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Head of Nursing - Term Time Only

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Downside School


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The salary for this post is commensurate with NHS Band 7
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
10 January 2018

Job description

Downside School has an excellent opportunity for you to lead and manage our School Health Centre, ensuring it provides a first class service to all its’ stakeholders.  Not only is Downside School the leading Catholic independent boarding school for boys and girls aged 11 – 18 it is also one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Schools.  

At Downside we aim to ensure a high quality of care for our pupils in an environment that is supportive and caring to enable each of our pupils to reach their greatest potential.  As Head of Nursing you will be responsible for providing a clinically effective, high quality service of nursing care to pupils.   You will be welcoming, calm and sensitive to the needs of others and will work in partnership with pupils, their parents or guardians, School staff, GP’s, Clinicians and Counsellors.   

You will be a Registered Nurse with experience of health provision in a School environment, ideally within a Boarding School. Experience of managing a team would also be advantageous. This is a busy leadership role and we are looking for applicants with demonstrably strong organisational and people management skills.  As Head of Nursing you will be responsible for the strategic development of the provision of medical services within the School in line with recommended best practice guidelines from the Boarding School Association, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing and Care Quality Commission.  You will work closely with the Director of Pastoral Care and the wider pastoral team to provide a holistic approach to the care of pupils.   

The Head of Nursing works Monday to Friday, covering a variety of different shifts between the hours of 07:45 and 20:00 there is a floating shift on a Thursday which must be worked flexibly to ensure adequate supervision of both day and night nurses.  The total hours equate to a 42 hour working week.  Term time is 34 weeks of the year with one additional week required for staff training and whole school INSET.  

You will need to be flexible in relation to your working hours and attend a number of termly meetings (Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Welfare). The hours and commitment are complimented by the flexibility of a term time only post which includes generous holidays, pension scheme, employee assistance programme, onsite dining hall with free meals during shifts and access to an exceptional School fee remission scheme.  Salary: The salary for this post is commensurate with NHS Band 7  

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 10th January 2018, by 10.00am   

Interviews: To be held w/c 15th January 2018  

To apply, please complete an application form which can be downloaded and submitted through an applicant tracking system on our ‘Working With Us' page: http://www.downside.co.uk/working-with-us/ 

If you require further information please contact Caroline Brawley, Human Resources Manager on 01761 235112 or by emailing cbrawley@downside.co.uk  

Downside 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 must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the DBS.  We are an equal opportunities employer. By car, we are within 40 minutes of Bristol, 30 minutes of Bath and 15 minutes of Wells. Registered Charity Number: 1158507

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About Downside School

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  • Downside School
  • Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath
  • Somerset
  • BA3 4RJ
  • United Kingdom
+44 1761 235100

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A clear and positive attitude to learning permeates the whole school, enabled by excellent relationships between staff and pupils’ and that our pupils are ‘enthusiastic and highly motivated learners, able to work independently’. Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

At Downside, we are committed to working in partnership with families and to providing an environment which nurtures young people of integrity who can think for themselves, stand up for their beliefs, and act to make a positive difference in the world.

Founded in 1606 and based just 25 minutes from the famous World Heritage City of Bath, we are a forward-thinking independent school and one of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. Our vision is to be a bright light in the world of education, illuminating the lives of young people and inspiring service in the world through experience of Benedictine culture. It enables pupils and staff to develop their own identity through experience of a community with Christ as its centre.

The School is set in 500 acres of beautiful English countryside with extensive facilities including an indoor swimming pool, a Mac Suite dedicated to music, a 24/7 Health Centre, and a Performing Arts Centre housing a 400-seat Theatre, a Recording Studio, a print screen room and a Mac suite for art.

We are uncompromising in the pursuit of academic excellence. We aim for the highest standards in our extensive and exciting co-curricular programme with over 100 activities, and we provide plentiful and varied opportunities for service and leadership.

The School endeavours, in addition, to provide our pupils with what may be referred to as a sense of ‘the poetry of life’, a sense of its beauty, form, mystery and joy. Everyone who comes here remarks on the happy atmosphere. It is truly a remarkable, inspiring place.

Please visit our website to find out more about our School: www.downside.co.uk/working-with-us


We are committed to high academic standards and constant development of the quality of teaching and learning. We have a Quality Assurance cycle, which allows us to monitor the quality of teaching and learning through lesson observations, learning walks and pupil feedback. Our tracking and monitoring systems are rigorous so that all pupils are supported in their learning, and colleagues are supported in their teaching.

Working at Downside is a truly rewarding experience. In keeping with our Benedictine ethos, Downside is a welcoming, caring community where each person is valued. Pupils are highly motivated, keen to learn and respectful of staff and their peers.

Our Induction Programme is comprehensive and fully supportive of all new staff, including the provision of training, where necessary. We are keen to support ambitious teachers, and CPD opportunities for individuals are identified in Faculty Development Plans and prioritised. Downside School is a member of the Canford Group, which includes most of the main independent schools in the South West. We are also closely linked with the other Benedictine Schools in England and Ireland. We expect all teachers to engage fully in co-curricular activities and the boarding life of the school.

At Downside, staff enjoy teaching polite and well-educated pupils, unique surroundings, and benefit from a generous salary scale, complimentary lunch and extended School holidays. Although it is difficult to quantify the hours which any individual Teacher may devote to their work in order to carry out their professional duties in a boarding school, the following guidance may be helpful:

The School timetable is taught Monday-Friday, and two periods on a Saturday morning, plus a 35 minute period of SMSC, followed by matches and activities in the afternoon. Games and activities, tutor periods, and hymn practice are incorporated into the weekly timetable. Department meetings can occur at the discretion of the Head of Faculty.

Academic timetable allocation:

Full time Teacher 15 double periods

Head of Faculty 13 double periods

Pastoral responsibilities: to provide support and guidance for a tutor group (typically 12 pupils), including one period (35 minutes) of PSHEE (Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education) and three tutor sessions, PSHEE has a specific programme and is treated the same as an academic lesson. All tutors attend Hymn Practice on Friday at 16.00 and School Mass on special occasions during the working week. Tutor periods are normally 12.35pm – 12.40pm Monday to Saturday and two afternoons a week, on Monday from 5.00pm to 5.35pm and Friday from 3.30-3.55.

6th Form Tutors deliver their PSHEE on Wednesday P5 rather than Monday 5pm. There is an additional tutor period on a Saturday from 11.25am -12.00pm. Tutors are also required to undertake one evening duty a week in House from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. There may be a requirement for flexibility around tutor timings to meet the needs of the school and timings are reviewed annually in line with timetabling. Tutors also have house duties such as managing the refectory on one day a week, as agreed with the HsM.

Co-curricular responsibilities: As a full time Teacher, there is a requirement to be involved in two co-curricular activities a week during term time e.g. CCF, service activities, games, music and academic societies. Additionally, you will participate in supporting the Saturday afternoon games programme. This may include activities and/or sport, and Teachers may be asked to support a specialist coach in games lessons and be responsible for the team when they play matches.

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