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Outdoor Education Instructor - Highgate School (London) - £28,000-£30,000

Outdoor Education Instructor

Highgate School



Contract: Permanent – term time only plus four weeks. The School will consider either a 5 day a week or 4 day a week (0.8) appointment. The salary will reflect these arrangements accordingly.

Salary: Circa. £28,000-£30,000 per annum (working a 40 hour week) dependant on qualifications, skills and experience

Location: Highgate, North London

Contact information: or 020 8347 4492

How to apply: Applications should be made via Highgate’s website

Closing date: Sunday 23rd June


Outdoor Education

In all three of Highgate’s Schools, we value the rich and varied co-curricular programmes that, in addition to art, music and drama, include many activities, societies and clubs.  Within the Senior School, specific examples of outdoor education include the following: provision of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (which involves well over 200 pupils); an outdoor education Thursday Lunchtime Activity (TLA); a Combined Cadet Force, and an exciting range of trips and expeditions.  In the Junior School, outdoor education is fully embedded in the curriculum and additional activities include: camp outs at School; an adventure week for Year 6 in June, and a weekly outdoor education club which runs throughout the year. In the Pre-Prep School, the pupils in yy1-2 take part in the Forest Schools Programme; this is currently delivered under the supervision of a qualified member of staff.


The majority of these activities, societies and clubs are run by teachers and overseen by the Deputy Head (Pupils’ Personal Development and Employability). The School is seeking to enhance the outdoor education provision for pupils and provide relevant training and support for staff.  In addition, the School is also keen to ensure that the programme, throughout the three Schools, is cohesive and appropriately coordinated to help the continual development of pupils.  Although the School is located in North London, it has excellent access to outdoor space; as such, the pupils are encouraged to enjoy spending time outdoors and this is seen to be an important element of the education offered at Highgate.  Similarly, we are keen to build on the outdoor education strand of our Chrysalis partnership programme, most notably the work that we do with the pupils at the London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham.  In addition, Highgate is placing an increasing emphasis on mental health and wellbeing, sustainability and environmental awareness, and these are all core strands of the Outdoor Education Development Plan.


Highgate is also fortunate to own the Cerrig Pryfaid Outdoor Centre in Snowdonia National Park.  The School is keen to maximise the use of this wonderful asset, both in terms of School and external usage (both commercially and as part of the School’s commitment to its public benefit). Re-development plans are currently underway to make the centre more appropriate for School use, and the successful candidate would be expected to engage with the Director of Outdoor Education in this ongoing and exciting project.


The Role

To assist the Director of Outdoor Education in the strategic oversight of the programme, and to review and amend the development plan as part of an ongoing commitment to growing the Outdoor Education Programme at Highgate.


To plan and prepare outdoor education sessions to be delivered to a range of pupils, and to contribute to developing a standalone curriculum, as well as investigating avenues to integrate outdoor education into the academic curriculum.


To work closely with relevant teachers and support staff to ensure that the School’s outdoor education programme is varied, safe, exciting and motivational. This element will involve delivery of sessions within all 3 Schools (Pre Prep, Junior and Senior) on a formal and ad hoc basis.


To provide, as necessary, support with the delivery of the D of E programme, and to be available to attend trips as appropriate (NB It is not a requirement that the post holder attends all trips in the year).


This role is a support staff role (non-teaching).  The successful person will be line managed by the Director of Outdoor Education who works closely with the Deputy Head (Pupils’ Personal Development and Employability). All support staff are responsible ultimately to the Bursar.


Highgate School

Field House

Bishopswood Road

London. N6 4PD

Closing Date:


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