We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic qualified teacher of Performing Arts. The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the development of this subject across key stage 3 and 4 and will establish extra-curricular and performance opportunities for all students.

Governors and Senior Leaders are keen for this subject to nurture the talents of our wonderful students and ensure they have opportunities within the curriculum to perform, sing, dance, act or produce. We value the skills and learning experience that this subject can offer our students. To this end we require a teacher who is ambitious, forward thinking and creative and who is prepared to work with the Head of Faculty to build a successful department in the school and establish a reputation in the community for the quality of dance, drama and music.

St Joseph’s Catholic High School is a popular school. We are situated in an area of outstanding beauty on the fringes of the Western Lake District which provides a lovely place to live and work and unique extra-curricular opportunities for our students.

The Performing Arts facility is well equipped and consists of a large teaching space, a recording studio and 3 practice rooms which are used for keyboard, drums and small group work. We have 2 halls which are used for performance and rehearsal. One is fully equipped with stage lights, a sound system, screen for back projection and a multi-functional blackout curtain system, that can also be used to create a theatre black box. We have a modular stage system and tiered seating, perfect for productions and concerts. There is also a mirrored dance studio at one end of the hall. The second large venue also has stage lights and a sound system.

The school currently offers Btec Performing Arts at key stage 4 and music lessons in key stage 3. Following the retirement of the Head of Music, we are looking at appointing a full time teacher of Performing Arts to develop the Btec course further, as well as developing the schemes of work to offer all 3 specialisms of music, dance and drama to key stage 3. Initially this post will allow some additional non-contact time to dedicate towards planning and developing this new role and building up the extra-curricular aspects, but we know, that as the Btec becomes more popular the timetable will grow.

The successful applicant would ideally be a specialist in dance or music/ musical theatre and would also have a working knowledge of all disciplines involved. They will not only deliver the core curriculum but will drive after school clubs and activities in this subject. With the support of a team of staff, they will organise concerts and productions and work with our feeder schools to build and develop performing Arts.

We have a number of excellent Peripatetic teachers who deliver musical tuition on a variety of instruments to around 70 students. This includes drums, keyboard, singing, woodwind, brass and guitar. The successful applicant will have the responsibility of quality assuring their work and the organisation of their timetables. There is administrative support for part of this work.

We offer a very supportive staff community. We have dedicated CPD and or department time on a weekly basis. We ensure dedicated planning and preparation time by allocating more than the 10% normally afforded to staff.

In return the person appointed will have

  • A commitment to the Catholic ethos of the school
  • High standards and expectations
  • Highly developed inter personal skills
  • A commitment to teamwork
  • A positive outlook

If you would like more information on the job or a visit to the school, please telephone Sybil Worsley, Business Manager on 01900 873290. Applications to be returned to Julie Gaffney at the school address

Closing date :12 noon on Monday 26th February 2018.

Interviews: Friday 9th March 2018.


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The school is committed to safer recruitment procedures and all applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS.

This is not an equal opportunities school.

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