Teacher of Music


Required from 1 September 2018 ​or earlier if possible 

CST Pay Spine - Main Scale 

Permanent, Full time 

Applications are invited from ​charismatic, enthusiastic and suitably qualified musicians and teachers for this exciting, rewarding and demanding post.

Founded in the 12​th century and then re-established by Henry VIII in 1542, the choir school has traditionally educated boy choristers. ​In 2008 the school re-opened as an Academy with music as its lead specialism. 10% of the intake is selected on musical aptitude as well as the eight chorister places allocated in each year. The school received an overall judgement of outstanding from Ofsted in January 2016 leading to the development of a Multi Academy Trust – the Cathedral Schools Trust - which currently has two secondary schools and three primary schools and is set to grow. Results at KS4 put the school in the top 250 schools in the country and at K S5 BCCS achieved the highest results of any state school in the city. For these and many other reasons, BCCS is the most over-subscribed school in Bristol.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School has a long and proud tradition of music-making and the department enjoys a high profile within the school and Bristol as a whole. The expansion of the Trust means that there may well be opportunities to be involved in developing music across other schools.

The Music Department

The outstanding facilities include a recording studio, two music technology suites, a large teaching/recital room, ten practice rooms, a performance area and Concert Hall. The curriculum staff includes the Director of Specialism (Eiron Bailey), Head of Music (Elizabeth Gleed), a third full time music teacher, a music technology teacher (Thomas Perryman) and a music administrator (Claire Wisener).

As well as the music staff, we pride ourselves on excellent visiting instrumental teachers. Currently 30% of the school have instrumental/vocal lessons and 50% of the school participate in a choir/orchestra/band. We have thirty two visiting teachers offering all major instruments for study, and there are numerous extra-curricular groups including five large orchestras, six choirs, two jazz bands, 15 chamber music groups, 10 Steel Pans bands and a number of rock/pop bands.

There is a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme with over 20 performances each year from recitals at St Georges Bristol, Summer Proms in the Cathedral, Pop and Jazz nights and Gospel Choir gigs and Shows (eg Into the Woods 2016).

A third of yr 10 and 11 take music at GCSE and we have large A Level groups (23 in yr 12). In its vision statement, the school states it will develop music beyond the requirements of the Cathedral choir and become a musical centre of excellence. Singing will be a major feature of the Academy’s life as will Music Technology. To this end we have partnered closely with Bristol Plays Music and the Colston Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Welsh School of Music and Drama.

The Role

You will be an ​excellent classroom practitioner with creative ideas for developing pedagogy within the department and school at ​all key stages​. You will be expected to teach at all key stages and therefore experience of teaching exam courses is an advantage. We welcome applications from ​all musical backgrounds.

You will be expected to participate fully in the extra-curricular life of the school and must be able to lead vocal and instrumental groups. Please be very clear in your application about the particular areas you feel you could contribute to and your experience.

You will relish the role of tutor and see the pastoral care of our students and paramount.

There is an outstanding programme of continuing professional development and in-service training in the school.

The full Job Description and Person Specification can be found here


QTS. We welcome applications from NQTs and more experienced teachers.


Method of Application

To apply please visit our TES webpage https://www.tes.com/jobs/employer/-1001343

Further information about the school is available from our website www.bccs.bristol.sch.uk

Applications should be received by midday on Thursday 8th February 2018.

Interviews will be held on Monday 26th February 2018.

Please note that all posts at the School are subject to initial and periodic checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service as the school takes every measure possible to ensure the safeguarding of its students.