- 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.
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 post provides an exciting opportunity for an applicant with experience in careers and progression advice or in graduate recruitment, selection and development.
The Head of Careers and Work Related Learning will be responsible for this important area of educational provision. The main tasks are:
- assisting students with subject-choices to facilitate educational and career progression through frameworks such as Unifrog, Morrisby psychometric testing and interview advice;
- facilitating high-quality work experience placement opportunities to assist with applications to further education and longer-term career choices;
- providing unbiased awareness-raising opportunities and exposure to a range of progression and careers information/opportunities, which includes arranging a range of visiting speakers from industry, developing careers-related materials for lessons, and gap-year information;
- assisting with career/application skill development such as interviewing or CV/application writing;
- organising and running career-specific events;
- dealing with day-to-day administration.
This role includes the strategic shaping of the school’s on-going provision, adapting it to new and more competitive fields in both course progression and career development and providing advice and opportunities for bright ambitious students at a formative stage of their development.
The Head of Careers and Work Related Learning will:
- ensure the provision and on-going development of high quality careers and work experience guidance and opportunities;
- lead on the strategic overview, based upon the changing international workplace, recruitment patterns, and the School’s aims and development plan;
- guide policies, practices and targets related to careers and progression related choices, work experience and work related learning;
- organise and run, with administrative assistance, the annual year 11 work experience summer placement programme;
- organise and run, with administrative assistance, the L6th Careers Tea.
- continue to review and respond to the increasing demand for high-quality sixth form career experience placements, particularly within more competitive fields;
- oversee and conduct the Morrisby year 10 profiling and year 11 training and guidance sessions (Further training is available for applicants who are not currently trained in this area);
- assist year 11 pupils with their 6th form subject choices relevant to the career of their choice;
- organise and run, with administrative assistance, the annual year 11 careers convention evening;
- represent the department, including public speaking, at relevant events and work-related student and parent evenings;
- secure high level speakers by way of provision of a variety of work related learning lunchtime talks, workshops and other events;
- oversee all aspects of Work Related Learning including Gap Year awareness and Young Enterprise schemes;
- promote and develop career related skills including interview/presentation confidence; advice for improving application success and cv/letter writing skills.
- integrate the work of the department more widely within the school including, where relevant, PSHE, other academic departments, the pastoral framework and the Alumni & Development office;
- develop, together with the Communications office, a range of effective communication strategies to present the various school programmes to local businesses, contacts and other placement opportunities;
- ensure all department activity is conducted in compliance with all relevant School policies and procedures, in particular in relation to Health and Safety and national guidance for best practice within work related learning opportunities;
- develop and maintain the departmental documentation and handbook;
- attend Heads of Department meetings where relevant and integrate the work of the department with other sections of the school;
- manage the Careers and Work Related Learning budget and make appropriate budgetary submissions to the Deputy Bursar;
- report (when appropriate) to the Senior Leadership and Senior Management Teams on Careers and Work Related Learning matters.
Skills and Experience
- enthusiastic with the ability to build connections and strategic working relationships;
- ability to make and develop contacts and initiate opportunities;
- ability to build trust and engage with students;
- coaching, advising, facilitating and encouraging;
- continual professional self-development; a commitment to remaining up to date;
- excellent planning & organisational skills;
- excellent leadership and strategic development skills;
- strong communication and presentation skills;
- good systems, process & document-management skills.
- has up-to date knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and the protection of, children and young people;
- respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams;
- empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community;
- a sense of humour and can-do attitude;
- a generosity of spirit and a willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School;
Outline Terms and Conditions
The role is part time, term time only, working 30 paid hours per week. Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus two additional days immediately preceding the published start of the Michaelmas term, and one additional day immediately prior to the published start date of the Lent term each academic year. The normal working hours for this post will be discussed with the successful candidate and will include a half hour (unpaid) lunch break. In addition the post holder is required to attend the following weekend and evening events:
- Year 11 careers convention – evening;
- Lower sixth careers tea – evening;
- Lower sixth higher education evening;
- Morrisby presentation at the Year 10 tutorial evening;
- Sixth form open evening;
- Open Morning – Saturday morning in September;
Payment for attending these events has been incorporated into the annual salary.
The starting salary will be Scale Point 31 of The Perse School salary scale at £22,654 per annum (which is pro-rated from the full time equivalent of £35,060 per annum, to reflect your part time and term time hours). Salaries are payable monthly in arrears by direct bank transfer, not later than the 26 day of each month. Salary scales will next be reviewed with effect from September 2019. As a member of the support staff you will be eligible to apply for membership of the defined contribution Aviva pension scheme for support staff once you have completed three months’ service. Contributions to this scheme are currently 6.25% (employee) and 13.75% (employer).
Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks, including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays.
This post is ultimately accountable to the Bursar but day to day accountability will be to the Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning) and the post will also meet regularly with the Director of Qualifications and Progression. Virtually all Sixth Formers at the Perse proceed to competitive university courses, and so this post will work closely with The Department of Qualifications and Progression who has responsibility for all areas of university advice, admission and guidance, including Oxbridge, medical and overseas applications amongst others.
Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 interview to meet the Deputy Head (teaching and learning). Candidates will be asked discuss their approach to careers advice that reflects the modern and fast paced working environment alongside university courses and destinations.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th June at 2.00pm, but applications will be considered as they are received; The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. Interviews will be on Thursday 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.
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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