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Head – Westminster Abbey Choir School



RSAcademics is delighted to have been appointed by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey and Chairman of Governors, to seek a new Head for the Choir School on the retirement of Jonathan Milton after 17 years of outstanding service.

Westminster Abbey is internationally known for the dignity and magnificence of the great State occasions of this country. For the last one hundred years or so, the choristers have been separately educated in the Westminster Abbey Choir School, which is unique amongst Choir Schools in educating only the boys in the Choir.

With a unique location in Dean’s Yard by Westminster Abbey, the present Choir School opened in 1918, although choristers (who first started singing in the Abbey in the 14th century) have been educated hereabouts since Elizabethan times.

The successful candidate will be a truly remarkable educator who understands the value of the life-changing musical opportunities, the huge importance of the very best in pastoral care and the special qualities needed to prepare the boys for some of the most prestigious senior schools in the country.

Living and working in a community with an internationally renowned reputation for excellence, within such a magnificent setting, will demand someone who is exceptional.

The 30 pupils ranging from Year 4 to Year 8 not only benefit from an exceptional musical education in a Christian environment and a happy and supportive place in which to live but also receive a broad academic grounding. This enables pupils to go on to senior school as “confident, well-balanced individuals, able to take their places in society as good citizens and to form strong enduring relationships with others”  ISI Inspection, 2015.

The successful applicant will be a committed Christian who understands the complex needs of the whole community. They will lead by example and have an innate understanding of the values that underpin this great institution.

To Apply

A draft candidate information brochure and the application form can be viewed and downloaded in the ‘About this Vacancy’ section to the right hand side of this page.  The final candidate information brochure will be available during the w/c 7th January 2019.  Please email Angela Short (details below) if you would like to receive a copy.

To have an initial, confidential discussion about the role, please contact:

Angela Short – or 07786 134195

Kate Howe – or 07956 557347

Diana Watkins – or 07831 660604

Westminster Abbey Choir School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 21 January 2019 10:00am