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Dame Alice Owen's School - Director of Music - September 2018

Alliance member: Dame Alice Owen's School

Closing date: Monday, 26th March 2018

Dame Alice Owen’s School, NoR 1,464, Sixth form: 433

Ofsted: “An outstanding school”, “Students achieve outstandingly well”, “Behaviour … is excellent”

Director of Music

Full time, Permanent, Competitive salary and benefits

Needed for September 2018

Closing date: Monday 26 March 2018 at 12:00 midday

Interviews: Wednesday 18 April 2018, all day


The governors of this extremely successful, partially selective, mixed school invite applications for the post of Director of Music. We are seeking a highly motivated, committed musician who is passionate about instilling a love for music in the student body. The successful candidate will lead our thriving Music department in a school which places special emphasis on the subject; they will be mindful of encouraging all students whilst ensuring our very best musicians are also challenged through repertoire and opportunity. You may be new to leading a department or may already hold a similar position in your current school yet be seeking a position which offers greater scope for personal development in a stimulating, intellectually challenging environment. Music is a very popular choice at GCSE and A level and there are many extra-curricular opportunities including performing at prestigious venues, tours abroad and competitions at national and international levels. The school has its own Concert Hall and Music block with three specialist classrooms, eight practice rooms and a recital studio.

  • Large, well equipped music department and concert hall
  • 103 GCSE students, 21 A Level students and 15 Music Tech students
  • 4 orchestras, 4 bands, 5 choirs, chamber music, annual musical productions
  • 3 FT and 3 PT staff including a music technician and administrative assistant
  • 10 places offered each year on the basis of musical aptitude

In 2017, 74% of GCSE music results; 50% of A Level music results and 67% of A level music tech results were graded A*-A. 97% of all students secured five or more A*-Cs at GCSE, and 82% of A level entries were graded A*- B.

The school is situated on an attractive 35-acre site in the Green Belt, has excellent facilities and is committed to an extensive programme of staff development. Central London is easily reached by rail from Potters Bar and the school is close to motorway links. The school has accommodation on site suitable for those individuals who may be relocating.

Our Governors are committed to admitting the children of staff in line with our admissions procedures.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Amy Quennell, EA to the Head on 01707 622 841 ( Please visit > General Enquiries > Vacancies to download an application pack. We look forward to receiving your application.

Closing date: 12:00 midday on Monday 26 March 2018

Interviews to take place on Wednesday 18 April 2018 all day