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Director of Studies: short version

Port Regis, a traditional 2-13 boarding and day prep school with outstanding facilities, seeks to appoint a Director of Studies to share the academic management of the school with the Senior Deputy Headmaster.

Applications are encouraged from dedicated teachers, with sound administration skills, who may or may not currently hold a senior management position.

We have flexibility within the management structure of the school to tailor this post to suit the right candidate, for whom accommodation may be available as part of the package. Responsibilities will be drawn from the following main areas to suit the successful applicant’s experience, strengths and interests:

 

Staffing, Curriculum and Timetable

Liaison with Academic Departments

The Annual National Conference for Directors of Studies in British Prep Schools

Liaison with Governors

Exams, Scholarships and Senior School Transition

 

Early applications are encouraged. For further details and a more detailed job description, please click the link below.

Director of Studies: full job description

Job Description

 

In liaison with the Senior Deputy Head, the DoS has responsibility for the School's academic curriculum, its administration, timetabling and direction, together with the professional development of teaching staff and the promotion of learning.

The DoS makes a significant contribution to the life and tone of the school.  He/she will be expected to teach a reduced time-table and to contribute in other areas of school life.

The DoS is expected to show loyalty to the Headmaster supporting his initiatives and actions in public, but being prepared to discuss ideas critically in private.

The DoS has an important role in the Senior Management Team.  He/she must ensure that the academic purpose of the school is promoted and must at all times encourage the all-round academic achievement of every pupil.  He/she will play a major role in the recruitment and selection of academic staff.

The DoS must be available to communicate with parents, governors, feeder/senior schools and other groups or individuals on academic matters.

The DoS will work closely alongside the Headmaster and other members of the Senior Management Team in the formulation of school policy, the advancement of the school’s development plan, and the day-to-day running of the school.

Applications are encouraged from dedicated teachers, with sound administration skills, who may or may not currently hold a senior management position.

We have flexibility within the management structure of the school to tailor this post to suit the right candidate, for whom accommodation may be available as part of the package.

Responsibilities will be drawn from the following list (the rest being taken by the Senior Deputy Headmaster and others as appropriate):

 

Staffing, Curriculum and Timetable

  • helping with the recruitment and induction of new staff;
  • designing the school timetable each year and deploying academic staff appropriately;
  • assisting in determining staff workloads;
  • forecasting staffing needs for the following year;
  • supporting PGCE trainees and NQTs;
  • encouraging high teaching standards and acting as a role model and inspiration to colleagues in and out of the classroom;
  • overseeing the placement, progress and promotion of individual children through the school;
  • providing oversight of the Pre-Prep, ensuring efficient liaison with the wider Prep School;
  • ensuring that staff absence & loss of pupil lessons are not unreasonable, and challenge excesses;
  • planning, organising and preparing INSET days at the beginning of each term in liaison with the Deputy Head;
  • notifying staff of training opportunities available, researching opportunities in response to staff training needs and requests, and encouraging all staff to develop professionally through training;
  • overseeing the development and implementation of schemes of work and policy documents, especially the Curriculum Policy;
  • developing and updating the academic section of the School Development Plan;
  • keeping abreast of developments in the national inspection regime and disseminating relevant news and updates from ISI;
  • keeping aware of curriculum developments and taking opportunities to learn from other schools through formal and informal contacts, conferences and the like.

 

Liaison with Academic Departments

  • chairing the Academic Management Committee and reporting back to the Headmaster;
  • liaising with the Heads of Lower and Middle School;
  • liaising with the Learning Support Co-ordinator to ensure the needs of all children with learning difficulties are being met; 
  • liaising with the Head of EAL to ensure the needs of all children for whom English is a second language are being met; 
  • leading and supporting Heads of Department, particularly in developing high standards within each subject area;
  • assisting with the appraisal programme;
  • co-ordinating school prizes and planning termly and annual prize-giving ceremonies.

 

Annual National Conference for Directors of Studies in British Prep Schools

  • inviting speakers to this prestigious annual event held in early October;
  • marketing the conference to delegates;
  • hosting the conference.

 

Liaison with Governors

  • reporting to the governors, termly, on the academic life of the school;
  • assisting with the preparation of the agenda for the biannual Governors’ Education Committee meetings, and acting as secretary for the committee.

