Temporary teacher of violin Job at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School – in Elstree

Job Description

The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School




Haberdashers’ is a boys’ independent day school situated near Elstree in

Hertfordshire. There are 1300 pupils from 7-18 years old, and music plays a

considerable part in the life of the school.

The Department

The Music department is amongst the strongest in the country. The subject is very

popular and the boys are academically able and well-motivated. The instrumental

teachers are all well-qualified specialists and the department has traditionally offered

considerable flexibility and room for initiative to colleagues, many of whom enjoy a

measure of delegated responsibility within the department. The appointed candidate

will be expected to play an important role in further developments within the

department and the life of the school.

At present there are five full-time teachers and twenty-two instrumental staff

working in the extremely well-resourced Music School. Teaching takes place in sound-

proofed teaching studios of a substantial size, each of which provides a useful base

with ample storage and good access to shared resources. The departmental

timetables are organised by the Music administrator. The Print Room, excellent

School Library and wide-ranging ICT facilities support the work of the department.

Academic Music results are outstanding and this is reflected in boys’ attainment in

extra-curricular music. Over 600 boys of all ages learn instruments, either in small

groups or as individual pupils. There are four orchestras; three wind bands, a big

band, jazz ensemble, many guitar and percussion ensembles and numerous chamber

groups and choirs. The philosophy of the department is to include rather than to

cream off the best.

The Position

We seek an inspirational violin teacher for between 1.5 and 2 days a week. Our string

teachers comprise 3 violin, 1 viola, 1 cello and one double bass who teach all ages

from 7 – 18. String playing is very strong in the school with over 200 orchestral string

players. The typical day will be a mixture of solos and group teaching as well as

coaching chamber string ensembles. Opportunities for coaching the orchestras may

be available for the right candidate. The standard attained is exemplified by the

Symphonic repertoire from 2020, which included Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony.

Most of the instrumental pupils enter for Associated Board examinations that are held

at the school three times a year. Approximately 16 evening concerts and 20

lunchtime recitals are held during the academic year. We have frequently performed

in the Barbican, sometimes jointly with Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, with

whom we share our site.

To fit with the extraordinarily tight rooming schedules of the department, the lessons

are likely to need to be given on a Thursday and Friday, at least initially.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wishes to be part of a highly vibrant

music-making department. There may be the possibility of significant additional

responsibility for the right candidate, including joint projects with our sister school.


If you wish to discuss the post, informally, with the Director of Music, Richard

Osmond, please telephone him at the school [020 8266 1845].

Your completed application form should be sent to Human Resources

([email protected]). It is available from the school’s website:


Please note that CV’s are not accepted.

Closing date for applications: 0800 on Tuesday 18th May 2021. Interviews will take

place on Tuesday 25th May 2021.

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Company Location:  Elstree

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