Head of Drama - Senior School (local contract)

Job description

The drama department at St. Paul's delivers an exciting, stimulating and enriching senior school curriculum for pupils from ages 11 to 18.  It is taught as a foundation course in Forms 1 and 2 (years 7 and 8), followed by an IGCSE preparation year in Form 3 (year 9), and leading to the IGCSE drama (Cambridge) examination in Forms 4 and 5 (years 10 and 11).  Pupils in the Sixth Form can choose to do theatre as part of their IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma.  Central to the teaching and learning of drama is the school play that takes place towards the end of the first term and caters to both keen and gifted thespians. 


Staffing comprises a full-time head of drama and a specialist teacher who share the teaching across the senior years as well as the direction and production of the school play.  Lessons take place in a fully equipped drama studio and theatre, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound (including a recording studio), a comprehensive library, and backstage resources including period costumes and stage properties. A theatre technician offers support both during lessons and in after-school rehearsals of the school play.  


It is our aim to provide high quality and exciting lessons for our pupils to become confident, skilled, responsible, engaged and reflective learners through the process of making drama.  Involved in practical and theoretical study, they will develop their performance skills both individually and in groups, consider the ways in which issues, ideas and feelings can be communicated to an audience, and understand the different roles and functions for creating a piece of theatre. A number of pupils have pursued careers in the performing arts and related professions.  


The department collaborates regularly with colleagues from music, art and film, as well as with other subject departments for cross-curricular projects and the staging of productions. Every year, artists are invited to hold workshops and master classes in areas such as acting, devising theatre, make-up, lighting and set design.  



A head of department will be accountable for the progress and development of pupils within the subject area, as well as raising standards of pupil attainment and achievement within the whole curriculum. In order to do this, the head of department will ensure the provision of an appropriately broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum, in accordance with the aims of the school, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others and effectively managing the financial and physical resources of the department. The head of department will lead different departments of different sizes, levels and complexity and this effects.

Main Responsibilities

  • In addition to this responsibility the job holder is a teacher and delivers lessons; 

  • To lead, inspire and support all members of the department in their roles and to stimulate and manage a positive and strong team environment through dialogue, co-operation and respect;

  • To ensure effective communication within the department by attending whole staff development sessions and head of department meetings and reporting back to team members in weekly department meetings. 

  • To ensure effective communication outside the sphere of the department, through letters to parents and contributions to The Paulean and Pride magazine; 

  • To co-ordinate and oversee the school’s academic procedures, monitoring the content and quality of report writing, grade predictions, IGCSE and IB options, IB extended essays, and ensuring that all members of the department are consistently planning, assessing, recording and monitoring pupils’ work; 

  • To develop and review syllabuses, resources, schemes of work, marking policies, assessment, and teaching and learning strategies, providing a sound recuperação process and ensuring consistency within the department against school policies and procedures;

  • To produce an annual examination analysis and department review as part of the school’s self-evaluation cycle; analyse and evaluate with members of the department the performance data provided, and take appropriate action in response accordingly, set and mark exams and assessments; 

  • To oversee the day-to-day management of the department, ensuring an effective deployment of both staff and physical resources, control and operation of course provision within the department, and the implementing of the school’s Health and Safety policy. Prepare and submit an annual departmental budget; 

  • To play a significant role in the appointment and induction of new staff, ensuring that they understand the department’s ethos and administrative procedures, including the annual appraisal review;

  • To establish common standards of practice within the department, develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning styles, and seek/implement modification and improvement where required; 

  • To ensure that the department’s quality procedures meet the requirements of self-evaluation and are in accordance with the school development plan;

  • To establish the process of the setting of targets within the department and to work towards their achievement. 

Closing date Wednesday 21th November 2018 at 9 am SP time. 

Please ensure your entire application is in English.  

Applications will be considered as they arrive and the school reserves the right to appoint before the closing date.  

Required for end of January 2019. 


  • To have an appropriate honours university degree qualification;  
  • Licenciatura from a Brazilian university;  
  • To be fully competent in English; 
  • To be fully competent in English;  
  • Passion for education 
  • Ability to embrace new technology
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Leadership
  • Positive approach to problem solving 
  • Ability to motivate and inspire 
  • Flexible attitude 
  • Resilient nature 
  • Good organisation skills 
  • Ability to adopt and implement new technology 
  • Proactive in the innovation of teaching and learning

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