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Job Opportunities

The School is a happy and supportive working environment, where we pride ourselves on the exceptional provision for our pupils and staff in all areas. Holmewood House provides a broad, well-balanced curriculum with outstanding teachers in what is very much a family school where the positive relationships between the teachers and children allows staff to get to know and understand the individual needs of each and every child. They foster their talents and nurture their growth through a challenging and exciting curriculum.

The school wholeheartedly believes that emotional and social well-being, self-esteem, happiness and confidence are of prime importance and are in themselves inextricably linked to academic progress. Staff are excited by the curiosity and thirst for learning that each child, regardless of their ability, naturally displays. They work hard to allow each child to ask why, to query and to have the time to develop their thoughts into fresh discoveries and innovations and, in doing so, overcome the challenges faced. The end result is the celebration of learning – a reward in its own right!

The wonderful environment and outstanding facilities provide a strong framework upon which the ethos of ‘allowing children to be children’ can be achieved. Childhood is full of exciting new experiences which, parents and teachers relive, through the eyes and laughter of the children. The relationship between home and school is of fundamental importance in ensuring every child is surrounded by the love, care and guidance which they require as they make their way through their educational journey. In short, the partnership allows the children to enjoy the most important journey of all: childhood.

Holmewood House is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and all staff, volunteers and other third parties are expected to share this commitment. The school adopts a rigorous safer recruitment process which is adhered to in the appointment of all new members of staff. As part of the safer recruitment process, all applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including, but not limited to, checks with past employers and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Marketing ManagerMid Feb 2022

Reporting directly to the Head and also working closely with the Bursar, the Marketing Manager plays a crucial role in helping deliver and continue to build on the success of Holmewood House School. The role has full responsibility for all elements of the marketing, advertising and external public relations for the School. This also includes management of the School’s external digital presence including social media management and website. This role also works closely with our Admissions Manager, with both roles providing mutual support to each other at peak activity periods.

We are looking for an experienced marketing professional who has ideally worked in the school environment before. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the prep school market and have a strong empathy with schools and their ethos of care for the child. They will be an excellent communicator, a self-initiator and able to translate strategy into tangible plans and outcomes.

The working pattern is negotiable and is likely to be a standard 37.5 hour week, worked over 5 days per week during term time plus 3 additional weeks each year for further strategic development and keeping an eye on activities over the holidays. Some out of hours attendance at School events will be required from time to time in order to fulfil the remit of the role.

Key Responsibilities

The primary responsibility for the role is to develop and then implement the overall marketing plan in line with the School’s strategy to increase pupil recruitment and retention. Specifically:

Marketing:

• Deliver the marketing objectives agreed with the Head

• Within the agreed marketing plan, deliver a programme of marketing events and initiatives including leading/attending events such as Open Days on behalf of the School

• Lead market research initiatives. Analyse data and results to drive future marketing strategy

• Manage advertising programmes including development of promotional films, photography and content. Maintain relationships with external agencies and publication providers

• Maintain the relationship with the School website provider and update the website on a regular basis

• Lead social media campaigns. Source and provide ongoing content

• Manage the School’s marketing budget to ensure optimal impact from the resources available

• Own and communicate the School’s brand and branding guidelines

External Communication:

• Agree external communication policy and oversee all external communications

• Daily liaison with School Office giving guidance on external communications

• Conduct termly School Portal review in conjunction with Portal Manager

• Continue to develop and deliver the weekly School Newsletter including sourcing photographs and other content

• Take responsibility with the Head and SLT for the crisis communication plan and its implementation

• At all times help to enhance and protect the School’s brand

Public Relations/Development:

• Develop local market outreach initiatives such as our successful Primary School initiatives and support other charitable initiatives

• Membership of the School Parents Association (Friends of Holmewood) and Class Reps Forums

• Foster and develop Alumni network and events building these into powerful brand advocates

• Lead potential future Foundation Development initiatives

• Support marketing for commercial development initiatives e.g. School Coffee Shop

