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Introduction The Downs Preparatory School is a leading independent, co-educational preparatory school and nursery for children aged between six months and 13. It is a place of happiness and joy; a place of opportunity and diversity; a place of endeavour and aspiration. A close community, children are fully known as individuals and the school can identify the spark that lights their passion for learning. The Downs Preparatory School was founded in 1894 in a house overlooking the extensive parklands of Bristol, known as The Downs. In 1927 it was relocated, according to Mr Wilfred Harrison, the Headmaster of the time, to get away from the ‘incessant roar of traffic’ and the ‘nerve-racking turmoil of the city’. It was moved across the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Charlton House on the Tyntesfield Estate. In the autumn of 2002, the school and parklands were bought from the estate of Lord Wraxall by the charity that owns and operates the school. Today, at the end of a meandering drive, distanced from the turmoil of urban life, approximately 280 children thrive in the beautiful 60-acre estate of The Downs Preparatory School (The Downs). The school is centred around an imposing Victorian House. In recent years there has been extensive investment in the built environment and the school now enjoys extensive, well- maintained facilities. The Downs children are challenged but nurtured in all aspects of their busy school life. The school’s primary aim is to encourage each Charltonian (current pupil) to be a confident, well-rounded individual who will unreservedly embrace qualities such as respect, kindness and courage.
Appointment Aims & Ethos Context The Downs children enjoy a vibrant education that is stimulating and challenging. Academic study is important and all pupils are expected After 18 years of dedicated service as to adopt a healthy work ethic and achieve Headmaster, Marcus Gunn is retiring. Much high standards, but the school believes in has been achieved under his leadership and celebrating the creative, the physical and he and his wife Valerie are leaving a happy the spiritual as much as the intellectual. school with a well-deserved reputation for Experience shows that those who derive being one of the top independent prep schools pleasure from activities outside the classroom in the country. go on to perform exceptionally well in The new Head must be able to lead, challenge academic work. and inspire both staff and children whilst The school states, ‘We want our pupils to building unshakeable confidence with parents. enjoy their childhood in a safe and beautiful They will need to have vision, warmth and environment, away from the pressures charisma. They will embrace a child-centred of modern youth. We expect them to approach to every decision and appreciate demonstrate consideration, humility and good the privilege it is to be entrusted with the grace. While our children may perceive they responsibility of making every day for the have options, in reality they are obliged to children memorable and enjoyable. It is engage wholeheartedly in the multitude of important that the new Head works closely opportunities presented.’ with the staff, embracing collaboration and collegiality. One of the key priorities is to Character at The Downs is shaped over ensure the provision of exceptional teaching time by strong traditional values. By and academic excellence whilst maintaining consistent repetition of these expectations, the all-round ethos of the school. happy, accomplished, civilised young adults are nurtured. The Downs is unique at least in the locality. To state the obvious, it is an independent prep Childhood is cherished. Children are school, it has no strings; the pupils go on to encouraged to be imaginative in their learning many different senior schools. The Downs and playing and to make the most of the community is also very close and very happy wonderful park and woodland. They wear and there is huge respect for all members of wellies, climb trees and make dens. They the community. The children are constantly make elaborate daisy-chains, delight in playing challenged and encouraged to reach their conkers and relish bush-craft cooking. The individual potential but in the knowledge that sophisticated world of mobile devices and they have considerable support. The new adolescence remains at the front entrance for Head must therefore be sympathetic to this later life. context. Outstanding interpersonal skills will The aims of the school go on to state, ‘Within be essential. this wholesome environment we seek to A wonderful opportunity exists for the next nurture unaffected good manners, and we Head of The Downs. This is a thoroughly applaud the qualities of friendship, gentleness ambitious and forward-thinking school but, and tolerance. We have high regard for above all, it is a school in which the child individuality, we endorse aspiration and we remains very much the central focus. celebrate success. Quality of character is considered as important as achievement.’ A highly competitive remuneration package, including exceptional on-site family accommodation, will be offered.
