Graduate Sports Assistant – Hockey Specialist (Residential Post), Somerset

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Downside SchoolSomerset

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: c£10,571 for a fixed term 10 month contract
Contract term: Fixed Term

From September 2019, Downside School has an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Sport Assistant with a specialism in Hockey. Hockey is a Tier 1 ‘major’ sport in the Michaelmas Term (Girls) and the Lent Term (Boys). 

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate particular skills and experience (and preferably qualifications) in coaching hockey and the drive to support our teams in their development, fixtures and sports tours. You will have excellent coaching and planning skills, and the confidence and personality to engage pupils, parents and teachers alike. The ability to offer coaching in other sports alongside hockey would be an advantage

You will have the opportunity to be fully involved in all aspects of School life; academic, pastoral and the wider curriculum and will be fully supportive of Downside’s Catholic character. Our Graduate Sports Assistants work closely with the Director of Sport and Director of the Wider Curriculum, supporting the delivery of an extensive weekly sports and wider-curricular programme.

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. The school is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.  This is an exciting prospect for someone who is a graduate with an interest in entering the teaching profession or who is looking for professional experience before following a career outside education.

We are looking for people who:

• Have experience in either coaching or playing Hockey to a high level.

• Have a relevant University degree. 

• Are passionate about working with children in an educational setting.

• Have an ability to contribute significantly to the school’s wider-curricular programme.

• Are committed to their own professional development.

• Embrace our Catholic, Benedictine ethos.

We can offer:

• Motivated, hard-working pupils.

• The post is accommodated, plus a pro-rated salary of c£10,571 for a fixed term 10 month contract.

• A complimentary lunch and an employee assistance programme.

• A supportive, skilled and innovative staff team.

• Plenty of opportunities for CPD, and pastoral and wider-curricular involvement.

You will work 6 days per week including the weekend during the academic terms. 

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 28 August 2019, 10am 

Interviews will be held in September. 

How to Apply

Please complete your application through our applicant tracking system,, using the Apply button. Please contact the Human Resources email address ( if you require further information after reading the job description.  

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. The successful applicant will be DBS checked. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Registered Charity Number: 1158507

More about Downside School
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. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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