Director of Rugby

Denstone College

Denstone, Uttoxeter, United Kingdom

Application Deadline Passed

This job post has reached its closing date and has now been closed. Please search our job board for our current job listings.

We are seeking an outstanding, exceptional sportsperson to become our Director of Rugby and lead and further develop the positive rugby culture of the college.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleDirector of Rugby
LocationDenstone, Uttoxeter, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionCoaching & PerformanceAcademy
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

A Word from the Headmaster

Thank you very much for your interest in the post of Director of Rugby at Denstone College.

I very much hope to welcome you to the College, and allow you to see what we consider to be an excellent place to work.

At Denstone College, we believe that school should be a transformational, inspirational, life-changing experience where children grow into young adults ready to contribute to the world.

It is my aim that children love being at school here; that they embrace the opportunity to find and pursue their passions, reaching their potential so that they leave well- equipped to take their place in society.

I see Denstone as a beacon of excellence across the Midlands. As such the College "shines the light", providing inspiration, discovery and understanding.

It "enables the journey" by teaching the children to become ever more independent, resilient and confident.

It "serves the community" not least by creating rounded and grounded, caring members of society but also in its further development of partnership schemes opening access to a Christian education. And it acts as a "reference point" whereby Denstonians current and old can reflect on the values that have been instilled here such as honesty, endeavour and kindness, and our beliefs of Achievement, Confidence and Happiness.

The College was founded in 1868 by Nathaniel Woodard, as an independent school with the aim of providing education based on "sound principle and sound knowledge, firmly grounded in the Christian faith".

This aim still holds good today and there is no doubt that our beautiful Chapel is central to it, resting at the heart of our community.
With a dedicated, talented and inspiring staff, fantastic facilities and as impressive a rural setting as you could find, we balance the pursuit of academic excellence with a broad co-curricular programme.

There are all manner of opportunities within and beyond the classroom in order for the pupils to find what it is that inspires them.

At Denstone College, the pupils are known, nurtured and challenged to realise their potential. ISI have recently confirmed something of which we are very proud: that the standard of academic achievement and of pupils' personal development are both considered to be "Excellent". Our pupils flourish within a vigorous but encouraging environment.

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an outstanding professional to join our excellent staff and support the school in going from strength to strength.

If you are excited by the opportunity to become an important part of our success story, believe in young people and developing their potential and have a passion for outstanding education, please do apply for this role.

I wish you all the very best with your application and I hope to meet you in
person to share more of our ethos and the vibrant, friendly and energetic atmosphere which characterises our community.

I look forward to answering any questions that you may have about the school, the education we offer and the post we are currently advertising.

About the College

Denstone is a co-educational, boarding and day, 11 – 18 school with over 600 students.

Its stunning main building was begun in 1868 and took five years to complete with the school opening its doors in 1873.

Recent years have however seen much investment in the site, with three new teaching blocks added over the last eight years along with additional sporting facilities, boarding accommodation and general improvement.

In November 2017, the school was inspected by ISI and received 'excellent' judgements in all areas.

A copy of the report can be found on our website at

Denstone is often described as a "success story", having more than doubled pupil numbers over the last fifteen years, alongside rising academic and co-curricular standards.

Mission Statement and Ethos

Vision – to be the educational Beacon of Excellence Across the Midlands (BEAM)

- To shine the light - provide inspiration, discovery and understanding to our pupils by delivering excellence in the classroom and beyond.

- To enable the journey - create opportunity by promoting the highest possible standards of educational achievement in an environment where pupils are encouraged to realise their true potential becoming ever
more independent, resilient and confident.

- To serve the community - remain true to the College's founding aims of widening access to a sound, Christian education.

- To be the reference point – whereby Denstonians (current and former) can reflect on our belief in Achievement, Confidence and Happiness, and the values instilled here of Honesty, Endeavour and Kindness so that they play a useful role in society, leading fulfilling and purposeful lives.

School Performance

Although an education at Denstone is holistic, teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do, and the results are impressive.

