The Perse School


Visiting Music Teacher – Trumpet
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 28th Sep 2017, 12:00pm



School Description

The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.

Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the School were classified as outstanding in its 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.

We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.

The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.

In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre (currently under construction).

There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.

For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse section.

The Role

We are seeking a trumpet teacher to join this large and thriving department. The ideal candidate will be both an excellent musician and first rate teacher. The role will involve teaching across the full age range of the Upper School. The current requirement is for 4 hours per week and the chance to run chamber ensembles

In addition to being able to teach individual lessons it is expected that the successful candidate will provide brass chamber music coaching.

There is some flexibility over which days the tuition takes place, but we would need and expect a reasonable consistency over the choice of day each week. Our ultimate preference would be for the successful candidate to visit on a Wednesday, there is flexibility though should the successful candidate have playing commitments etc.

As mentioned there is also significant scope for contributing to our wider extra-curricular programme.

The successful candidate will be:

  • passionate about teaching and comfortable at working in a range of instrumental styles and standards;
  • able to enthuse and inspire young musicians across the ability range;
  • a technically proficient performer themselves and able to command respect from the highest musical achievers;
  • willing and able to contribute to our concert programme;
  • a reliable and trustworthy colleague with efficient administrative skills (e.g. for issuing invoices promptly to parents, informing parents of non-attendance, producing lesson rotas etc.).

The holder of this post reports to the Director of Music.

Visiting Music Teachers are expected to comply with relevant School policies such as Child Protection and Code of Conduct, including attending regular training sessions.

To apply

Applications are to be made on the School’s online Application for Employment Form.

Please complete and return the application form by the closing date.

The interview will take the form of a tour around the Department, a meeting with the Director of Music, the teaching of a demonstration lesson to one of our pupils and an ensemble rehearsal.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Music at

Closing date: 28 September at midday.

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safer Recruitment

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.


How to Apply

Please apply using our online system.

Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email

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