- 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 are looking to appoint a full time Head of Sixth Form to commence employment in September 2020.
Public exam results regularly place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally and in a typical year over 40 pupils will receive Oxbridge offers. The Perse is a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, academic and caring, flexible and structured, industrious and fun. 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.
The post holder will need to be emotionally intelligent with excellent communication skills. This is a job for a proactive and hands-on leader who is able to juggle multiple demands on their time and keep a sense of perspective. The role presents an exciting opportunity to help shape the overall development of pupils in the Sixth Form. The role is hugely rewarding and provides an excellent platform for career development and promotion to senior leadership positions. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and committed to the School and the role provides significant opportunities for development, leadership and management. The responsibility allowance and timetable remission are commensurate with the professionalism and commitment required.
The Head of Sixth Form is a member of the Perse’s 3-18 Senior Leadership Team. The 3-18 SLT consists of the Upper Executive Leadership Team (ELT) plus the Head of the Junior Division, Pelican Head, Pelican and Prep Deputy Heads, and the Upper Assistant Heads, Section Heads and relevant Directors.
The Upper ELT consists of the Head, Senior Deputy Head, Deputy Heads, Bursar, Director of ICT and Director of Business Development with the Director of Communication, Registrar, and Director of HR attending as required.
The Sixth Form comprises approximately 180 pupils in each year group, split into tutor groups run by a team of 14 tutors per year. Each tutor group consists of approximately 14 pupils. The Head of Year (Lower Sixth) and Head of Year (Upper Sixth) are responsible for overseeing the day to day pastoral care of their year groups and they report in to the Head of Sixth Form.
This vacancy arises from the promotion of Richard Morgan to Assistant Head (Operations and Outreach) at the School. The ideal candidate is likely to be someone who is looking for a post with significant responsibility and the scope for initiative within a successful school. The person appointed will need to be an excellent teacher of an appropriate curricular subject (and probably across much of the 11-18 age range). The successful applicant will need to provide the leadership, structure and support required to help our academically selective intake realise their potential in all areas. A conscientious and industrious approach, coupled with a good sense of humour and can do attitude are required.
16+ Education in Cambridge
16+ admissions is a significant point of entry into the Upper School with the majority of pupils joining from The Perse and another 20-40 pupils joining from other local independent and maintained schools.
The School operates to a ten-day timetable cycle, consisting of 80 periods. Most members of staff teach about 58 periods per cycle including where appropriate games and enrichment sessions, however there is significant timetable remission for this role. All new members of staff receive training and induction. An office and appropriate administrative support is also provided.
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.
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 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 spend time at the School, teach a lesson and meet the Head and Deputy Heads.
The closing date for applications is 25th February at 12.00pm, but applications will be considered as they are received. The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date and interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd 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 Sixth Form is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Deputy Head (pupil welfare and development) and the relevant Head of Department. The post holder will play a key role within the pastoral team, working closely with the pastoral tutors, Heads of Year, other Section Heads and Assistant Heads, Senior Tutors and the Chaplain in delivering high quality pastoral care.
This is an important pastoral position which requires the post holder to oversee the monitoring and encouragement of pupils’ academic progress, pastoral care, discipline and standards of behaviour. The post holder’s responsibilities include:
- Oversee pastoral issues in the Sixth Form;
- Support of pupils, tutors and subject teachers, especially where pupils have difficulties, by means of a wide range of discussions, support structures and sanctions;
- Dealing with disciplinary incidents: more serious ones will include close liaison with the Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads and, ultimately, the Head;
- Co-ordinating and running sectional or year assemblies;
- Liaising with parents at individual meetings and year group tutorial evenings, as well as by letter, telephone and other informal contact as required;
- Familiarity with safeguarding procedures and prompt referral of concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead;
- Maintenance and management of secure records of significant episodes and observations;
- Work closely with the Pupil Voice Coordinator and Prefect Coordinator to involve pupils in whole school decision making.
