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Job Description – Graduate Assistant Sports   


Overall Purpose


We are offering a placement for a graduate or equivalent, who may want to gain experience of working in a school environment prior to training as a teacher.

Reporting to: The Director of Co-curriculum and Learning

Location: King Edward’s Witley.

Direct reports: Nil.

Hours of work:  These will vary depending on the needs of the School and are to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Annual leave: As per school holidays unless otherwise agreed.

Duration of Employment: 3rd September 2018 – 5th July 2019

Accommodation: Single accommodation is provided within a boarding house, in addition to all meals during term time. The accommodation, which also has cooking facilities, is available throughout the year.

Main duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Graduate Assistant to work in different functions across the whole school; leading individual sessions and small groups. Part of your role will include working alongside the class teachers to design, develop, and deliver exceptional lessons. You will have the responsibility of assisting in the wide range of sport clubs after school and in the evening, and be available to give pastoral support to the pupils
  • The role comes with accommodation, board and a salary of between £193.80 and £274.58 per week, dependent on age. In return for variable hours and days worked to support sporting events and other functions within the School calendar. More hours are likely to be required prior to an event but less at other times.
  • Paid additional residential duties may also be available for the right candidate.
  • Be an excellent enthusiastic role model who wants to pass on their skills to young people.
  • Have experience of hockey or netball at a very high level e.g. county level or university first squad
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach or coach a second major sport (ideally hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, athletics or tennis), carried out at KESW to a high standard.
  • Be prepared to offer extra coaching hours where necessary.
  • Have the ability to assist in the teaching of GCSE pupils and preferably IB & A Level pupils too.
  • Be equally comfortable teaching male, female or mixed classes.
  • Must be prepared to accompany teams to school fixtures including those that fall on Saturdays, and have the ability to umpire/referee at least one major KESW sport
  • Be able to work effectively with the extended team of staff in each department, assisting as required and giving and taking advice as necessary.
  • Assist with Department administration (management and organisation of fixtures or events).
  • Be able to use ICT in an effective and organised manner.
  • To live and work within a residential boarding house including evening and weekend pastoral duties which may include including assisting in the running of evening activities for boarders, supervising prep, free time and lights out.
  • Be prepared to work as a cover assistant as directed by The Director of Co-curriculum and Learning
  • Join in the life of a busy boarding school in areas as directed by the Headmaster.
  • Accompanying school trips and expeditions on occasion.
  • To take part in further training courses where the opportunity permits.


  • Prior involvement in working with young people
  • Degree in a relevant subject.
  • Experience of volunteering within university, school, college or a club.
  • Ability to prioritise effectively and work as a team.
  • Be a strong role model for young people.
  • Demonstrate creative and innovative thinking for developing volunteering ideas within a school setting.
  • Have excellent communication skills; both written and spoken.
  • Good IT skills including Word, Excel and Power point.
  • Must be flexible, organised and possess a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Attention to detail, meeting deadlines and the ability to work under pressure are essential.
  • Interest of working in the education sector essential.
  • Sympathy with the ethos and aims of the department, School and of the Foundation.


The School: Founded in 1553 by Royal Charter in the City of London, the School is the operational arm of Bridewell Royal Hospital, a charitable foundation with assets in excess of £20m which provides for children in need of a boarding style of education.  In 2016-17 the foundation provided support to over 100 pupils to attend the School.

King Edward's School is a co-educational boarding and day school for some 420 pupils, around 62% of whom are boarders.  It caters for broadly equal numbers of boys and girls, with main entry points at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form. 

Around 45% of students are from abroad, from over 40 different countries.  There is a Sixth Form of 170, most of who go on to universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.  At the same time the curriculum is deliberately broad and suitable for pupils of differing abilities.  The School has become known for its innovative approach, including in 2010 a move to the International Baccalaureate as its sole Sixth Form curriculum, only recently reversed with the advent of the reformed linear A-levels: King Edward’s is among the top 10 co-educational IB schools in the country and the Headmaster is a member of HMC.

Further details of the School are to be found in the Independent Schools’ Year Book, or on our website

The Area: King Edward’s Witley occupies 100 woodland acres on the edge of Witley, a village on the borders of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.  It is about twelve miles from Guildford and four miles from Godalming.  Witley station is on the Portsmouth to Waterloo railway line and the journey from London takes just under an hour by train.  The School is 45 minutes by taxi from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The area is a noted beauty spot and the School is surrounded by woodland, heathland and commons. Local amenities include the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and the School is within close proximity of London and the south coast.  There are good shopping facilities in Haslemere, Godalming and Guildford.

Child Protection:  King Edward’s School Witley 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 checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.




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