 

Exams, Scholarships and Senior School Transition

  • maintaining contact with Directors of Studies and Admissions Depts. in senior independent schools;
  • co-ordinating the list of pupils’ destination schools in liaison with the Headmaster, parents and colleagues;
  • advising parents about senior school entry procedures and scholarships;
  • overseeing the selection and proper preparation of academic scholarship candidates;
  • overseeing references and leavers’ reports for senior schools;
  • overseeing the work of the Reporting and Assessment Co-ordinator;
  • maintaining the online accounts for Bofa pre-test practice and GL cognitive testing;
  • organisation of all external and internal examinations:

Scholarships

Common Entrance

Pre-tests

Interview preparation

Internal cognitive testing

School exams

Liaising with Art, Music, DT, ICT, Sport and Drama over scholarship examinations and applications.

 

Remuneration

Port Regis has its own salary scale, details of which will be discussed at interview. Accommodation may be available for the right candidate.

 

Application Procedure

If you feel you can meet the requirements of the post, and would like to apply, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please complete the Application Form and submit it to Mrs Louisa Spicer, HR Manager, together with a handwritten covering letter containing a summary of your educational philosophy. Please also read the accompanying documents below.

Closing Date: Monday 15th January 2018. Early applications encouraged.

Interviews: 19th & 20th January 2018.

 

Louisa Spicer

HR Manager

lbs@portregis.com

The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons, for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer or to the Headmaster.

Application Form PDF Application Form Word
Explanatory Notes
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Sports Club Duty Manager

We are looking to recruit a Duty Manager/Games Coach to assist with the day-to-day running of the facilities at Motcombe Park Sports Club – the Club which utilises the outstanding facilities at Port Regis Prep School in Dorset. This post is available from January 2018 and would suit a Sports Graduate who wishes to gain teaching experience. Lifeguard and swimming qualifications preferred but not essential and other sport experience/coaching qualifications would be an advantage.

 

General Responsibilities

  • To ensure the smooth and effective day-to-day management of the Sports Club, coupled with specific duties relating to the development of the facilities and service, also supporting the Port Regis PE and Games programme.

 

  • Familiarisation with and correct application of all Club policies and procedures including safety, financial and administrative.

 

  • To provide teaching support to the PE and games department.

 

  • To promote the Sports Club positively to all users.

 

Main Duties:

1. Responsibility for the security of facilities, Club presentation and maintenance, pool plant operation, water quality testing, stock ordering and rotation. Personnel and financial administration within the Club’s operating procedures.

2. To assist with PE lessons and coach a daily games group. Games responsibilities will include provision of team lists, match reports and accompanying teams to weekly fixtures.

3. To assist in the development of a comprehensive staff training programme for all staff.  Including planning and compiling of training records and identification of any future training needs.  Ensuring all staff attend the required number of sessions and taking appropriate action if staff fail to attend.

4. To ensure adequate staffing levels at all times commensurate with the Club’s and OFSTED policies, and the requirements of the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications and other operating procedures.

5. To assist with implementing the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, ensuring compliance by all staff at all times and the safety and welfare of staff and customers.

6. To provide a high level of customer service to our users ensuring any complaints or queries are dealt with appropriately and where necessary passed on to the appropriate member of staff.

7. To take responsibility for the children, staff, public and buildings in the event of an emergency.  To manage the incident until this responsibility can be discharged to a further qualified person.

8. To ensure that all Sports Club and School administration is completed, accurate and where provided meets set deadlines.

9. To liaise with, and where required assist, outside schools, clubs and other organisations.

 

Special Conditions:

The post holder will be required to work a 40-hour week. The hours of work will be on a shift system and will include weekdays, weekends, evenings and bank holidays.  The shift patterns will change between term time and holidays to meet the changing demands placed upon the staff and facilities.

The post holder will be required to renew their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and First Aid at Work certificate as required to ensure the qualification does not expire.

The post holder must attend monthly training sessions during term time and during school holidays, unless specific permission has been received from the Centre Manager.

-The post holder will be required to wear a uniform provided by the Centre at all times whilst on Duty.

 

Remuneration Package

Annual salary between £16,500-17,500. All meals available during working hours when the School catering is in operation. Single accommodation may be available for the right candidate. Free membership to Motcombe Park Sports and Golf Club.

