highest possible ambition for every child, and get the best from everyone.

Education with character is the ethos that sits at the very heart of our school and forms the core of what we believe. There’s more to a good education than learning – we work to develop our children’s characters, build their tenacity, foster courage and above all, inspire them to achieve excellence.

Banstead Prep isn’t a feeder for any particular senior school, we work to help parents identify aspirational but realistic school choices. We prepare the children through broad curriculum teaching within the normal school timetable to ensure every child leaves us for their senior school of choice feeling valued, prepared, confident and ready to thrive.

Salary: United Learning Pay Scales

Closing Date: Noon, 13 November 2019

Interviews: 21 November 2019

Start Date: ASAP

The role

Job Purpose:

An exciting opportunity to lead in the design of an engaging and challenging curriculum that inspires children to appreciate Music and its application. This role requires an outstanding and confident classroom practitioner of Music who is able to demonstrate the very highest standards of teaching.

Reporting Line: Senior Leadership Team

Part-time post, minimum 3 days a week

Permanent Role

Main Duties

This job description indicates the range of duties involved, it is not intended to be all-inclusive and requires the post-holder to be flexible and show initiative. The post holder may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the school.


Ensure that the vision for the School is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon

Attend all major school events and those within the wider community

Display a high standard of professional behaviour and integrity, at all times

Actively establish excellent relations and build a professional rapport with parents and visitors to the school

Demonstrate excellent organisational skills

Foster the development of a positive and supportive ethos for learning, including social responsibility

Key Responsibilities:

To lead and develop a vibrant and successful music department, teaching all year groups including Nursery to Year 6, using a variety of resources

To provide a nurturing classroom and environment, setting the highest standards for pupils to develop a love of learning and music

To contribute to the effective working of the school

To support and prepare pupils to apply for music scholarships at senior schools

To manage, and recruit when necessary, a team of visiting peripatetic music teachers, liaise on timetables and maintain consistently high standards of tuition and exam results

As a Music Lead Teacher you will lead on the following areas:

Disseminating Subject Knowledge

Devise and maintain an exciting, innovative and inclusive curriculum for Music, including whole class instrumental teaching.

Integrate the use of Music Technology for example, using Soundtrap and iPads with KS2

Attend relevant training sessions and network meetings to keep up to-date-with any curriculum or assessment changes, and to disseminate new information to colleagues accordingly

Use the classroom as a place to innovate and try new ideas which can then be later shared with colleagues

Subject Development

Manage and lead a diverse range of extra-curricular activities in Music, for example Orchestra; KS2 choir; Pre Prep choir; Ukulele; Rock guitar; Acoustic guitar; Music theory and Recorder club.

Ensure that all ensembles are prepared and confident to perform at concerts, assemblies and whole school events on a regular basis

Lead singing assemblies and provide musical items, and singing for whole school assemblies

Organise school trips, including participating in large scale United Learning music events; participate in music events at local senior school's music days and visits to see professional performances

Develop a curriculum skills map across the whole school for Music

Develop Schemes of Work for Music

Supporting Colleagues

Teach demonstration lessons for colleagues to share best classroom practice

Support colleagues with planning to enable them to deliver consistently good lessons

Observe teachers and offer supportive and instructional feedback

Lead whole school CPD sessions according to need

Support colleagues to deliver targeted intervention

Ensure that regular assessments take place on time

Help plan, implement and direct the school's musical productions, alongside colleagues

Plan and assist with other events, such as: Harvest Festival, EYFS and KS1 Nativity plays, Carol Service, Grandparents' Day, Concerts for each year group, musical items for Prize Giving

Monitoring and Assessment

Analyse and track pupil progress through assessment data, set targets, monitor data and report writing

Highlight any gaps which need to be addressed

Monitor pupils outcomes for consistency and in line with the music policy

Monitor weekly planning

Moderating and standardising

Report on data, progress, attainment and staff development

Wider Community

Run workshops to inform parents of the school practice and development to enable them to support their child at home

Organise guest speakers, performances, concerts and activities to promote the subject

Positively promote Music across the school

Oversee whole school displays that promote the subject

Evaluate the impact of your work through data analysis, questionnaires, monitoring visits, etc


To undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher

To undertake the main professional duties of a teacher

To uphold all School polices with consistency and diligence

To undertake, and when required, deliver or be part of the appraisal system and relevant training and professional development



Good honours degree in Music

Qualified to teach and work in the UK


Experience of raising attainment of all pupils

Experience of reflecting on and improving teaching practice to increase student achievement

Evidence of continually improving teaching and learning in their year group through schemes of work, assessment and extra-curricular activities etc


Up to date knowledge in of the curriculum, including the EYFS

Understanding of the strategies needed to establish consistently high aspirations and standards of results and behaviour

Personal Attributes

A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people

High levels of personal and professional integrity

Personal warmth, good rapport with pupils, colleagues and parents

Appropriate levels of personal presentation

A team player with leadership qualities

A reflective and flexible approach

Organized and able to self-direct

Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude

Ability to think creatively and imaginatively

Committed to the School’s ethos

High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct

Committed to representing the strategic vision for the School

Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the School

Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Full Job Description/Person Specification attached.

You must also have evidence of the right to work in the UK (i.e. Passport or working visa).

Banstead Preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other relevant pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and medical clearance.

United Learning

Banstead Preparatory School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.


Further Information

Full-time | Part-time
13 November 2019 Closing Date
United Learning Payscales
Sutton Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3RA
146 (2-11) Day Boys
92 (2-11) Day Girls

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