The Estate Unusually within the school, Coachman’s Cottage serves as a café for parents, something much appreciated by many. The It is difficult to believe that the bustling, attractive dining room stands at the centre of cultured city of Bristol is only five miles away the school and indeed the excellent food is fit from the tranquil grounds of The Downs. for any army. This summer the kitchen is to be At the end of the long drive, ignorant of the refurbished and plans exist to also improve the distractions of the inner city and within a dining furniture. mobile-free zone, children are able to safely Excitingly there has been considerable enjoy their childhood within a stunning investment in The Downs over the last decade. park and woodland setting. The views are Most recently the new nursery, Bertie’s, was awe-inspiring and the fresh air fresh! It is a opened, but there remains appetite to wonderful landscape within which to educate continue developing the school, not least children, the key being to use it to the because standing still in a competitive market children’s best advantage. In this regard the is not an option. beautiful Tree House – an outdoor classroom – Pets Corner and the allotments are integral aspects of the school’s educational provision, the extensive, well-resourced playing areas being to the delight of the children. All sports are provided for on-site, although the pool being outdoors requires the younger children to swim at a local pool in the winter. The Sports Hall is expansive, the two astro pitches ideal sizes for prep school children and the games fields large enough to accommodate large tournaments, be they cricket or rugby, which are done regularly. The performing and creative arts are also extremely well catered for. Modern Music Pods are used for teaching but in fact music is taught and heard throughout the school. The 200-seater theatre is always in use, but the Drama Studio and the Dance Studio provide room for further teaching. The Art Department is extensive – two large teaching rooms and a ceramics room. It affords opportunity of all genres. The classrooms are large, light, airy and resourced with the latest teaching and learning technology. One traditional IT Suite remains; the other now takes the shape of a Learning Lab that nicely facilitates independent learning. The two Science Labs are well equipped, the elegant library is well resourced, and the Staff Common Room is unusually comfortable. Children who benefit from Learning Support attend a smart department, the staff highly qualified in various aspects of support.
School Structure Pre-Prep Children join the Pre-Prep at the age of four. There are approximately 280 children at The They spend four years in this particularly Downs and 72 younger children at Bertie’s. happy and caring setting, being encouraged Children are admitted to The Downs on the to learn in a safe and secure atmosphere. The strength of interview and discreet evaluation. unique rural environment affords imaginative The school is non-selective academically but and purposeful play, where children can have there are basic academic requirements for direct access to the large and varied school entry to ensure that new children are capable grounds. The school’s nurturing style ensures of meeting ongoing academic standards and that each individual is taken forward from their that the school has suitable structures to starting point, challenged and excited in their cater for them educationally. The Pre-Prep learning journey. The enriching curriculum Department is largely independent of the Prep provides children with a strong social and School, although the young children benefit academic foundation from which they gain from all the school’s extensive facilities. As confidence and self-esteem, the essential the children move to The Downs there are two building blocks for their future education. forms in each year group, with a maximum of eighteen in each class. Prep School Bertie’s The Prep School expands on the excellent grounding of the Pre-Prep. It offers a broad, Bertie’s, named after the Headmaster’s dog, diverse curriculum that seeks to develop is the school’s nursery that stands on the drive each child’s strengths and interests while 800 metres from the school. It is a beautiful simultaneously preparing them for senior facility set within its own considerable grounds, school entry. The Common Entrance Syllabus across from the farm on the opposite side enables the pupils to approach 13+ senior of the drive. Children aged six months to school entry exams with confidence, be they four attend and demand is great; it opened scholarship, Common Entrance or Bristol in January 2018 and already 75 families schools. Many also take scholarships in attend. There is an active, direct link between drama, art, music and sport. The preparation Bertie’s and The Downs and its introduction for 13+ exams begins in Year 6 but Years 7 has certainly enhanced recruitment into the and 8 are in many ways the essence of an Reception Year at the Prep School. education at The Downs. At this point the pupils begin to reach the ‘top of a small pile’, an experience that comes much later in most schools. The benefit of greater independence, responsibility and according privilege at this vital stage is immeasurable and the resulting confidence is tangible.
