- 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 Perse Upper School is looking to appoint a Strength and Conditioning Coach to join an extremely successful and enthusiastic team. The role has become available after the appointment of the current post holder to an exciting position with an elite professional rugby club Northampton Saints. The post is a permanent full time, term-time only position. Pupils and staff at the school are ambitious, talented and industrious. This is an exciting opportunity to motivate and inspire pupils in a fast paced working environment.
As a member of the support staff, the Strength & Conditioning Coach’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Director of Sport.
The PE and Games department
The department is led by an experienced and supportive leadership team consisting of the Director of Sport – Glenn Kirkham (who played hockey for Great Britain at two Olympic Games), and two Assistant Directors of Sport, Emma Jones (England and Mavericks netball coach) and John Peckett (former England and GB hockey player). In addition the department includes Liam St John, Head of Rugby (England Lambs and Level 4 rugby coach) and Sean Park, Head of Cricket (Natal and England Unicorns). In total the PE and Games department is composed of 7 full time teachers and an additional 10 sports coaches. The sports specialists are supported by a wide range of teaching staff from different departmental faculties who coach in games sessions and take responsibility for sports teams at the weekend. This creates an exciting opportunity to work alongside and learn from a very talented team of staff.
The staff are committed to ensuring all pupils find a sport or activity they enjoy which they will hopefully pursue after leaving school. The School strives for excellence both in performance and attitude, and we cater for everyone – regardless of ability – by providing a very high standard of coaching, and excellent facilities and opportunities to train and compete. We field around 173 teams each year, play on average 450 matches per term and reached 7 national finals in 2018-19. We aim high but perhaps more importantly foster the sporting values of sportsmanship, good conduct, respect for officials, discipline, reliance, leadership, teamwork, winning honorably, losing graciously and simply having fun.
The staff are committed to using pioneering teaching and coaching methods to bring sport to life for all our pupils. This is a very harmonious department where the active sharing of ideas and resources is the norm, ensuring the best teaching and learning occurs in lessons. Teachers encourage pupils to focus on individual progression within the curriculum by ensuring the programme is stimulating, varied and creative. We strongly believe that competitive sport is an essential component of our provision and pupils have an opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sports at different ability levels.
Further information about the department’s curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the school’s website:
PE and Games Department: http://www.perse.co.uk/upper/subjects/
The responsibilities of the post holder will vary depending on the demands of the school but will initially include the following areas:
- Design and implement a strength and conditioning programme for the School’s sports teams;
- Develop and monitor individual training programmes for elite performers in conjunction with the Assistant Director of Sport (Performance);
- Promote physical activity and health related fitness to students and staff through extra-curricular delivery;
- Lead department inset training for colleagues;
- Attend relevant departmental meetings;
- Attend relevant training or inset as directed by the Director of Sport;
- Coaching qualifications/experience in at least one of the schools major sports to contribute to coaching sessions and leading teams when necessary;
- Willingness and ability to coach and manage sports teams at the weekends, which benefit from an additional weekend fixture payment;
Health and Safety:
- Health and safety management of the fitness suite area;
- Preparing and evaluating fitness suite risk assessments with Director of Sport and Assistant Bursar;
- Ensuring appropriate staff and pupil fitness suite induction and active monitoring;
- Liaising with the estates department and external companies to ensure the fitness suite equipment remains in excellent working order;
- Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
The post holder should have appropriate qualifications for the role e.g. ‘UKSCA accredited, or the ability to obtain within 6 months, SCE, 1st4Sport, or equivalent, and experience in the provision of strength and conditioning support to young athletes. They should be sympathetic to the educational, as well as the practical, requirements of the School and able to work to, often tight, deadlines to enable these to be maintained. All work must be carried out in a manner consistent with safe working practises.
Skills and Abilities
- Has up-to date knowledge in relation to working with, and the protection of, children and young people.
- Works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school.
- Ability to motivate and encourage participation
- Proven communication, organisational and interpersonal skills.
- High order administrative skills.
- Respects and values the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
- Ability to work effectively both as part of a team and also independently.
- ICT competence.
- Confidence, tenacity, flexibility and adaptability.
- Empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community.
- A healthy sense of humour and can-do attitude.
OUTLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is a full-time position and the normal hours of work will be from 8.30am in the morning, or from any pre-registration strength and conditioning sessions (7.45am-8.30am) until the end of all of the School’s afternoon lessons, or the end of relevant extra-curricular activities, (whichever is the later), on weekdays during term time.
However, you may be required to work such additional hours as the needs of the job require. No extra payment will be made for this additional time but, where appropriate, time off in lieu will be given, with the agreement of the Director of Sport. Non pensionable weekend payments may be made for some authorised weekend activities in accordance with School policy (for example taking a sports team at the weekend is payable at the current fixture payment rate of either £96/£120 per fixture).
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 between bands 2.2 and 3.1 of The Perse School Sports Coach Salary Bands: £24,552 – £27,002 per annum pro-rated for the number of weeks worked (based on a full time equivalent salary of £31,139 – £34,246 per annum). Salaries are payable monthly in arrears by direct bank transfer, not later than the 26th day of each month. Salaries will next be reviewed in September 2020.
Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, which must be taken during School holidays.
Applications are to be made using the School’s online application form, available from the School website.
Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 interview to meet the Director of Sport, Senior Deputy Head and the rest of the department. The closing date is 10th October at 11.00am, interviews will be held on Wednesday 16th October. The Perse School reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date.
- 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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