Director of Performing Arts


The Opportunity

Set in 85 acres of Suffolk parkland, Old Buckenham Hall is one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful preparatory schools. Since 1862, it has provided children with a rigorous curriculum and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities, all underpinned by an outstanding system of pastoral care. A co-educational school for children aged 2 to 13, OBH serves a boarding and day community that go on attend some of the most aspirational senior schools in the UK. Many of these pupils leave having achieved scholarships. Regular destinations include Eton, Harrow, Oundle, Uppingham and Rugby, as well schools in East Anglia.

OBH is looking to appoint a talented and committed individual to the significant role of Director of Performing Arts. The successful candidate will be expected to lead in the delivery of Music and Drama at the school, supported by a specialist team of peripatetic staff. Performing Arts at OBH has long been a successful area of school and celebrates individuals like Benjamin Britten among its previous pupils. More recent successes include the School Choir recording with a world-famous pop rock band and, separately, the Chamber Choir currently preparing to record for Classic FM.


A generous remuneration package, free school meals, use of all school facilities, and membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme will be available for the successful candidate.

Start date: 1st September 2024 or 1st January 2025, depending on the successful candidate.

To apply, please send a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, application form and equal opportunities form (optional), to [email protected] by no later than midday Friday 10th May.



Old Buckenham Hall is committed to safeguarding children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with any past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Equality Statement

Employees and prospective employees will not be unfairly discriminated against on grounds of disability, gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, belief, culture, nationality, national origin, age, sexual orientation and trade union membership or non-membership. This list is not exhaustive and there are other forms of discrimination that will not be tolerated.


Deadline for applications: Midday Friday 10th May


Director of Performing Arts  – Job Description

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