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Shiplake College - -56 days remaining
Closing Date 28/02/2024
Shiplake Court Shiplake Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire RG9 4BW
Competitive salary plus benefits
NOR: 600

Director of Music

Starting September 2024

Do you believe in adding value to every single pupil? Do you want to work in a school where every pupil is challenged to achieve their personal best? Do our three core values of inclusive, individual and inspirational resonate with you?

If this sounds like you and you like sweet treats in the staff room, the idea of dogs around site and a calendar of staff socials then, please, read on.

Shiplake College is seeking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and visionary Director of Music. This is a superb opportunity for a suitably qualified practitioner to lead an innovative, successful and inclusive department. The role would suit an energetic teacher committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning; a teacher who can inspire and challenge all of our musicians to achieve their personal bests.


Our modern, purpose-built Music Department has a professional standard recording studio, soundproof practice rooms and two large ensemble classrooms. Each classroom is fitted with a suite of Macs running the latest music software.

Music plays an increasingly important part in the life of Shiplake College, which is proud to offer music for all. Applications are welcomed from inspirational teachers who will strive for excellence in all aspects of the music curriculum and public performance.

The successful candidate will teach throughout the curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13 including the delivery of GCSE and BTEC Music courses. Competence in the use of music technology, excellent keyboard skills and a passion for co-curricular music would be advantageous.

Shiplake College is an independent boarding and day school for just over 500 pupils aged 11 to 18. There has been a co-educational Sixth Form since 1998 and in September 2023 girls joined in Year 7 as the College goes fully co-educational. Situated in 45 acres of beautiful countryside near Henley-on-Thames, we offer an outstanding education based on small class sizes, excellent facilities and dedicated teaching staff. All teaching staff are expected to contribute to the busy programme of co-curricular activities on offer.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent free lunches and a contributory pension scheme together with access to our gym and sporting facilities and an excellent working environment. Onsite accommodation may be available.

Closing date: Wednesday 28 February 2024, 10am

Interviews will be held on Friday 1 March 2024

A candidate pack and application form can be obtained from


Day and boarding school for ages 11-18, fully co-educational from 2023

HMC, The Society of Heads, BSA

Shiplake College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Shiplake College is also committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


More Information: https://www.shiplake.org.uk/