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Cover Supervisor

Gordon's SchoolSurrey

This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the most successful schools in England.

We seek applicants with high energy levels and good inter-personal skills. The ability to coach a sport would be advantageous and opportunities to gain professional coaching qualifications will be available.

Set in a beautiful 45-acre Surrey site, the School enjoys excellent facilities and academic reputation. Gordon’s is also recognised in the top tiers of school sport nationally, particularly rugby, football, netball, hockey and golf.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Core Duties

• Supervise academic work that has been set by a teacher (Periods 1 to 6, until 3.30pm).

• Lead or supervise co-curricular activities between 4-5pm and Saturday mornings.

• Provide up to 5 hours of House cover per week, at the discretion of the Head of House 

• Lead up to 3 evening activities per week until 9pm for residential boarders

• One afternoon per weekend (24 weekends out of 36) contributing to the weekend residential boarding activity programme

Additional Duties 

(when not required to cover academic periods, reporting to the Director Sport)

• Help with the organisation of practical equipment in PE, including preparation and storage 

• Consult with and inform the Director of Sport and/or the Head of PE with regard to replacement of sports equipment

• Help with organisation of special events e.g. Sports days / Open evenings / Inter-House

• Ensure that sports pitches and other playing surfaces are safe, clear of litter, broken glass etc. and are fit for purpose, seeking the support of the Site Team as necessary

• Support the grounds team with the preparation of the sports pitches for matches e.g. post protectors, flags, nets, line marking etc.

• Erect and dismantle tennis, cricket, volleyball nets etc.

• Assist with school sports fixtures and departmental administration

• Photocopying/laminating.

Person Specification

• Good educational qualification

• Willing and able to be involved in co-curricular activities, specifically sport 

• Ambition to teach, coach or work in an outstanding educational setting

• Experience of working with children of the relevant age

• Competent in the use of ICT 

• Ability to work with the minimum supervision and within a team.

• Have ‘affable intensity’: a sense of humour, but retain sharp intensity for what needs to be done and ability to ‘get on with it’

• Understand that teaching is first and foremost about service and ‘going the extra mile' for the students


Gordon’s School is a State Boarding and Day School and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment – applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate screening including a DBS check.

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