Results There is continual communication between each of these teams and the Headmaster, as well as amongst the teams themselves. The & Destination teams provide excellent support and counsel to the Headmaster; indeed, there are three ISI inspectors at The Downs. Pupils move on from The Downs at thirteen to a variety of prestigious senior schools. Much time is taken with parents to carefully identify the schools most suitable for their children, advice being entirely impartial given the independent status of The Downs. The process is evidently successful given that, almost without exception, pupils successfully pass into the school of their first choice. Most recently these have included local schools such as Clifton College, Badminton, QEH and BGS. More widely, pupils have moved onto Winchester, Eton, Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Sherborne. The school takes pride that many of the Year 8 leavers are awarded scholarships; however, such accolades are not purposefully sought as they do not ‘hot house’ for results. It is nevertheless gratifying that, over the last decade, 50% have been moved on with an award, indeed on a number of occasions a full house has been achieved: academic, music, art, drama and sport scholarships. There can be little more a school can do to provide evidence of genuine breadth. Structure & Organisation The Leadership Team consists of the Headmaster, the Bursar, the Head of the Pre- Prep and Bertie’s, and two Assistant Heads. The team meets formally each week and informally almost daily. The excellent Curriculum Group includes four experienced senior members of staff, each taking a responsibility for an aspect of the curriculum such as reporting, recording and curriculum planning. The Pastoral Care Group is a more recent and highly valued addition to the team. One of the Assistant Heads chairs each of these groups. At Bertie’s, two Deputy Heads assist the Head of the Pre-Prep and Bertie’s. The Bursar also leads an Estates Team that includes the Facilities Manager.
Learning to Learn Carefully chosen, differentiated activities rapidly develop their varied abilities. As they approach Year 1 more formality is introduced All the children at The Downs are expected to into their learning, ready for the challenge of achieve high academic standards. They are the later Pre-Prep years. Teaching in Years 1 encouraged to be aspirational and they are to 3 is largely class-based although French, coaxed to develop impressive work ethics that Music, Dance, PE and Information Technology serve them well for future years. are taught by specialists. The transition to Learning is extremely well resourced. The Year 4, or the Prep School, is seamless, as balance between the use of modern technology class-based teaching continues. As children and more traditional methods is carefully and enter Year 5, however, a senior school model is constantly evaluated to ensure learning is introduced and children move round the school as effective and engaging as possible. For to the various subject departments. All the the younger children the immediate outdoor Prep School teachers are subject specialists, environment is a unique, invaluable resource most having taught GCSE and A level in the to extend learning out of the classroom and independent sector. beyond the syllabus. The Pre-Prep children make the most of the sites in the cultured city of Bristol; music groups and sports teams enjoy short tours all over the country while the older Confidence pupils develop their cultural appreciation and linguistic skills during annual trips to France and Spain. through Diversity Children find recognition in a host of ways. Pursuing an interest offers satisfaction in itself Teaching but, by pushing for the highest standards, children find fulfilment and confidence. Although attention is focused on realising the The Downs is committed to high-quality intellectual potential of each child, the school teaching. Teachers are deeply enthusiastic believes this is best achieved by embracing about their subject areas and they provide a the benefits brought by enriching experiences. rich learning experience for the children. They value traditional teaching methods, which they The youngest children are cheerfully employ with skill and enthusiasm, but they also cajoled into making the most of the diverse embrace new technologies wisely. Nothing is opportunities provided by the school. They too much for them; careful consideration is are guarded against becoming specialist made to provide for the full range of abilities, sportsmen, musicians or lead characters; some children being helped in their work by rather, rugby players are encouraged to the Learning Support Department. sing with distinction in the Chamber Choir, saxophonists to act with conviction in the The academic curriculum is exciting and numerous school productions and leading reflects the independent nature of the school. characters to create brilliant works of art. It broadens the children’s knowledge and encourages higher-order thinking skills of Within this environment, children become assessment, evaluation and creative thinking. rounded individuals who value the difference of It prepares pupils extremely well for 13+ senior others. They learn to conduct themselves with school exams. confidence in contrast to arrogance. Above all, they develop a sense of integrity so that they Children entering the Reception Year are can identify right from wrong and stand up for expertly introduced to learning through the values they have grown to embrace. play-based activities.
