Teaching at Reading Blue Coat
The most important role of every RBCS teacher is to teach the pupils. That sounds obvious, but it can be easily forgotten when one is also a tutor attached to a House, running a sports team or musical ensemble, helping with CCF and DoE, organising an activity, dealing with pastoral issues, and also trying to live a life outside the RBCS bubble.
A key aim of RBCS is to encourage growth of intellectual curiosity, creativity and habits of learning, in order to help each and every pupil achieve their full potential. This is doubly important when we remember that RBCS pupils are busy in so many ways outside the classroom as part of a co-curricular programme of which we can be justifiably proud.
To achieve our aim, we need committed, well-qualified staff who are able to inspire pupils. Developing these qualities in teachers does not happen by accident, and it must be underpinned by meaningful professional development.
Our ethos of care, consideration and courtesy for one another extends to the professional training on offer at RBCS. We are generous in our support of postgraduate qualifications, ISQAM or the HMC Pastoral Management Programme. We have excellent provision for teachers who are new to the profession. RBCS is a Regional Training Centre (rated excellent) for NQTs, as well as offering PGCE training with the University of Buckinghamshire.
More experienced staff are encouraged to contribute to our in-house training through the micro INSET programme or membership of the Staff Learning Research Group. Needless to say, we take our teachers and their learning experience very seriously at RBCS.
We operate a timetable of nine lessons each day, with each lesson lasting 35 minutes. A full allocation for a subject teacher is 34 lessons a week, which may include co-curricular involvement in Games, Activities, Careers or PSHEE. The ideal teacher at RBCS will make the most of their abilities and encourage others to do the same. There are learning opportunities outside the classroom, and we want our teachers as well as the pupils to embrace them.
Support Occupations and Career opportunities
A successful independent school is much like a small or medium-sized business, requiring many different professions and occupations to support our pupils and academic staff in delivering the best possible education and life experiences for our pupils. Opportunities exist for highly motivated and committed people, usually working in small teams, in the following functions:
There are opportunities for administrative staff to work within the support departments as well as in our academic administration centre; including secretaries, receptionists, clerical assistants, and exam invigilators.
BURSARY (FINANCE AND OPERATIONS)
Our Bursary team includes professional finance staff who manage accounts, invoicing, payments and payroll activities; and operations management specialists who ensure the smooth running of day-to-day operations and development of the school facilities and infrastructure.
We take great pride in our environment, and our team of professional grounds people and gardeners maintain the 46 acres of pristine sports grounds, woodland and attractive floral gardens to the highest standards.
Most of our own housekeeping (cleaning) staff work part-time hours throughout the year to ensure the classrooms, meeting rooms, offices and sports facilities are kept clean and tidy to a standard that we can be very proud of.
Our HR professionals co-ordinate and administer all staffing matters for the school.
Our dedicated team of IT specialists provide technical support, and manage our IT networks, infrastructure and software for pupils, teachers and support staff.
Our well-equipped Library is a centre of student learning and is staffed from breakfast to evening by qualified Librarians during term time.
We have our own dedicated maintenance team who are responsible for keeping the wide variety and use of buildings, services and site infrastructure operating to a consistently high standard.
MARKETING & ADMISSIONS
We have a small team of professional and administrative staff who market the School; manage our external communications, including social media; manage applications and student admissions; and raise funds for the School.
SPECIALIST TECHNICIANS AND SUBJECT TECHNICIANS
We employ many technical specialists on a term-time-only basis to support our teachers in delivering the wide ranging curriculum and additional activities for our students, including Science Technicians, Language Assistants, and subject-support Technicians.
Our full-time Sport and PE staff are supported on a seasonal, term-time basis by qualified sports coaches working part time, to coach our teams in all of the major sports.
Ian King, Human Resources Manager
Having pursued a career in human resources management for 35 years, I am delighted to have the good fortune to bring my wide-ranging experience to such a great educational environment as Blue Coat.
After graduating from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Sociology and Philosophy in the early 1980s, at a time of great social and economic angst, I was eager to change the face of industrial Britain!
That proved to be a little too ambitious, but a successful fledgling career in personnel management, as it was then known, led me to spend 13 years in the manufacturing sector with large corporations producing light domestic goods, defence and medical electronics, and heavy engineering compressed air equipment for oil and gas exploration.
Having tired of closing businesses as manufacturing slowly ebbed away and our country’s economic base became more focused on the finance and services sectors, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead the HR function as part of the management start up team to create LEGOLAND Windsor in 1995. One of the most exciting and inspiring times of my life.
My passion for sport was combined with career when I joined the Rugby Football Union at Twickenham in 2001 to lead HR there, and spent 10 years there, helping to grow the sport exponentially, develop one of the world’s iconic sporting venues, and secure the Rugby World Cup. Although I wasn’t called upon to don my boots!
A few years running my own HR consulting business followed, taking me to other interesting organisations such London Wasps and Longleat Safari Park, before serious illness led me to leave a sometimes stressful career behind to try my hand at mini bus driving for a local college, operating the attractions at LEGOLAND, and becoming a wedding registrar! All good experience for successful people interaction!
The call of Blue Coat ultimately proved too strong to resist.
Away from school, my passions are family, football, rugby and baseball, and long country walks in the Chilterns with my faithful Labrador.