Director of Sport

Closing Date: 7 May 2024
Telephone: 01249 857 200
Salary: Competitive
Employment Term: Full Time

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London.


St Mary’s Calne is a member of the GSA and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education.  It has around 360 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form.   As well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community.



St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects.  As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance.  The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.


Co-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne.  These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends.  We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.



St Mary’s Calne is looking to appoint a Director of Sport who will have responsibility for the leadership and operational management of the PE and Sport Department.  They will demonstrate a clear vision for girls’ PE, Sport and Physical Activity and will encourage both pupils and staff to achieve high standards of participation and excellence.


The successful candidate will work closely with, and be supported by, the Executive Director of Sport who oversees the strategic provision of Sport across the site which includes St Mary’s Calne, St Margaret’s Prep, St Mary’s Tennis Academy and the St Mary’s Sports Club.


Sport is highly valued and popular at St Mary’s Calne. It plays a hugely important role in the day-to-day life of the girls and is a central part of the broad and balanced education we offer.  Our aim is to provide all pupils with a first-class programme in physical education, sport, and physical activity.


Our dedicated team of specialist staff, across our site, have a shared philosophy which allows us to provide all our learners with an exciting range of opportunities and experiences. Our staff are passionate about sport, know our pupils well and care deeply about our offer to them.  This is a combination that works well, and participation rates are consistently high across the school.


Our philosophy centres around putting pupils at the heart of everything we do. It is only by being clear about what we want to achieve for them that we can provide a carefully crafted offer to meet their needs. It is only by meeting their needs that we can create a culture where they can flourish and excel.


All pupils experience a generous programme of lessons and activities.  These include PE lessons, games afternoons, team practices, fixtures and competitions, and a wider programme of co-curricular activities. Older pupils 16+ can make use of the state-of-the-art fitness suite based in St Mary’s Calne Sports Club.


The school’s major winter sport is lacrosse and major summer sport is tennis.  In addition, we also compete in hockey, netball, swimming, cricket, athletics, cricket, cross country, equestrian, ski racing and badminton.  We strongly believe in healthy competition.  Each term there is a challenging and inclusive fixture programme for pupils to enjoy, whether they aspire to be a high-level performer or just enjoy participating with their friends.


Riding takes place all year round under the direction of the Equestrian Co-ordinator; girls stable their horses at local liveries and may choose riding as their main sport.  In recent years Equestrian has grown in popularity and our team has been very successful.


We look to ensure pupils receive a broad, balanced, and engaging programme of activities to ensure variety.  We strive to find something for everyone.  Pupils can experience dance, health related fitness, water polo, climbing, outdoor and adventurous activity, archery, ultimate frisbee, yoga, pilates, mountain biking and kayaking, to name a few, in their time with us.  This may be through our PE and games lessons or through our impressive co-curricular programme.


In addition, pupils can have 1-1 tennis lessons delivered by our onsite tennis academy, 1-1 swimming lessons delivered by our specialist swim coach based at St Mary’s Sports Club or 1-1 riding lessons at local stables organised by our equestrian co-ordinator.  These are paid extras and are carefully built into individual timetables.


During their time with us there are also opportunities to for pupils to gain qualifications in sports leadership, officiating and coaching, as well as undertaking voluntary work with partner primary schools within our local community.  Pupils can choose to study ‘A’ Level Physical Education in the Sixth Form.


Overseas sports tours, residential trips and visits serve to enrich experiences and providing lifelong memories of their time here with us.


We believe that by carefully selecting the right balance of activities and by adopting a multi-faceted approach we can provide opportunities that meet the needs of all learners allowing us to develop:

  • Performance
  • Competition
  • Active Participation
  • Health and well-being
  • Memorable experiences

If you would like to be part of our successful team and believe you can lead our thriving programme, then we look forward to hearing from you.



What we offer

  1. Competitive salary and generous pension scheme.
  2. Excellent and tailored CPD within the department and across the school.
  3. Highly motivated pupils with lessons taught in small groups.
  4. Discounted membership of the St Mary’s Calne Sports Club.
  5. Fee remission for daughters educated at St Mary’s Calne and for sons and daughters educated at St Margaret’s Preparatory School.
  6. Complimentary meals in the Dining Hall during term time.
  7. Free on-site parking.
  8. Employee Assistance Programme.


How to apply

For campus visits and/or to arrange an informal chat about the role:

Telephone: 01249 857200 (Karen Turner)


For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website

Closing date: Midday, Tuesday 7th May 2024

Early application is advised as we reserve the right to make an appointment prior to the closing date.