School Staff Instructor (SSI) and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme Manager, Sonning-on-Thames

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Reading Blue Coat SchoolSonning-on-Thames

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Excellent pay and benefits package
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school of 490 boys aged 11 – 16, with a further 270 students in the co-educational Sixth Form. The School is located on a beautiful 46 acre campus in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, overlooking the river Thames.

This role, as Head of Outdoor Education, combines the activities of School Staff Instructor to support the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and management of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (D of E).

The School prides itself on mutual respect, tolerance and courtesy and all activities seek to strengthen these values. Co-curricular activities, including CCF and D of E, enable pupils to develop practical and social skills such as leadership, enterprise and communication.

The Combined Cadet Force covers all three Armed Services. Gold, Silver and Bronze D of E awards are popular and well supported by the pupils.

You will work closely with teachers and support staff to ensure that the School’s outdoor education programme in these activities is varied, safe, exciting and motivational.

While the oversight and management of CCF camps/training and Duke of Edinburgh scheme expeditions is expected, it is not a requirement to attend each trip. Your primary focus is organisational and training our volunteer officers to deliver the activities.

This role is a support staff role (non-teaching), but with some teaching responsibilities for Years 7 and 8 Wilderness training. You will be line managed by the Assistant Bursar, with a close reporting relationship to Deputy Head (Pastoral) for Activities and to the Contingent Commander (CCF).

You will have the knowledge and experience to act as the School Staff Instructor for the CCF or be willing and able to complete the necessary training courses in this area. You are likely to have strong leadership and management skills and experience, excellent organisational and planning ability and be an effective motivator. You must be committed to the School’s ethos and values and the development of young people.

Ideally you will have previous experience of working with young people, such as a Cadet Training Team, a military outreach or a Cadet organisation. This opportunity will be particularly suited to an ex-Regular or ex-Reservist in the military, very likely a senior Non-Commissioned Officer or Commissioned Officer with the relevant competences.

We offer an excellent pay and benefits package, including 33 days holiday (plus additional days); excellent pension scheme and free meals and refreshments. 

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website: or contact the Human Resources Manager, Tel: 0118 933 5813 email:

Closing date for applications: Noon, 18th October 2017.

Interviews will be held during the week of 6th November 2017.

Applications must be submitted to the email address above by CV or a Support staff application form, and accompanied by your covering letter.

The 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 checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check.

Registered charity number 1087839 • No agencies, please

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More about Reading Blue Coat School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Holme Park, Sonning-on-thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6SU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 118 9441005
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