Fixed term contract
4th January to 6th July 2022
The Perse School is one of the country's leading independent day schools and a charitable company, educating 1,700 girls and boys aged 3-18. We are a very special school which is both traditional and innovative, ambitious and caring, understanding and structured, industrious and fun.
Located in Cambridge, we comprise of three schools, the Upper, Prep and Pelican. We also have two franchise Schools overseas in Singapore and Suzhou. Given the outstanding education offered, we are consistently over-subscribed and in strong financial health with an annual turnover of some £30 million. The School regularly achieves some of the best public examination results and university application outcomes in the UK.
In addition to the day to day curricular and co-curricular activities of the schools, The Perse provides public benefit to local and international communities. Over 70 pupils attend the School on means tested bursaries meaning they pay no or subsidised fees. This enables the Perse to be accessible to children irrespective of financial wealth. The Perse also works with 30 state schools in the UK and Christel House School overseas on projects to raise educational attainment.
The Perse School wishes to appoint an enthusiastic, well- organised and engaging French speaker to assist with inspiring pupils to develop their French language skills for a fixed period of 7 months during term time from 4th January 2022 to 6th July 2022 (the contract includes paid holiday).
The successful candidate will work to develop students' spoken French skills and appreciation of Francophone cultures, as well as playing a key role in their preparation for GCSE, A Level and DELF speaking exams. The person appointed will have a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, will strive to inspire and motivate each of our pupils, and will actively promote French as part of a thriving MFL department at The Perse School
The Modern Languages Department
All pupils at The Perse School study at least one modern foreign language to GCSE with French being a very popular option. At least six classes of pupils sit the AQA GCSE exam each year. Post-GCSE we also buck the national trend, with French an increasingly popular subject. In addition to offering the AQA A Level, many of our pupils make the most of the Diplome dretudes en Langue Franpaise (DELF) preparations we offer at B1 or B2 level. In recent years, we have had a number of pupils applying for French at university and we are now starting to see pupils apply to universities in Francophone countries.
We also aim to share our enjoyment of languages with our pupils through a wide variety of activities and events. As well as our popular French exchanges to Paris and Saint Jean-de-Luz, we have French societies for all ages and we regularly take part in French competitions. We have been very successful in regional and national debating competitions and essay competitions in recent years. All MFL staff are expected to help with these activities.
We benefit from excellent, state-of-the-art facilities and resources. In 2014 we moved into a new building, with dedicated classrooms, purpose-built rooms for language assistants and a large department office. This facilitates the collaborative approach and strong, supportive team culture that are highly prized by the department, which at present consists of ten talented and dedicated French teachers and a full-time language assistant. We also have access to the latest language learning software and a well-stocked library with an extensive collection of French language films, books and magazines, which pupils are encouraged to use.
Further information about the department's curricular and extra-curricular activities (and public examination results) can be found on the School's website: www.perse.co.uk
The French Language Assistant is ultimately accountable to the Head through the Senior Deputy Head, but day to day accountability will be to the Director of Modern Foreign Languages and to the Head of French for the programme of study.
Job Specific Terms and Conditions
Your normal hours of work will be from registration in the morning (8.35am) until the end of all of the School's afternoon lessons, or the end of relevant extra-curricular activities, whichever is the later, on Mondays to Fridays (inclusive), during term time*. You are also expected to work some additional hours (including evening work where necessary) for which no overtime will be paid. Such additional hours will include, but not be limited to, participation in the recreational and enrichment programme and attendance at the School's parents' evenings and School Open events. Normal hours of work include a half hour, unpaid lunch break.
Lunch is provided free of charge to staff on Mondays to Fridays worked at School during term time, where their working hours allow for a meal break and encompass the times of School lunch. This post is term time only (35 weeks in an academic year). Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus an additional day immediately preceding the published start date of the Lent term.
The Perse operates its own competitive salary structure, and the school is keen to recruit high quality staff. The salary will be £13,990 for the fixed term contract, 7 months during term time from 4th January 2022 to 6th July 2022 (the contract includes paid holiday).
Paid holiday entitlement is 3.6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, pro rata for the actual weeks worked, which must be taken during the Easter holidays and the half terms.
Other support staff benefits are outlined on the website: https://www.perse.co.uk/vacancies/why-work-at-the-perse/
Please click on How to Apply which links to the vacancies section of the website to register/sign-in and submit your application. Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to the HR Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants without formal teaching qualifications will be considered for this position but experience working with pupils learning languages and preparing them for examinations will be a considerable advantage.
Candidates will be invited to meet the Senior Deputy Head, the Director of Modern Foreign Languages and the Head of French. Interviews will be in person and candidates will be asked to teach part of a lesson as part of the selection process. The closing date is Monday 24th January at 9.00am. Interviews will be on Friday 28th January.
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). The role involves direct supervision of children and as a result the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility. The School is committed to acting in the best interests of the child so as to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The School requires everyone who comes into contact with children and their families to share this commitment. 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. The Perse School actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.
2019 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/
Senior Deputy Head
|Placed On:||13th January 2022|
|Closes:||21st January 2022|
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