- 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 2019 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.
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
The role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the pastoral development of over 1200 pupils at a leading independent co-educational day school. The Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) will take over from Gail Hague (Assistant Head – welfare and admissions) from the 1st September 2020.
Public exam results regularly place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally and in a typical year over 40 pupils will receive Oxbridge offers. The Perse is a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, academic and caring, flexible and structured, industrious and fun. All teachers and pupils are required to demonstrate 3D excellence in contributing to the academic, pastoral and extra-curricular life of the school. Our values shape what we do and how we do it. Alongside endeavour and scholarship we promote balance, wellbeing, perspective, and valuing one another and our environment.
The post holder will need to be emotionally intelligent with excellent communication skills. This is a job for a proactive and hands-on leader who is able to juggle multiple demands on their time and keep a sense of perspective. The Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) will need to be effective with both big picture strategy and small detail operations with a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. The new post will strengthen the leadership and management of the pastoral team and further improve pupil welfare standards.
The Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) is a member of the Perse’s 3-18 Senior Leadership Team, and will deputise for the Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare) at Upper Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meetings as appropriate.
The Upper ELT consists of the Head, Senior Deputy Head, Deputy Heads, Bursar, Director of ICT and Director of Business Development with the Director of Communication, Registrar, and Director of HR attending as required.
The 3-18 Senior Leadership Team consists of the Upper ELT plus the Head of the Junior Division, Pelican Head, Pelican and Prep Deputy Heads, and the Upper Assistant Heads, Section Heads and relevant Directors.
Job Description: Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare)
The Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare). The post holder will play a key role within the pastoral team, working closely with the Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare), Assistant Head (Pupil Development), pastoral tutors, Heads of Year, Section Heads, Senior Tutors and Chaplain in delivering high quality pastoral care.
The portfolio of the combined pupil development and welfare team includes the following key school functions:
- Responsibility for proactive and reactive pastoral care for pupils in the school;
- Setting standards and monitoring pupil behaviour and discipline, oversight of pupil investigations and the sanctions and rewards structure;
- Responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding;
- Oversight of the School Council, Pupil Voice, Anti-bullying Ambassadors and the Green Team;
- Coordination of pupil surveys;
- Oversight of the PSHE curriculum and the delivery of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education through assemblies and tutorials;
- Responsibility for pupil registration and attendance in conjunction with the Attendance Officer, Tutors, Year Heads and Section Heads;
- Liaising with the Perse Parents’ Association and seeking ways to enhance the parent experience at events and through effective communications such as the Parent Portal and Perse Post;
- Developing pupil leadership opportunities; supporting the Prefect Coordinator;
- Oversight of School Uniform, including the supply, affordability and maintaining pupil standards of attire;
- Organisation of Tutorial Evenings and the coordination of pastoral themed seminars for parents in conjunction with the Perse Parents Association;
- Responsibility for the awarding of Colours and Awards, including the organisation of Speech Day and end of term prize winner assemblies.
The precise boundaries between the Deputy/Assistant Head in the discharging of these responsibilities will be open to some discussion in respect to the particular skills and experiences of the successful candidate. It is also hoped that the post holder can be given some exposure to the full range of roles so that they can be developed towards deputy/headship in the future.
However it is envisaged that the successful candidate will primarily be tasked with the following:
Deputise for the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) within the Upper School
- Be the Mental Health Lead for the Upper School
- Be the Prevent Lead for the Upper School
- Be the Domestic Violence Lead for Upper, Prep and Pelican
- Meet regularly with the Prep and Pelican Safeguarding teams
- Day to day management of safeguarding files and assisting the Upper School’s DSL to ensure that the School is compliant with current safeguarding legislation and practice.
- Assist in providing support and safeguarding training for staff.
- Attend case conferences and other child protection meetings where necessary.
- Liaise as appropriate with safeguarding staff in other schools and the local authority.
- Take on pupil cases where necessary (or arrange for another suitable professional to be involved) to support Tutors/Heads of Year/Section
- Attend a timetabled meeting with Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare) each cycle to discuss pastoral and pupil issues.
