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Head of Drama - Full-time

Gad's Hill School, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC886-6007-191T
  • Posted:21/09/2022
  • Pay:GHS pay scale curr. £26,310 and £39,822 + HOD ALW
  • Start Date:Monday 9th January 2023
  • App Close Date:29/09/2022 at 16:00
  • Interviews:asap


Gad’s Hill School requires from January 2023, a talented and passionate Head of Drama to lead on the delivery of the Drama curriculum.  The majority of teaching will be to classes in our Upper School (Key Stages 3 and 4), but may also include some work with pupils in our Lower School (Key Stage 2).  The Drama departmennt also has an outstanding record of achievement in LAMDA awards for solo, duo and group performances.  Experience of delivering these qualifications would be desirable.  

There are annual productions in both the Upper and Lower School and other smaller performances, such as our house plays and LAMDA and GCSE showcases.

Drama is compulsory up to the end of KS3, and from Upper Fourth (Year 9) upwards is taught as an option subject to small GCSE groups, where the school uses the Pearson/Edexcel exam board.  There are two teachers of Drama in the School, with the second currently responsible for delivering lessons to Lower School pupils and leading the Lower School production.

Experience of teaching examination classes in GCSE as well as delivering successful theatrical productions will be essential.  


Information about the school

Gad’s Hill School operates as three distinct departments within one school. The Kindergarten takes children from age three in our Nursery through to Year 2. Here, alongside the foundation in literacy, numeracy, sciences and humanities, there is a strong emphasis on play, physical education, music and drama with all pupils performing in a number of short productions each year. The school places particular emphasis on communications and therefore pupils from Reception upwards receive twice weekly lessons in Spanish and also ICT.

The Juniors are two-form entry from Years 3-6. Our Junior pupils receive a high proportion of lessons with subject specialists; in particular Modern Languages (Spanish), DT, ICT, Art, Music, Science & Games. By Years 5 and 6 nearly all lessons are delivered by specialist tutors. In sport our students have the opportunity to represent the school in fixtures against other schools.

Our school is located geographically within a selective secondary system and historically many of our pupils would leave to attend grammar schools at the end of Lower Shell (Year 6). However, in the last few years, the growing success of our Charles Dickens Scholarship Award, providing financial assistance to the most able pupils from our own Lower School and many from the wider community, has resulted in the development of highly capable and aspirational cohorts at Key Stage 3. Our strength is to make the most of our small class sizes and supportive atmosphere to add significant value to every individual.

The Upper School generally has a two- or three-form entry. The curriculum is relatively broad, with all pupils taking a spread of subjects including Art, DT, Food & Nutrition, Spanish, Computer Science, Music and Drama. Students choose a range of options at the conclusion of Year 8. They follow a core of Maths, English (Literature & Language), Separate or Combined Science and CCF (comprising BTEC Teamwork & Personal Development and Institute of Leadership & Management diplomas). As options they may choose from History, Geography, Spanish, Art, Food & Nutrition, DT, Computer Science, Music, Drama and PE, and in recent years we have supplemented these options with Psychology and Statistics exam courses for our increasingly able cohorts.

At present there is no sixth form education at Gad’s Hill and pupils currently depart for local schools, colleges or other independents. In the last year we have partnered with the University for the Creative Arts and several of our leavers have commenced Extended Diploma courses with them.

Job Contact Information

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