The Perse School


Outdoor Pursuits Instructor
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 27th Jun 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

To start September 2017

The Outdoor Pursuits Department is a dedicated department that delivers an extensive range of outdoor activities for pupils attending The Perse School. Outdoor education has a long history at the Perse, starting with the 5th Cambridge Scout Group. Over the years the Scout Group transformed into a school run organisation known as the Perse Exploration Society with a wider scope for challenging activities and expeditions. The Perse Exploration Society is still the back bone of the department today, however with an expanded body of students the department now provides a wide range of extra-curricular clubs such as Climbing Club, Canoe Club, Adventure Racing Club and the Wilderness Group.

Further information on the department can be found on the school website:

The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting the Head of Outdoor Pursuits with the Outdoor Pursuits Programme with a special focus on delivering Outdoor Pursuits extra-curricular clubs, including the Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold awards.

The post holder will be expected to attend all relevant camps, trips and expeditions which take place during the year (particularly at weekends and in school holidays) and should be enthusiastic about spending time under canvas. Paid holiday entitlement will be taken at times agreed by the Head of Outdoor Pursuits.

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.


As a member of the support staff, the Outdoor Pursuits Instructor’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Head of Outdoor Pursuits.

Principal Contacts

Head of Outdoor Pursuits – Mr Ben Parker
Deputy Head (extra-curricular) – Mrs Sarah Richardson

Job Purpose

The post holder will assist the Head of Outdoor Pursuits in delivering the extensive and varied programme of activities with a specific focus on the Outdoor Pursuits extra-curricular clubs programme.

Key Responsibilities

• Supporting the Head of Outdoor Pursuits in all their duties;
• Attendance on all relevant camps, trips and expeditions;
• Taking specific responsibility within the extra-curricular clubs programme for Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Silver Awards and Prep Outdoor Pursuits;
• Assisting the OP Quartermaster in organising the department’s kit stores;
• Supporting the Head of Outdoor Pursuits in the running of: PES Ascent Group, PES Summit 11, PES Summit 12, Canoe Club;
• Ensure that all relevant Health and Safety measures are adhered to;
• Attending and contributing to departmental, staff and INSET meetings;
• Maintaining own professional skills through INSET and or the Professional Development programme;
• Producing displays and celebrating the success of pupil achievement in conjunction with the school’s Communications department.

Person Specification

Skills and Relevant Experience required
• The ability to work effectively both as part of a team and also independently;
• A sense of humour and can-do attitude;
• Confidence, tenacity, flexibility, adaptability and resilience;
• The ability to work collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school and with colleagues in other organizations;
• Ability to manage teams of adult and children volunteers;
• Up-to date knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance in relation to working with, and the protection of, children and young people;
• Effectively manages commitments and deadlines;
• Proficiency in using Microsoft Word and Excel;
• Experience of working on expeditions;
• Ability to manage large groups of children, to motivate and encourage participation in activities;
• Proven communication, administrative, organisational and interpersonal skills;
• Committed to continual personal and professional development.

Education and Qualifications

• D of E Trainer
• Full UK Driving License
• D1 Driving License

• D of E Assessor
• D1e Driving License
• Mountain Leader (Summer)
• BCU L1 / L2 Coach

Further Outdoor Qualifications are desirable and should be included on the application form.


Working Hours

This position is full time hours, working full year, but the working hours will vary in term time and in the School holidays.

The hours of work will be flexible. The weekly and annual programme will be agreed by the Head of Outdoor Pursuits and it will include agreed holiday periods. It is envisaged that the term time weekly programme will include one weekday off per week (provisionally Wednesday, from September 2017), but flexibility will be required given the nature of the programme, overnight hikes, camps and expeditions.

It is anticipated that the programme will be divided as follows:

Indicative Working Hours during term time:
Monday 0900-1800
Tuesday 0900-1800
Wednesday NA
Thursday 1000-1900
Friday 1000-2000

Weekends – During term time there is a significant weekend commitment to camps, expeditions and training.

Working hours outside term time – The post holder will be expected to attend the majority of expeditions and camps which fall within the school holiday periods.

Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus two additional days immediately preceding the published start date of the Michaelmas term, and one additional day immediately prior to the published start date of the Lent term each academic year.


The starting salary will be Scale Point 20 of the Perse Support Staff salary scale: £26,809 per annum (2017/18 salary scale).


The post holder will be entitled to six weeks paid holiday a year excluding bank holidays. Four weeks holiday will need to be taken during the School holidays that fall outside the camps and expeditions. There are two weeks of allocated holiday in term time, one week in January and one week in June. These two weeks will be part of the six week annual allocation.

Please complete and return the application form by the closing date: Tuesday 27 June at midday. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 4 July 2017.

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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