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Outdoor Pursuits Teacher - Malvern St James School - PT £10,179 pa

Outdoor Pursuits Teacher

Malvern St James School



Independent Boarding and Day School for Girls (aged 4-18)


Salary - £10,179pa

An exciting opportunity exists for an excellent Outdoor Pursuits practitioner, committed to high standards in outdoor learning and keen to play a significant role in the extra-curricular life of the School. Applications are welcomed from enthusiastic and well-qualified practitioners, for the safe and enjoyable provision of outdoor activities.

You will be involved in carrying out weekend activities, in addition to working one evening a week from 1200 – 1900, with the potential of working an additional evening from 1600 – 1900.

You will assist in the delivery of training for the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and supervising expeditions in School holidays.  

Also included in the role will be two x 6-day residentials/camps overnight and expeditions.

Malvern St James is a leading boarding and day school for girls aged 4 to 18, which achieves outstanding results within an exceptionally creative, warm, and supportive community.

Closing date: 16 April 2021

Application forms and further details may be obtained from our website or by contacting the HR Department by emailing

Malvern St James 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 clearance at an enhanced level.



The Outdoor Pursuits Teacher is accountable to the Head of Outdoor Pursuits, the Deputy Head the Headmistress, and to parents.

Purpose of the Job

The role of the Outdoor Pursuits Teacher is to teach pupils within the school and to carry out such other associated duties as are reasonably assigned by the Head of Outdoor Pursuits and Deputy Head. This requires them to:

  • promote outstanding teaching and inspire a love of outdoor learning within the department
  • lead and manage their groups purposefully and efficiently
  • adhere to whole-School policies within the department
  • support the visions, aims, and objectives of the School
  • be committed to the values and culture of the school, centered around its Boarding ethos

Requirements of the role

Key Tasks

  • To teach Activity sessions. Currently, this consists of climbing, kayaking, sailing (Summer) and indoor climbing, pool kayaking, and snowboarding (Winter) but may vary
  • To assist the Head of Outdoor Pursuits with activities and DofE expedition training during the evenings (15:30-18:30) and at weekends as required, some of which will be residential away from school. Qualifying DofE expeditions for Silver and Gold are usually held during the first week of the Summer holidays.
  • To ensure the provision of activities in accordance with NGBs requirements and best practices.

Working Pattern

  • Monday 12:00-1900 climbing club (+ ideally 1 other evening 16:00-19:00)
  • Yearly weekend and residential commitment
  • 18 DofE training days (all weekends)
  • 17 expedition days with 11 overnights (some school days and a week at the end of the Summer term).
  • 6 days (4 nights) Year 7 and 9 residentials.
  • 12 Weekend activity days.

All school staff are expected to:

  • Work towards and support the school vision and the current school objectives outlined in the School Development Plan
  • Contribute to the school’s programme of extra-curricular activities
  • Support and contribute to the School’s responsibility for safeguarding students
  • Regularly review own practice, set personal development targets, and take responsibility for own continuous professional development.
  • Work within the school’s health and safety policy to ensure a safe working environment for staff, students and visitors
  • Work within the Equal Opportunities Policy to promote equality of opportunity for all students and staff, both current and prospective.
  • Maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct and positive, courteous relations with students, parents and colleagues.
  • Engage actively in the performance review process.
  • Adhere to policies as set out in the Staff Handbook/Teacher Standards and Regulations
  • Undertake other reasonable duties related to the job purpose required from time to time
  • Adhere to School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.


Essential Criteria

  • Full Driving Licence with D1 and E
  • First Aid qualification -minimum 16 hours outdoors
  • At least two of the below with demonstrable progress towards the third.
  • Rock Climbing Instructor or Single Pitch Award
  • Mountain Leader Summer 
  • White water canoe/kayak leader or Level 2 canoe/kayak coach with moderate water
  • Experience in supervising or assessing Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Attention to detail
  • Good administration skills

Details and application

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