Head of Sport, Leatherhead, Surrey

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Downsend SchoolLeatherhead, Surrey

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Required for September 2018

An IAPS, co-educational, day school educating children aged 2 to 13, Downsend is a thriving and vibrant school which provides a refreshingly different education through a broad based curriculum leading to outstanding academic success.

In mid-November, we made the landmark decision to expand Downsend’s provision. With effect from September 2020, we will welcome Year 9 pupils on site for the first time and, in May 2023, our current Year 6 pupils will be the first Downsend pupils to sit GCSE  examinations. The Head of Sport at Downsend will be key in determining the direction of the subject at the school, including the selection of the GCSE syllabus and Board, resourcing and timetabling. Due to the strategic involvement of the successful candidate, it is likely to be attractive to an individual seeking Deputy Headship as their next career move.

Sport plays a crucial role in the life of Downsend and its pupils. We are fortunate to possess extensive facilities, including numerous grass pitches, a 5-lane indoor heated swimming pool, astroturf, full-sized sports hall and 4 netball courts. The fixture list is extensive, with Downsend pupils participating in over 1400 fixtures a year on Surrey’s strongest Prep school circuit. The win rates exceed 60% each year, and many pupils go on to regional and national competitions and representative honours. That this is achieved within a sport-for-all context is a source of great pride to our school.

At this exciting time, we are looking for an enthusiastic and inspirational individual who can lead and manage the PE & Games Department and establish a clear ethos, positive atmosphere & attractive environment to inspire a lifelong love of sport and high sporting achievement. The successful applicant will lead and promote the teaching of PE & Games, within the context of our ‘Inspiring Young Minds’ model, to ensure a high quality learning experience for pupils.

Closing date: Friday 2 February 2018

Interviews to be held Friday 9 February 2018 

If you would like to apply for the above post, further details and an application pack are available below.  Any questions, contact: 

Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419 Email: hr@downsend.co.uk 

Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.  Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.   

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More about Downsend School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 16 years
Address: 1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8TJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1372 385430
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Downsend is a thriving and vibrant IAPS co-educational day preparatory school, educating children from 2 – 13 years. 

With three separate Pre-Preparatory schools, each with its own Head and dedicated staff, in Ashtead, Epsom and Lea...