- 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 are a dynamic school of around 150 pupils. There are around 40 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 School began life in 1911 as a boarding house and has retained its welcoming and homely feel while benefiting from sympathetic updates and extension.
For an overview of the benefits of working here, please see our reasons to work at The Perse,
- The Role
We are seeking a high calibre woodwind teacher on a self-employed peripatetic basis from September 2019. The role will involve teaching across the 5-7 age range of the Pelican School.
The Perse School, which was founded in 1615, is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools. The Perse School’s vision is to be an exceptional school of international standing. The values that define the School community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another.
The Perse School Foundation is fully co-educational, educating boys and girls from 3-18 on three sites: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep (ages 3-7) in Glebe Road; the Prep (ages 7-11) in Trumpington Road; and the Upper (ages 11-18) in Hills Road. Children thus progress through three different schools, but have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.
There are approx. 150 pupils in the Pelican from Nursery to Year 2. More details about the School can be found on our website at www.perse.co.uk.
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/.
Visiting Music Teachers are engaged on a self‐employed basis by the School and will contract with and be paid directly by the parents for instrumental tuition.
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. Visiting Music Teachers are expected to read and comply with relevant School policies such as the Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and the Code of Conduct. Visiting Music Teachers are required to attend regular training sessions on Safeguarding, at least every 3 years; either by attending a session at the Perse or by providing evidence of completing relevant training elsewhere.
The ideal candidate will be both an excellent musician and first rate teacher.
The following skills and abilities are required:
- passionate about teaching and comfortable working in a range of instrumental styles and standards;
- able to enthuse and inspire young musicians across the ability range;
- a technically proficient performer themselves and able to command respect from the highest musical achievers;
- willing and able to contribute to our recital programme;
- reliable and trustworthy;
- ability to use initiative;
- efficient administrative skills and the ability to manage commitments and deadlines;
- empathy for pupils, parents, staff and the community;
- works collaboratively and supportively with colleagues within school and with colleagues in other organisations;
- respects and value the different experiences, ideas and backgrounds others can bring to work and to teams.
The Perse School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including references from current/previous employers and a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level. Interviews will be conducted in person and 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.
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, email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday, 19th June, 2019.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, during which candidates will be required to teach a short lesson, meet the Pelican Head for an interview, and have a short tour of the School.
- 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.
If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email firstname.lastname@example.org