The Perse School


Assistant Head (Educational Opportunities)
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 7th Jun 2017, 2:00pm



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 provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.

In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre (currently under construction).

There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.

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

The Role
  • Introduction

This position is an exciting opportunity to shape and implement strategy at one of the country’s most successful schools. A level exam results place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally, and we have been the number one co-ed school for GCSE results in The Times for the last three years. In a typical year over 40 pupils will receive offers from Oxbridge, and there will be a similar number of offers from medical schools.

The Perse is a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, academic and caring, flexible and structured, industrious and fun. Our clearly articulated values shape what we do and how we do it. Alongside endeavour and scholarship we promote balance, wellbeing, and valuing one another. Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good.

  • Context

The Perse is committed to educational excellence and accessibility. Excellence requires significant expenditure on staff and facilities to provide an exceptional education. Accessibility is achieved by a downward pressure on fee increases to keep The Perse affordable for full fee payers, and by providing means tested bursaries to keep The Perse open to families who could not otherwise afford the full fee. This creates tensions as the costs of recruiting and retaining excellent staff, developing high quality facilities, and providing bursaries put significant upward pressure on fees which if fully implemented could limit affordability and restrict accessibility. In order to balance these competing demands, and fund The Perse’s increasing public benefit and outreach work (which both benefit the School community and the organisations we support), we are growing non fee income streams. These streams include fundraising (overseen by our alumni and development office), commercial lets (overseen by the bursary) and new educational opportunities. The latter will be the focus of this position.

  • Job Role

The Perse wishes to develop new educational income steams overseas and / or in the UK. These income streams will be generated from high quality educational activities that benefit all involved and are consistent with The Perse’s vision and values. We are looking for both financial and educational gains.

Internationally the School is aware of the financial and educational opportunities that some leading UK schools are already accessing through license, co-operation and ‘manchise’ agreements with international partners. The Perse believes that in its vision, values, distinctive pedagogy, staff expertise, results, history, and Cambridge location it has the necessary credentials to be an excellent partner in high calibre international educational projects. The Perse is actively considering partnerships with leading providers in carefully selected overseas markets.

Within the UK, many parents are looking to enhance their children’s state education but cannot afford an independent school fee. There is a growing market for education services that ‘top up’ a core state school provision for example ‘summer schools’, ‘revision courses’, and tutoring. This ‘state school plus’ market is large and growing, and represents an interesting financial and educational opportunity.

The Perse has employed a Business Development Consultant to evaluate potential concepts on a commercial basis. The Assistant Head (educational opportunities) will join the Business Development Consultant and take selected projects further through detailed educational planning. In time it is anticipated that some projects will come to fruition, and that the Assistant Head will then focus on implementation.

The exact detail of the opportunities available to the School remain fluid, and are commercially sensitive. As such further information will be provided to short listed candidates prior to interview.

The successful applicant will be required to embed themselves in The Perse so that they fully understand the School’s distinctive educational offering prior to extending this into new areas. S/he will be member of the senior management team. It is anticipated that the post holder will play a proportionate role in the day to day life of The Perse via teaching and / or extra curricular activities, although the exact nature of this contribution will need to flex around the demands of project work.

  • Person Specification


The following are required for this post:

  1. High class honours degree
  2. A teaching qualification and / or appropriate teaching experience

Personal competencies and qualities

The ideal candidate will be someone:

  1. With experience of international education, including teaching international qualifications such as I A level and IB
  2. With a sharp and analytical mind that can see both the big picture and important details within it.
  3. With excellent written and oral communication skills.
  4. Who is a good judge of people, processes and situations (both in familiar and unfamiliar cultures), and who listens well and reflects on information and advice before making decisions.
  5. Who can demonstrate a track record of significant influence/achievement at a school-wide level, or senior management experience.
  6. Who is entrepreneurial in nature and willing to think ‘outside the box’ to access new opportunities in a considered way.
  7. Who is a resilient self starter, who quickly grasps new briefs and learns from any set backs.
  8. Who whilst being part of a team can also work independently and at times from a remote base.
  9. With a creative, imaginative and positive approach to problem solving.
  10. With a generosity of spirit which accepts that there will be a significant amount of out of normal hours work to be done, and that the exact job specification will evolve with the opportunities taken.
  • Outline Benefits

The post will be based at The Perse School in Cambridge, but the post holder must be willing to undertake international travel.

The post will be offered on a teaching staff contract, but some out of term work will be required.

The salary will be commensurate with the position, and the skills and experience of the successful candidate. Assistance is provided with removal expenses, and private health insurance is offered. Teaching staff are members of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

  • Application process

Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form.

Any queries regarding the applications process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at

  • Interviews

Candidates will be invited to spend a day at The Perse to meet relevant staff. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 2pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy


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

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