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Head of Hockey

Brighton CollegeBrighton and Hove

Brighton College is seeking to appoint a Head of Hockey. The start date for this role is anticipated to be September 2021, or January 2022.


The post would suit an experienced teacher with a background in playing and coaching hockey to a high level. The successful applicant will be expected to lead the girls’ hockey programme at the College, coordinating the work of staff in charge of individual teams, and contributing to the provision for and involvement of girls within the games programme. Alongside this, the successful applicant will also be expected to lead the athletics programme in the Trinity Term, and contribute to the netball programme in the Hilary Term. Although advantageous, prior experience of coaching an athletics discipline is not required; the College works with a number of nationally renowned external athletics coaches.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach a small number of academic lessons across the 11-18 age range.

Applications from all subject disciplines are invited. The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal and organisational skills and be a good motivator of pupils and colleagues, demonstrating the ability to work with pupils at all levels and a willingness to support and guide less experienced coaches or academic staff involved in the Games programme.


  • Run the girls’ hockey programme, including managing all logistics and facilities for games sessions and matches and liaising with coaches across year groups.
  • Develop and implement a clear vision for how to build on the recent success of hockey at the College.
  • Organise annual tours, alternating between national and international destinations.
  • Potentially, the candidate could also take on the Head of Athletics position, although this is not a necessity. Such a position would come with additional timetable remission and remuneration and would require managing all logistics and facilities for games sessions and competitions in the Trinity term, as well as liaising with both internal and external coaches as required.
  • Assist with the delivery of the netball programme in the Hilary Term.
  • Contribute to all aspects of girls’ sport in liaison with the Director of Sport and Heads of Sport.
  • Work with the Head of Athletic Development to ensure all girls participating in hockey have access to a coherent Strength and Conditioning programme appropriate for their age and ability.
  • Maintain the high profile of girls’ games throughout the College.
  • Assist the Director of Sport and Head of Sport Outreach & Admissions in the recruitment of talented pupils.
  • Assist with the recruitment and work of visiting sports coaches, abiding by guidelines for safer recruitment in education.
  • Liaise between parents and staff regarding the balance of commitments for girls involved in multiple sport, fixtures and activities.
  • Assist in the planning of inter-house competitions.
  • Coach across all age groups within the Girls’ Games programme, including involvement in evening and weekend fixtures in all three terms.
  • Teach a small number of periods in an academic subject as appropriate to the appointee’s skills and experience.


All teachers at Brighton College are expected to contribute to the school’s pastoral system, generally as a tutor in one of our 14 houses (of which six are boarding houses and eight are day). There is also an expectation that all teachers will contribute to the co-curricular life of the school, through the extensive Games programme, and/or through the leadership of one of almost 100 school societies. Candidates are encouraged to point to interests and enthusiasms as part of their application.

All teachers joining Brighton will have the benefit of guidance by an experienced mentor, whose role it will be to provide support during their probationary period. Thereafter, all teachers are expected and supported to participate in continuous professional development, throughout their time at the College.

For further details, please see the Applicant Info Pack.

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