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Director of Music

  • Berkshire

  • Horris Hill

  • Competitive

  • Full-time


An opportunity to join the team at one of the UK's leading all-boys boarding and day prep schools


Horris Hill is an independent, boarding and day, academically selective prep school, for 130 boys aged 4-13, set in 85 glorious acres on the outskirts of Newbury. Our boys successfully move on to the most prestigious independent senior schools in the country and the school has an enviable record of academic and musical success. The Music Department is housed in modern, purpose built premises comprising a chamber performance arena equipped with a grand piano and 23 practice rooms. Most boys learn a musical instrument and take part in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. In Summer 2020 the school is opening a new, state of the art theatre, in which we aim to set new standards in prep school performing arts.

We are seeking, ideally for September 2020, but by January 2021, an outstanding Director of Music to lead teaching and performance across the school. We welcome applications from a wide variety of candidates: you may be a seasoned teacher seeking a stimulating new environment, or a younger teacher seeking a first leadership role, or even switching to teaching from another musical career. You will have a passion for music and working with exciting, motivated children, have outstanding performance skills on piano (and ideally organ) and significant experience leading choirs and instrumental ensembles. In addition you will have excellent organisational skills, for leading the team of peripatetic instrumental teachers and managing performances. Whilst teaching will initially be to classes in the 7 - 13 age range, we will mould the role around the strengths and enthusiasms of the successful candidate; this could include teaching Games, another academic subject or teaching younger boys. Opportunities to take on further school leadership roles may be available for a suitable candidate; we would also be highly supportive of an outstanding but as yet unqualified teacher seeking to gain a PGCE qualification.

Besides music, the successful candidate will bring enthusiasms for many other aspects of school life such as sports and extra-curricular provision, and will want to contribute fully to a busy full time boarding school. This usually includes a commitment to teaching on Saturdays during term, in return for generous holidays.

Accommodation may be available, especially in return for a fuller commitment to our boarding provision.

Further details and an application pack can be found on the school website and candidates are encouraged to contact Debbie Power, Assistant Bursar for further details about the post.

Closing date for applications: Applications will be considered as they are received therefore early applications are encouraged.

Registered Charity No: 307331

Horris Hill is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Enhanced DBS with Barred List check.

Horris Hill School



Further Information


Horris Hill

Newtown, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9DJ

  • 21 Day Boys (7-13)
  • 93 Boarding Boys (7-13)

Closing Date: 23 April 2020

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