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Swimming Pool Manager

Introduction

Godstowe Preparatory School (the ‘School’) is a thriving independent day and boarding preparatory school for some 430 girls (with boys in the Pre-Preparatory department), operating from a 12 acre parkland site on the northern outskirts of High Wycombe.  The School has invested significantly in its facilities for the provision of sport in recent years, culminating in the building of a new 25m pool with viewing gallery and changing rooms.  The School wishes to derive the maximum benefit from the new facility, primarily to existing pupils and their families, but may also, in partnership with external providers and organisations, look to make the facility available to the wider public in due course.

Post

The School wishes to appoint a Swimming Pool Manager to oversee and play an integral part in the operation of the new pool, which is planned to become available in late 2018.  The position will be full-time, all year round.

The main activities of the post are to ensure, in liaison with the Bursar, the Director of Sport and other members of staff, the smooth day-to-day operation of the swimming pool.  The Swimming Pool Manager will oversee the day-to-day running of the pool, contribute to the coaching of swimming at the School, and as part of a team, will be closely involved in the marketing and running of extra-curricular swimming pool use, both in term time and in school holidays.

Management

The Swimming Pool Manager will report to the Bursar but will liaise closely with the Director of Sport and the PE Department (who are responsible to the Headmistress and the Deputy Heads), the Estate Manager and the maintenance and domestic cleaning teams.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Daily Management:

  • Leading directing and motivating the operational swimming pool team to ensure a high quality service delivery
  • Ensuring appropriate deployment of staff to meet the daily programme
  • Maximising the use of the facilities through lesson timetabling, matches, galas and extra-curricular clubs and activities
  • Allocating changing rooms in line with safeguarding regulations
  • Staffing the pool reception; answering phones; screening, meeting and greeting visitors; and dealing with day-to-day enquiries
  • Consistently and actively applying good housekeeping principles, ensuring the achievement of high standards and cost effectiveness
  • Maintaining a high profile throughout the facility and responding positively to customer needs, expectations and comments
  • Lifeguarding as required: duties will include school sessions, swimming lessons, staff/parent recreational sessions etc.
  • Ensuring that all extra-curricular swimming sessions have the correct lifeguard cover at all times 
  • Maintaining the operating systems of the pool on a day-to-day basis, including chemical levels, plant room duties, restocking chemical products, clearing of spillages, cleaning of equipment etc.
  • Recognising and planning for pool needs in conjunction with the Director of Sport and Bursar
  • Contributing to the marketing of the facility in conjunction with the Director of Sport and the Bursar
  • Undertaking any other specific tasks as determined by the Bursar
  • Overseeing the structure and content of extra-curricular swimming provision, in conjunction with the Director of Sport.  Establishing, managing and motivating the necessary team of lifeguards and instructors
  • Coaching and managing the School’s swimming squad for children in Years 2-8, organising galas in conjunction with the Director of Sport
  • Organising internal house competitions
  • Organising a holiday programme of activities at the swimming pool

Pool Safety and Security:

  • Ensuring that the facility is opened and closed in accordance with School procedures and monitoring the security of the building during opening hours
  • Inspecting and monitoring the facility throughout the day to ensure standards are maintained
  • Writing, implementing and updating risk assessments
  • Writing, implementing and maintaining updates of Pool Safety Operating Procedures (‘PSOPs’)
  • Ensuring and regularly reviewing compliance with statutory requirements, emergency action plans, and School policies and procedures such as First Aid and Health & Safety
  • Ensuring first aid kits are correctly stocked and administered when required

Personnel Duties:

  • Providing information, instruction, induction and training to operational pool staff to ensure they fulfil their roles in an efficient and safe manner
  • Providing INSET pool training to general teaching staff at the beginning of each term as required
  • Working with the Bursar and Director of Sport to oversee the hiring of additional lifeguarding and swimming instructor staff to support any additional needs
  • Committing to training sessions, at least monthly, to maintain personal lifeguard and pool management certification and to work towards the National Pool Management Qualification

Review

This job description will require revision as the operation of the new facility matures in the initial period of its use and will be kept under review thereafter and may be subject to amendment after consultation.

Child Protection

All members of staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.  The holder of the post is therefore required to participate in regular child protection training and to follow the child protection policy at all times.  Any child protection issues must be referred to the designated person for safeguarding and/or the Headmistress.

