- 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 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
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; the extent of these will vary according to whether the cover is short term or for a longer period.
- To have responsibility for teaching a class of children in any year group throughout The Perse Pelican.
- To ensure the children develop academically, socially, physically and emotionally.
- To make the children’s school experiences happy and exciting and their memories positive.
- On a short term basis to teach the planned and prepared curriculum to engage and inspire the children in your care and to actively involve them in their learning.
- If teaching on a longer term basis to plan and prepare the curriculum to engage and inspire the children and actively involve them in their learning.
- To use a range of teaching strategies.
- To ensure children are appropriately challenged and to have high expectations of their attainment.
- To give children specific feedback that is designed to develop their learning.
- To leave a tidy classroom for the class teacher with work marked as appropriate.
- 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 share responsibility for the well-being and discipline of the children.
- To support and implement the agreed aims and policies of the school.
- To participate in duty rotas as required by the Headmistress.
- To supervise the children whilst eating lunch with them.
- To follow the school policy concerning Child Protection and comply with its requirements concerning record keeping and reporting to the designated members of staff for child protection.
- 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.
- 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.
You may be required to undertake such other reasonable duties from time to time as the School may reasonably require.
The successful candidate must have the following:
- A passion for supporting children’s learning
- A reflective approach to their educational practice and a willingness to participate in ongoing further development.
- The energy and enthusiasm to work effectively in a busy day-school environment
- Empathy for pupils, staff and the community.
- The ability to work effectively both as part of a team and also independently.
- The ability to manage commitments and deadlines.
- A healthy sense of humour, a ‘can do’ attitude and most importantly the flexibility needed to work effectively in a Nursery and Pre-Prep school environm
- Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, enabling the teacher to liaise appropriately with the children, staff and parents and to teach the children effectively
- Strong administrative skills.
The successful candidate must be a qualified teacher and will have experience of teaching in a pre-prep or primary setting.
This job specification will be reviewed regularly and changes may be made by agreement with the Headmistress.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21 February 2020 at midday, but applications will be considered as they are received; The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date.
- 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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