At Forest we educate the whole pupil and we give equal importance to Academic, Pastoral and Co-Curricular aspects of school life in the belief that learning also takes place beyond the confines of the classroom. We want Forest pupils to have opportunities to allow them to leave school knowing who they are and what they want from life, having equipped themselves with the skills and experience to pursue useful, fulfilling adult lives.
We are looking to appoint a leader of intellectual quality, vision and energy, who will play a major role in Forest School’s development, with particular responsibility for the co-curriculum in its widest sense.
The recent ISI Inspection spoke glowingly of the contribution the co-curriculum plays in the outstanding development of Forest pupils. The inspectors found Forest to be in excellent shape, full of engaging pupils who get a huge amount from their time at School and are being successfully prepared for adult life.
They reported that pupils enjoy considerable success in a broad range of academic and other achievement, recognising their growing confidence and resilience and attributing this to the range of competitions and activities they participate in and to the encouragement they receive from their teachers: ‘The success of the school in achieving its aim to help pupils to develop into the fullest and best version of themselves is evident in the outstanding personal development of its pupils. Pupils enjoy conspicuous success across many areas to regional and national level. Pupils’ excellent achievements in a wide range of activities outside the classroom are supported by the outstanding range of opportunities provided by leadership and the generosity of time that both staff and pupils give to support them.’
Forest School runs an ambitious programme of sport, music, drama, community service, societies and outdoor activities, and all pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide co-curriculum. This means that the planning, staffing, timetabling of the co-curriculum, and the quality and monitoring of pupils’ involvement, are paramount. We are looking to appoint someone capable of giving strategic vision, direction and clarity to the full co-curricular programme.
The successful candidate will lead and be responsible for the co-curriculum of over 1000 pupils in the Senior School. He or she will be responsible for the communication and implementation of co-curricular policies and procedures. The Deputy Head Co-Curricular is a key member of the Forest school Leadership Team which comprises the Warden, Deputy Warden, three Deputy Heads, three Heads of Section, Bursar, Head of the Preparatory School, Director of Outreach, Director of HR.
This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the drive and desire to make their mark on this highly important area of Forest School with its strong reputation for the all-round excellence of its education.
Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd January 2018, 8am
First round interview: Monday 29 January 2018
Final interview: Tuesday, 6th February 2018
Forest School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment to this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.