General Information in relation to the position of Swimming Pool Manager

Required Qualifications and Experience

Essential:

  • Royal Life Saving Society - National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
  • First Aid at Work Certificate
  • Institute of Swimming - National Pool Plant Operator Certificate or similar Swimming Teachers’ Association/Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity qualification
  • Level 2 Swim Teacher Qualification or Level 2 Coaching Qualification
  • Competence and confidence in using Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience of facility/leisure management at a supervisory level and confidence in dealing with the public 
  • Working knowledge of ‘Health and safety in swimming pools – HSG179’ published by the Health and Safety Executive, together with other relevant Health & Safety at Work legislation and child protection legislation and their practical application
  • Experience in writing and implementing risk assessments and PSOPs

Desirable:

  • Royal Life Saving Society - National Pool Management Qualification
  • Royal Life Saving Society - National Water Safety Management Programme
  • Royal Life Saving Society – National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Trainer/Assessor

Dependent on timing, there may be the opportunity to acquire certain necessary qualifications once in post.

Personal Attributes

The successful candidate will:

  • Have excellent interpersonal, customer care and communication skills, and be able to communicate at all levels and age groups
  • Be a self-starter with excellent time management, administrative and organisational skills
  • Have the ability to be calm and in control in pressurised situations such as emergencies
  • Be proactive and initiate innovative ideas to maintain and expand the customer base within the School community
  • Have the ability to lead, supervise and guide other team members including lifeguards, swimming instructors and coaches.

Terms and Conditions

  • Hours of work: 40 hours per week; timing to be agreed based on timetabling and extra-curricular schedules, but will include some evening and weekend working   
  • Basic salary:  In the range £27,500 - £32,500 depending on qualifications and experience
  • Holiday:  20 days plus public holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • The role will involve high levels of contact with school children and therefore prospective employees will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2018.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

Groundsperson

Introduction

Godstowe Preparatory School (the ‘School’) is a thriving independent day and boarding preparatory school for some 430 girls (with boys in the Pre-Preparatory department).  The School’s operations are spread over numerous separate buildings on its 12 acre parkland site on the northern outskirts of High Wycombe.

Post

The School requires a Goundsperson to maintain and improve its grounds.

Management

The Groundsperson will report directly to the Estate Manager, and will be required to liaise with the Bursar and Senior Management Team in relation to the strategic direction for the School grounds.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintenance and improvement of all school grounds including sports pitches, parkland, woodland and gardens
  • Upkeep of the lacrosse pitch, tennis and netball courts including line marking
  • Mowing, strimming, weeding, weed-killing, hedging and pruning, including spraying of appropriate herbicides and pesticides
  • Preparing beds and baskets for planting, edging and fertilising
  • Laying turf, seeding, levelling and filling ground, drainage
  • Planning, consulting on and implementing planting and landscaping schemes for areas of the School
  • Maintaining the School pond in conjunction with the Science department, ensuring good habitat for wildlife
  • Assisting with the servicing and maintenance of grounds machinery and equipment and keeping appropriate records
  • Reporting in a timely manner grounds works or equipment maintenance requirements needing contractor assistance
  • Assisting other members of the School maintenance team with sweeping and general clearing, keeping roads and paths clear and safe in severe weather conditions, car parking operations and other essential day-to-day tasks
  • Any other general School duties which may be required from time to time to assist with the smooth running of the School

Review

The job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment after consultation in order to meet emerging requirements.

Child Protection

All members of School staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.  The holder of this post is therefore required to participate in regular child protection training and to follow child protection policy at all times.  Any child protection issues must be referred to the designated person for safeguarding and/or the Headmistress.

General Information in relation to the position of Groundsperson

Qualifications and Experience

Essential:

  • Several years’ experience in grounds maintenance.
  • Qualified to NVQ Level 2 Horticulture (or equivalent)
  • Working knowledge of Health & Safety regulations applicable to grounds maintenance
  • Working knowledge of tree care and local authority regulations
  • Clean UK driving licence

Desirable:

  • City & Guilds Land Based Services (formerly NPTC) PA1, PSA2 and PA6 pesticide spraying qualifications
  • City & Guilds Land Based Services (formerly NPTC) CS30 and CS31 chainsaw qualifications
  • Working knowledge of tree care and local authority regulations

Personal attributes

The successful candidate will:

  • Be self-motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic
  • Be fit and capable of heavy work, used to using heavy machinery and able to lift, climb ladders, work at height and work in all weather conditions
  • Have excellent interpersonal, customer care and communication skills and be able to communicate at all levels and age groups
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Exhibit flexibility in adapting to changing needs and situations
  • Have a proven record of good attendance and reliability
  • Have the ability to work well in a team, demonstrating good social interaction and positive attitudes to support with overall team workload
  • Be able to show initiative and to work unsupervised

