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Senior Invigilator

The King's SchoolGloucestershire


To conduct examinations in accordance with instructions from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), other awarding bodies (when appropriate) and the school’s own instructions whilst deputise for the Examination Officer in case of their absence

The School

The King’s School Gloucester has a rich academic tradition dating back to its founding in 1541. It houses the longest serving classroom in Europe and is held in high esteem amongst the local and wider community, winning Gloucestershire Independent School of the Year in 2020. The School strives for excellence in all areas: the academic results are strong with student value added being equivalent to half a grade at GCSE; there is a wide-ranging sport provision and pupils reach national levels every year; in Music, our links with Gloucester Cathedral provide an ideal location for high quality orchestral and choral music; finally, the creative arts enjoy much success with DT and Art having their own dedicated design spaces.  


• To conduct examinations in accordance with instructions from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), other awarding bodies (when appropriate) and the school’s own instructions;

• To ensure a calm environment which offers candidates the best possible opportunity to be successful in their exams;

• To lead a team of invigilators in ensuring a smooth-running examination series in both public and mock exams;

• To deputise for the Examination Officer in case of their absence;

• To contribute to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare and personal care of children and young people in accordance with DfE statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Main Duties: 

Before Exams

• To report for briefing to the Examinations Officer prior to each exam session;

• To be aware of emergency evacuation procedures, fire exits and assembly points;

• To be aware of safeguarding, health and safety, security and confidentiality policies, reporting concerns to the Examinations Officer;

• To ensure the security of examination materials in your charge;

• To set out examination rooms in accordance with instructions;

• To correctly identify, seat and instruct candidates in the conduct of their examinations;

• To help provide the correct information and materials for successful completion of each exam;

• To deal with candidate queries; 

• To refer to the Examinations Officer if malpractice is suspected. 

During Exams

• To supervise candidates at all times and remain vigilant throughout examinations;

• To minimise examination room disruption;

• To complete attendance registers;

• To distribute additional paper and stationery as required;

• To closely monitor and manage examination timings.

After Exams

• To collect examinations scripts;

• To dismiss candidates from the examination room;

• To check that candidates’ names on scripts match details on attendance registers;

• To securely return all scripts and exam materials to the Examinations Officer;

• To ensure the examination room is left tidy and free of confidential material after each session.

Additional Duties:

• To supervise candidates using Word Processors for examinations;

• To facilitate access arrangements for candidates e.g. as a reader, scribe etc. Training will be provided;

• To attend bi-annual training and review sessions;

• To act as a ‘roving’ invigilator, assisting with the monitoring of examination rooms with separate candidates or single invigilators;

• To assist with the supervision of clash candidates between examination sessions;

• To ensure the security of examination materials before, during and after each session, receiving returned papers on behalf of the Examinations Officer as necessary;

• To undertake any other reasonable tasks required by the Examinations Officer or Deputy Head Academic.

Personal Qualities: 

• Good command of written and spoken English; 

• Be a confident and able communicator with staff and pupils 

• Good team member able to work on own initiative, positively and with an enabling attitude;

• Possess a flexibility and adaptability in meeting changing needs and priorities;

• Possess a good emotional intelligence and sense of humour.

• Be a confident IT user able to assist students.

Office Hours

Examinations take place during January, May, June, November and early December each year and length of sessions vary. You will always need to be available for the beginning of each session and for its duration. We are looking for people who can commit to at least four sessions per week during the exam periods, but the number of available sessions may vary depending on timetabling. 

Morning sessions 8.45am – 12.30pm 

Afternoon sessions 1.00 pm – 4.20pm 

N.B. We ask invigilation staff to be in attendance approximately 45mins prior to examination start for essential briefing and to allow sufficient time for examination room set-up.


Candidates should apply by completing the application form and a letter of application describing why you feel you are particularly suited to this post.  A CV is not required. Applications should be addressed to:  

The Headmaster, The King’s School, Gloucester, GL1 2BG.   

 Closing date is Wednesday 22nd September at 12 noon with interviews taking place on Monday 27th September.  

For further information, please contact Miss Laura Wilson on 01452 337315 or via email   

The King’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.  

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