September 2019 to July 2020

Includes free accommodation at our lovely York city centre campus, all meals plus £650 per month for 25 hours weekly plus sporting fixtures

  • Do you have a good rapport with young people and are you able to act as a positive role model to them?
  • Do you have playing and coaching expertise in Football or Netballand also a keen interest in coaching one of Basketball, Cricket, Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, or Hockey?
  • Are you able to maintain positive relationships with all, and work as an effective and flexible member of a lively team?
  • Maybe you’re considering Sports/PE teaching or working with young people as a career and want to test the waters?

 Our well-established Resident Graduate programme attracts both those who are thinking about a future career in education or youth work, and those who are just looking for a supportive, stimulating and purposeful year while they consider their next step, in whatever direction that may be.

‘Res Grads’ live and work within the boarding environment at Bootham School to support the pastoral care and recreational activities of the boarding students aged from 11 to 18. We are a smallish, independent junior and senior school based in York city centre, with around 25% of our senior school students residing in our boarding accommodation.

We recruit a team of 6 ‘Res Grads’ every year, who join our school in September from a wide variety of backgrounds and degree programmes. In particular this year we are looking for 2 sportswomen or men to support the work of our Sport/PE department.

If you are interested in a year working in Sports/PE and in pastoral care of boarding students, while your accommodation and meals are all provided, this would prove an enjoyable and satisfying year working in a team of other recent graduates in our unique and friendly community.

Closing date for applications is 10am 18th February 2019

Interviews: 6 March 2019

Job Title: Sports Resident Graduate

Reports to: Director of Boarding & Wellbeing

 Key Contacts and Relationships: boarding students; House staff; the Res Grad team; Assistant Head (Extended Curriculum); and with all students and staff at Bootham

Overall Purpose:  to support the boarding and daily life of Bootham School whilst pursuing an individual programme to develop skills and interests in preparation for future career aspirations

 Role description:

  • Leading an after-school activity, depending on your sporting interests and expertise, each weekday from 16.30 to 17.30
  • Organising and leading recreational activities for boarders on some weekends and evenings – maybe sports related, or maybe purely recreational
  • Assisting with the pastoral care and daily routines of boarding students including supervising their prep (homework), being a supportive listening ear if needed, helping with bedtime and waking up routines
  • Assisting in the smooth running of the boarding houses in close liaison with -and under the direction of- the House staff
  • Undertaking, as reasonably requested, a wide range of support duties in both the junior and senior schools as required (e.g. accompanying trips, undertaking basic admin work, accompanying students to A&E, invigilating internal exams, working in the school catering department, assisting in the classroom).

In addition to the above, postholders will have the opportunity to develop a daytime programme that reflects their individual interests and ambitions in sport, exercise or PE by working with staff in the PE department, sports coaching and supporting sports fixtures.

Skills and Competences required in the role: 

  •  You have a very good rapport with young people, can define appropriate boundaries and act as a positive role model to them 
  • Playing and coaching experience in Football or Netball
  • A keen interest in coaching one of Basketball, Cricket, Athletics, Swimming, Tennis or Hockey 
  • You make positive relationships with all sorts of people, thrive working in collaboration with others and contribute strongly to teams you may be part of 
  • You are flexible, enthusiastic, and positive in your approach and be keen to get involved in all aspects of school life 
  • You are fully supportive of the particular ethos and expectations of Bootham School
  • You have a sense of humour and the ability to ‘always consider you may be mistaken’ 
  • You have a responsible attitude to work; you are reliable and trustworthy 
  • You can demonstrate suitable organisational and time management skills, possessing the ability to keep clear and accurate records and have good attention to detail


Bootham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All appointments are subject to a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and other safeguarding procedures.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Jenny at