The Perse School


Classroom Teacher – Maternity Cover
Closing date 8th Sep 2017, 12:00pm



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 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

The Perse School is looking to appoint a high quality Classroom Teacher to join the Pelican School, for a temporary period to cover a maternity leave ideally from January 2018.

The Pelican, Prep and Upper were inspected during the spring of 2016.  The inspection report can be viewed at


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.


As a member of the teaching staff, the Teacher will report to the Head of the Pelican, however much of the routinely occurring day-to-day matters will be managed in conjunction with the Deputy Head.

General Professional Duties

The following duties shall be deemed to be included in the professional duties which you will be required to perform:


  • To have responsibility for teaching a class of children.
  • To ensure the children develop academically, socially, physically and emotionally.
  • To make the children’s school experiences happy and exciting and their memories positive.
  • To plan and prepare the curriculum to engage and inspire the children in your care and to actively involve them in their learning.
  • To employ a range of teaching strategies.
  • To ensure children are appropriately challenged and to have high expectations of their attainment.
  • To set targets for the children’s learning according to their individual needs and structure teaching to enable them to succeed.
  • To give children specific feedback that is designed to develop their learning.
  • To assess, record and report on the development, progress and attainment of pupils both internally and externally including to parents, other year group staff, assessment and SEN co-ordinators and the Headmistress.
  • To maintain a vibrant and stimulating classroom environment.
  • To liaise with other teachers and teaching assistants in the execution of the above.
  • To follow the conditions of Employment of Teachers having due regard to the requirements of the EYFS, the National Curriculum, the school’s aims, objectives and schemes of work and all policies of the Governing Body.

Other Activities

  • To become fully involved in the life of the school, attending school functions and events as requested.
  • To share responsibility for the well-being and discipline of the children.
  • To support and implement the agreed aims and policies of the school.
  • To contribute to staff meetings.
  • To participate in all duty rotas as required by the Headmistress.
  • To lead playtime activities on a rota basis and to supervise the children whilst eating lunch with them.
  • To follow the school policy concerning Safeguarding and Child Protection and comply with its requirements concerning record keeping and reporting to the designated members of staff for child protection. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • To follow the school’s discipline policy and safeguard children’s health and safety, both when they are authorised to be on the school premises and when they are engaged in authorised school activities elsewhere.
  • To participate in the rota to lead an extra-curricular club in the event of a club coach being absent.
  • As required, to attend assemblies, register and supervise pupils, whether these duties are to be performed before, during or after the main school day.
  • To undertake any other activities reasonably requested by the Headmistress.



  • Honours Degree.
  • PGCE.

Relevant Skills and Experience

  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of literacy, attention to detail and ability to use initiative.
  • High order administrative skills, effectively manages commitments and deadlines.
  • ICT competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies.

Personal competencies and qualities

  • Motivation to work with children and the capacity to inspire pupils of all abilities and enhance pupil learning.
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
  • Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community.
  • Shares in the values that define the School community: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another.
  • Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school and with colleagues in other organisations.
  • Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage participation in activities both inside and outside the classroom and a willingness to take part in / organise trips and visits.
  • A generosity of spirit and a willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School.
  • Committed to continual personal and professional development.
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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