Teacher of Upper Strings

Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years. Our uniquely broad curriculum provides a challenge in the classroom, on the sea and on the mountain, on the stage and on the sports field, and enables students to discover the truth in our motto – Plus Est En Vous – there is more in you.

Reports to: Head of Academic Music/Coordinator of Music Tuition

Music at Gordonstoun

The aim of the Gordonstoun Music Department is to encourage the love of music making in both junior and senior schools. It is presently taught by a team of 11 specialist staff. Our unique Junior Instrumental Curriculum ensures that all pupils in Ys 4 - 6 have the opportunity to participate in instrumental music. There are many music performances throughout the year. The Gordonstoun Futures lunchtime concert series allows students to experience their first solo performances in an informal and supportive atmosphere. More formal evening recital performances offer progression for more accomplished performers, and there are occasional larger scale, showcase events in both the junior and senior schools and in the wider community. Recently, Gordonstoun musicians have performed to great acclaim at the Scottish School Pipe Band Championships and the finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival. The Chamber Choir has had the honour to perform for HM the Queen on many occasions.

Music is taught to GCSE and A level. Former students have gone on to study music at university or conservatoire including the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow and Leeds College of Music.

Gordonstoun is seeking a talented and inspirational teacher of upper strings (violin and viola) to join Gordonstoun’s vibrant Music Department. The successful candidate will be a performer of secure technique and strong musicality. They will conduct outstanding individual lessons for students from beginner to post Grade 8, and will lead ensembles and chamber music with a focus on strings. They will have expertise as a music educator and be an excellent team worker. Good keyboard skills would also be advantageous, as would proficiency in other instruments (although neither is essential). The role also involves supporting our unique Junior Instrumental Curriculum.

Duties of the Teacher of Upper Strings

  • To teach individual lessons and prepare pupils for practical examinations including ABRSM, Trinity, GCSE and A Level
  • To lead and support ensembles as required and, in particular, to foster outstanding string playing
  • To be responsible for school string instruments, including allocation, repair and replacement
  • To accompany pupils, both in lessons and in performances

General Contribution to the Music Department

  • To support school music performances, events and concerts through attendance and participation
  • To inspire students and to provide enthusiasm across the whole spectrum of music
  • To work cooperatively with colleagues throughout the department and throughout the school
  • To expect high standards of behaviour from all students
  • To adhere to the school’s assessment, reporting and recording framework, and to ensure that the agreed policy of the Music Department is followed including the consistent awarding of rewards

Whole School Responsibilities

  • To be available for Parents Days and for other parental consultations, and to communicate with parents in support of student progress
  • To uphold the good reputation and ethos of the School by example
  • To foster and support activities in the interests of the school community

Safeguarding children

  • The post holder has a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. This includes children that they are responsible for and come into contact with. The post holder must adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy and Procedures at all times


The post of Teacher of Upper Strings is currently three days per week, term time only to coincide with timetabled group music-making.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be at an appropriate point on the Gordonstoun part-time salary scale.

Person Specification

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If you do have any questions, please email recruitment@gordonstoun.org.uk or call 0044 (0)1343 837831.

Recruitment process

Applicants are invited to complete an application form available to download here and submit a letter of application to the Headmaster outlining why they feel they are suitable candidates for this post. The application form and covering letter needs to be returned to recruitment@gordonstoun.org.uk or by post to: Recruitment, Gordonstoun, Elgin, IV30 5RF by the closing date. CVs will only be accepted as supporting information.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15th February 2019 at mid-day.

Interviews will be held at Gordonstoun on Tuesday 26 February.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take up the post in time for the beginning of the Summer Term 2019, or earlier if possible.