The Read School has the following vacancies as listed below:
Peripatetic Teacher of Stringed instruments
Required or as soon as possible
The Read School is a small, coeducational, school with a boarding ethos, located in the quiet setting of Drax village and taking children from the ages of 3 – 18. It boasts a proud history, having been founded nearly 350 years ago by Sir Charles Reade, a local lawyer and philanthropist. Currently it has some 235 pupils of whom some 35 are boarders. There is a strong emphasis on first class pastoral care and the aim of the school is to provide an education that is ‘caring, inspiring and fun’.
The school has a good reputation in the local area. Virtually all pupils progress from the Prep School to the Senior School. The children work in small classes and this ensures individual attention by well-qualified staff. We are broadly non-selective and a wide range of ability exists in the school. There is a good balance between the academic and co-curricular elements of education.
There have been steady building developments over the last ten years, including a new building providing changing rooms completed in November 2006 and the Creative Arts Centre for design technology, art and food/nutrition opened in January 2009. The science laboratories were refurbished in 2010. In the summer of 2011, the Pre-Prep was moved onto the main school site and the Sports Hall was impressively upgraded following a donation from a generous former pupil. A continuing programme of refurbishment and development of existing buildings ensures continuous improvements to our facilities for the benefit of all pupils. A Pre-School nursery, taking pupils from aged 2 was opened in September 2012.
In the spring of 2017 a new and dedicated building for the teaching of music was opened, as part of the 350 anniversary celebrations. The modern light building is comprised of a teaching classroom for general music lessons with state of the art electronic equipment, three practice rooms, an office and storage space.
There are seventeen acres of playing fields, a covered and heated swimming pool and an Astro-turf playing area. The principal games for boys are rugby, football and cricket; and for girls netball, hockey and rounders. Additionally, athletics, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, swimming, tennis and archery all feature in the games and activities programme. There is an active CCF and a popular Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Drama and music are important throughout the school.
Music at Read
Music is taught throughout the school as a classroom subject to both GCSE and A level. In addition many pupils are learning individual instruments and peripatetic staff teach these pupils on an individual basis, preparing them for ABRSM (or equivalent) grade examinations.
Music is a core feature of the school’s extra-curricular activities programme and there are several important events in the school calendar in order to showcase the pupils’ progress and talents. These are; the winter music concert; Sheffield Young Voices; Moloney Trust Competition; Talent Show and summer music concert.
In addition the school choir will perform at the Remembrance Day Service, Carol Service and on Commemoration Day. Music is part of the Faculty of Creative Arts (along with art, design technology, drama and dance) and as such the department will assist in school productions and other events as necessary.
The Music department is supported by a generous endowed legacy known as the Moloney Trust. The Trust aims to support the development of the arts in the school and provides funding for the Moloney Trust Competition and the replacement of instruments.
Peripatetic Teacher of Strings – Job details
The school is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced teacher of strings to join its music department. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to teach strings to a high standard and as such have relevant music/teaching qualifications.
The post is a peripatetic part-time post initially for around half a day per week. However there is the potential to increase this, and it is hoped that the successful candidate will play an active role in the promotion of the department. The teacher will be paid at an hourly rate for hours teaching; the current rate of pay is £24.17 per hour.
The post is to commence as soon as possible.
Peripatetic music teachers report to the Head of Music and Head of Creative Arts Faculty and will be expected to have the following duties and responsibilities:
To teach strings throughout the school
Follow the ABRSM examination specifications as appropriate and prepare pupils fully for these examinations.
To support/direct ensembles as directed by the Head of Music
To encourage pupils to take part in musical activities and opportunities as they arise
To advise parents about the purchase of instruments if necessary
Complete any necessary administrative tasks to deadlines that are set
Provide assessment information and written reports as required
Communicate with the Head of Music, tutors and SMT as necessary
Contribute to the extensive extra-curricular music programme
To take part in performances with pupils and other instrumental staff at recitals, concerts, church services and other events as needed
To participate in such meetings, INSET and working parties as deemed necessary
To practise and uphold the polices of The Read School
Safeguarding and Child Protection
The Read 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 involves extensive unsupervised contact with children and young people. The school therefore expects from the successful candidate the level and degree of adult leadership of children and young people expected from a professional working with young people. The successful candidate will be required to undertake the fully enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance process.
The selection process tests and assesses the above. As required by regulation, the interview will be based on ‘competency questioning’, and where appropriate will address the candidate’s attitude towards children and young people; his/her ability to support the school’s agenda for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; gaps in his/her employment history; concerns or discrepancies arising from the information provided by the candidate and/or a referee. In addition to the candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore related issues including: motivation to work with children and young people; ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people; emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours; attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
If you wish to apply, please complete and return the application form and associated declarations, together with a covering letter to the Acting Headmaster; Mr Mark Voisey. You may also enclose your conventional CV if you wish but you must complete the application form.