Director of Music


Sydenham High School

Job summary

Sydenham High School
Competitive salary plus benefits
Job Role:
Classroom teaching, Instrumental or vocal teaching, Management
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional and inspirational candidate to lead the Music Department at Sydenham High School from September 2020.

We are seeking to appoint an accomplished musician with energy and vision to lead our Music Department through to the next stage of its development. A proven track-record in leadership is preferable, but not essential, and the ideal candidate must be driven by a firm ambition to ensure that Music is central to the life of the School.  

The Director of Music will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Department, both academically and from a co-curricular perspective and the successful candidate will have a genuine passion for Music, providing and facilitating opportunities for girls to participate in the musical life of the school, as well as developing elite musicians.  

Our pupils enjoy success across a diverse range of instruments, groups and ensembles. The Department has its own purpose built accommodation and is endowed with an impressive Recital Hall.  

As Director of Music, the right candidate will play a pivotal role in continuing to build the reputation and profile of Music at Sydenham High School, to help ensure that it continues to be a first choice for parents and girls in the area. 

Why Sydenham High School

Established in 1887, Sydenham High is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18 with over 600 pupils. Situated in the leafy suburbs of South-East London and with excellent transport links, the community at Sydenham High School benefits from excellent facilities and is a warm, happy and welcoming place to work. This is an exciting time to join the school with a new Headmistress in post driving positive change and renewed momentum.

The school is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the leading and largest group of independent girls’ schools in the UK. The GDST is at the forefront of education for girls and has a strong voice in promoting opportunities for young women.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a strong professional development programme.  These benefits include:

• Competitive salaries and pay progression

• Access to extensive professional development opportunities

• Training grants for qualifications

• Generous pension schemes

• Free school lunches

• A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools


For full details and an application pack please click the apply button.

Alternatively, please contact or the School Office on 0208 557 7000.

Applications should be received by 12 noon, Friday 17 January 2020, with first and second round interviews scheduled to take place immediately.

References for candidates invited to interview will be taken before interview.  

GDST are committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening will apply to this post.

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