Peripatetic Teacher of Clarinet

Kingston upon Thames

Surbiton High School

Job summary

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

About the job

Job Purpose: To inspire, encourage and empower pupils to achieve their very best in the subject of Clarinet. You will be teaching across a broad range of ages at Surbiton High School. As a one of 27 peripatetic staff in the Music Department, you will be expected to commit fully to your allocated teaching hours and embody the school’s ethos.

Reporting Line:                  Head of Instrumental Music

Start Date:                          September 2021

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 verbally 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 centred 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 attend the VMT Annual General Meeting, Parents’ Evening and INSET as directed by the Head of Instrumental Music.
  • To organise and administer examination and platform concert entries

Person Specification

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


  • Good Honours degree (Performance/Teaching degree preferred but not essential)
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development would be an advantage


  • The ability to lead, inspire, motivate and support pupils and colleagues
  • The ability to teach clarinet lessons in a wide range of styles, age ranges and abilities
  • Excellent organisational, administrative, communication and ICT skills


  • A proven track record of delivering on musical attainment through instrumental teaching
  • Evidence of successful, inspiring and innovative teaching at all levels 
  • Experience of leading and collaborating with colleagues


  • Up-to-date knowledge of successful and innovative teaching and ability to share best practice with colleagues
  • An awareness and ability to teach using various syllabi, such as ABRSM, Trinity College London, LCM and MTB.

Personal Qualities

  • High levels of personal and professional integrity
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Personal warmth to gain the confidence of pupils, staff and parents
  • Positive rapport with pupils
  • High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of stakeholders


  • A dynamic and effective team player
  • A reflective and flexible approach 
  • Organised, energetic, positive and able to self-direct
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct
  • Committed to representing the Senior Leadership Team’s strategic vision for the School
  • Ambitious and aspirational for oneself and for the school
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

 To Apply

Please apply online via the link on the TES or our School website 

Closing date for Applications:                                    Monday 17 May at 12pm             

Interviews to be held on:                                  Friday 21 May & Monday 24 May          

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

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