Terms and conditions

  • Hours of work: 07.30 – 16.00, Monday to Friday, School term time and holidays.  In addition, flexible hours will be required from time to time in order to ensure the efficient running of the School, in particular in relation to special events, severe weather etc.
  • Salary: In the range £20,000 - £23,000, depending on experience and qualifications
  • Holiday entitlement: 20 days plus public holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • The post will involve a high level of contact with children and therefore prospective employees will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (‘DBS’) check

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2018.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

Deputy Housemistress

Godstowe School is an independent day and boarding school for girls age 3 to 13. We have approximately 400 girls with a community of over 100 boarders from the UK as well as other countries around the world, adding an important international and multi-cultural dimension to the school.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and patient Deputy Housemistress for one of our 3 boarding houses. Under the leadership of the Head of Boarding and the Housemistress, the Deputy Housemistress should have the ability to relate to girls aged 7 to 13 and will share in the pastoral responsibility and well-being of girls outside of school curriculum time.  The successful candidate will be expected to take full responsibility when the Housemistress is off duty.

The position would suit someone with experience of working with children, preferably in a boarding environment in an independent school, and will require teamwork, flexibility, compassion, resilience and a good sense of humour. 

The ethos of boarding at Godstowe is to provide a home-from-home feel and that of a large extended family. Every boarder is encouraged to develop their full potential in all areas of life. Our aim is for all our girls to grow up as confident, happy and successful individuals. One of the many strengths of boarding at Godstowe includes the extensive Co-Curricular programme. As a non-selective school, Godstowe is thriving in terms of examination results, enrichment, art, musical and sporting achievement.

This is a full-time residential position during term time and duties will be primarily based in the boarding house.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Description

Person Specification

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

Graduate Assistant for Boarding

From September 2018 and January 2019

Godstowe School has a community of over 100 boarders from the UK and other countries around the world, adding an important international and multi-cultural dimension to the school.

We are seeking well-qualified and enthusiastic graduates to join our staff as Boarding House Assistants starting in September 2018 and January 2019.

The roles are likely to suit those seeking experience of working with children prior to pursuing a professional career in boarding, teaching or any aspect of education. You will have a strong empathy with children and young teenagers and you can help to build a strong sense of community within which every pupil supports each other to live happy, confident and successful lives. You will be able to demonstrate your talents in a new role that is as diverse and challenging as it is rewarding.

As well as excellent communication skills you should bring strong administrative abilities and a well organised approach. A friendly, nurturing and sympathetic attitude is also important. High levels of energy and stamina are needed to make the most of this post.

The successful candidate should have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • A good general level of education
  • Knowledge of the statement of national minimum standards for boarding schools (NMS)
  • A positive and sympathetic approach to children
  • Ability to work as part of a team

This is a full-time residential position during term time and duties will be based in the boarding house. Single accommodation within the boarding house will be provided all year round together with all meals during term-time.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Description

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

School Cleaner

Introduction

Godstowe Preparatory School (the ‘School’) is a thriving independent day and boarding preparatory school for some 430 girls (with boys in the Pre-Preparatory department).  The School has a large team of in-house domestic cleaning staff responsible for keeping the School in a clean, tidy, presentable and hygienic condition for its daily activities.  The School’s operations are spread over numerous separate buildings on its 12 acre site on the northern outskirts of High Wycombe.

Posts

The School has vacancies for two members of the domestic cleaning team, one full time and one part time.

Post 1             
10.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday in term time (to include several days before the beginning and after the end of each term) plus 3 hours a day for two days a week during holiday time (specific days and times to be agreed on appointment).

Post 2             
15.30 – 19.00 Monday to Friday in term time only (to include several days before the beginning and after the end of each term)

Management

The cleaning staff will report directly to the Deputy Bursar, and indirectly to the Bursar.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • General cleaning duties and the maintenance of a high standard of cleanliness, hygiene and order in an individual’s designated area, which may cover any operational areas of the School: Communal areas; Classrooms; Boarding houses; Toilet and cloakroom facilities; Administrative offices; Science and similar specialised teaching facilities; Dining areas; Assembly, sports and theatre spaces; Other residential accommodation.
  • ‘Deep cleaning’ at appropriate times of the School year
  • Preparation and after-event clean-up for special events
  • Ensuring cleaning equipment and materials are in good condition and supply to enable work to continue at all times.
  • Responsibility for safe storage of cleaning equipment and materials in accordance with Health & Safety requirements
  • Any other general School duties which may be required from time to time to assist with the smooth running of the School

Review

The job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment after consultation in order to meet emerging requirements.

Child Protection

All members of School staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.  The holder of this post is therefore required to participate in regular child protection training and to follow child protection policy at all times.  Any child protection issues must be referred to the designated person for safeguarding and/or the Headmistress.

