Press Officer

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
25 Aug 2016
25 Sep 2016
Full Time
Contract Type

We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, both students and staff, achieves and makes a contribution every day.

For us, our examination results, brilliant as they are, are not an end in themselves. Instead, they are a small part of a much broader process and experience. That process is all about added value, something we offer and look for in staff as much as in students. It is something in which every journey both begins with and is built around the individual.

A global outlook, a focus on pedagogy, a ground-breaking commitment to digital learning and an emphasis on inspirational learning environments make us different. More than that, our policy of 'looking beyond' underpins education here. Co-curricular learning is integral to what we do, where opportunity and excellence are valued and encouraged.

Our community, led by the Principal, Miss Tricia Kelleher, is made up of a family of six different schools, each with its own Head, comprising 1,100 boys and girls aged 3 to 18, around 150 teaching staff and 145 support staff.

With an Exceptional ISI Inspection report in 2014 and Independent School of the Year 2014/5, we have much to be proud about.

However, we know that education in the twenty-first century is as much about looking forward as looking back. We have just embarked upon a pioneering redevelopment plan, which includes a five-storey sports and learning centre in the heart of Cambridge. The plan will also allow us to admit boys right through the

Foundation, with a diamond formation for learning for both boys and girls in the Senior School. It’s a twenty first century vision of single-sex education that we believe is right for the future.

Responsible to: Marketing and Communications Manager

Location: Senior School

Main responsibilities to include:

  • Source, research and gather news from across the Stephen Perse Foundation’s 6 schools.
  • Write engaging, newsworthy press releases on news from across the Foundation and send to relevant press contacts to ensure we are promoting our key messages to all stakeholders.
  • Maintain and manage the Foundation’s press cuttings and mentions.
  • Maintain and update the Foundation’s media database.
  • Maintain and update the Foundation’s social media platforms and news areas of the website.
  • Liaise with journalists and local/national media outlets to proactively push Foundation news stories into the public domain.
  • Promote key Foundation events and ensure appropriate photography and follow-up is in place to maximise opportunities.
  • Research, develop and produce the weekly newsletters in term time to be sent out to key stakeholders.
  • Set up, manage and coordinate a new student ‘news hound’ team to encourage students to write news articles and become more involved in the communications strategy.
  • Research and utilise new technologies, when appropriate, to promote the Foundation and to showcase the work that is done here.
  • Assist with the production of printed marketing materials; prospectuses, leaflets, handbooks etc.
  • Assist with the development of the Foundation’s website.
  • Work with the Communications & Marketing Manager in the implementation and development of the Foundation’s Social Media and Digital Marketing Strategies
  • Providing administrative support to the Communications and Marketing Manager as required
  • Liaise, as appropriate, with designers and departments to ensure consistency of quality and branding of external communications

General responsibilities

  • To build and maintain good working relationships with all Foundation colleagues
  • To assist, as necessary, in other Foundation areas at peak times – in agreement with your line manager
  • Work at all times towards the aims and goals of the Foundation and any individual objectives and targets you may have agreed
  • Pro-actively identify areas for improvements within the Foundation
  • Act in accordance with Data Protection principles at all times
  • Adhere at all times to Foundation Operational and Employment policies and procedures
  • Take responsibilities for own Health and Safety and that of your colleagues

This job description is not necessarily comprehensive and the position holder will be required to carry out such other duties as may be reasonably required within the general scope and level of the post.

Safeguarding and welfare of children

The post holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the role-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School, s/he must report any concerns to the School’s Child Protection

Officer or the Principal.

All employees of the Foundation adhere to the Safer Working Practices guidance and all teaching staff are required to adhere to the Teaching Standards which can be found on the Foundation website under Recruitment.

Terms and conditions

All appointments for the Stephen Perse Foundation are subject to reference and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks, proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK.

Invitation for interview and recruitment arrangements

The School has a statutory duty to apply for DBS clearance and shall ask the successful candidate to complete the form which must be cleared before the applicant can commence work. Such checks may take three to four weeks.

If called for interview, you will be required to bring your Birth Certificate, Passport and professional qualification certificates. References may be taken up before interview.

Data Protection Statement

The Stephen Perse Foundation adheres to the Data Protection Act 1998. In order for us to process your application for employment, we capture information about you. This may include your physical and mental health, and any criminal convictions you may have. All information will be kept confidential. We will only use it to process your application for employment. Your criminal record is used to enable us to discharge our legal obligations as a School. We destroy this information once we have obtained it, and simply log the fact that we have seen it. Your physical and mental health details enable us to assess that you will be able to fulfil the demands of the job. Should your application be unsuccessful we will delete all your information from our systems and dispose of it in a secure manner, unless you request that we retain it.

Hours of work

37.5 hours per week. Start and finish times to be mutually agreed. Flexible working/job share applications will be considered.


The salary will be at the rate of £18,000 per annum.


  • Holiday at the rate of 30 day’s full time equivalent, plus Bank holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private health and dental plan subscriptions after two year’s continuous employment (pro rata for part time)
  • Staff discount on School Fees of 25% (pro rata for part time) should staff have a child at Dame Bradbury’s, Stephen Perse Sixth Form College, Senior School, Junior School or the Pre Prep after two year’s of continuous employment
  • Cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme
  • Salary sacrifice childcare vouchers
  • Lunch and refreshments are provided

Application process

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th August 2016 at noon.

Please submit applications either electronically to: or on paper to: HR Administrator, The Stephen Perse Foundation, Union Road, Cambridge, CB2 1HF.

We are unable to accept CVs as a method of application.

Interviews will take place W.C. 22nd August 2016.