Energy & Enrichment Sport is an integral part of each child’s development at The Downs. The school understands the enormous benefit of sporting involvement; the willingness to commit wholeheartedly to a contest, the challenge of handling victory and defeat, the disciplines of training and the opportunities to represent others. Sport is not just about physical aptitude; it develops the whole person. Sport is genuinely ‘for all’ at The Downs, where they seek to inspire the elite and the apprentice. The school wants all its pupils to enjoy physical exertion and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Theirs is a philosophy of inclusion; there is a team for everyone, all of the children represent The Downs Preparatory School. They are nevertheless proud to be renowned for excellence on the sports fields. Teams play in the ‘premier league’ and the impressive results of all the teams speak for themselves. They have regularly won the national rugby sevens title but, importantly, teams in various other sports - hockey, netball, riding - regularly compete at a similar level. Matches are enthusiastically attended by numerous supporters. They take place most Wednesdays and some Saturdays. For those children who genuinely do not like games, the Downs Award scheme provides a popular alternative of activities such as caving, climbing and bush-craft.
Nurturing Music at The Downs is for all – whether they are expert or not – and is deeply embedded in the heart of the school. The large majority Creativity of the pupils study a musical instrument and there exist numerous opportunities to play regularly with a variety of ensembles or The performing and creative arts are central bands. The school encourages and caters for to the school’s rich culture; every pupil is all styles of music and constantly provides involved in the imaginative and dynamic arts performance opportunities, be they informal at programme. Many opportunities are provided, such school events as the Battle of the Bands both formal and informal, for children to or formal at such venues as St George’s perform and regularly showcase their learning Chapel, Windsor and Bristol Cathedral. The and talents in drama, music, art and dance. quality of musicianship is high, but the singing The standards are very high, and this has is outstanding. There are seven choirs, it being necessitated the development of excellent compulsory in the Prep School. The wonderful facilities: an impressive theatre, new Music Chamber Choir has for several years been in School and Dance Studio. the final of the Choir of the Year Competition. The expansive Art Department is a wonderful The unusually high level of participation space in which children cannot help but be has made it necessary over recent years to inspired. Their work on display around the steadily increase facilities. school is extremely impressive. The emphasis Speech and Drama is very popular at is on the teaching and acquisition of the The Downs. Over half the children attend fundamental skills of drawing and painting, but peripatetic lessons and enter formal exams these are complemented by opportunities to and local art festivals with great success. learn pottery, ceramics, print making, sculpture While these lessons take place in the drama and textiles. Excellent instruction in traditional studio, the theatre is the home of drama at woodwork is also given by a cabinet maker. The Downs. This excellent venue provides the Visits are made to the studios of local artists space for all children to be involved in at least and pupils are introduced to the works of the one production each year and for older pupils ‘masters’ each week, both modern and old. to develop their interest in theatre technology. Recent productions have included ‘Macbeth’, ‘Archie’s War’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’. The level of performance is unusually convincing, some pupils also regularly taking part in professional productions and attending local theatre group companies such as The Old Vic, Bristol. Indeed, the school is about to develop a direct link with the Old Vic that will mean the children experience the best coaching possible. Dance has featured at The Downs for many years but recently there has been a significant increase in the range and ambition of dance activities. A new studio has helped to facilitate and develop this interest and teachers are pleased to provide lessons in such styles as ballet, hip-hop, street dance and jazz for the more ambitious. Exam results are impressive and public performance opportunities are regular.
