The Perse School


Exam Invigilator
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 20th Nov 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 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

Reporting to

The External Exam Invigilator will report to the Director of Qualifications and Progression but day to day contact and management with be through the Qualifications & Progression Administrator.

Job Purpose

To conduct examinations in full compliance with the regulations laid down by JCQ (JCQ Instructions for Conducting Examinations – as amended annually) or other external awarding body eg Cambridge International Exams, Cambridge Assessment. External invigilators are also employed for the invigilation of some internal examinations, where internal regulations apply. 

Key Responsibilities – External Examinations 

To ensure that examinations are conducted in accordance with the regulations, a copy of which will be in the examination room, exam invigilators must:


  • Ensure that they give their full attention to the task of invigilating at all times, and not undertake other tasks (eg reading) in the examination room.

Starting an examination

  • Assist examinations office staff in the start of the exam, including the laying up of the room in accordance with the room plan, distributing answer paper, formula books, question papers etc as appropriate.
  • Assist examinations office staff in ensuring that every candidate has everything required before the start of the exam, and in ensuring that all other starting requirements are carried out efficiently.
  • Ensure that start and finish times are displayed correctly on the board and cross checked.

During an examination

  • Ensure that they respond promptly to any candidate who raises their hand.
  • Ensure that they call the reserve invigilator where required to accompany a candidate who needs to leave the exam room, or in the case of any difficulty.
  • Ensure that candidates who have a break between papers are supervised in full compliance with JCQ regulations, and candidates who require supervision over lunch remain in the exam room until collected.
  • When undertaking supervision of clash candidates, ensure that they do not have any contact with others not under supervision.
  • Ensure that there is no talking or other communication between candidates once the examination has started, or any other form of malpractice.
  • Ensure that any matter of concern is brought to the attention of the Qualifications and Progression Administrator or Director of Qualifications & Progression immediately.

Finishing an examination

  • Ensure that each examination ends at the prescribed time, noting and attending to the various finishing times for different examinations and candidates.
  • Ensure that candidates have filled in the necessary details on the front of their answer books.
  • Ensure that at the end of the examination all scripts are collected and placed in the order of candidates on the attendance register.
  • Ensure that candidates attach rough work to their scripts when handing in.
  • Ensure that worked scripts, used and unused question papers are kept separate.
  • Ensure that no candidates remove anything from the exam room, except what they brought in.
  • Ensure that worked scripts, question papers and unused paper are not left in examination rooms at the end of the session, but are either handed over to the Qualifications and progression Administrator or the Senior Invigilator or given to reception.
  • Collect candidate number cards in order and lay up for the next exam in accordance with the room plan.

Key Responsibilities – Internal Examinations 

  • To ensure that internal examinations are conducted appropriately and securely in accordance with internal regulations. 



  • Educated to a minimum of A level standard.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the organisation of a large school is desirable.


  • No experience of invigilating is required; full training will be given.

Skills and Abilities

  • Careful attention to detail and organisation
  • Ability to interpret and follow regulations
  • Ability to use initiative in responding to situations
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Empathy for pupils and staff.


Working Hours

Once appointed, the Invigilator will become part of the Invigilator bank team and will be called upon as and when required by the Qualifications and Progression Department. The invigilator’s exact working hours will then be determined according to their availability for the timetabled examinations as advised to the Qualifications and Progression Administrator.

The requirement for work is during term time only. 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.


The agreed rate that will be paid for the academic year 2017-2018 is £9.25 per hour. This rate is inclusive of pro-rated holiday pay (based on the statutory annual leave entitlement of 5.6 weeks per year inclusive of public holidays).

In order to make deductions for tax and national insurance, your payments will be arranged through the payroll by completion of a monthly timesheet.

To apply

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

The closing date for completed applications is: 20 November 2017 at 12 noon but we would welcome applications at your earliest opportunity.

Any queries from job applicants may be addressed to:


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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