Qualities and Skills Required

• Professional marketing experience with a broad base of marketing skills including both strategic and tactical marketing delivery gained in a school, corporate, SME or professional practice environment

• Strong social media marketing experience

• Strong communication skills with high degrees of proficiency in verbal, written and visual media communications

• A positive attitude with the ability to work on your own initiative

• Good technology skills and a high level of attention to detail

• An ability to learn quickly and work efficiently

• An empathy with the ethos and values of schools

• Flexibility, adaptability and a general willingness to get involved in school life

• Tact and discretion with the ability to work well with others across all levels of the School

• Good understanding of GDPR and how to operate within its requirements Ideally, you also have: • Experience of working in schools and a good understanding of the Prep School market

• Professional marketing qualifications

•Experience at working at the marketing manager level

• Website management and social media marketing expertise

Salary

An indicative salary on the basis of Term Time plus 3 weeks and a 37.5 hr week will be in the region of £28 – 30K per year (the full time equivalent would be £35 – £37.5K). The actual salary will be dependent on agreed hours worked and experience.

Pension & School Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits including a generous employer contributory pension, membership of health plan, free parking, ‘term-time plus’ working and free lunch/refreshments.

Start date

The start date will be subject to candidate availability but ideally the start date will be from mid-February 2022.

Offer

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to: an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.

Safeguarding

Holmewood House is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. All staff are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding policies at all times. The school adopts a rigorous safer recruitment process which is adhered to in the appointment of all new members of staff. As part of the safer recruitment process, all applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including, but not limited to, checks with past employers and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Application

If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete an application form and email to: admin@holmewoodhouse.co.uk CVs can also be submitted as supporting information to the application form. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st November 2021 after which time interviews will be arranged with short-listed candidates. If you would like more information on the role or require a hard copy application form please contact the admin team: admin@holmewoodhouse.co.uk

Sports CoachImmediate Start

At Holmewood we pride ourselves on our sporting prowess and sportsmanship which has been a great feature of the school for many years. Pupils from years 3-8 take part in games sessions in year groups and the main team sports for boys and girls are covered. These include: Football, Hockey. Rugby, Netball and Cricket. Matches are played on Wednesday, Thursday and occasionally Saturday afternoons, against other local Prep Schools. We also enter tournaments and competitions which may be more further afield.

The role

Holmewood would like to employ a sports coach to lead the sports teams. Experience in running netball teams is an essential requirement for this role.

The successful candidate will have experience playing, coaching and umpiring youth sports teams. Recognised sports qualifications would be desirable.

The hours will be approximately 12 hours per week, whilst the school is in session but this may vary in accordance with the needs of the department and availability.

Sports coaching will take place during the afternoon and hours will vary depending on the day of the week as games does not take place every day, flexibility will therefore be required.

There will be a requirement to attend fixtures at other local schools as required. If you wish to be considered for this role, you will be required to complete an application form.

Offer

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.

Safeguarding

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.

Expected start date

ASAP

Job Types

Part-time, Permanent

Salary

From £20.00 per hour

COVID-19 considerations

We’re responding to COVID-19 in line with current government guidelines.

Mini Bus Driver (Term Time Only)September 2021

Your role

The minibus driver role includes one or more regular term time daily runs, occasional away fixtures, and school trips. The drivers have various hours depending on their routes. The morning routes start between 6.30am and 7.00am and arrive at school for 8.00am. Drivers have to escort any pre-prep children down to pre-prep on arrival at school. The earlier afternoon minibus routes are from 16.45 – 18.00 and the later routes are from 18.00 until 19.15.

Role requirements

The driver(s) appointed will be in daily contact with staff, pupils and parents. It is essential that in addition to good driving skills applicants have tact, diplomacy, energy, enthusiasm and patience. A good sense of humour will also help! Equally important is the ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with parents and pupils. There can be frequent changes to the routes as children come and go so flexibility and a good memory are important. Previous experience and a good record of driving minibuses and/or supervising children is desirable and advantageous.

