Assistant Head of Sport and PE, Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date:Expiring soon

Geneva English SchoolGeneva, Switzerland

Date posted:
Start date: 1.9.2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes


This vacancy arises as a result of the planned growth of the School and the continued development of our ambitious and highly successful sports and PE programme. We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-qualified teacher and sports coach to work alongside the Head of Sport and PE. This is a new, full-time position across both the primary and secondary parts of the School. It represents an exciting opportunity to help us to take sport and physical education at GES to the next level.

Physical Education at GES

Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle is at the heart of our philosophy for physical education. Our approach focuses on inspiring a genuine enthusiasm for exercise and on the enjoyment, satisfaction and benefits of keeping physically fit. Physical Education is an important part of our curriculum and a subject taught by specialists on a weekly basis across the School.

Sport at GES: a sport for all approach

Our aim is to nurture and develop the physical abilities and talents of all children, allowing them to explore and enjoy sport in an environment in which they feel safe and confident. We encourage maximum participation and offer competitive sport for all abilities through internal and external events, tournaments and tours. The enthusiasm, spirit and determination shown by our individuals and teams often leads to remarkable levels of success in local and national competitions. As the School grows, we aim to offer ever more choice and opportunity for all our pupils, instilling a love of individual or team sport that will last a lifetime.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Head of Sport and PE to generate an enthusiasm for sport and physical education amongst pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Support the Head of Sport and PE in developing resources, schemes of work and extra-curricular programmes for sport and physical education, having regard for the needs of all pupils.
  • Keep abreast of developments in sport and physical education, continuously looking to strengthen your own knowledge, understanding and expertise.
  • Attend relevant in-service training, and organise and lead training for others as appropriate.
  • Organise and be involved in a range of sports activities, tournaments and trips.
  • Teach the lessons assigned to you, planning appropriately to meet the needs of all pupils, making effective use of resources, and securing the best possible standards of learning and achievement.
  • Maintain good order and discipline amongst pupils, in accordance with the School's   behaviour policy, and have due regard for their welfare, health and safety.
  • Maintain a productive learning environment by employing good classroom techniques, resources and management skills.
  • Follow guidelines for assessment as set out by the School and keep appropriate records.
  • Establish professional and effective communication with parents, reporting to them formally and informally on the development, progress and attainment of pupils.
  • Liaise with the Head of Learning Support and with appropriate members of the SLT concerning any pupils with specific learning needs or who give rise to learning or pastoral concerns.
  • Contribute to the creation of a stimulating learning environment around the School.
  • Show an active commitment to the wider life of the School, including extra-curricular activities and events.
  • Show commitment to your own professional development and take an active interest in educational debate and development.
  • Carry out administrative and supervisory duties efficiently and conscientiously.
  • Supervise and, so far as is practicable, teach any pupils who are assigned to you by the teacher in charge of cover arrangements.
  • Undertake such other tasks as may be reasonably assigned by the Deputy Heads or Head from time to time.
  • Act in accordance with the policies of the School and in particular with the principles laid down in the Staff Handbook, Staff Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable Use Policy and Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy.

Person specification

We keep an open mind in the consideration of any applicant who believes they have something special and valuable to contribute.


  • Experience of teaching and coaching sport and physical education
  • Knowledge of the English National Curriculum for Physical Education
  • An enthusiastic and creative approach to teaching and coaching, which inspires pupils and enables learning to be engaging and relevant
  • A commitment to helping pupils to develop a broad range of skills and attributes
  • A commitment to an interconnected curriculum and to working with colleagues across a range of disciplines
  • The ability to communicate effectively with pupils, colleagues and parents and to work as part of a collaborative team
  • An interest in education beyond the classroom and across the age range
  • Flexibility, a sense of humour, and a willingness to take part in all aspects of school life, including tournaments trips, projects, special events and extracurricular clubs


  • Degree level qualifications in sport and physical education
  • Qualified teacher status
  • Experience of teaching gymnastics and dance
  • Experience of coaching netball
  • Coaching qualifications
  • First aid qualification
  • Experience of teaching and coaching both primary and secondary pupils

How to apply

Please submit a completed GES Application Form (available from to the Head of HR, Ms Aurore Alefsen, by email to before 12:00 on Monday 25 March 2019. A brief covering letter to the Head and/or curriculum vitae may also be submitted but will not be accepted in place of a complete application form. Interviews will be held at the School in the week beginning Monday 1 April 2019. 

Safer recruitment

Geneva English 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 enhanced national/international criminal records checks

Job location

More about Geneva English School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 14 years
Address: GES Primary, 36 Route de Malagny, Genthod, Geneva, 1294, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 775 04 40
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