- 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 Head of Year role is a key position, working in the front line of pupil welfare and development. 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 role commences with the post holder taking responsibility for the pastoral welfare of pupils in Year 11 in September 2020, reverting to Year 9 in September 2021. The Head of Year remains with the year group for three years from 9 to 11. A year group in the Middle School compromises of approximately 192 pupils, split into 16 tutor groups run by a team of 16 tutors. There are 8 form groups in each year, and each form group consists of approximately 24 pupils with 2 tutors.
Public exam results regularly place The Perse in the top 20 schools nationally and in a typical year over 35 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. A conscientious and industrious approach, coupled with a good sense of humour and can do attitude are required.
Job Description: Head of Year (Middle School)
The Head of Year (Middle School) is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head but day to day accountability will be to the Head of Middle School and an appropriate Head of Department. The post holder will play a key role within the pastoral team, working closely with the pastoral tutors, Heads of Year, Section Heads, Senior Tutors and 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 following responsibilities are included in the professional duties which the post holder will be required to perform:Model and promote the school’s values to year group tutors and pupils;
- Patrol form rooms on an ad hoc basis and be available to pupils in the year group. The Head of Year has shared office close to the form rooms; the Head of Year is expected to use this room as a base for their day-to-day activities;
- Assist tutors in dealing with disciplinary, pastoral and academic problems that may arise within the year group, referring difficult cases to the Head of Middle School;
- Lead the year group tutor team and help to develop the tutorial programme, in conjunction with the Head of Middle School;
- Contribute to the appraisals of tutors within the year group;
- Lead year group assemblies once a fortnight and link tutorials to key pastoral messages where appropriate. In addition, lead charity events, team building days, study days and assist with PSHE sessions when required ;
- Support the enhancement and development of the role of the tutor, and lead year group Tutor Meetings, including the preparation of an agenda and publishing of minutes;
- Respond positively to whole school development issues as they impact on the year group;
- Maintain and develop an effective relationship with parents of pupils in the year group, attending formal meetings with parents and supporting year group pupils in their extra- curricular pursuits where appropriate;
- Work closely with the Head of Middle School, meeting formally at least once per week;
- Work with the Head of Learning Support to ensure appropriate support and monitoring of the work of members of the year group on the School’s Learning Support register;
- Implement further relevant initiatives agreed with the Head of Middle School, the Deputy Head (Pupils) and the Head;
- Write high-quality year group general reports and share the workload of effective proof-reading of year group reports;
- Monitor the year group through MidYIS and SIMS database;
- Assist with interviews for 13+ candidates on Entrance Exam Day;
- Where appropriate, work in conjunction with the Head of Middle School to ensure the smooth and successful transition of pupils into The Perse at Year 9. Produce the 13+ new entrants’ handbook and organise induction days;
- Make a presentation to parents at the year group Tutorial Evening and at 13+ Induction Day, when appropriate;
- Be mindful of the need to prioritise (as appropriate) pastoral matters as they arise.
- 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 (however the Head of Year post is not usually compatible with being 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 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.
- Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
Person Specification: Head of Year (Middle School)
- High Class Honours Degree;
- PGCE desirable but by no means essential.
Personal competencies and qualities
The ideal candidate will be someone:-
- 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.
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 and Deputy Head (Pupil Development and Welfare).
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. The Head of Year role comes with timetable remission to allow the post holder to carry out their duties. All new members of staff receive training and induction and the post holder will receive a significant period remission for this role. A shared office and appropriate administrative support will also be given.
Full details about the School, its locality, salary, teacher benefits and staff profiles can be viewed at the school website. This is an important role and a commensurate salary package will be offered.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications or experience
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position. However, we would expect the successful applicant to have relevant experience and skills.
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.
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 9th March 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 16th March.
- 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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