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Director of Music TLR 2:1 Start Date: September 2020

Salary Scale TLR 2.1  £6,829

Varndean School is an 11-16 school with around 1350 students, set in a picturesque south coast location in the vibrant and diverse city of Brighton and Hove. We are a Good (Ofsted 2017) and well-established school already, and we have made rapid progress over the past couple of years and have no intention of resting on our laurels. We are looking for an outstanding teacher and leader, to help take an already successful department and make it ‘world class’.  The potential here is immense, we believe arts education is a right not a luxury, and the successful applicant will have a key role in our vision to develop World Class Learning through the leadership of Music.

We are looking to appoint a Director of Music who has:

  • The vision and passion to provide the widest opportunities for students including ensembles, groups, choirs and orchestras.

  • A thorough understanding of what World Class teaching entails and how best to support colleagues in improving their practice

  • A secure track record of delivering excellent whole school music provision and curriculum excellence

  • The energy, drive and resilience to make a tangible difference as a Director of Music Head of Department in a large and ambitious school

  • The integrity, moral purpose, presence and emotional intelligence necessary to inspire confidence from staff, students and parents

If, prior to submitting an application, you would like to see for yourself why we believe Varndean is such a fabulous school in which to work and why the post itself is so exciting, then do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit.

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 9th March 

If you are interested in joining us, please complete the application form and send/e-mail it, with a covering letter, to Molly Goodchild PA to the Headteacher at Varndean School. Email:   

The closing date is 9am on Monday 9th March and the interviews are currently scheduled for the following week.

Varndean School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to have a staff body that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.