Care & Support Further afield, active and constructive relations are enjoyed with international schools and charities. To nurture a child’s full potential, it is necessary The values at the heart of the school are to know and understand them as individuals. For Christian principles. This spirituality provides the this reason, each child at The Downs is placed backbone of the community, but the school is in the midst of a network of exceptional pastoral nevertheless very pleased to embrace children care. An unusual amount of time is spent from other denominations. getting to know the children and their families even before they join the school. Once they are members of the community, the school seeks a close partnership with parents, based on shared values and expectations in the development of each child. Younger children develop under the close attention of their class teachers. The older children benefit additionally from having Tutors with whom they meet at least once a week. The Matrons are also vital members of this strong pastoral network, more often acting as friend and supporter than medic. A counsellor also visits the school each week to provide Myspace, a drop in service, or specific guidance. The Pastoral Care Group coordinates all the pastoral care processes and policies in order that there is excellent communication within the community. Within this caring network each child is assured of generous care and support as they negotiate the inevitable social, emotional and academic challenges associated with school life. Community The warmth of community is a distinguishing feature of The Downs. It is a happy place; a wonderful, close, supportive community, full of goodwill. It is the school’s duty to know each child very well and to embrace parents in partnership to educate their children. As such, the school is mindful of its good fortune; service to others has always been important. They work particularly closely with and for their neighbours, the Children’s Hospice South West, and support other local charities.
Inspection Governance The School underwent an Educational Quality The new Head will be supported by an and Focused Compliance Inspection in outstanding Board of Governors who all take September 2017. A copy of the report can be a strong interest in the school and who are found here. all immensely committed to its success. The Governors have a wide range of experiences and skills; indeed they have exceptional insight into the independent sector. Simultaneously they have an excellent understanding of the day-to- day working of the school. A number of committees meet termly and report into the main Board Meetings. These include the Bursary Finance, Risk and Regulation, Health and Safety, Strategy, Nursery and Remuneration Committees. Papers for the Board are well prepared and distributed in a timely fashion by the Bursar. Meetings are focused and open and minutes ensure clarity on decisions and responsibilities. Reporting directly to the Chair of Governors, the new Head will ensure that the school successfully fulfils its aims whilst running smoothly, efficiently and compliantly. They will also work closely with the Strategy Committee to realise the collaborative vision of the school. Finances The Chairman of Governors summarises the school’s financial situation as follows: Finances have been managed prudently and robustly with continuous attention to cost control. The tight financial control has allowed the school to confidently keep fee increases below the national average over the last decade, whilst the Finance Committee has regularly reviewed the sustainability of the fee structure. The school has a history of generating healthy surpluses and has access to sufficient cash and funding to allow the continuation of a number of existing and the consideration of other new initiatives. This said, the current financial, economic and political context of the sector will require prudent financial management over the next few years.