Leadership and Management:
- Promote the School Values within the Sixth Form. Continue to develop and foster a culture of high expectation, consideration, kindness, recognition, inclusiveness and empathy;
- Advising and managing a team of two Heads of Year and 28 tutors;
- Involvement in the performance management of Sixth Form tutors as part of our Appraisal and Professional Development programme;
- Support new staff induction programme to integrate new tutors;
- Responsibility for developing and implementing the Sixth Form tutorial programme;
- Lead Sectional Meetings including the preparation of an agenda and writing minutes;
- Promotion of INSET and professional development of Tutors in pastoral skills;
- Organise the presentations at the Sixth Form tutorial evenings;
- Contribute to the annual School Development Plan, SLT meetings and Governors’ seminars;
- Attendance at Heads of Department meetings, calendar meetings, pastoral meetings;
- Oversee the running of the Sixth Form Centre in conjunction with the Heads of Year.
Academic and University Admissions:
- Monitor the academic progress of the pupils in the Sixth Form supporting teaching staff and Heads of Department as appropriate;
- Assist the Director of Qualifications and Progression in the provision of UCAS and Higher Education advice;
- Reviewing of A level results in August and the provision of subsequent UCAS advice in clearing. From mid-August to the start of the Michaelmas Term, the Head of Sixth Form is required to be available in school to provide specialist support and advice to pupils and parents following the release of public examination results. They will be required to meet pupils and parents, and provide advice on subject choices, retakes and university admissions. This may involve several meetings with individual families and agreeing and implementing subsequent action plans.
- Encouragement and support of extra-curricular activities; attendance at plays/concerts and other activities involving Sixth Form pupils.
Admissions and Transfer:
- Oversee a smooth hand-over of pupil information from the Head of Middle School towards the end of the academic year, advising on transitional form groupings;
- Oversee Sixth Form Open Evening;
- Ensure Year 11 pupils make a smooth transfer to the Sixth Form;
- Oversee the entrance process at 16+ (including organising interviews and exams);
- Oversee the 16+ scholarship process;
- Organise 16+ Induction events in June and September;
- Meeting parents of prospective entrants at 16+;
- Work with the Deputy Head (curriculum and learning) to review the 16+ admissions tests;
- Organise U6 leavers’ events;
- Liaise with the Communications Department to build links with actual and potential feeder schools.
- Teaching throughout the school in a manner appropriate to students’ ages and abilities;
- 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;
- Exploring innovative ways of delivering ICT through the curriculum to enhance Teaching and Learning.
Extra-curricular and pastoral
Most teachers at The Perse School are required to be a form tutor and contribute to the extra-curricular programme, alongside their academic teaching. However, due to the nature of the role, the Head of Sixth Form is not a tutor. These elements of a teacher’s role are fundamental to working at the school and are 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;
- Contribute to the PSHEE and/or Emotional Wellbeing programme.
- The job specification will be reviewed by biennially as part of the professional development cycle. Any changes can only be made by agreement with the Deputy Head (pupil welfare and development) and Senior Deputy Head.
- Good Honours Degree;
- PCGE desirable but by no means essential;
- Candidates offering any academic discipline are welcome to apply;
Personal competencies and qualities
- Who is pastorally astute, caring and emotionally intelligent;
- With excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Who is a good judge of situations and processes, and who listens well and reflects on information and advice;
- With the ability to get on well with a population of unusually gifted and independent-minded pupils, parents, and staff with the right balance of sensitivity, humour, flexibility and decisiveness;
- Able to motivate and inspire others – both colleagues and pupils;
- With the ability to manage both the big picture and small detail;
- With a considerable work-rate and high degree of accuracy and administrative efficiency;
- With the PR skills, gravitas and public speaking talents needed to represent the School on public occasions;
- With diplomatic skills to deal with potentially contentious parental, pupil, staff and public concerns;
- With a creative, imaginative and positive approach to problem solving;
- With a generosity of spirit which accepts that there will be a significant amount of out-of-normal-hours work to be done;
- And with the resilience, perspective and stamina needed for all of the above.
- 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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