 

Application Procedure

If you feel you can meet the requirements of the post, and would like to apply, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to have an initial discussion prior to applying, please contact Kristof Kirchner, Sports Club Manager, on 01747 857964/ kk@portregis.com.

 

Louisa Spicer

HR Manager

The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons, for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer or to the Headmaster.

Part-time Swimming Teacher

Motcombe Park Sports centre is looking for a dynamic ASA or STA Level Two qualified swimming teacher to join our dedicated team to teach children and adults. Monday to Saturday. Excellent rates of pay offered. To apply, in the first instance, please send a current CV and covering letter to kk@portregis.com

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Job Title:  Swimming Teacher

 

Responsible to: Duty Manager.

 

MAIN PURPOSE

To be responsible for the teaching of public swimming lessons in accordance with the standards laid down by the School and Sports Centre Management.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

1.      Ensure Adults and children are taught at a level that is appropriate to their age and ability.

2.      To undertake accurately any administration required of the post

3.      To ensure standards of safety and customer care are adhered to as laid down in the Centre’s Normal Operating Procedure and Emergency Action Plan.

 

POST OBJECTIVES

4.      To ensure that all equipment to be used during the lesson is collected and ready before the start of the lesson.

5.      To undertake registers at the start of each session and advise the swimming co-ordinator of children not registered.

6.       Ensure you are up to date on any new teaching methodology as published by the Amateur Swimming Association.

7.      To advise the Centre Manager of any equipment required to assist in teaching of lessons.

8.      To assess children for grading of lessons as advised by the swimming co-ordinator.  Ensuring children are placed in correct lesson in relation to age and ability.

9.      Liaise with other teachers and parents.

10. To undertake other such duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post.

11. To comply with any statutory requirements for example the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Data Protection Act.

 

Rates of pay will be discussed as part of the recruitment procedure. 

 

To apply, in the first instance, please send a current CV and covering letter to kk@portregis.com

Candidates short-listed for interview are required to complete the below Application Form and read the below documentation as part of their formal application.

 

Louisa Spicer

HR Manager 

 

 

The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons, for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times.  If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer or to the Headmaster.

Download Application Form (MS Word)

Download Application Form (pdf) 

Download Explanatory Notes (pdf)

Download Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (pdf)

 

 

GAP Year

Gap Year Vacancies

Looking for a rewarding way to spend your Gap Year before continuing with your studies? Perhaps a year at Port Regis may be the answer….

THE GAP YEAR STUDENTS

The bustling Common Room is augmented each year by 4-5 male and 8-9 female Gap Year students from the Southern Hemisphere, who join in January.  We also have a Music GAP Assistant, who is also likely to come from south of the Equator! In addition we have a French Assistant. The social life at school is enhanced by the presence of the GAPs and a number of young Sports Hall staff.

The Gap Years are assigned to a boarding house and occasionally to a department where the GAP may have particular interests or strengths, such as IT, Technology (Electronics, CAD/CAM and simple robotics), Art and Design, or Woodwork, and he/she assists during lesson time and may do some teaching. All Gaps help with games in the afternoons (including matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays) and with hobbies supervision in the evenings. All GAPS are assigned to boarding houses where they work on certain evenings, and often provide overnight cover.  All GAPs are involved on weekend activities. Weekend activities are a major part of the GAP role (and are great fun).

When not involved in boarding duties, the local pub/restaurant close to the school is a popular haunt of the Port Regis Gaps and  members of staff. There is a full and varied weekend activity programme which is organised largely by the Gaps in conjunction with the member of staff who co-ordinates their timetables. There is, of course, free time during the week and at weekends, but the Gaps are expected to work hard and make a full commitment to the well-being and happiness of the children who think of the Gaps rather as older brothers and sisters.

Accommodation is provided in comfortable and well furbished single rooms for all GAPS, either within the Boarding House or elsewhere on the School grounds with access to a welcoming sitting room. The job is great fun and hugely rewarding. This could be the perfect way to spend your Gap Year.

BOARDING HOUSES

Each Gap is assigned to a boarding house. We have a senior boys' house, Prichard Hall, a senior girls' house, Grosvenor Hall, and three houses within the Mansion (called Stalbridge, Huxley and Talbot) where the younger children sleep. Each house has Houseparents.  The Head of Baording, her assistant and the Senior Master have overall charge and care of the Gaps.

