Graduate/Intern | Epsom College
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The College is seeking to appoint a Graduate or Intern for the 2024/25 academic year.

The Graduate/Intern will provide support across the complete range of Lower School academic and co-curricular activities, specific support for the Games Department, for both the Lower School and Senior School pupils, and ad hoc support for the Assistant Head: Total Curriculum.

During the mornings, the majority of the work will be based in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Lower School building or in one of the other facilities in the College’s 72-acre site. In the afternoons, the Graduate/Intern would assist with sports coaching under the direction of the Director of Sport. In addition, the expectation is that the Graduate/Intern would also accompany pupils on offsite residential and non-residential trips and excursions, and provide support for school events in the evenings or at the weekend.

The Role

This post would be ideal for a graduate or a student on their Year Out Degree Placement who is considering an eventual career in Education and /or Sport. The position will offer extensive experience of being an integral member of staff within an outstanding Common Room.

Reporting to the Assistant Head Total Curriculum and the Director of Sport. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Games Department

  • Assist PE and Games staff with coaching and training, travelling to fixtures with the pupils as necessary
    during the week and on a Saturday;
  • Provide support in PE lessons;
  • Undertake all responsibilities in line the College’s safeguarding protocols and procedures.
  • Be a lead coach in each of the three terms, providing coaching in one of the College’s Performance
  • Coach Monday-Thursday afternoons within the Games Programme;
  • Assist with the running of after-school activities during the week, Monday – Friday and on a Saturday;
  • Operate the Talented and Gifted Programme, organising termly meetings with the Sports Scholars to
    monitor progress and generate tracking reports for the Director of Sport.

Lower School/Whole School

  • Assist with the children in class under the direction of the teacher, taking small groups for designated
    academic tasks or co-curricular activities as required;
  • Assist in the supervision of pupils before, during and after school; for example, in the playground at break times and after lunch, at meal times in the dining hall, in the classrooms before and after school or in the school hall for events and assemblies;
  • Undertake general duties around the school site and provide Lower School staff with administrative
    support as required;
  • Assist with preparation of a purposeful and stimulating learning environment and with general duties in classrooms; for example, preparing equipment, clearing away apparatus, displaying work, as necessary;
  • Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety, monitoring and dealing with such things as trip
    hazards by ensuring equipment is tidied away;
  • Subject to appropriate training and certification, administer basic first aid to pupils wherever required during the working day, dealing with any basic accidents, reporting incidents and liaising with College’s Medical Centre when needed;
  • Attend relevant in-service training and occasional staff meetings;
  • Supervision of pupils who travel by coach to and from the pick-up point;
  • The school follows Christian principles. A Graduate/Intern is expected to attend Chapel and is
    encouraged to participate on other occasions, as well as to support the Christian ethic on which the school is founded;
  • At all times set a good example to pupils in terms of dress, punctuality, attendance and calm, polite
  • To provide regular support one evening per week supervising pupils, either as a tutor in a boarding house or as part of the evening supervision duties;
  • To provide additional support for evening events, where deemed necessary by the Assistant Head: Total Curriculum;
  • To assist with any other reasonable tasks deemed necessary by the Head of the Lower School, Director of Sport, Assistant Head: Total Curriculum or Headmaster to aid the smooth running of the school.

Epsom College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment including regular training attendance.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrate an enjoyment of working with children;
  • Be educated or undertaking a degree level or equivalent qualification;
  • An understanding and appreciation of safeguarding and health and safety protocols.
  • Played one of the College’s Performance Sports to a high level.
  • Some experience of coaching sport, ideally to a range of ages and abilities;
  • Demonstrate efficiency and a sense of humour, with a proven ability to remain calm and professional at all times;
  • Provide evidence of flexibility, adaptability and a willingness to undertake a range of tasks and
    commitments, with proven administrative skills and a good IT literacy;
  • Demonstrate good written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work either as part of a team or independently;
  • Display an ability to use initiative and take responsibility;
  • Behave and act as a member of staff when working with children and maintain an appropriate distance;
  • Demonstrate good communication and listening skills and be able to build relationships with pupils and staff;
  • Be flexible and adaptable;

Desirable Criteria

  • Coaching qualification.
  • Regional or National level player.
  • Officiating qualification.
  • Skills, supported by demonstrable experience, in the supervision and care of children, either individually or in groups;
  • Provide evidence of specialist knowledge in a relevant subject or sport (curriculum topic, co-curricular activity or special educational needs);
  • Recognised First Aid or Life Saving Qualification.

In order to arrive at a decision, the selection panel may enhance any of the desirable criteria. We are committed to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to attract and retain the very best staff, ensuring that our staff body reflects the diversity of our students and local community.

Terms and Conditions

Salary: competitive salary offered

Accommodation: Furnished, shared accommodation will be offered with no additional cost to you.
The Graduate/Intern may remain resident during the school half term holiday,

Hours: Full time, in line with the school timetable needs, Monday to Saturday during term time. In
addition, there will be some evening work attending organised events, activities and matches along with
a commitment to pre-season training and sports tours during school holidays.

Meals: All meals are available free of charge during term time.

Holidays: Statutory holiday entitlement to be taken during College’s holiday published dates. An
expectation to attend pre-season training or sports tours that take place during school holidays.

Pension: The College operates the Epsom College Automatic Enrolment Scheme. The Scheme is
administered by the Pensions Trust. Eligibility is based on statutory criteria. If eligible, the Employee
will be required to contribute a minimum of 5% of Basic Salary and the College will contribute 4% in
compliance with pension regulations.

Life Assurance: Free life assurance cover for active and contributing members of the College pension

Employee Assistance Programme: Employees have access to the College’s EAP including counselling and other well being support.

Gym and Pool membership: Free use of school gym and swimming pool at various times during the
week including weekends.

Offer of Post: The post will be offered subject to receipt of satisfactory written references, preplacement medical assessment, proof of appropriate qualifications, an on line search of public internet search engines and social media to ascertain suitability to work within a school environment, and satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if appropriate, as well as confirmation that the successful candidate is able to work in the UK. Prior to interview an online search of internet search engines, websites and other publicly available and publicly accessible platforms to ascertain applicant’s suitability to work within a school environment will be undertaken on applicants who have been shortlisted. Please note whilst the Enhanced DBS check will be paid by the College if an overseas police check is required it will be at the cost of the successful applicant.

Method of Application

Candidates to complete an application form which can be downloaded via our website Please refer to our Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure policy on our website Applicants can contact the Director of Sport, for an informal chat.

Applications will be assessed in order of receipt and interviews may occur at any stage after applications are received. We therefore invite interested candidates to apply as soon as possible.