General Information in relation to the position of School Cleaner

Qualifications and Experience

Previous experience in a similar post will be advantageous.

Personal attributes

The successful candidate will:

  • Have excellent interpersonal, customer care and communication skills and be able to communicate at all levels and age groups
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Exhibit flexibility in adapting to changing needs and situations
  • Have a proven record of good attendance and reliability
  • Have the ability to work well in a team, demonstrating good social interaction and positive attitudes to support with overall team workload
  • Be able to show initiative and to work unsupervised
  • Be hard working and enthusiastic

Terms and conditions

  • Hours of work: As given above
  • Hourly rate: £9.45 per hour
  • Statutory entitlement to holiday pay is included in the hourly rate.  Holidays will need to be taken during the School’s holiday periods
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • The post will involve a high level of contact with children and therefore prospective employees will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (‘DBS’) check.

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2018.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

Gardener & Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

Introduction

Godstowe Preparatory School (the ‘School’) is a thriving independent day and boarding preparatory school for some 430 girls (with boys in the Pre-Preparatory department).  The School’s operations are spread over numerous separate buildings on its 12 acre parkland site on the northern outskirts of High Wycombe.

Post

The School requires a Gardener and Grounds Maintenance Apprentice to maintain its grounds.

Management

The Gardener and Grounds Maintenance Apprentice will report directly to the Groundsperson and Estate Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

The role will provide a comprehensive range of grounds maintenance and gardening services to ensure the school grounds and sports facilities are clean, functional and presented to the highest standard.

  • Maintenance of all school grounds including sports pitches, parkland, woodland and gardens
  • Spraying of appropriate herbicides and pesticides
  • Mowing, strimming, weeding, weed killing, hedging and pruning
  • Preparing beds and baskets for planting, planting up, edging and fertilising
  • Laying turf, seeding, levelling and filling the ground, drainage
  • To maintain the school pond in conjunction with the science department, ensuring good habitat for wildlife
  • Assisting other members of the School maintenance team with leaf blowing, litter picking, sweeping and general clearing, keeping roads and paths clear and safe in severe weather conditions, car parking operations and other essential day-to-day tasks
  • Any other general School duties which may be required from time to time to assist with the smooth running of the School

Training

Any applicant who is appointed to this role will have to register to the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) as part their Apprenticeship Programme.

During your time at Godstowe, you will be collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how we do things. This is averaged over a 12-18 month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing “sign-up” and functional skills assessment. As assessor will visit you in the work-place every four to eight weeks. You will attend Berkshire College of Agriculture on a day release programme.

Future Prospects

There is a possibility of a full time post upon completion of the apprenticeship. You will gain satisfaction and self-confidence from knowing your capabilities have been successfully assessed against an established national framework.

The professional qualifications behind the Apprenticeship Programme and the experience through the role will provide you with a great opportunity to progress your career with us and explore development opportunities that are available to you.

Child Protection

All members of School staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children.  The holder of this post is therefore required to participate in regular child protection training and to follow child protection policy at all times.  Any child protection issues must be referred to the designated person for safeguarding and/or the Headmistress. In addition, the holder of this post will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

General Information in relation to the position of Gardener and Grounds Maintenance Apprentice

Applicants:

  • Should be computer literate.
  • Should be fit and capable of heavy work, able to lift, climb ladders and work at a height in all weather conditions.
  • Should possess enthusiasm, a “can-do” attitude and enjoy working as part of a team. They should have strong customer service skills and a pleasant manner.
  • Are required to have an everyday level of Maths and English
  • Need to be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers

Terms and conditions

  • Start date: 1st September 2018
  • Hours of work: 07.30 – 16.00, Monday to Friday, School term time and holidays.  In addition, flexible hours will be required from time to time in order to ensure the efficient running of the School, in particular in relation to special events, severe weather etc.
  • Salary: £5 per hour
  • Holiday: 20 days per annum
  • Other benefits include free lunch during term time and free parking on site.
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided, along with training for the use of herbicides and pesticides, first aid and health & safety.
  • The post will involve a high level of contact with children and therefore prospective employees will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (‘DBS’) check

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2018.

To apply for this position, please read our Safeguarding and Recruitment policies, which can be found below.  Please complete our application form and send it, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Ms Sophie Green.  Applications can be submitted either via email to the HR & Compliance Officer, Mrs Ackermann, at gackermann@godstowe.org , or by post to Godstowe Preparatory School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6PR

Godstowe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Policies - please read:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Recruitment Selection and Disclosure policy

To apply:

Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word Doc)

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Godstowe resides in 12 acres of parkland overlooking High Wycombe