Teaching Staff Vacancies

Musician in Residence 2019/20

Pate’s Grammar School is looking to appoint a Musician in Residence for the academic year 2019/20. An opportunity to work in this very active Music Department in this outstanding school, this post would be ideal for either a GAP year pre or post-university. The job specification will be flexible to account for the strengths of the candidate, however tasks may include a number of the following:


1) Running extra-curricular ensembles

2) Running the Music Society (which involves planning a programme of trips, masterclasses, talks and workshops open to all pupils in school)

3) Assisting in the preparation of candidates for exams

4) Assisting in concert preparation

5) Acting as technician, ensuring departmental instruments and computers are in full working order and organising repair where necessary

6) Liaising with peripatetic staff over timetables and pupil attendance.

7) Chamber music coaching


This position would be ideal for someone considering a career in music-teaching, and there may well be opportunities to explore other aspects of school life.  There are plentiful opportunities for performance.

The appointment is fixed for one year for 30 hours per week in term time plus one week before the academic year starts.  Payment is £8, 500 paid over an 11 month period.

There may also be the scope for earning additional money by taking on private instrumental/music theory students. There is no accommodation with this post, however rooms (inclusive of bills) can be rented locally for £450 per month.

For further information about this post please email Rachel Thorpe (Deputy Head and Music Teacher) at rachel.thorpe@patesgs.org. The closing date for applications (which should be made using the school’s application form which is available on the main school website) is 9 a.m. on Friday 1st March.

Music Department Profile

The Music Department currently has 25 members of staff, consisting of the full-time head of department, 2 part-time academic teachers, and 22 peripatetic teachers. There is strong take up for exam groups which achieve very good results. There is also a lively and popular extra-curricular programme.


Curricular Music


At KS3 pupils receive one hour long lesson a week. A good proportion of pupils arrive in year 7 with an already impressive track record in music (grade 5/6 not uncommon), but equally, some arrive with no experience. Differentiation is therefore a key element in teaching at KS3. We aim to prepare all pupils for the possibility of GCSE music, providing a basic grounding in theory as well as allowing plenty of time for creative, practical music-making.


At GCSE we follow the Edexcel course. There is usually one large group in each year. At A-Level we use Eduqas. Numbers vary from year to year, from 6 to 12. Several students every year go on to study music, either at university or music college.


Extra-curricular Music


25% of pupils receive instrumental or vocal tuition in school, with many others learning out of school. There are many pupils of grade 7+ standard, with several taking diplomas each year. Pate’s pupils sing in the National Youth Choir, play in NYO, NYWO and NYCOGB. Pupils also regularly take up choral and organ scholarships. This means that our orchestras, choirs and bands are of an extremely high standard. We currently run:


Symphony Orchestra (Grade 7+, strings grade 6) Concert Orchestra (Beginner to grade 6) Senior Vocal Group (Yr 10+) Boys Choir (yr 7 – 9) Girls Choir (yr 7 – 9) Chamber Choir (by audition) Big Band (by audition) Jazz Orchestra (by audition) Flute Choir Guitar Club String Orchestra Grade 5 theory. There are further student-led groups.


Music plays an important part in the life of the school and is well supported. The extra curricular programme is busy with concerts, competitions, and trips.