Head of Shooting, Kent

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Sevenoaks SchoolKent

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.
Contract term: Permanent

The Department 

Sevenoaks School has a first-class shooting team based in a new purpose-built range complex that includes an eight lane shooting range, armoury, weapon maintenance area, club room, classroom and office. The CCF is based in the same building with a separate office and store.  

Sevenoaks offers shooting at club and competition level and is one of the leading schools in the south-east in this sport. Our students are regularly selected for the BSSRA (schools) England squad.  This year Sevenoaks have beaten Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College in side by side matches.  We regularly provide members of the Kent and England squads as well as competing for the Ashburton trophy at Bisley.  

Shooting is available to all year groups as a co-curricular activity and as a sport from Year 10. We specialise in smallbore target rifle but also take part in fullbore competitions through the CCF. For many students, it offers a change of pace from the classroom and an opportunity to relax while perfecting their skills.       

The Role 

This post reports to [the Director of Sport and through him to] the Deputy Head Co-Curriculum. The post separately reports to the CCF Contingent Commander for the provision of cadet shooting, working alongside the school CCF’s Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI).  

Key Responsibilities (non-exhaustive list)  

• To coach target rifle shooting 

• To manage the range conducting officers/coaches and other school staff assigned to assist with the shooting programme  

• To organise and lead residential shooting trips including full-bore trips for training and competitions at Bisley  

• The administration of entries and teams for postal and Bisley competitions  

• The routine maintenance of the .22 range, rifles and associated equipment  

• The administration of the range, targetry and associated equipment  

• Ensuring compliance with Home Office regulations for shooting as well as the rules of NSRA, NRA, MOD, HSE and other relevant requirements  

• Maintaining the School’s Firearms Register and Certificate and taking responsibility for the school’s shotguns  

• Publicising the achievements of the shooting team, both nationally for team selection, to the local press for PR purposes and to the parents by regular newsletter  

• To manage the accounts of the shooting programme under the supervision of the Finance Bursar and manage the range to achieve income generation when not being used by the school.

Required Skills and Experience  

• NSRA and NRA RCO qualifications  

• Approved MOD range qualifications would be desirable

• Coaching/instructor qualifications  

• Knowledge and experience of both small-bore and full-bore target rifle shooting   

• At least one year's experience of exercising control for pupils aged 11-18.

Hours/Work Pattern 

This is a full-time (40hrs per week) all year round role.  However during term time (34 weeks) this is a six day week (44.5 hours per week) Monday to Saturday role.  In the holidays there will be a requirement to lead residential trips to Bisley which normally takes around three weeks. In the other non-school weeks the role holder will work reduced hours and be support activities that generate income, administration, assisting CCF and D of E activities etc.  

 A suitable applicant would most likely be involved additionally in assisting as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer.  The CCF voluntary work would receive separate additional pay for offsite training days from the Ministry of Defence. There may also be the opportunity to establish a programme of shooting courses to make maximum use of the school’s range facility during holiday periods which would receive additional remuneration.  Where time allows, the successful applicant will also be expected to assist with Duke of Edinburgh activities.    


Will be commensurate to qualifications, skills and experience.  Accommodation may be available.  Please request further details at the point of application.

Please download the attached role specification for full details including how to apply.

Job location

More about Sevenoaks School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Inter-denominational
Address: High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1732 455133
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Academic excellence, with a strong pastoral and co-curricular emphasis and a global dimension.

Sevenoaks School is a large, co-educational HMC school. Founded in 1432 by William Sevenoke, the school has over the last 50 years developed an internati...