Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire
We are seeking an outstanding, inspirational musician to lead curricular and co-curricular Music as Director of Music at Skegness Grammar School, joining the growing team of Music Specialists at one of the country’s leading multi-academy trusts.
The development of the Trust’s Music strategy since 2015, under the leadership of Simon Toyne as Executive Director of Music, has seen an ever- increasing and ambitious programme of musical learning taking place across the Trust’s 34 primary and secondary academies. Partnerships with local music hubs and organisations including The Voices Foundation, Nevill Holt Opera, Apollo5 and the National Youth Orchestra are bringing music into the mainstream of everyday school life – the Trust’s Singing Schools programme, developed with The Voices Foundation, has brought significant whole-school transformation and recently won the Excellence in Early Years / Primary Award at the National Music Teacher Awards; Nevill Holt Opera’s Bel Canto project has seen over 100 secondary students learn bel canto repertoire, receiving regular coaching from NHO artists; while the Trust’s Choral Course Choir, with singers drawn from across all academies, will perform in the Gabrieli Roar residential and commercial recording this summer conducted by Paul McCreesh.
Skegness Grammar School is a high-achieving academic school, and we want to develop the music provision at the school to be among the finest in the state sector. The Music Department is housed in its own block of classrooms, practice rooms and recording studio, and a team of teachers from Lincolnshire Music Service delivers vocal and instrumental tuition. Last year, all of Year 7 and 8 learnt brass instruments as part of a project devised by the Trust with LMS, and students performed at the National Brass Band Festival. Musical ensembles include the school choir, brass band, soul band and smaller instrumental groups, as well as flourishing rock and pop groups and informal music making.
It is the only school in the local area to offer both GCSE and A Level Music, with the offer guaranteed for the foreseeable future, and we expect music to play a significant part in the future development of the school in the local community.
This post is an exciting prospect for an ambitious music teacher who is passionate about the role that music can and should play in our schools, and who wants to play a practical part in the shaping of music education over the coming years. Aspiration and inspiration are the vital qualities that will differentiate the successful candidate from others with equally strong musical and educational credentials. In addition to leading music at the school, the post involves a Trust-wide role developing a vibrant secondary music curriculum across all schools, ensuring that all students are encountering and accessing musical excellence (not just confined to lesson-time), and will involve working closely with the Executive Director of Music, Secondary Music Lead (South), Primary Music Leads and the Cultural Enrichment Team.