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Kingston Grammar School

Kingston upon Thames

Competitive salary + generous benefits & training provision
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Flexible Start Date (January / April 2018)
Apply by:
30 October 2017

Job overview

Head of Boys' Hockey

Fantastic working environment ● London 30 mins by train 

21 acre sports ground with two hockey pitches and a training pitch

Kingston Grammar School (KGS) has an extensive sporting history stretching back over 150 years, with hockey being played at the school since the mid-1800s. The School has produced many Olympians and international hockey players over the years and we are now looking for an inspirational, dynamic Head of Boys' Hockey to continue this legacy.

This is an exciting time for hockey at KGS with the appointment of our new Director of Hockey and on the recent success of our U18 boys becoming the National Indoor Champions for 2017.  

The successful candidate would ideally have experience of the England Hockey Player Pathway and have coached and/or played at National League level.  There is no requirement for the appointee to be a qualified teacher but the ability to teach academically would be desirable. 

The Head of Boys' Hockey will be expected to contribute fully to the Sport Development Plan and the wider life of the school. The role includes Saturday fixtures during term time, as well as pre-season training and tours both in the UK and internationally.

The school offers a competitive remuneration package, commensurate with qualifications and experience, in a fantastic working environment.  

Closing date: Monday 30th October 2017

A job description, full person specification and application form can be downloaded via the Vacancies section on our website at www.kgs.org.uk/about/vacancies or by e-mailing Anne Collins at acollins@kgs.org.uk

Kingston Grammar 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 will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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Kingston Grammar School is a leading day school for boys and girls aged 11-18 in South West London. Founded in 1561, it is one of the most successful co-educational schools in the country, and has a long tradition of developing individual talent and encouraging high aspirations. Students are bright and enthusiastic; their joy in life and spirit of curiosity makes education here a real pleasure.

At KGS we seek to equip students with the skills and confidence they need to innovate, not replicate and the results at GCSE and A Level place us in the top 1% of secondary schools in the country.  In the unusual year of 2021, 71% of all GCSE grades were at 8/9 and 43% of all grades were at 9.  For A Level last year, 74% of grades were A*-A and 35% were at A* or equivalent.  

We believe that education should be holistic - strong both academically and pastorally - and should produce happy and engaged students who will make a positive difference to the world around them now and in the future. Students are encouraged to support each other throughout their time at KGS, either in the academic, pastoral or co-curricular sphere. We are rightly proud of our pastoral provision and it is widely acknowledged to be one of the best in any school in the UK.

Our co-curricular programme plays a central part in this. The opportunity to engage in an extraordinary range of trips, expeditions and activities allows pupils to develop their self-awareness, skills and competence in all sorts of ways and contributes significantly to the rounded individuals they become.

For many, the world outside the formal academic curriculum will provide the key to their future lives. The book Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools (2012) by Malcolm Tozer contains a survey of the number of sporting internationals to have come from Independent Schools since 2000. Kingston Grammar School is ranked equal fifth, and third for Olympians – quite an achievement for a school of our size.

You will also find a strong tradition of theatre, art and music here, with Old Kingstonians making their mark on the stage, in performance and in all aspects of the design world. For all our pupils, whatever their skill or ambition, the opportunities we provide both inside and outside the curriculum are enriching and empowering. Staff give generously of their time to support and make possible all these ventures.

The School's position in the heart of Kingston upon Thames benefits from excellent transport links.  With easy accessibility to the metropolitan diversity of central London,and its wealth of cultural opportunities, students benefit from what our urban location offers.

Our 22-acre sports grounds and boat house on the River Thames, opposite Hampton Court Palace, is the home of KGS Sport.  We are particularly renowned for our success in hockey and rowing and as a school we are ranked fifth for producing sporting internationals, and third for Olympians.

Our aim has always been to produce happy, well-adjusted young adults who want to make the world a better place, and we hope that an education at KGS is a significant step towards this.

For more information about Kingston Grammar School please visit our School website at www.kgs.org.uk

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