Teachers of Music, Dance and Art

Mainscale (depending on experience) plus SEN 1
Start date:
1st September 2017
Application deadline:
24-05-2017 0:00:00 Midnight

The full job posting including person specification can be downloaded here.

Thank you for showing an interest in the vacancy we have at Alfriston School.  I hope after reading this information you feel able to apply for this post. 

We are looking for enthusiastic, versatile and motivated teachers of Music, dance and art able to deliver high quality teaching and learning across key stages 3, 4 and Post 16 to small groups of secondary aged girls with moderate learning difficulties. 

The post holders would be expected to teach either one subject as a part-time post or a combination of 2 subjects as a full-time post.  A full-time post would also include taking pastoral responsibility for a group of 12 girls.

Our school is an outstanding Special School Academy, and we are committed to ensure that all our pupils become the best that they can be and they can enjoy and achieve in all that they do.  Our teachers have a strong sense of commitment and use their excellent subject knowledge to provide interesting and creative lessons in which all pupils learn well.  They have high expectations of their pupils and develop good supportive relationships within a positive learning atmosphere where the girls can thrive.  We cater for a wide range of abilities up to and including GCSE standard.

We are looking for either experienced or newly qualified teachers with the ability to teach music, dance and / or art who would like to join an established and successful department in our very special school.  We need talented teachers who are also good team players and who can inspire and motivate girls with learning difficulties.  You must have excellent subject knowledge and the passion to pass this on to the pupils you teach.  We will support you in understanding and managing the special needs of our pupils, and give you an invaluable insight and appreciation of the rewards to be gained from working in a school such as ours.

To apply:

Please download the application form here. Please complete the application form and write a letter of application (preferably word processed) addressing each of the points in the person specification. 

Send the completed form, and letter of application to the following email address:  office@alfristonschool.com

Closing Date:

The Closing Date for applications is midnight 24th May 2017

Interview Date:

The Interview Date 25th or 26th May 2017

If you require any further information please contact Mrs Sayeeda Thorkildsen Office Manager on 01494 673740 or email office@alfristonschool.com

About the School

Alfriston is an outstanding Special School with Sports College status for girls aged 11-19 with moderate learning difficulties and speech, language and communication difficulties, catering for 150 girls.  We became an Academy on 1st March 2012.  The school has been delivering high quality education since 1950.  All the pupils have a statement of special educational need or education, health and care plan and are taught in small groups and with additional support.  Our teaching staff are specialist subject teachers and are experienced in working with a range of special needs and abilities.

Pupils attend Alfriston from all over Buckinghamshire and some neighbouring counties.  We also have weekly boarding provision for 20 pupils.

We consider the staff team as our most valuable resource.  Training and development is a high priority in the school.  There is also personal support given to staff to manage the diverse and challenging work needed to support pupils with significant special needs. 

At present there are over 50 staff employed at the school working in the teaching, support, residential and administrative teams.  We are proud of the excellent standard of education provided at Alfriston.

Our website is www.alfristonschool.com

Job Purpose

To teach pupils within the school with particular responsibility for the general education, pastoral care and welfare of the pupils in their class.  This includes maintaining pupil records, assessment and liaison with parents and other professionals, and to carry out such duties as are reasonably assigned by the Headteacher

Employment Duties

This job description is to be performed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and within the range of teachers’ duties as set out in that document.


  • To teach, according to their educational needs, pupils assigned to the class
  • To monitor, assess and maintain records on pupils’ progress, academic and behavioural, and use these to inform planning and teaching
  • To supervise the work of the SSA, delegate duties and to maintain an ordered classroom
  • To maintain discipline in accordance with the school’s policy on behaviour
  • To contribute to meetings, discussions and consultations necessary to co-ordinate the work within music and the school as a whole
  • To promote equal opportunities within the school and to represent the school positively
  • To demonstrate good practice and to be able to support and encourage teacher colleagues