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Deputy Director of Sport

Posted Friday, 4 January 2019 | Closing date Monday, 21 January 2019

Uppingham’s sport is undergoing something of a renaissance. We have some of the best sports facilities in the country, several recent appointments to our sports staff have energised the School, and, most importantly, we have ambitions and a plan to make our aspirations a reality.

Uppingham has a strong culture of participation and enjoyment of sport and physical activity. Clearly, this is a strength we want to preserve. At the same time, it is our ambition that the School grows a national reputation for providing the best sports development programmes in the country.

We are seeking a passionate, motivational, well organised, optimistic and energetic leader to help realise our ambition to make Uppingham’s sport truly outstanding.

• The appointee will be a strong, dynamic and inspirational character with unimpeachable knowledge of at least one sport, a strong (sporting) degree (or equivalent) and exemplary coaching qualifications. They will be required to teach at least two sports to a high level. A track record of professional success, leadership and a demonstrable rapport with school age pupils and colleagues is vital.

• The ability to inspire others, communicate well, think flexibly, and to lead and work as part of a team are essential. High-level analytical and data-handling skills will be essential to successfully delivering the Sports Department’s strategic aims.

• An appreciation of the wider life of a seven-day-a-week boarding school is a prerequisite, along with a willingness to take part in the wider aspects of Uppingham life.

• They will set the standards and the vision for a large and successful department, shaping the morale of both department and pupils through their management, leadership and the tone they set.

• The Deputy Director of Sport (DDoS) will work closely with the Director of Sport and the directors of individual sports to assist with running and implementing the school’s sports programme and provision and ensuring a cohesive and broad-minded approach to school sport. As deputy head of department there will be opportunity for management and mentoring, incorporating whole school policies and working with other necessary school departments.

• They will help to develop and deliver the overall strategy and objectives of the department, assisting with the creation and implementation of change processes.

• The DDoS will teach both core Physical Education and Games throughout school, actively promoting the development of school sports and developing the potential of all pupils. The DDoS will also contribute to the teaching of GCSE and/or BTEC Physical Education.

We are not necessarily looking for a specific sort of person. Just like the individual we hope to appoint, we will think flexibly so that we find the best possible Deputy Director of Sport (DDoS) to deliver our ambitions and aims. In other words, we have aspirations but no preconceived ideas. For example, it might be that the person who joins us has considerable experience of playing sport at elite level, has coached and developed emerging athletes, or worked at a strategic level within one of sport’s National Governing Bodies. Conversely, the appointee might have a background in sports development and education at school or university level.

Informal enquiries to the Director of Sport, Chris Dossett,

Applications must be made on the School’s application form, which can be obtained via the School website at  or from . Alternatively you can download the form and full Job Specification below.

Closing date:9.00am on Monday, 21st January 2019

Interviews: Tuesday 29th January 2019

Applications will be considered as they are received, and interviews may be held before the closing date, so early applications are advised.

Completed applications must reach us by the closing date and should be returned to:

HR Department
Uppingham School
High Street West
LE15 9QE

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.


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