The Perse School


Minibus Driver
Prep, Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 2nd Oct 2017, 12:00pm



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 (currently under construction).

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

Reporting to

As a member of the support staff, the Part-time Driver’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Assistant Bursar. 

Job Purpose

The Perse runs a number of Minibus schemes during the morning rush hour and after school in the afternoon, to transport pupils to and from the School. Current services include Minibuses from several of the Park and Ride sites and from the Cambridge train station.

The requirement of this position is to drive one of the schools Minibuses, transferring pupils each morning from Maddingley Park and Ride site to the Perse Prep School and the Perse Upper School.

Additional hours may be available on occasion to drive for trips or sports fixtures on weekdays and weekends depending on individual availability.

Key Responsibilities 

  1. To enusure the safe transportation of Perse pupils including:
    • Visual inspection of vehicle before use
    • Completion of pupil register for minibus shuttles
    • Responsibility for pupil safety during the journey
    • Compliance with the highway code and School procedures
  2. Safeguarding
    • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact. 


The successful candidate must meet the following requirements: 

  • For insurance purposes applicants must be over 21 years of age and have a current full UK driving licence with a D1 category; a full, clean licence must have been held for a period of at least 2 years.
  • Experience of driving commercial vehicles is not essential but would be an advantage.
  • Ability to take responsibility for the pupils during transportation.
  • Honesty, punctuality and reliability.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and changing priorities.

NB if a D1 category is not held then appropriate training will be provided.


Working Hours

This post is part time for 6.25 hours per week. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday 0715 – 0830.

This post is term time only (35 weeks).


The starting salary will be £11.97 per hour which amounts to £3,067 per annum. This is calculated on the basis of 6.25 hours per week for 41 weeks per year (35 weeks term time plus 6 weeks holiday entitlement).


Paid holiday entitlement is pro rata to 6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays.

Closing date: 2 October 2017 at midday.

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.

Safer Recruitment

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.

Recruitment Policy

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.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email

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