A D1 qualification on a clean driving licence is desirable and preference will be given to drivers who already have Kent County Council Approved Driver status. If you are not KCC approved then successful candidates will have to take the one-day minibus-driving course to gain this accreditation. This test has to be re-taken every three years to maintain approved driver status. Previous minibus driving experience would be helpful.

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday whilst the school is in session including staff Inset and training days.

Hours of work will be 4.30pm until 7.30pm (driving two shifts 16.45 to 17.45 and 18.00 to 19.15).

Salary

£12.26 per hour, there may be the opportunity for additional overtime in this role.

Pension & School Benefits

The successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits including an employer contributory pension, free parking, term time only working and free lunch/refreshments.

Start date

As soon as possible from September 2021.

Offer

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.

Safeguarding

All staff including visiting staff have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding policies at all times.

Application

If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete the application form below and email to arandall@holmewoodhouse.co.uk CVs can also be submitted as supporting information to the application form.

The closing date for applications is 14th September 2021 after which time interviews will be arranged with short-listed candidates. If you would like more information on the role or require a hard copy application form please contact Anita Randall on 01892 860000.

Coffee Shop OperatorSeptember 2021

We are looking for a bright, friendly and self-motivated individual to join our well recognised catering team to operate a new coffee outlet for the School.

The Person

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and able to work well both independently and in a team. Enthusiasm and a natural friendliness with staff, parents and children will be important characteristics. Given the role will involve operating independently, the ability to think on your feet and a willingness to work hard in a busy environment will also be important.

The successful applicant will be able to deliver work to a high standard, take their own initiative and bring creative ideas to develop and enhance the coffee shop offering.

A driving licence is an essential requirement for this role.

Your role

The role is responsible for operating the School’s coffee shop during the agreed hours.

This includes:

• Working with the Commercial and Catering Manager to continue to develop the coffee shop offering

• Taking orders, making drinks and providing food, managing payment process

• Clearing and cleaning tables and making sure the coffee shop area is kept in a good state of cleanliness and tidiness during the opening hours

• Manage both setup and close down operations for relevant sessions when the shop is open

• Manage stock takes, weekly checks of equipment and work with the Catering Manager on product ordering and supply

• Considering product selection, pricing and development with the Catering and Commercial Manager.

Hours of work

Because this is a new venture, precise working patterns are subject to some adjustment as demand becomes more clear. The expected hours will be 3pm to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. These hours are to include the planning, preparing orders and weekly checks on equipment etc.

Salary

Remuneration will be discussed at interview and will depend on the experience of the successful candidate and the agreed hours of work.

Pension & School Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits including an employer contributory pension, free parking, term time only working and free lunch/refreshments.

Start Date

Ideally from 1 September 2021

Offer

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role. The successful applicant must also have a driving licence.

Safeguarding

All staff including visiting staff have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding policies at all times.

Application

If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete an application form and email to: admin@holmewoodhouse.co.uk

CVs can also be submitted as supporting information to the application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 August 2021 however, interviews for short-listed candidates may take place prior to the closing date. If you would like more information on the role or require a hard copy application form please contact Ben Stevens on 01892 860000.

Science Technician (Part Time, Term Time)September 2021

The Science Department Science at Holmewood House is delivered across three dedicated laboratories by subject-specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The ideal candidate will work with the Head of Science to co-ordinate the practical work across all three sciences as well as supporting the Lower-School delivery of science by class teachers.

We are looking for an enthusiastic scientist with a passion for education to assist the Head of Science in providing pupils with an engaging and effective Science education that ensures the highest levels of achievement and promotes a passion for scientific enquiry. The proposed working pattern is negotiable with the candidate, but is expected to be a standard 37 hour week, worked over 5 days per week during term time plus 3 additional weeks each year for preparation. At 37 hours per week, the salary will be in the region of £19 – 20.5K a year (c. £23 – £25K FTE), but final salary will depend on agreed hours worked and experience.

