The Perse School


Graduate Assistant: English & Drama
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 5th Jun 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

The school is looking to appoint a Graduate Assistant to work in the English and Drama department at The Perse Upper School, for a fixed period of 12 months during term time from 31st August 2017 to 30th August 2018 (the contract includes paid holiday).

The role is an exciting opportunity for a graduate considering a career in the theatre or in teaching. The position will offer a comprehensive experience developing skills in a supportive and collegiate environment. The opportunity may lead to a full time teaching post or act as an excellent introduction to a PGCE course or serve as a way in to professional work in the theatre. Three recent Graduates Assistants in the department have all gone on to secure places on courses at major Drama Schools; others have secured permanent teaching positions in the department. The department’s Drama provision was rated as ‘exceptional’ in a recent ISI Inspection report and results in English – both in public examinations and elsewhere – are highly successful. The role will enable the appointed candidate to take part in all aspects of the department’s work. 


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. 

Reporting to:

As a member of the support staff, the Drama/English Assistant’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Director of English and Drama.


The responsibilities of the post holder may vary depending on the demands of each school but may include the following areas:

Specific to English and Drama Department

  • To assist with Drama productions and rehearsals as directed by the Director of English and Drama. This will involve some evening and weekend work;
  • To assist in the running of departmental clubs and societies with possible opportunities to manage creative projects;
  • To assist with the administration of departmental trips and other activities;
  • To carry out a wide range of administrative and support tasks as directed by the Director of English and Drama;
  • To support the role of the Theatre Director in Residence;
  • To support the role of the Head of English;
  • To cover English and Drama lessons – on occasion – for absent colleagues;
  • To assist with some routine administrative tasks.


  • General
  • Participating in the school’s extra-curricular programme;
  • Attending and contributing to departmental meetings;
  • Maintaining professional skills our Professional Development programme;
  • Producing displays to create an attractive learning environment in the department.

Skills and Experience:  

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work independently, quickly and efficiently;
  • Excellent time keeping and organisational skills;
  • Has up-to date knowledge in relation to working with, and the protection of, children and young people;
  • Proven communication, organisational and interpersonal skills;
  • High order administrative skills;
  • Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams;
  • Confidence, tenacity, flexibility and adaptability;
  • Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community;
  • A healthy sense of humour and can-do attitude.

English and Drama – essential

  • Interest in Drama (and/or English) and a willingness to assist in lessons;
  • Experience and interest in backstage areas of theatre production;
  • Willingness to assist with rehearsal set up – laying out rehearsal rooms, mark-ups, organising production team areas;
  • Interest in drama in education and the importance and benefits of drama to self-confidence, discipline and team-working;
  • Experience in working with young people in theatre (perhaps time spent with a youth theatre or weekend drama company);
  • Ability to work independently, quickly and efficiently – follow production/play/workshop/lesson briefing and deliver it in a swift and efficient manner.

English and Drama – desirable

  • Technical theatre experience – possibly in lighting or sound;
  • Prop sourcing;
  • Prop making;
  • Good knowledge of British theatre scene and current trends in styles, influences and leading practitioners and theatre companies;
  • Current, full UK driving license.



Working Hours

Your normal hours of work will be from registration in the morning until the end of all of the School’s afternoon lessons, or the end of relevant extra-curricular activities, on Mondays to Fridays (inclusive), whichever is the later, during term time[1]. You are also expected to work some additional hours (including evening work where necessary) for which no overtime will be paid. Such additional hours will include, but not be limited to, participation in the School’s sporting, recreational and enrichment programme and attendance at the School’s parents’ evenings, School Open events, etc. Non pensionable weekend payments may be made for some authorised weekend activities in accordance with School policy.

[1] 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 salary will be £21,500 for the duration of the fixed term contract and is inclusive of 30 days paid holiday entitlement. No holiday may be taken in term time. Salaries are payable monthly in arrears by direct bank transfer, not later than the 26th day of each month.

All members of staff who take responsibility for a team fixture or other preauthorised School responsibility on a weekend will be paid a Weekend Payment Allowance, when authorised to do so by the Senior Deputy Head. All payments will be subject to the appropriate tax and national insurance deductions and pensions auto-enrolment provisions.


Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks, including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays.

The closing date for completed applications is 5th June at 12 noon and interviews will be on 14th June.

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.

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