The duties include all aspects of caring for the children: supervising washing, sorting clean clothes, mending, finding lost clothing and giving cuddles. There is approximately 2 hours off each day, and depending on whether the GAP is on call overnight during the week; either a half day or whole day off per week and alternate weekends (excluding the beginning and end of term). The School day starts at 8.15 am and each GAP has an individual time table to work with so as to reduce any confusion!

'Life as a Gap at PR' - by Will (2008)

When I arrived at Port Regis it was a lot to take in. I was on the other side of the world, it was 2 degrees and I knew that I would be spending the whole year here along with these other 11 new gappies who I was yet to meet. But somehow it all turned out fine as we were all introduced and before long were throwing around the banter and started bonding that would form some of the best friendships in my life to date.

As a gap, I was based in the IT department which, to be fair, was not me at all, but after a week of the routine I quickly slotted into the day-to-day running of things. I also did a lot of cover, substituting in lessons for absent staff, which I really enjoyed as it gave me a chance to get to know more kids around the school.

I worked in 'Stalbridge' house, which is the littlest kids, and man have they got some serious energy! I would work in there two nights a week and would always take part in the royal rumbles, dorm cricket and particularly hot chocolate nights.

The staff at the school and the atmosphere they created for me was one of the hardest things to leave behind. Within weeks you began to know most of the staff and would be involved with them in the day to day running of the school; Whether it’s coaching sport or playing them in the Wednesday night Staff vs Gaps 6 a side football derby!

My Gap year at Port Regis, without a doubt, was the best year of my life so far and I would recommend it in a second to anyone.

APPLICATION

To apply, please contact Tutors Worldwide www.tutorsworldwide.org who will carry out the selection procedure. Once you have received notification from Tutors Worldwide that you have been offered a GAP placement at Port Regis, you are required to complete the below Application Form and read the below documentation as part of the formal application.

Louisa Spicer

HR Manager 

The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons, for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times.  If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer or to the Headmaster.

Download Application Form (MS Word)

Download Application Form (pdf) 

Download Explanatory Notes (pdf)

Download Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (pdf)

 

Lifeguard- Motcombe Park Sports Centre

Motcombe Park Sports Centre

 

Thank you so much for your interest in the post of Lifeguard at Motcombe Park Sports Centre.  Please find below details of the position.

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Job Title:   Lifeguard

 

Salary:  To be confirmed

 

Responsible to:  Duty Manager

 

MAIN PURPOSE

To ensure the safety of swimmers and members alike through policing and enforcement of Motcombe Park Sports Centre policy and procedure.

 

MAIN RESPONSABILITIES

1.       To ensure standards of safety and customer care are adhered to as laid down in the Centre’s Normal Operating Procedure and Emergency Action Plan.

2.       To lifeguard the swimming pool in accordance with the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

3.       To ensure that all areas of the Centre are maintained to the required standard of cleanliness.

4.       Any activities undertaken during working hours are completed only when appropriate health and safety training has been received.

 

POST OBJECTIVE

1.       Lifeguard the swimming pool in accordance with the Safety in Swimming document and the RLSS Guidelines.

2.       Ensure that all rescue equipment is maintained and positioned correctly during opening times.

3.       Ensure that all lifesaving skills are maintained to the current NPLQ standards.

4.       To undertake general cleaning duties as directed by the Duty Manager.

5.       To ensure that all swimmers are in receipt of a valid membership card or are a guest of a current member.

6.       To coach or teach relevant to qualifications.

7.       To undertake other such duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with level of the post.

8.       To comply with statutory requirements for example the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Data Protection Act.

 Rates of pay will be discussed as part of the recruitment procedure. 

 

To apply, in the first instance, please send a current CV and covering letter to kk@portregis.com

Candidates short-listed for interview are required to complete the below Application Form and read the below documentation as part of their formal application.

 

Louisa Spicer

HR Manager 

 

 

The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons, for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times.  If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer or to the Headmaster.

Download Application Form (MS Word)

Download Application Form (pdf) 

Download Explanatory Notes (pdf)

Download Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy (pdf)