Peripatetic Piano Teacher (maternity cover)


Surbiton High School

Job summary

Surbiton High School
Job Role:
Instrumental or vocal teaching
Contract Type:
Fixed term contract
Part Time
Expiry Date:

About the job

Start Date:  September 2022

Key Responsibilities:

  • To provide high-quality individual instrumental tuition to allocated students 
  • To plan individual lessons that set challenging teaching and learning objectives which are relevant to the pupils taught
  • To select and prepare resources including repertoire
  • To monitor and assess pupil progress
  • To report on pupils’ attainment orally and in writing
  • To teach appropriately for the age and ability range of the pupils
  • To provide pupils with practice strategies, to extend work in lessons and encourage pupils to make music independently
  • To have high expectations of pupils and build successful relationships centered on teaching and learning
  • To organise and manage teaching and learning time effectively
  • To actively contribute to the wider musical life of the School through recruitment of students and involvement with ensembles, concerts and other performances as required
  • To promote and foster a culture of excellence, commitment and aspiration in the Music Department
  • To maintain accurate attendance records
  • To organise a timetable that adheres to the rota system in operation
  • To write a report detailing pupils’ progress and achievement on an annual basis
  • To organise and administer examination entries

 Person Specification

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:


  • Music degree or diploma with specialism in Piano
  • Evidence of further relevant instrumental or teaching qualifications would be an advantage


  • Excellent performance skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both in written and spoken English
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good ICT skills
  • Sound judgement and the ability to take decisions


  • Relevant instrumental teaching experience
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels 
  • Experience of collaborating with colleagues
  • Other relevant music experience incorporating: performance, conducting, rehearsing groups/ensembles 


  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative instrumental teaching and the latest developments and initiatives

Personal Qualities

  • Warm and personable approach: a positive rapport with pupils
  • High levels of discretion and confidentiality and awareness of data protection
  • High standards of personal presentation 
  • High degrees of self-confidence, personal energy and dynamism
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to pupils and parents
  • Ability to sustain a positive working relationship with pupils, parents and other staff 
  • Ability to inspire students across a wide age range
  • A passion for excellence


  • A reflective and flexible approach 
  • Organized, energetic, positive and able to self-direct
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct

To Apply

Closing date for Applications:                                        8:00am, Tuesday 7 June 2022

interview day to be confirmed,

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

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