Primary Responsibility:

Reporting to the Head of Science, the technician will coordinate the use of practical equipment and materials and provide assistance and advice in meeting the practical needs of the Science curriculum, liaising directly with the Science teaching staff.

Key Responsibilities:

• To liaise with Science teaching staff on a daily basis, ensuring that they are supported in delivering high quality practical Science lessons

• Independently preparing equipment as requested by the Science teaching staff, ensuring that sufficient quantities of apparatus and materials are available and managing the organisation of these materials within the department

• Collecting, checking and returning equipment to stores, including washing up/cleaning of laboratory equipment and glassware

• Trialling practical procedures to ensure efficacy and safety, collecting sample data and setting up demonstrations as necessary

• To be responsible for the control and management of chemical stocks and equipment under the supervision of the Head of Science. This includes placing orders, receiving new stock, maintaining and updating inventories, keeping records of expenditure and undertaking routine stock checks

• To prepare and maintain stocks of chemical solutions for general and specific uses, being responsible for the safe disposal of used and surplus chemicals and managing spills/accidents in the laboratories

• Carrying out health & safety checks within laboratories, prep rooms and stores

• Carrying out and arranging for maintenance and repair of equipment

• To work with colleagues in the Science department to create, develop and maintain Health and Safety records, including risk assessments, COSHH information, practical procedures and records of safety checks

• To assist in the care of plants and/or animals within the department

• To participate in internal and external training as required

• To carry out other duties commensurate with the role, as required by the Science teaching staff, Head of Science or the Senior Leadership Team.

Key Attributes/Experience

• Possess some previous experience of working in a laboratory environment, preferably within education

• Be a competent chemist, with experience of working with various chemicals, making up solutions and working safely with hazardous substances

• Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the Common Entrance syllabus, including the required practical and subject knowledge

• Have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

• Possess excellent organisational and planning skills, including prioritising tasks and demonstrating the ability to successfully manage their own workload

• Be able to think creatively or collaborate as necessary to anticipate and solve problems

• Have high expectations for themselves and others; show professionalism at all times

• Be confident offering support and guidance to both staff and students

• Contribute to the aims and the ethos of the school, including demonstrating a positive attitude to working with children and to supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities

• Show commitment to the personal development of all students, staff and themselves

• Have a positive approach to professional development, improving their own knowledge and skills and sharing best practice

• Display competent ICT skills and confidence when using ICT.

You may also have

• Other experience working in an educational setting

• A degree/technical qualification in a science-based discipline

• Previous experience of Biology, Chemistry and Physics apparatus and equipment

• Experience managing Health and Safety regulations, writing and managing risk assessments

• An appropriate first aid qualification.

General Requirements

All staff are required to adhere to the latest COVID-19 Government guidance to ensure safety of the school community but should endeavour to maintain a supportive working environment.

Mandatory and statutory training will be undertaken and any adverse incidents reported as per school policy. The school infection control and healthcare management policies must be adhered to. Although this is a term time only role, INSET day attendance will be required.

Salary

Expected salary at 37 hours per week will be in the region of £19 – 20.5K per year (£23 – £25K FTE) – actual salary dependent on agreed hours worked and experience.

Pension & School Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits including an employer contributory pension, free parking, ‘term-time plus’ working and free lunch/refreshments. Start date Ideally the successful candidate will start at the end of August 2021 prior to the beginning of the new school year, but details of starting date will be discussed at interview.

Offer

The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.

Safeguarding

All staff have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding policies at all times.

Application

If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete an application form, which can be found below. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th July 2021 after which time interviews will be arranged with short-listed candidates. If you would like more information on the role or require a hard copy application form please contact the admin team: admin@holmewoodhouse.co.uk, or for more information about the role please contact the Head of Science, Mr Dave Bennett: dbennett@holmewoodhouse.co.uk.

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