Job Description Strategy • Demonstrate appropriate levels of self-confidence whilst inspiring confidence • Provide and articulate, in conjunction with the in others. The Head is accountable for the leadership and Governors, a compelling vision and viable, • Provide transparency, integrity and fairness to management of the Preparatory, Pre-Preparatory medium to long-term strategic Development deal sensitively with conflict. and the recently launched Nursery called Bertie’s Plan, comprising the key aspects of education, • Continue to drive, motivate and instil (the school). In close collaboration with the finance and development of the school. energy, innovation and enthusiasm throughout Governors and Senior Leadership Team, the the school. • Provide collaborative leadership in discussions HM will drive the ambition, future vision and with the teachers and staff, Strategy • Drive progressively higher levels of strategic direction of the school in an educational Committee and Governors on matters relating performance of the staff by ensuring that environment going through significant change. to strategy. there is a clear understanding of the school’s Benefitting from its 125-year history and very • Predict, react and adapt to changes in the expectations whilst monitoring, measuring strong links with the Bristol and South West of educational, financial, economic and political and providing feedback, training, personal England community, the Head will leverage the landscape to ensure the future wellbeing of and professional development or corrective successes and learnings of the past and forge a the pupils of today and of the future. measures where necessary. way forward to ensure that the school continues • Ensure the Development Plan is under to lead by example and continues to provide a pre-eminent learning environment for its students regular review with the Governors and ensure Quality of Education that a programme for the monitoring and across a wide variety of subjects and activities. review of all school policies and practices is & Environment Critical to the success of the role will be: strategy, kept up-to-date. leadership & people management, quality • Ensure that the ethos, environment and culture of education & environment, recruitment & retention, regulatory compliance, finance, estate Leadership & People of the school is supported by the necessary resources and expertise to enable pupils to management, marketing and communications. Management realise their ambitions across a broad spectrum of academic, musical, theatrical and The role of the Downs School Head is itemised sporting activities. • Provide strong and inspiring leadership to in more detail below: • Provide the quality, content and timely delivery both staff and pupils to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of the education of the very best curriculum that takes into Role title: Head provided in and out of the classroom. consideration the latest educational initiatives • Demonstrate the attributes and characteristics and innovations in order to best prepare of an individual who, through leading by individual pupils for their respective secondary Line Manager: Board of Governors example and setting the standards, can school futures. command respect. • Monitor and evaluate pupils’ progress Line Management: • Develop and maintain strong and positive not least through assessment data and relationships with the Governors and implement adjustments to improve their Directly (currently): Bursar, Head of Senior Management Team by effectively academic performance. Pre-Prep and Bertie’s, Assistant Head (Prep communicating with and responding to them, • Safeguard and promote the welfare of the and Pastoral Care), Assistant Head (Pre-Prep highlighting the needs and challenges whilst staff and pupils. and Curriculum) and the Marketing Officer providing ways and means to meet and • Demonstrate a passionate commitment to the exceed them. academic, personal and social development Committee Membership: • Achieve a strong and effective working of the pupils based on a thorough relationship with all stakeholders by understanding of and empathy with their Bursary, Education, Finance, Health deploying an open, participative, collegiate needs and concerns. & Safety, Nursery, Remuneration, Risk style with an inclusive and empowering • Ensure that the school listens, learns and & Regulatory, Strategy approach to management. adapts to changes in pupil needs, parental • Build trust and foster team spirit in order to input, staff feedback, Governor advice and unlock the true potential of the staff and external information sources specifically in pupils alike. areas such as Safeguarding, Wellbeing and secondary school consideration.
• Ensure that civility, confidence, curiosity • Provide knowledgeable leadership to ensure • Ensure that the school listens, learns and and good manners form the cornerstone of the that the school is entirely compliant. This adapts to changes in pupil needs, parental school’s pursuit of excellence amongst the will necessitate a strong understanding of input, staff feedback, Governor advice and pupil population. Ofsted and ISI regulatory compliance. external information sources specifically in • Provide leadership in discussions with • Mindful that the school aims to achieve areas such as facilities and resources. staff, the Education Committee and way beyond compliance, regularly highlight • Provide leadership in discussions with the Governors on matters relating to education tasks to senior members of staff that need staff, Finance, Strategy, Risk & Regulatory and best practice. to be achieved in order to at least comply Committee and Governors on matters • Retain the Christian values at the heart of with regulation. relating to