These results are achieved with a relatively broad intake of pupils into the College, a fact reflected in our record of outstanding value-added, as measured by Yellis (at GCSE) and ALIS (at A Level). Most of our pupils leave Denstone to go on to university and we aim to prepare young adults for the world beyond. This means helping them achieve high grades and develop enquiring minds.

All subjects are taught within specialist departmental areas providing first class facilities for pupils and staff; the recently completed Derbyshire classroom block is the most recent addition to the site, providing specialist accommodation for Mathematics and Modern Languages.

A fair and flexible setting system, relatively small set sizes, regular formal assessments of academic progress across all subjects and a highly qualified and committed teaching staff all play their part in the continuing academic success of our pupils.

Support for pupils with specific needs is provided through a thorough and highly effective pastoral system as well as specific programmes put in place to challenge all pupils, including a tailored programme for potential Oxbridge applicants in our Sixth Form.

Our learning support staff also work hard to provide appropriate support for those pupils who have specific learning needs.

Academic success requires high standards, pupils are supported in an environment which applauds success, excellent teaching by committed subject specialists, and a level of academic and pastoral mentoring that genuinely cherishes the individual.

The Benefits of Working Here

People tell us that ours is an exceptionally happy and friendly working environment, with a sociable common room and a superb team of support staff committed to making the school as great as it can be.

All of our people take pride in being part of the College from our wonderful caterers to our dedicated maintenance and grounds staff, working in all weathers to keep our site looking as impressive as it does. And of course our superb facilities are available for use by staff and their families all year round.

We have a challenging nine hole EGU affiliated golf course and professional facilities, which has its own club as well as being available for pupils. There are many tennis courts, a large sports hall, a climbing wall, swimming pool, CV gym and Performance Gym, with a superb Strength and Conditioning Department for the more energetic.

We are fully committed to staff development, both for those new to the profession (offering possibilities to study for a PGCE funded by the school whilst on the job) or for the more experienced practitioner looking for career development.

Those barriers to teaching resources so often encountered elsewhere do not exist here, with secretarial assistance for staff and access to essentials like stationery and IT peripherals.

Our financial packages are competitive and there is generous investment in teachers' pensions. Remission on fees at the College is available for the children of staff and in some cases it may be available for the final years at the Prep School.

There are countless benefits to living in rural Staffordshire, some of which you will find towards the end of this brochure, but the village of Denstone draws visitors from miles around in its own right.

If you ever tire of the high quality fare served at no charge in our remarkable Dining Hall, then the national award-winning farm shop, the ever popular local, the Tavern, and ten minutes away, the coffee shops and eateries of the local market towns are all at your disposal.

Denstone and the surrounding villages offer lovely, affordable housing, and of course there is the potential for single and family accommodation on site.

Job Description

Job Purpose:

Delivery of an outstanding level of Rugby provision across the College's wide-ranging programme.

Reports to: Assistant Head: Co-Curricular
Start Date: September 2020
Salary: Dependent on experience. There is also potential for accommodation on site.

Key Tasks:


- Further development of the positive Rugby Culture at the College.

- Responsibility for the development of all players within the Rugby programme.

- Coach a team as agreed with Assistant Head: Co-Curricular.

- Lead the coaching of Rugby 7s in Lent Term.

- Oversee the College's 'Good to Great' partnership with Leicester Tigers.

- Allocation of coaching resources.

- Review of previous year and target setting.

- Coaching of most able Denstonians in non-academic time.

- In conjunction with Leicester Tigers, coaching within DPP programme.

- Lead the coaching on bi-annual tours.

- Liaison with Grounds regarding pitches.

- Organisation and delivery of regular coaching CPD.

- Fostering links with feed clubs and schools.

- Play a key role within the wider life of the College.


- Organisation of fixtures including pre-season training programmes.

- Calendaring of fixtures on SOCS.

- Write and manage budgets for equipment and coaching.

- In liaison with Assistant Head: Co-Curricular, order all equipment and playing kit.

- Publication of weekly sheets.

- Entry into Staffordshire Schools and National Cups.

- Booking of all relevant catering and transport.

- Ensure that all match reports are written and sent to the Headmaster's Office.

- Providing list of colours for Headmaster's Office.

