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Director of Sport and PE (Starting August 2020)

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February 4, 2020
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February 21, 2020
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Beaton Road
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Full Time

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Director of Sport and PE starting in August 2020.

Hutchesons’ Grammar School is seeking a Director of Sport and PE starting in August 2020. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and inspirational teacher of Sport and PE to lead and develop our excellent sport, games and PE programme. The successful candidate will lead the whole school sports policy and provision; including the opportunity to review current provision to implement and build upon the School Sport Strategy.

At Hutchesons’ GS sport, and competitive sport in particular, has long played a central role in the history of the school. It is not an optional extra but rather a key component in building self-esteem, confidence, school ethos and even academic excellence. Young people learn respect, focus and commitment, find grit, determination and honesty and work individually and collectively towards achieving their goal.

These are real life transferable skills, vital for future success and fulfilment. Physical activity and sport imbue our youngsters with the school’s ethos and values for the rest of their life. Following long and successful service, the retirement of the current position holder means we are looking to appoint a new Director of Sport and Physical Education.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a keen and talented Department with high levels of success in major sports on to the next phase. We want all our pupils from Nursery to S6 to be exposed to a range of opportunities and to improve their skills and fitness whilst enjoying themselves. We are clear about the central importance of Sport and PE in the complete development of all our pupils, whether this be about health and wellbeing, participation or performance in individual or team sport at the highest national levels. The drive to compete and excel in sport shapes a young person’s character, binds the school together and reinforces the drive to compete and excel academically. Competitive sport is used to energise the entire school culture and as leaders in the school it is our role to understand its value and continually promote it. Pride in a team, the thrill of challenge and motivation to “have a go” all pay dividends in building character. We require to align the importance of sport with our academic excellence to establish an all- round culture of success.

The Director of Sport and Physical Education is a highly significant role at Hutchesons’ and brings with it a need for flexibility. Whilst not a definitive list, the role will expect the following from applicants:


  • To have an exciting vision and educational philosophy about why PE and sport are so important for all pupils.
  • To have the proven ability to lead by providing clear direction, inspiration and motivation and to encourage and model that leadership so developing others in the team.
  • To provide a clear strategy for achieving sporting excellence in our major school sports.
  • To regularly review and develop the formal PE curriculum, ensuring that every child sees a progression of skills and experience.
  • To review and develop our sporting programme so that it offers breadth as well as depth for all pupils.
  • To manage and work with staff and coaches to raise standards and increase participation.
  • To monitor and evaluate the quality of coaching and standards of pupils’ achievements.
  • To encourage, recruit, motivate, develop and provide training for teaching staff who are involved in school sport.
  • To build constructive pathways with local sporting clubs and associations and with regional and national programmes.
  • To ensure that our top athletes get the support they need in school.
  • To oversee the organisation of inter-House sports competitions throughout each term and on Sports Day.
  • To work with SLT and pastoral staff to balance the needs of all sports whilst focusing on the wellbeing of pupils.
  • To work with the Rector, SLT and the Department to review the Departmental structure in line with future strategic priorities and development.


Finance, Facilities and Administration

  • To support communication with the school community via use of our SOCS sports management system, electronic and social media channels and school reporting systems.
  • To have overall responsibility for the sports budget.
  • To have overall responsibility for the arrangement of efficient PE and sport-related transport
  • Liaison with grounds staff for preparation of school sports fields.
  • Maintain and develop good working relationships with local sports clubs and partnerships to optimise facility sharing, usage and development in line with the School Sport Strategy.
  • To ensure all aspects of Health and Safety are understood and procedures are followed at all times.
  • To regularly review and update risk assessments for sports and PE.
  • To liaise with the School Calendar and Events Co-ordinator and ensure the SOCS online calendar is kept up to date.
  • To work with the Development Office to publicise sporting achievements and events
  • To co-ordinate sports awards and colours

Person Profile

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and inspirational teacher of Sport and PE to lead and develop our excellent sport, games and PE programme. The successful candidate will lead the whole school sports policy and provision; including the opportunity to review current provision to implement and build upon the School Sport Strategy.

They will be self-assured, engaged and reflective practitioner in coaching key sports but will be keen to raise the profile of, and participation in, a wide range of others. They will also have strong interpersonal skills and be a supportive and sensitive manager of people, within and beyond the specialist sports staff. They will be keen to enable, develop and empower coaches and teachers on the staff equipping them with what they need to deliver an enjoyable and stretching sports programme for all.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Be a qualified and experienced teacher of PE/Sport in line with government requirements, a current PGCE will be required and registration with the GTCS ( see below)
  • Real enthusiasm, passion and a genuine excitement for all sport.
  • A wide range of sporting interests and a high level of experience in one or more sporting areas
  • Experience of leadership of a significant team of people.
  • Outstanding and proven organisational skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Excellent personal relations and team working skills and networking
  • Objectivity and consistency of judgement in areas such as team selection, awards and development of individuals pupils’ talents.
  • Energy, drive and stamina to continuously develop sport within the school
  • Willingness and ability to promote and market the school’s sporting activity internally and externally.