Head of Academic Music


Winchester College

Job summary

Winchester College
Job Role:
Classroom teaching
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint an exceptional Head of Academic Music, starting in September 2024.  The Head of Academic Music is a full-time member of the Music Department and will be expected to play a full part in the life of the College as a whole. They will be influential in inspiring and developing our pupils and leading the academic programme under the overall direction of the Director of Music.  

The Head of Academic Music reports to the Director of Music who has overall responsibility for music in the College. They will join a large and thriving department of seven other music staff, two administrative staff and 50+ visiting music teachers.

Academic Music is a popular subject within a school which enjoys high-level instrumental playing and an enjoyment of singing amongst the pupils. Current academic music numbers are very healthy; 19 pupils are currently undertaking A-level, with almost 60 pupils undertaking IGCSE, and with over half the Year 9 cohort selecting Music.  

About Winchester College

The school was founded by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382. Winchester College is a boarding and day school of over 700 pupils. In September 2022, the College welcomed 40 day boys and girls into the Sixth Form, and will continue to do so over time, expanding the entry each year to include girl boarders in due course. 

Situated in the heart of Winchester and within easy reach of London, there are few schools in the world which can claim to be as historic, distinguished, and beautiful as Winchester College.

Terms and Applications 

Winchester College has its own generous salary scale and benefits package, and the postholder will receive remuneration commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefits include a generous pension scheme and private health care, with wider support available for wellbeing and development.   

For full details on the above post and to apply please click here

Closing date for applications: Monday 26 February 2024 at 12 Noon.    

Only applications completed on the school website will be accepted. Please attach a full CV and covering letter with your application. 

Please note that applications will be dealt with as they arrive. Winchester College reserves the right to close the application process early should a suitable candidate be found.

Interviews are expected to take place on 7 March 2024.  

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the recruitment process, please email recruitment@wincoll.ac.uk 

Diversity and Inclusion

We embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are committed to promoting a fair and supportive environment for all our employees and volunteers.  We are seeking to attract a diversity of talent at all levels, so that our pupils understand and benefit from the breadth and depth of such a diverse community.  This means recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent.


Winchester College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children: applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, and obtaining an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services certificate.  Staff will receive appropriate safeguarding training which is regularly updated.


Both staff and pupils at Winchester College are committed to being the most sustainable school possible. You can learn more about our goal of creating a more sustainable school here

Further information

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Sarah Baldock, Director of Music -srb@wincoll.ac.uk.

Further information about the school can be found at www.winchestercollege.org

(No agencies please)     


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