Pipe Major’s Job for George Watson’s

One of the most sought after jobs in the pipe band world is now advertised. The new Pipe Major for the award-winning George Watson’s School band will replace P/M Ian Simpson who is retiring after a stellar career leading the juvenile World Championship winners.

The spec reads: George Watson’s College wishes to appoint a Pipe Major to be the lead teacher of bagpipes within the Pipe Band. Teaching individual pupils at all levels and stages throughout the school and directing the work of the School’s pipe bands in rehearsals, competitions and performances.

Hours of work will be 38.75 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. The salary for this position will be in the Grade 6 range which currently stands at £38,862 – £43,748 per annum (based on 36.25 hours per week, 52 weeks per year). This equates to £41,542 – £46,765 per annum.

Other benefits include:

  • 7 weeks annual leave (two weeks taken over Christmas and New year)
  • Automatic enrolment in the contributory support staff defined contribution pension scheme 
  • Reduced school fees at George Watson’s College for children of staff
  • Membership of the Galleon Club (the School’s Fitness Club)

To apply, please send a letter of application of not more than 800 words giving us more information about you and why you would like the role, addressed to Mr Gordon Boyd, Head of Senior School. The letter, completed application form and diversity monitoring form must reach Mrs Jane Robinson, Head of Human Resources by email (vacancies@gwc.org.uk), no later than noon on Friday 4 February 2022

Any specific questions relating to the advertised post can be put directly to Mick O’Neill by emailing m.oneill@gwc.org.uk. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be asked to teach a lesson to an individual pupil and work with a small group of pipers as part of the selection process.

If you require more information about the School, please visit our school website. Closing date: noon on Friday 4 February 2022. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 24 February 2022

Job Description (PDF)  Application Form (DOCX)

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