- 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 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 Perse School is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and ambitious hockey coach for September 2020 to join an extremely successful, collaborative and enthusiastic team. The opportunity has arisen due to the departure of Jon Peckett, who has recently been appointed to an exciting new role at The Perse School, Suzhou. This is a fabulous opportunity to motivate and inspire talented pupils, working within a very supportive and collegiate department. Pupils at The Perse School are ambitious, intelligent and industrious.
The Perse is a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, academic and sporty with a caring, flexible, industrious and fun approach to education. All teachers and pupils are required to demonstrate ‘3D excellence’ and contribute to the academic, pastoral and extra-curricular life of the school. Our values shape what we do and how we do it. Alongside endeavour and scholarship we promote balance, wellbeing, perspective, and valuing one another and our environment.
Full details about the School, its locality, teacher benefits and current teaching staff profiles can be viewed and downloaded from the school website.
The department is led by an experienced and supportive leadership team consisting of the Director of Sport – Glenn Kirkham (who played hockey for Great Britain at two Olympic Games), and two Assistant Directors of Sport, Emma Jones (England and Mavericks netball coach) and John Peckett (former England and GB hockey player). In addition the department includes Liam St John, Head of Rugby (England Lambs and Level 4 rugby coach) and Sean Park, Head of Cricket (Natal and England Unicorns). In total the PE and Games department is composed of 9 full time teachers and an additional 8 sports coaches. The sports specialists are supported by a wide range of teaching staff from different departmental faculties who coach in games sessions and take responsibility for sports teams at the weekend. This creates an exciting opportunity to work alongside and learn from a very talented team of staff.
The staff are committed to ensuring all pupils find a sport or activity they enjoy which they will hopefully pursue after leaving school. The School strives for excellence both in performance and attitude, and we cater for everyone – regardless of ability – by providing a very high standard of coaching, and excellent facilities and opportunities to train and compete. We field around 160 teams each year and play on average 450 matches per term. We aim high but perhaps more importantly foster the sporting values of sportsmanship, good conduct, respect for officials, discipline, reliance, leadership, teamwork, winning honorably, losing graciously and simply having fun. The major team sports are: hockey (boys and girls), netball (girls), rugby (boys), cricket (boys and girls), and tennis (boys and girls). In addition pupils play basketball, football, badminton and table tennis matches and take part in athletics, rowing, dance and climbing competitions. All members of staff who take a team at the weekend in term time are able to claim an additional weekend payment of approximately £110 per day.
The staff are committed to using pioneering teaching and coaching methods to bring sport to life for all our pupils. This is a very harmonious department where the active sharing of ideas and resources is the norm, ensuring the best teaching and learning occurs in lessons. Teachers encourage pupils to focus on individual progression within the curriculum by ensuring the programme is stimulating, varied and creative. We strongly believe that competitive sport is an essential component of our provision and pupils have an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sports at different ability levels.
Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the school’s website:
PE and Games Department: http://www.perse.co.uk/upper/subjects/
The department also has active twitter accounts for each sport including hockey: @PerseHockey and a main account: @PerseSport
We aim to deliver a hockey programme that allows pupils to strive for excellence in an enjoyable and positive environment. The high quality coaching and facilities enable every pupil to develop their hockey skills and enjoy competitive match play regardless of ability. The School has three identical full sized Tiger Turf astro turf pitches. Two are at the Upper School, one with floodlights and one at the Prep School. In addition there is a smaller Tiger Turf warm up area at the Upper adjacent to the astro turf pitches for training and short corner practice.
Hockey is played as the main sport for girls in the Michaelmas Term and boys in the Lent Term throughout all year groups. Pupils joining in Year 7 and 8 play “mini hockey” (7-aside on a half pitch) where the emphasis is on individual skill development and understanding of the rules of hockey. As pupils move to Year 9 we switch to 11-aside where greater focus is placed on tactical awareness whilst still emphasising the importance of individual core skill development. Once pupils reach the senior teams much more emphasis is placed on developing consistency of team play and maximising individual performance through physical conditioning and video analysis.
The traditional values of hard work, commitment, good manners and sportsmanship are all held in high esteem, complemented by the total commitment of the coaching staff to individual needs, personal welfare and every pupil’s enjoyment of the game.
All teams play competitive outdoor fixtures against a well-established and strong fixture list. These fixtures include schools such as Whitgift, Sevenoaks, Framlingham, Merchant Taylors, Ipswich, Norwich and The Leys. Teams are also entered in to the EHB Schools Championships at U14, U16 and U18 age group levels.
During the Michaelmas Term we also train and prepare for indoor hockey competitions and enter the U16 and U18 National Schools Championships as well as playing friendly fixtures against other local schools and clubs.
The Perse has achieved success consistently over recent years at national level in hockey. Most notable achievements include:
2019 U14 & U13 National Finalists
2018 U16, U14 & U13 National Finalists
2017 U18 Indoor National Finalists, U13 Boys National Finalists
2016 U18 Indoor National Finalists
2015 U18 School Cup National Semi Finalists, U16 & U18 Indoor National Finalists
2019 U14 National Finalists, U16 Indoor National Finalists, U16 National Quarter-Final
2018 U13 National Finalists and U16 National Quarter-Final
2017 U18 National Indoor Finalists, U18 Girls National finalists
2015 U16 National Indoor Runner’s Up
High level hockey players participate in the elite sports programme, supported by the Strength and Conditioning Coach. This has been established to provide the support they require to grow their ambitions within their sport and succeed in their academic studies. Former students to have recently represented international teams include Tess Howard (England and Great Britain), Zaman Akhter (England U16), Michael Franklin (England U16 & 18) and Adam Miller (England U18 & U21 and Team USA).
