Teacher of Music

County Durham

Barnard Castle School

Job summary

Barnard Castle School
Dependant on experience
Job Role:
Classroom teaching, Conductor or musical director, Instrumental or vocal teaching, Administration, Performing, Graduate
Contract Type:
Full Time
Expiry Date:

About the job





Barnard Castle School is looking to appoint an energetic, enthusiastic and inspiring Teacher of Music to join our Music Department in September 2022/January 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in both the Prep and Senior Schools and contribute fully to department life. This is a full-time role.


At the heart of the music department is the firm belief that every child is a musician, and we aim to cultivate a culture in which all pupils enjoy making music on a weekly basis. Every single pupil in the school takes part in weekly singing sessions, and a high proportion of pupils learn one or more instruments. There is a broad range of instrumental and choral ensembles for pupils to take part in, and music is taught at both GCSE and A Level.


The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, well-organised, and keen to motivate and inspire young musicians of all abilities. They will have consistently high expectations of themselves and their pupils and should demonstrate excellent classroom management and pastoral skills. The ability to play the organ and piano to a high standard alongside strong sight-reading skills would be particularly welcome, but candidates with a high level of playing in non-keyboard instruments are still encouraged to apply.


Barnard Castle School has its own salary scale, as well as a generous Pension Scheme and a reduction in school fees. There is also the possibility of on-site accommodation available for single occupancy.


The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 6th June 2022 at 5pm. Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 13th June 2022.


For an Applicant Information Pack please visit our website



 Job Title: Teacher of Music

 Reporting to: Director of Music


School and Department values and ethos


  • To work as part of a team, in harmony with and for the furtherance of the school’s ethos and declared educational aims and priorities;
  • To assist the Director of Music in the delivery of the Departmental Plan for music, helping to cultivate a happy and ambitious department in which every child is a musician;
  • Oversee a tutor group in the Senior School.



  • To teach an exciting, diverse and relevant curriculum to pupils in the Prep and Senior Schools;
  • To be aware of the need to differentiate work and challenges according to the ability of the pupils, whilst maintaining high expectations of all and taking full account of any Special Educational Needs;
  • Contribute to the preparation and writing of Schemes of Work, teaching materials, teaching programmes, methods of teaching and assessment;
  • To provide pupils with regular feedback and encourage them to reflect and respond to this feedback;
  • To provide parents with written reports on their students’ work and progress according to current school policy and to attend parents’ meetings;
  • To report in a timely manner any concerns about students and their learning progress to the appropriate colleague.




  • To participate fully in the wider life of the Music Department, and provide inspirational musical opportunities to pupils of all ages and abilities;
  • To rehearse and direct ensembles in both the Prep and Senior Schools;
  • To support and take part in ensembles as requested by the Director of Music;
  • To contribute to Barnard Castle School’s broad and active co-curricular activities programme.


Other Responsibilities

  • To assist in the day-to-day running of a busy music department;
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks;
  • Accompany for concerts and rehearsals (if a keyboard player);
  • Accompany the Chapel Choir and play for Chapel Services (if an organist);
  • To take responsibility for one’s continuing professional development and, to this end, to participate in Development and Review procedures as directed by the Headmaster;
  • To take a share of supervising duties, invigilation and cover for absent colleagues;
  • To be responsible for the supervision, control and proper use of teaching rooms, materials and resources, and to have regard to health and safety issues and regulations;
  • To attend weekly staff meetings and other meetings that may be called from time to time, as required by the Headmaster;
  • Undertake any other reasonable tasks required by the Headmaster and/or Director of Music in association with this role.


Candidate Specification


Essential Criteria:


  • A good honours degree in Music or equivalent;
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils;
  • Experience of delivering outstanding lessons to pupils of varying ages and abilities;
  • Experience of supporting pupils of varying ages and abilities to make excellent progress;
  • Experience of directing/conducting ensembles;
  • A proven track record as a highly capable instrumentalist;
  • Ability to communicate a passion for Music to young people;
  • Professional appearance and demeanour;
  • Enthusiastic about working in a school environment and with young people;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Good IT Literacy;
  • Team-player and enthusiastic about music-making at the school.


Desirable Criteria:


  • A record of and commitment to continuing professional development;
  • Possession of QTS;
  • Strong keyboard skills/experience as an organist and pianist;
  • A willingness to contribute to boarding: single-person accommodation may be available for those who undertake boarding duties;
  • The ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with all members of the school community;
  • Sympathy with the Christian values of the School and the nature of working in a boarding environment.





If you feel that you can meet the above requirements, then please submit a letter of application along with the Barnard Castle School application form to the Headmaster. Only applications containing the requested information will be considered.


Applications should be sent to:


Mr A C Jackson


Barnard Castle School

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8UN


Phone: 01833 696081

Fax: 01833 638985

E-mail: hr@barneyschool.org.uk


Deadline: Monday 6th June at 5pm

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 13th June


Applicants should read carefully the application procedure – guidance for applicants, Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders and the Disclosure policy and the Safer Recruitment policy.


Barnard Castle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all applicants will undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS and Barred list check with Disclosure and Barring Service.

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