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Graduate Organist

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Organist to join our outstanding Music Department. You will play daily in Chapel as well as teaching piano and organ and supporting the superb, wide ranging programme of the Department.

The School

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London

St Mary’s Calne is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education. It has around 365 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form. As well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community.


St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects. As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance. The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne. These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.


An exciting new role has been created within our outstanding Music Department for a Graduate Organist. The Graduate Organist will play the organ each morning in Chapel, teach 1:1 piano and organ lessons and make a positive contribution to the delivery of Music throughout the school, both academically and as part of an exciting extra curricular Music programme.

The Music Department is based in a purpose built block which is well equipped with instruments, PCs, up to date teaching resources and a recording studio. In addition to curriculum music, around 75% of pupils take individual instrument or singing lessons and there are currently around 30 Music and Choral Scholars.

Music holds an important place at the heart of St Mary’s Calne featuring prominently in events such as Confirmation, Carol Service and Founders’ Day. The department works to develop individual talents, while seeking to bring the whole community together through music. Each year there is a vigorous programme of concerts and events and a number of collaborations with other prestigious institutions regularly feature.

Ideally, the successful candidate will take on some boarding duties and in exchange for this, suitable accommodation will be provided.

Person Specification - essential

• University graduate

• Excellent sight-reading skills at the piano and organ

• Excellent communication skills in relation to colleagues, pupils and parents

• Dedication to working with young people

• Proficient IT skills

• Ability to use initiative and work independently

• A ‘team-player’ with readiness to take on projects and initiatives in the life of a busy music department

• Flexibility with regards commitments on evenings and at weekends

• Willingness to participate in the wider life of a boarding school

• Desire to develop professionally on a continuing basis

Person Specification - desirable

• Experience of teaching 1:1 piano or organ lessons

• Holder of ARCO or FRCO qualification

How to Apply

For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website

Telephone 01249 857200 (Karen Turner)


Closing date: Midday, Monday 10th February 2020


Further Information

Full-time | Fixed Term
10 February 2020 Closing Date
63 Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF
70 (11-18) Day Girls
290 (11-18) Boarding Girls

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