- Attend a meeting with the Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare), senior tutors and chaplain at least fortnightly over pastoral concerns
- Meet with the nurses at least fortnightly over pastoral concerns and line manage the Lead Nurse
- Meet with the counsellors at least fortnightly and oversee counselling provision, being the line manager for the school counsellors.
- Attend and contribute to Pastoral Team meetings as arranged
- Maintain pupil welfare files and complete risk assessments and safety plans for pupils as necessary.
- Liaise regularly with the Head of Pastoral Care at the Prep re: siblings and families
- Provide professional support and give advice to staff on pastoral issues when the need arises.
- Develop and maintain a Health and Wellbeing section of the School’s intranet for use by pupils
- Maintain the School’s policies on Mental Health and Wellbeing and Fitness to Study
- Teaching throughout the school in a manner appropriate to pupils’ ages and abilities.
- Assessing and recording pupils’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies.
- Preparing pupils for university applications in related subjects.
- Attending and contributing to departmental meetings.
- Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources.
- Monitoring the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs.
- Maintaining professional skills through INSET and our Professional Development programme.
- Exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum to enhance Teaching and Learning.
Extra-curricular and pastoral
All teachers at The Perse School are required to be a form tutor and contribute to the extra-curricular programme, alongside their academic teaching. These (3D) elements of a teacher’s role are fundamental to working at the school and are embedded in our core values. Teachers are required to:
- Contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment.
- Be a form tutor.
- Contribute to the PSHEE or Emotional Wellbeing programme.
- Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all children and young persons and caring for those for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
Person Specification: Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare)
- High Class Honours Degree.
- PGCE desirable but by no means essential.
Personal competencies and qualities
The ideal candidate will be someone:-
- Who is pastorally astute, caring and emotionally intelligent.
- With excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Who is a good judge of situations and processes, and who listens well and reflects on information and advice.
- Who has already held a middle-management post, ideally of a pastoral nature.
- With the ability to get on well with a population of unusually gifted and independent-minded pupils, parents, and staff with the right balance of sensitivity, humour, flexibility and decisiveness.
- Able to motivate and inspire others – both colleagues and pupils.
- With the ability to manage both the big picture and small detail.
- With a considerable work-rate and high degree of accuracy and administrative efficiency.
- With the PR skills, gravitas and public speaking talents needed to represent the School on public occasions.
- With diplomatic skills to deal with potentially contentious parental, pupil, staff and public concerns.
- With a creative, imaginative and positive approach to problem solving.
- With a generosity of spirit which accepts that there will be a significant amount of out-of-normal-hours work to be done.
- And with the resilience, perspective and stamina needed for all of the above.
The job specification will be reviewed biennially as part of the professional development cycle. Any changes may only be made by agreement with the Head and Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare).
The Assistant Head (Pupil Welfare) will be a full member of the 3-18 Senior Leadership Team (SLT). As such they will be expected to attend Senior Leadership Team meetings, which are used for school management and professional development purposes.
The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 periods. Most members of staff teach about 58 periods per cycle including games and enrichment sessions. All new members of staff receive training and induction and the post holder will receive a significant period remission for this role. An office and appropriate administrative support will also be given.
Full details about the School, its locality, salary, teacher benefits and staff profiles can be viewed at the school website: http://www.perse.co.uk/job-vacancies/. This is an important senior role and a commensurate salary package will be offered.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position. However, we would expect the successful applicant to have relevant experience and skills.
2019 ISI Inspection Report
The Pelican, Prep and Upper were inspected during the spring of 2019. The inspection report can be viewed at http://www.perse.co.uk/about-us/our-approach/inspection-reports/
Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
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 UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.
The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on the School website.
Candidates will be invited to spend time at the School and to meet the Head and Deputy Heads.
The closing date for applications is 23rd January at 12.00pm, but applications will be considered as they are received. The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date and interviews will be arranged from the 27th January to 7th February.
- 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.
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.
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.
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