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Director of Sport

St Joseph's College Reading

St Joseph's College is a co educational independent day school in Reading, Berkshire, England. In September 2010, it changed its name to St Joseph's College to reflect the move into co-education from being a girls' school.

20 Jun 2022
Full Time
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

Job Description

St Joseph’s College is seeking to appoint an inspirational and innovative Director of Sport from January 2023. This is a new role at the College replacing the Director of Developing Sport, who has worked hard to create and develop the College Sport provision including a vibrant fixtures schedule for Year 3 – Year 13.

We are looking for an energetic, passionate and positive leader who will drive forward progress and contribute to our forward-thinking strategy. You will be a middle leader looking for a new challenge or teacher looking to take the first step into middle leadership, you are likely to have worked in a school setting before with a broad fixture programme and understand the expectations of pupils and parents.

You should be able to confidently coach and officiate three terms of our major sports or be prepared to undertake training to be able to do so. A willingness to teach across the age range is expected and you will be able to teach Curriculum PE up to and including GCSE and have some knowledge of the PE A Level Curriculum.

This is an exciting time to become part of our dynamic team. Situated in the heart of Reading, St Joseph’s College is the leading independent day school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 in Berkshire. In November 2015 it was named Independent School of the Year. During the last couple of years, the College was shortlisted for the TES Wellbeing of the Year Award; recognised as one of the top 25 influencers and innovators in the Independent Sector at the i25 awards; featured in the Parliamentary Review, and was a finalist at the Independent School of the Year Award.
For us, success is about more than just exam results or awards. We celebrate each pupil as an individual, and aspire for them to leave St Joseph’s as mature and confident citizens, ready to tackle life head on with energy and vigour. You will be fully supportive of the College Catholic tradition and expected to contribute to the full life of the School.

Duties and Responsibilities

The key requirement for a middle leader is to be an effective professional who demonstrates thorough curriculum knowledge, can teach and assess effectively, take responsibility for professional development and can encourage students to achieve well.


Three qualities are essential:

  1. You must be a first-rate teacher who has a real enthusiasm for both your subject and how it is most effectively taught
  2. You must enjoy the pastoral aspects of teaching
  3. You must want to contribute to the extra-curricular activities of the Department and of the College

In fulfilling the requirements of the post, the teacher should demonstrate essential professional characteristics, and in particular will:

  • Inspire trust and confidence in pupils and colleagues
  • Build team commitment with colleagues
  • Engage and motivate pupils
  • Demonstrate analytical thinking to improve the quality of pupils’ learning
  • Contribute to the College improvement/development planning and promote the learning priorities of the CollegeDevelopment Plan
  • Contribute to the development and/or implementation of College policies
  • Participate in the performance management process to advance pupil learning and enhance professional practice in line with the College aspirations and priorities
  • Uphold the values and mission of St Joseph’s College and maintain them both inside and outside the classroom
  • Promote the wider aspirations and values of the College


  • Advise the Head and the Assistant Head (Enrichment and Extension) on the aims and future direction of the Department and the resources required to implement these
  • Co-ordinate the preparation and development of the Games programme

Download the full job description and person specification here

Appointment Procedure

  • Applications will only be accepted from candidates completing the College Teaching Application Form in full, accompanied by a covering letter.
  • The covering letter should illustrate specifically why you think you should be considered for this role, giving clear evidence of how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. You should give clear examples, and relate these to the job description and person specification.
  • These should be emailed by clicking 'Apply Now' to Mrs Guest, HR Coordinator

or alternatively:

sent by post to Mrs Guest, HR Coordinator, St Joseph’s College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5JT.

Electronic application is encouraged and preferred.

  • The closing date is 9am on Monday 4 July 2022 and interviews are likely to take place on Friday 8 July 2022.
  • All offers of employment are subject to the receipt of two satisfactory references, one of which must be from your current or most recent employer. For shortlisted applicants for teaching posts, references may be taken up prior to interview.
  • St Joseph’s College employs personnel who are best qualified for the post without discrimination in respect of age, disability, race, gender or native origin.
  • The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.
  • Successful applicants must undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • A copy of the College Recruitment, Selection and Disclosures Policy and Procedures can be found on the College website: vacancies/

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

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