Pupils have the chance to participate on hockey tours on numerous occasions as they move through the school. In the Lower School we attend the Gresham’s School Easter Festival. In Year 9 pre-season training takes place at Bisham Abbey and in Holland on a biennial tour in August (girls) and February (boys). At U18 level the boys and girls have the opportunity to travel on a European tour to Holland, Germany or Spain. We have a well-established structure for pre-season training, triangular fixtures within the UK. In addition, we provide the opportunity to tour further afield, with a major summer tours taking place in South Africa.
The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 periods. Most members of staff teach about 58 periods per cycle including games and enrichment sessions.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience will be considered for this position. The Perse has a long record of training and developing teachers in situ, and many highly successful teachers started with no formal teaching qualifications. For applicants without a teaching qualification we are looking for: a high level of subject knowledge, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience, an empathy with young people and a desire to get involved in the extra-curricular life of the school. The Perse supports unqualified teachers in achieving Qualified Teacher Status and the Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification whilst working at the School.
Newly Qualified Teachers
The School is fully accredited to participate in the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel NQT Programme (IStip: https://istip.co.uk/about/). NQTs are provided with a comprehensive induction and mentoring programme which supports them in achieving qualified teacher status (QTS).
2019 ISI Inspection Report
The Pelican, Prep and Upper were inspected during the spring of 2019. The inspection report can be viewed at http://www.perse.co.uk/about-us/our-approach/inspection-reports/
Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
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 spend a day at the School and to meet the Head and Deputy Heads as well as the Director of Sport and the department. Candidates will be asked to teach a lesson as part of the selection process and further details will be available from the Director of Sport.
The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd March 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. Interviews will be scheduled for Tuesday 10th March.
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.
The Head of Hockey will be responsible to the Director of Sport for drawing up and administering the hockey budget and for the implementation of the Health and Safety policy. The post holder is responsible for ensuring the continuing professional development and efficient performance of the hockey coaches. Administrative support will be provided by the Sport and Transport Administrator and hockey programme is supported by the Assistant Head of Hockey (girls).
- Implementing a hockey coaching and playing philosophy throughout the school.
- Overseeing the coaching of hockey in school.
- Updating, reviewing and communicating the risk assessment for hockey each year
- Planning, organising the hockey fixture schedule.
- Having direct overview of all fixtures, coaching and staffing arrangements.
- Liaising with the Sport and Transport Administrator over fixtures, teas, calendar entries, and transport.
- Liaising with the grounds staff regarding pitches and fixtures.
- Ensuring that coaching staff are fully aware of their games commitment and team responsibility.
- Collating hockey reports and results for the Director of Sport, Director of Communications and the Head.
- Continue to enhance the school’s links with Cambridge City Hockey Club.
- Liaise with the County organisers to host the County Indoor Hockey Competition for Girls and Boys U16 & U18 age groups.
- Update coaches and the Director of Sport on new regulations / HMC guidelines.
- Ensuring equipment is available and organised for fixtures and games sessions.
- Observing hockey matches and training in school to ensure safety and appropriate conduct.
- Organising hockey tours and coordinating the overall provision of hockey trips in conjunction with the Director of Sport.
- Liaise with the Prep School to help develop hockey throughout the 7 – 11 age range.
- Assessing and recording students’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies.
- Attending and contributing to departmental meetings.
- Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources.
- Monitoring the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs.
- Maintaining professional skills through INSET and our Professional Development programme.
- Being proactive in exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum.
- Producing displays to create an attractive learning environment and updating the departmental notice boards.
The following duties shall be deemed to be included in the professional duties which the Teacher may be required to perform:
- Teaching throughout the school in a manner appropriate to students’ ages and abilities;
- Teaching PE and Games throughout the 11-18 age range;
- Taking responsibility for sports teams and extracurricular sports activities in each term;
- Participating in and leading local and international sports tours;
- Assessing and recording students’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies;
- Preparing students for university applications in related subjects;
- Attending and contributing to departmental meetings;
- Developing and sharing teaching and learning resources;
- Monitoring the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs;
- Maintaining professional skills through INSET and our Professional Development programme;
- Being proactive in exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum;
- Producing displays to create an attractive learning environment.
Extra-curricular and pastoral
All teachers at The Perse School are required to be a form tutor and contribute to the extra-curricular programme, alongside their academic teaching. These elements of a teacher’s role are fundamental to working at the school and embedded in our core values. Teachers are required to:
- Contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school through Games, the Enrichment Programme or other appropriate commitment;
- Be a form tutor;
- Contribute to the PSHEE or Emotional Wellbeing programme.
- Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
- The job specification will be reviewed biennially as part of the professional development cycle. Any changes may only be made by agreement with the Head of Department and Senior Deputy Head.
- High class honours degree in a related subject;
- PGCE desirable but by no means essential;
Personal competencies and qualities
- A coaching/playing specialism in hockey.
- A reflective teacher with a genuine passion for the subject.
- Demonstrates high standards of behaviour and is able to model the School values (intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another and the environment).
- Proven communication and interpersonal skills.
- High level of literacy, attention to detail and ability to use initiative.
- High order administrative skills, effectively managing commitments and deadlines.
- Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
- Emotional resilience to cope with and learn from challenging situations.
- 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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