Senior School

Head of Academic Drama- Required September 2021

Required for September 2021 at this thriving independent school: an enthusiastic Head of Academic Drama with the ability and ambition to engage and inspire pupils throughout all year groups.  You will be passionate about Drama and Theatre, and determined to achieve the very best for the pupils you teach.  

At Bede's our aim is to be a national leader and innovator in the Performing Arts.  As a Head of Academic Drama, you will seek to challenge, stretch and inspire our pupils' creativity through your outstanding teaching, organisation and innovative programming and you will relish the opportunity to become fully involved in the co-curricular life of our busy school.  Within the Drama Department you will direct annual productions, devise exciting workshops and organise inspirational theatre trips. 

You will join an outward looking faculty that constantly seeks to evolve and improve its provision and delivery, responding to pupils’ interests as well as enjoying collaboration with industry professionals.  You will look forward to working as part of a team of Performing Arts educators who are committed to inspiring and supporting young people to realise their creative aspirations.

Performing Arts is a gemstone at Bede’s and our success can be measured, not only by our outrageous ambition, but by a good number of pupils taking up places at Conservatoires and Russell Group Universities each year.  The Head of Academic Drama will encourage and support our talented applicants, as well as building on our exceptional value added with many pupils going well beyond expectations at GCSE, and staying with us to A-level.  

The Performing Arts Faculty is led by Mrs Karen Lewis who also teaches Drama. The Assistant Head, Mr Sachin Choithramani, also teaches a small number of Drama lessons. As a Head of Department within the Performing Arts you will work closely with the Director of Music and the Head of Bede’s Legat Dance Academy. Our faculty benefits from a wardrobe manager, a LAMDA teacher, a full-time technician, and an office manager. You will enjoy being a part of the warm, creative, ambitious and supportive Performing Arts team.

Whilst this is a full-time role, candidates seeking a part-time role of 0.8 FTE will also be considered.

Bede’s Trust is committed to building a truly inclusive school and cultivating a culture of equality, diversity and kindness. We believe that a diverse staff body reflects and supports the diversity of our students and wider society. We are an equal opportunity employer and in recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expressions, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Bede’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS check

The closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday 10th March. Following a longlist meeting of the Selection Committee, successful candidates will then be invited to first round interviews during week commencing Monday 15th March.

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