The Perse School

Vacancies

After School “Owls” Assistant
Pelican
Closing date 12th Sep 2017, 12:00pm

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School Description

The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.

Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the School were classified as outstanding in its 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.

We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.

The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We are a dynamic school of around 150 pupils. There are around 40 staff. For a taste of what it is like to work at the Pelican, please see the ‘meet the staff’ page.

The Pelican is over-subscribed. Its main entry point is Nursery, and the vast majority of pupils progress to the Prep in Year 3. There is one member of staff to every eight children in Nursery and one to ten in all other years. Every class benefits from its own full-time teaching assistant. As an ‘outstanding’ school, we are exempt from the Learning and Development requirements of the EYFS, so we have greater flexibility to meet our pupils’ needs.

In the last decade we have invested around £40m in new facilities at our three schools. The Pelican School began life in 1911 as a boarding house and has retained its welcoming and homely feel while benefiting from sympathetic updates and extension.

For an overview of the benefits of working here, please see our reasons to work at The Perse,

The Role

Reporting to

As a member of the non-teaching staff, the Owl’s Assistant’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Pelican Head. 

Key Responsibilities

  • To work under the direction of the leading Owls’ supervisor
  • To assist with the supervision of the children following the end of the day’s lessons until they are collected by their parents/carers
  • To ensure that school processes and policies are adhered to at all times
  • To behave at all times in a professional manner when dealing with children, staff and parentsThis job description may be amended from time to time following discussion with the successful candidate.

Safeguarding

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Appropriate skills and commitment to working with young children are required for this role.

Relevant experience in a school setting is desirable but not essential; however some experience with young children is important. Suitable candidates will need to be organised, reliable, able to communicate with parents and work effectively with teaching staff, as well as demonstrating appropriate understanding of children’s needs.

OUTLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Working Hours

This post is part-time, term-time only (35 weeks) on up to 5 afternoons a week from 3.15pm up to the latest time of 5.30pm. The actual working days will be arranged with the successful candidate.

Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus two additional days immediately preceding the published start date of the Michaelmas term, and one additional day immediately prior to the published start date of the Lent term each academic year. 

Salary

The agreed rate for this post will be £11.57 per hour. This rate is inclusive of any equivalent pro-rated holiday pay.

Holidays

Paid holiday entitlement is pro rata to 6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays. This is included in your hourly rate of pay.

Staff Benefits

The School operates a defined contribution Pension Scheme which all support staff are eligible to join once they have completed three months’ service and to which the School and the member of staff both contribute. Contributions are currently 13.75% and 6.25% respectively.

The School operates a Group Life Assurance Scheme that members of staff are automatically included in on the date of appointment.

The School’s Sports Centre is available for use by staff at various times during the week.

The School is keen to help develop the skills of its staff and looks to provide appropriate training as necessary.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Safer Recruitment

The Perse School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with Sections 15-25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006). 

For this position, applicants will also be required to confirm that they are not disqualified from working in connection with early or later years provision (under The Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009), by completion of a Self-Declaration Form.

Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.

Relevant Policies

The following documents are available for your information on the School website, or by request from the HR Department:

  • Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure
  • Recruitment of Ex-offenders policy statement
  • Equality and Dignity at Work statement for job applicants.

Closing date: Tuesday, 12th September, 2017 at midday.

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy

Safeguarding

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safer Recruitment

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.

 

How to Apply

Please apply using our online system.

Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email recruitment@perse.co.uk

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