- 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 Prep is seeking a high calibre KS2 teacher to work within this dynamic and successful school (285 children between the ages of 7 and 11). This is an academically selective school with able pupils who relish challenge, and most children progress to the Upper (11-18). The Perse is one of the UK’s leading independent co-educational day schools consistently achieving some of the best public exam results in the country. It regularly features in the top 10 schools nationally, and is committed to producing happy and successful students. Full details about the School, its locality, and teacher benefits can be viewed and downloaded from the school website http://www.perse.co.uk/job-vacancies/.
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 http://www.perse.co.uk/job-vacancies/.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator, email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 26th February.
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.
Interviews will take place on Monday 2nd March, during which candidates will be required to teach a lesson, complete written tasks, meet the Prep Head and Senior Prep Staff for an interview, and tour the school.
We are seeking to employ a well-qualified graduate who will teach KS2 (7-11) within the School. The pupils work above the expected level and, at the top end of the School, cover some aspects of KS3 work. There is a significant opportunity to specialise in teaching Maths.
The ability to communicate a passion for learning is essential, and a flexible and imaginative approach to teaching is vital. A willingness to contribute to the busy extracurricular life of the School is expected.
The position would suit applicants (experienced or newly qualified) who are primary trained or with similar experience.
In addition to the classroom commitments, all teachers are expected to:
- Involve themselves fully in the life of the school and play an active part in the extracurricular programme, whether through involvement in games, clubs or drama;
- Further develop their professional skills through INSET and CPD programmes;
- Play a full part in Open Mornings and other events connected to pupil recruitment;
- Attend Parent Evenings;
- Assess and record pupils’ progress in accordance with departmental and school policies;
- Attend and contribute to departmental meetings;
- Develop teaching and learning resources;
- Monitor the work and progress of pupils, including those with specific learning needs;
- Produce displays to create an attractive working environment;
- Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are responsible and with whom they come into contact.
The successful candidate would be a form teacher.
The Teacher is ultimately accountable to the Head of the Prep School.
- Honours Degree; PGCE desirable but not essential.
Skills and Experience
- Track record of teaching excellence and excellent subject knowledge;
- Capacity to inspire pupils of all abilities and enhance pupil learning;
- Ability to deliver the curriculum in an imaginative and exciting way;
- Proven communication and interpersonal skills;
- High level of literacy and attention to detail;
- Ability to use initiative;
- Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community;
- Committed to continual personal and professional development;
- Effectively manages commitments and deadlines;
- ICT competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies;
- Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues at school and in other organisations;
- Ability to motivate and encourage participation in activities both inside and outside the classroom, and a willingness to take part in / organise trips and visits;
- A generosity of spirit towards the demands of a busy prep school, as the role requires flexibility and may involve out of hours, weekend and holiday work;
- 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);
- 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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