Duke of Edinburgh Award & Combined Cadet Force Assistant, Stratton-On-The-Fosse

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Downside SchoolStratton-On-The-Fosse

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Contract type: Part Time
Salary: 9.50 per hour
Contract term: Permanent

Downside is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. We are situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.  

We have an exciting opportunity for a Duke of Edinburgh Award & CCF Assistant to join our team of dedicated staff. As part of a rich and varied extra-curricular and co-curricular programme all Third Form pupils are expected to join the CCF for at least part of their first year and to participate in adventure training, leadership and team-building activities. Many pupils remain in the CCF and are regularly awarded Army Scholarships. Downside School is proud of its strong military ties.  

This is a key role supporting the CCF Contingent Commander and School Staff Instructor in the smooth running of the Combined Cadet Force, the provision of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (currently 125 Pupils) and the Ten Tors Programme.  Varied, challenging and rewarding duties including; 

• Making presentations to Pupils to promote the DofE Award. 

• Mentor, support and give advice to Pupils regarding sectional activities and timescales of the Award. 

• Organise and gain approval for Bronze, Silver and Gold Expeditions. 

• Be available to lead / support groups whilst on practice or assessed expeditions in line with experience and qualifications. 

• Day to day running of the DofE and adventure training equipment store. 

• Support the School Ten Tors Programme – Training and Expeditions. 

• Assist in the day to day running of the CCF clothing and equipment store. 

• Assist in the preparation of all major CCF Camps and Field Days.  

We are looking for someone with a DofE Award Qualification and who is a Mountain or Walking Group Leader, with experience of planning and leading DofE expeditions, and supervising young people on expeditions. It would be highly desirable to find someone who is currently a DofE Expedition Supervisor or who is willing to undertake and gain the qualification within 6 months. Personally, you will be mature, responsible, friendly and presentable, with an ability to remain calm under pressure.    

Contractual Details  

Rate of Pay/Salary: £9.50 per hour + pro rata holiday pay. Additional payments are made,   in line with your experience, qualifications and level of responsibility   specifically for expeditions.       

Hours: 25 hours per week (flexible for the right person if you are looking for   less hours). Predominantly Term Time (34 weeks + 5 days for  Inset / Training) plus expeditions which can often be during School holidays and over a weekend. For example; 5 days at Easter, 7 days in the Summer, 4 days in October half term and up to a maximum of 4 weekends during the academic year.   

Contract: Permanent    

How to Apply  

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/ . 

Please contact us if you require further information after reading the job description.   

Please contact hr@downside.co.uk or 01761 235106 if you require further information.     

Closing date for applications: 

Wednesday 31st January, 10am  Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th February 2018    

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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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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Welcome to Downside, a leading Catholic Independent Boarding School. We are one of England’s oldest and most distinguished schools, for boys and girls aged 11-18. Downside School’s vision – as a leading Catholic School – is to be a bright light in th...