- Booking of referees.

- Liaison with Grounds regarding pitches.

- In liaison with Assistant Head: Co-Curricular, provide outreach for feeder schools and clubs.

- Attending matches within performance pathways to identify players for entry into 3rd and L6th Form.

- Organisation of House Rugby.

- Production of Risk Assessments.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the employee may be expected to undertake additional duties if required and as the post evolves.

Person Specification


- Proven background and experience in either Education and/or Elite Rugby.

- Level 3 RFU coaching award.

- Ability to develop a vision for Rugby at Denstone.

- Strategic, proactive and practical approach to setting goals and resolving problems.

- Extensive experience of working within/in association with a Premiership Rugby Academy (or equivalent).

- An understanding of integrating successful sports performance programmes within a school environment.

- Experience of working with Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills across a breadth of environments and media.

- Outstanding organisational and administrative skills including a sound knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of programs, including Word and Excel.

- A commitment to instilling and developing excellence in young athletes.

- Ability to plan and deliver against identified goals.

- An awareness of the sporting ethos of Denstone College.

- A willingness to contribute fully to College life.


- Level 4 RFU Coaching award.

- A degree or currently enrolled on and part completed a degree in a sport related subject.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills across a breadth of environments and media.

- High level of emotional intelligence.

- A commitment to instilling and developing excellence in young athletes.

- Experience of video analysis software.

- An ability to coach a second sport in the summer.

- Demonstrable track record of implementing change programmes.

- Experience in a boarding environment.

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please therefore note that offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS clearance.

Living in Staffordshire

We are blessed with a beautiful campus located close to the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The campus is tucked out of sight, in a very pretty village, only ten minutes' drive from the market towns of Ashbourne (gateway to the Peak District) and Uttoxeter. T

he area is nationally renowned for its picture perfect villages and bustling market towns, walking trails, rock climbing, historic houses, arts and crafts events, festivals and and other tourist attractions. Not to mention our close neighbour, Alton Towers!

40 minutes' drive away are the cities of Derby and Stoke on Trent, with their Intu shopping centres, a range of excellent independent shopping, theatre, contemporary dining and leisure.

There are excellent employment opportunities and a range of national and multi-national employers including Rolls Royce, Toyota, and JCB, based in and around the region.

There really is something for everyone here, from rural peaks to great transport links to metropolises such as Manchester and Birmingham.

As with many boarding schools, a good number of staff live on site in our own well- maintained staff accommodations. And the many villages in the vicinity provide good value housing, at a fraction of the prices you will pay in London and the South East.

Living in Staffordshire, you dictate your own pace of life, and there is no daily grind of commuting.

What we offer as an employer

We want to attract the cream of the crop to work at the College.

We seek passionate professionals to support our ambitious aims for the school, and of course our pupils. We aim to be an excellent employer and we are pleased to offer a number of benefits to our staff team.

We have a very generous CPD budget and we actively invest in the highest quality of training for our teaching and support staff.

The Governing Body (Denstone College Council) supports the Headmaster and Senior Management Team to promote high standards of educational achievement and to drive the strategic direction of the school.

Most importantly, the Senior Management Team demonstrates its strong appreciation of the commitment of staff and this results in a highly motivated and dedicated team of talented staff who constantly strive for improvement.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the appropriate application form and, in no
more than two sides of A4, write a supporting statement which meets the
personal specification and outlines:

- your reasons for applying for this position and a vision of what you will
bring to the role;

- your experiences to date which you feel make you a suitable
candidate; and

- an indication of your strengths, both personally and professionally.

Application form found here

All applications should be completed electronically and sent to

You are asked to give the names of two referees, one of which should be your current Head or employer.

We will contact the referees of short-listed candidates prior to interview.

Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date – Friday 7 February 2020
Interview Date - TBC
Start Date – September 2020

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

Denstone College is committed to eliminating discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

Join our sign into our Sport Careers Agency network FREE with just one click...

Or click here to complete our online registration form.

We work globally with clients in any sector related to sport- from coaches and players to directors and executives.

Live Member Updates

  • Fetching Updates