Estate Management. the school whilst embracing children from • Lead a range of administrative staff in order other denominations. to ensure that all school polices are up to date and regularly reviewed. Marketing & Recruitment & • Thoroughly monitor and evaluate the entire Communications process of compliance. Retention • Provide leadership in discussions with • Position the school effectively, utilise multi-media channels and drive positive staff, the Risk & Regulatory Committee and • Ensure that the process of marketing word of mouth recommendations and Governors on matters relating to regulation and sales is as efficient and successful family referrals. and compliance. as possible. This will include generating • Continually monitor market trends and creative marketing strategies based on an awareness of the activities of other schools, Finance parent, staff and Governor feedback to ensure the school’s brand and proposition is guiding staff as to exceptional customer care accurate and compelling. • Work closely with the Bursar to ensure that and perceptively looking after the needs of • Communicate and network regularly the school has accurate forecasting and prospective parents over a lengthy period and effectively with all sections of the that budgets are met, funds are expended of time. school community, especially pupils, wisely and productively and that the school’s • Ensure that the school attracts, recruits, parents, Governors, other schools and the finances remain in good order. retains and develops the appropriate local community. • Collaborate closely with the Bursar to number of pupils from a wide diversity of • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal ensure accurate and timely monthly backgrounds to fulfil its ambitions within the and communication skills through the management accounts and achievement of limitations of the facilities, resources and written word, one-to-one/group year end accounting and audits. budgets available. conversations, public speaking and social/ • Through the Bursar and Finance committee, • Recruit, retain and develop high-quality networking events. ensure that there is close scrutiny on cash teaching and operational/administrative staff • Uphold the reputation for strong customer management and capital expenditure. members to ensure the school is able to care by being an appropriately available and deliver on its ambitious plans. • Provide leadership in discussions with the omnipotent ambassador and representative Bursar and Governors on matters relating to • Provide leadership in discussions with the of the school. public benefit and the provision of bursaries. staff, Development, Finance, Strategy, • Develop parents and colleagues into Bursary, Risk & Regulatory Committee and advocates and drive the promotion and Governors on matters relating to recruitment Estate Management selling of the school to prospective parents. and retention of pupils and staff. • Provide leadership in discussions with the • Propose and drive forward the programme staff and all of the committees on matters Regulatory of capital development and material improvements as discussed with the relating to marketing and communication. Compliance Strategy Committee and agreed by the Finance Committee. • Thoroughly prepare and guide the school • Ensure the school’s infrastructure is through ISI and Ofsted Inspections. maintained adequately, fit for purpose and in line with Health and Safety standards.
Person Experience Desirable: The skills that would enable the applicant to perform effectively in the role: Specification Essential: The categories of work or organisations, types of achievements and • Proficiency and enthusiasm to contribute towards games coaching activities that would be likely to predict • Proficiency and willingness to The school is committed to safeguarding and success in the role. contribute towards the Creative Arts - music, promoting the welfare of children and young • Previous experience of being a Headmaster art, drama people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. of a preparatory school • Previous experience of being a Deputy Method of Assessment Essential: These are qualities Head of a preparatory or secondary school • Contents of the application form without which the applicant could not • Previous experience of being a Head of • Interview be appointed. House at a larger preparatory or • Professional references secondary school Desirable: These are extra Desirable: The categories of work or Knowledge qualities which can be used to choose organisations, types of achievements and between applicants who meet all of the essential criteria. activities that would be likely to contribute to Essential: The knowledge required by the success in the role. applicant to perform effectively in the role: • Proven success at organising a major event Qualifications • Proven success at dealing with people • Knowledge of traditional values • Knowledge of high expectations in a prep school Essential: The professional, technical Method of assessment • Knowledge of parent expectations or academic qualifications that the applicant • Knowledge, understanding and appreciation must have to undertake the role or the training • Contents of the application form of superior customer care that they must have received: • Interview • Professional references • A good teaching qualification – Bachelor of Desirable: The knowledge that would Education or PGCE. enable the applicant to perform effectively in Skills the role: Desirable: The professional, technical • Knowledge of PIPs, INCas and MIDyis - or academic qualifications that the applicant Essential: The skills required by the standardised assessment tools would ideally have to undertake the role or the applicant to perform effectively