About Pembroke House
Pembroke House is a traditional, full-boarding, coeducational IAPS school of roughly 200 pupils aged 5-13 set in the Rift Valley, Kenya. The school has a reputation for providing an outstanding all-round education with a quality of pastoral care that is second to none. Whilst known traditionally for its sporting achievements, academic standards at Pembroke House are high and all pupils are prepared for 13+ Common Entrance or scholarship examinations. The majority of children move on to schools in the UK and in recent years an impressive number of awards have been won – including academic, sport, art, drama and all-round scholarships.
Pembroke House School seeks to appoint a well-qualified and experienced Head of Girls’ Games with responsibility for PE, Swimming and Games. This post will give the applicant the opportunity to proactively lead and direct the teaching and learning of Girls’ Games throughout the Prep School. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Director of Sport in the running and organisation of all sports. They will also be expected to line manage all members of the Girls’ Games Department.
A recognized teaching qualification in PE/Swimming is essential.
As well as teaching Swimming and PE to children aged 2-13, all candidates must show willingness to contribute to the extracurricular and boarding life of the school is essential.
Personal Attributes and Skills Sought
We are looking for a well-qualified, dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking teacher. The successful candidate must be an outstanding classroom practitioner and able to teach KS1. We would be interested in applicants from both the maintained and independent sectors. The chosen candidate will be someone who really enjoys teaching and who is looking for an opportunity to take on new challenges as well as developing existing skills. Applicants should have high expectations of pupil achievement and behaviour along with excellent organisational and time-management skills.
The successful candidate will be an excellent role model for pupils, and will set high standards of smartness, manners and general demeanour. Candidates for this post are likely to have:
• a forward-thinking and innovative mind-set
• energy and dynamism
• experience of and empathy for life in a boarding school
Pembroke House is totally committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. Every member of staff has a responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people for whom they are responsible and to ensure compliance with the school’s Safeguarding Policy at all times. If in the course of carrying out their duties a member of staff becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare a child at school they must report any concerns straight away to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. All new staff will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance, identity checks, qualification checks and employment checks to include an exploration of any gaps within employment, two satisfactory references (to include current employer) and police clearance checks from all countries in which previously employed.
All members of staff at Pembroke House are expected to ‘lead by example’ as well as by their skills of organisation, planning and motivation. The ‘Pembroke House Expectations’ document describes the manner in which the school hopes all teachers will conduct themselves during their time at Pembroke House. The Staff handbook describes in more detail the organisation of the school from the teacher’s point of view. In all cases ignorance of protocol is not an excuse and all staff are expected to make themselves familiar with the way in which the school operates and the manner in which it likes to handle issues with children, parents, staff and the wider community as a whole.
• All staff at Pembroke House supports the full boarding ethos of the school. Extra time spent with the children on all levels is appreciated and serves to improve an individual staff members' overall experience at Pembroke House.
• As an assistant Housemother, you would be part of the Boys’ House and duties involve wake up, rest, showers and bedtime.
• The Housemaster will set up a rota of duties.
• You will work closely with the main Housemaster, the other Assistant House Parents, and the House Tutors to ensure smooth running of the boy boarding house.
• Prep school teachers are by their very nature flexible so you may well find yourself taking on additional duties.
• Sport is taken seriously at Pembroke House and the majority of staff take games. At all times we hope to allow staff to use their strengths and help with activities and interests they themselves enjoy.
The School Ethos
• All members of staff are expected actively to seek to encourage all children to participate and ‘do their best’ in as many disciplines as possible.
• As a School we do all we can to aim for the highest standards possible with regards to each child’s education and development. At the same time we strive to be fair to ‘all’ – children, staff and parents. Not only must children be tutored and explanations delivered of decisions made but there must be the same consideration of our parents and their need to know. Thus members of staff are encouraged to email and telephone parents and communicate as regularly and openly as time allows.
Throughout the course of each day all members of staff should make it their business actively to encourage good manners, respect and tolerance, at all times and they should endeavour to teach children how to be humble when they excel and gracious when receiving constructive criticism and advice.