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Teacher of Music - Maternity Cover

St Gregory's Catholic High School is looking to appoint a temporary full-time Music teacher for a maternity cover of up to one year. Given our school expansion, there is always scope and potential for a full-time position and the maternity cover can provide the perfect audition should such an opportunity arise.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a passionate Music teacher to work in a school with pupils who consistently demonstrate excellent behaviour for learning, enthusiasm and ambition. Pupil / teacher relationships are a strength and you will really be able to develop your teaching practice in a purposeful and supportive working environment. The successful candidate will be teaching KS3 only and all schemes of learning will be provided.

The Music Department consists of two full time Music teachers and four peripatetic staff. We are housed in a purpose-built department consisting of two fully air-conditioned music rooms, a recording studio and two practise rooms. Both classrooms have a full suite of PC’s with Cubase on them. Each classroom has at least 25 keyboards with two pairs of headphones each. There is also a teacher’s piano and an interactive screen in each room. At KS3, all pupils have one, one hour lesson per week and in Y7 and Y8 we focus on traditional music making using keyboards, ukuleles and singing. All pupils are taught to read treble and bass clef notation. In Y9 pupils follow a bespoke Music Technology curriculum where they learn to use Cubase through a series of sequencing and multi-track recording schemes of work, including Film Music, Pachelbel’s Canon Remix and Pop. At KS4, pupils receive 6 hours of teaching a fortnight and we follow the AQA GCSE Music specification. Pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities including our Choir, Music Technology Club and regular concerts and productions, often as joint ventures with our Drama Department.

The Department’s results are significantly above average in every measure, typically achieving 85% grade 5 and above and anything from 20% to 50% grades 8 and 9. In 2023 for example, we achieved 90% grade 4 and above and 33% grade 7 and above. We pride ourselves on our high standards of composition and performance. We are heavily involved in the Liturgical life of the school and regularly provide music for Masses including a whole school celebration Mass at the end of the academic year.

The Music curriculum can be accessed here:

https://www.stgregoryshigh.com/curriculum/subjects/music Further details and application forms are available from www.stgregoryshigh.com. Please return a completed CES application form to shutton@stgregoryshigh.com

Only CES application forms will be accepted.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.

Online checks of shortlisted candidates may be obtained which forms part of our Safer Recruitment procedures and KCSIE Guidance.

Closing Date: 9am Thursday 15th February

Shortlisting: Friday 16th February

Interview Date: W/c 26th February

Start Date: Monday 15th April 2024 (Position includes paid summer holidays)

The interview will consist of a lesson observation of up to 50 minutes, a formal interview and an opportunity to see our great school.

 

Deputy Subject Leader of Religious Education (with enhanced hybrid responsibilities)

Start Date: 1st September 2024
 
Salary: Up to £54,372 UPS3 + TLR 2C (further breakdown below)
 
*M Scale up to UPS3 (£46,525) + TLR 2C (£7847) – *if you are an exceptional candidate who is not yet on the UPS scale but can demonstrate excellent exam performance and curriculum development contributions in your current role, we will be willing to negotiate increased salary point with you
 
Are you looking to be a leader in Religious Education? Do you want to develop in an Outstanding Catholic High School?
 
St. Gregory’s Catholic High School seeks to appoint an ambitious applicant who is a strong RE teacher or current TLR holder within a Religious Education department to join our highly successful team to build further on our status as an Outstanding Catholic High School. Archdiocese of Liverpool (stgregoryshigh.com)
 
This is an exciting and exceptional opportunity to take on a new and enhanced ‘hybrid’ leadership role in the school that sits perfectly in between traditional deputy subject leadership and the Whole School lead for Catholic life, who is also the overall subject leader for the RE department in our school.
 
This hybrid role is considered one step above the former traditional 2nd in RE role as there will be occasions where you will have the opportunity to lead the department. This is an outstanding opportunity for a candidate looking to ultimately lead their own department in future years whilst being involved in aspects of wider school life but without having that full formal responsibility now.
 
There is a preference for a candidate who already holds a level of responsibility with an RE department, even if that is informal, however, if you are a teacher of Religious Education and can demonstrate an excellent teaching pedagogy combined with positive examination outcomes for pupils, then we would very much welcome your application too. It would be an advantage if you can demonstrate you have contributed to an RE curriculum and have knowledge of the RED.
 
In addition to working with the overall subject leader, the successful post holder will have the opportunity to work directly with our wonderful school chaplain, excellent fellow teachers from our Religious education department, a supportive senior leadership team and you will have access to our school chapel and other facilities.
 
In the summer term, the school will also seek to appoint an additional TLR holder who will support KS3 transition and work with our partner primary schools.
 
St Gregory’s is one of the highest performing (top 4) schools in the Liverpool Archdiocese and Warrington area where you will get to work with pupils and staff who have a love of learning and whom are strongly committed to Catholic Life. Behaviour and attendance is outstanding. Our most recent examination performance from summer 2023 produced a progress 8 score of +0.18.
 
St Gregory’s is well oversubscribed with a waiting list for admissions in every year group. Our recent expansion in pupil numbers is now complete and has coincided with a building refurbishment of 23 new classrooms, a new sports hall and a new chapel. All RE rooms are refurbished and the department has access to all of the equipment and resources it needs – but it is our team spirit and pupils that make St Gregory’s a special place to be part of.
 
In January 2020, Ofsted’s inspection report, conducted under the new inspection framework, graded the school as ‘Good’ in every area and the school was graded as ‘Outstanding’ in our Section 48 Inspection of the Catholic Life provision of the school in February 2019. We encourage all applicants to read both reports and to review our school website too.
 
The opening paragraph from the Ofsted report reads: “There is a strong sense of community across the school which reflects the school vision. One pupil said “we are cared about as individuals, but because everyone cares, that makes us all one”
 
We are now relishing the challenge of continuing our successful journey towards providing an outstanding whole school provision. Your qualities will include being a positive communicator, dedication, commitment and resilience in the face of challenges whilst showing passion and an ambition for all children. Positive relationships are key to our school.
 
Access to NPQ / CCRS courses will provided to the successful applicant for continuous CPD.
 
The school welcome and encourage potential applicants to meet with the Headteacher to discuss the role or any other details including salary further, but this is not a formal requirement. Set times will be set aside for this dependent on availability of the headteacher. We also encourage you to review our school website: https://www.stgregoryshigh.com/
 
Closing Date: Tuesday 12th March 2024 at 9am
 
Notification of Interview: Wednesday 13th March 2024
 
Interview: w/c 18th March 2024 (interview process will be completed in one day)
 
Further details and application forms are available from www.stgregoryshigh.com. Please return a completed CES application form to shutton@stgregoryshigh.com.
 
Only CES application forms will be accepted.
 
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake a criminal record check via the DBS.