in the role. • Knowledge and understanding of Key training that they should ideally have received. • Proven track record of excellent teaching Stages 1 & 2 • A Master’s degree • Strong commercial understanding of the • Knowledge and understanding of Common • A graduate degree in a subject that can be mechanics of an educational establishment Entrance and Scholarship used constructively in teaching and learning • Proven track record of promoting, • A degree that pertains to management positioning and selling a school’s proposition Method of Assessment • Secondary qualified to a broad cross-section of the community • Contents of the application form • A First Aid qualification • Ability to attain and maintain high standards of discipline • Interview • A Life Guard qualification • Professional references • Any sports coaching qualifications • Computer literacy - be able to use the school MIS that is Sims • Mini Driving Test • Collaborative leadership skills Method of Assessment • Proven customer service skills Production of the applicant’s certificates
Personal Competencies & Qualities Essential: The personal qualities that the applicant requires to perform effectively in the role. • Passion for The Downs • Honesty, reliability and transparency • Loyalty, integrity • High personal standards of appearance, behaviour and punctuality • An ability to embrace and drive change • Positive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline • A willingness to reflect on personal practice • The ability to work effectively within a team Desirable: The personal qualities that would assist the applicant to perform effectively in the role. • A good sense of humour and a cheerful disposition - create a little fun and weirdness! • A positive outlook - a view of optimism • Enthusiasm and commitment • Tolerance and patience • Perseverance and determination • Humility • Kindness, sensitivity and caring Method of Assessment • Contents of the application form • Interview • Professional references Safeguarding & Welfare Essential: Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
Terms & General notes: Conditions • A highly competitive remuneration package is available, with a salary commensurate with the seniority of the post and the experience The Governors are prepared to offer an of the successful candidate. The Governors attractive and competitive salary to secure the review the salary annually, effective from best candidate. 1st September • Family accommodation is available on-site A formal contract, detailing terms and conditions, will be drawn up on appointment. The following • There is a generous discount on fees for the notes provide guidance, without prejudice, on the Head’s children as pupils at the school, which likely main provisions. is currently not a taxable benefit • The school is currently part of the Government’s Teachers’ Pension Scheme • The Head’s performance will be subject to a regular review • The school will be supportive, whenever possible, of external professional activities such as examining, committee membership and professional body activities, as agreed with the Governors. The school is a member of the ISBA and AGBIS and the current Head is a member of the IAPS • Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Full details are given on the application form • Longlisted candidates will be asked to undertake identity and qualification checks which conform to the school’s safeguarding policy. They must also agree to references being taken up at that stage and checks made with past employers • The successful applicant will be required to complete a self-disclosure Medical Questionnaire • The appointment is subject to satisfactory references, clearance from the DBS, proof of identity and qualifications and a medical report
Application Process Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics, by email or telephone, to arrange a confidential discussion with Angela Short who is leading the search or Charlotte Faber, the Senior Advisor handling this appointment: Angela Short 07786 13419 firstname.lastname@example.org Charlotte Faber 07769 740479 email@example.com The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 4th June 2019. Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics Ltd, together with a covering letter addressed to the Chairman of Governors, Mr Mark Burchfield, which explains their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a separate CV. Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to our Project Coordinator, Jonathan Barnes, at: firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 467449. The process is as follows: • All applications will be acknowledged by email. If you have not received acknowledgement that your application has been received within two working days of sending it, please contact our Head Office by telephone. • Selected candidates will be invited to a preliminary interview with Charlotte Faber Founded in 2002 by Russell Speirs, RSAcademics and Angela Short of RSAcademics Ltd in specialises in schools, in the UK and central London on either Wednesday 12th internationally, advising on marketing strategy or Thursday 13th June. and research, leadership consultancy and the • Longlist interviews with members of the search and selection of Heads and senior staff. Governors’ selection panel will take place at Comprising a team of the best schools’ marketing the school on Thursday 20th and Friday professionals and respected former school 21st June. leaders, RSAcademics provides a high-quality • Final round interviews will take place at service to schools with rigour, experience and the school on Monday 24th and Tuesday warmth. Please visit www.rsacademics.com for 25th June. more information.
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