The Perse School


Pre-Prep Cover Teacher
Closing date 5th Jul 2017, 12:00am



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 3–18 Perse were classified as outstanding by 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.

The Pelican is a successful and dynamic school of around 180 pupils. There are around 30 permanent employees – half of whom are academic members of staff. In addition there are peripatetic music, sports coaching and other specialist staff. For a taste of what it is like to work at the Pelican, please see the ‘meet the staff’ page.

The Pelican is over-subscribed. Its main entry point is Nursery, and the vast majority of pupils progress to the Prep in Year 3. There is one member of staff to every eight children in Nursery and one to ten in all other years. Every class benefits from its own full-time teaching assistant. As an ‘outstanding’ school, we are exempt from the Learning and Development requirements of the EYFS, so we have greater flexibility to meet our pupils’ needs.

In the last decade we have invested around £40m in new facilities at our three schools. The Pelican has exceptional space and excellent facilities inside and out. Our building began life in 1911 as a boarding house and has retained its welcoming and homely feel while benefiting from sympathetic updates and extension. In the last decade we have built the Richardson Hall, for assemblies, performances and lunch; created covered areas for outdoor play; and developed dedicated outdoor learning areas for Nursery and Reception pupils.

We make good use of technology, based on our philosophy that it should be effective, engaging and evolving. Resources include dedicated ICT suite and 2 sets of class iPads. All classrooms are equipped with SMART boards and PCs. Students and staff can access the school Wi-Fi (with age appropriate filtering) and staff have remote access to the Perse systems.

While our facilities are excellent, our staff are our strongest asset and we care deeply about rewarding them properly. For an overview of the benefits of working here, please see our reasons to work at The Perse, and for a detailed look at the benefits each role enjoys, click on the link to the benefits at the end of this vacancy.

The Role

We are looking for a fabulous teacher who is dedicated to developing children’s emotional well-being and happiness whilst progressing their learning. The role would be for intermittent supply cover, perhaps for a week from time to time, or even to cover maternity leave, for part time or full time hours. This inspiring teacher would be expected to teach anywhere between Nursery and Year 2. It is envisaged that the role would develop over time. It would suit an experienced teacher who loves teaching but does not want a full-time commitment. Full induction training would be given and the successful candidate would be expected to spend some time in school getting to know us before taking on the role.  

If you are interested in such a role, please complete our online application form. We will contact suitable applicants to arrange a visit to the School and interview. The appointment will be subject to the usual pre-employment checks.


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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