Job Purpose: To lead, manage and develop the expeditions programme at Surbiton High School. This includes the maintenance and development of an already highly successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as the Adventurous Training programme.

Reporting Line: Assistant Principal (Compliance, Health and Safety)

Tenure: Permanent, Part-time.Hours and days to be determined in discussion with the successful candidate The role will be a minimum of 3 days per week, full-year round (52 weeks)

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and hard working individual, who can lead and manage the expedition programme at Surbiton High School.

Key Responsibilities:

International Expeditions:

To lead and manage the organisation of the School’s international expeditions programme
To organise relevant training and orientation weekends in consultation with the School and the expedition providers
To organise and lead ‘Build-up Days’ for each expedition
To organise and run a cultural themed evening about the country to be visited, if applicable
To ensure that a suitable staff team is recruited for each expedition
To advise colleagues on leading expeditions
To ensure that all staff members of the expeditions team have the necessary up-to-date training and qualifications
To organise and manage travel safety courses for all expedition participants
To maintain management of kit and equipment needed for expeditions and plan purchases, replacements and repairs where necessary
To liaise closely with external expedition providers and other relevant stakeholders
To set up and maintain a dedicated online ‘Learning Space’ for each expedition
To ensure clear communication of information pertaining to the expeditions to all relevant pupils and parents
To encourage, advise and help pupils to structure their own fundraising activities
To organise and lead a presentation to pupils and parents to promote and advertise school expeditions
To ensure key feedback and post-expedition evaluation is carried out

Duke of Edinburgh

To lead and manage the organisation of the school’s Duke of Edinburgh programme
To attend, coordinate and take overall responsibility for all Duke of Edinburgh events, both in and out of hours, including:
Expedition training sessions
Parent meetings
Practice expeditions
Qualifying expeditions
Presentation evenings
To lead, train and supervise pupils in wild country terrain in order for them to successfully complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition
To ensure that the Duke of Edinburgh Award records, including eDofE, are kept up-to-date, and to take whatever action is necessary to sustain and improve performance by pupils
To ensure that all Duke of Edinburgh activities are conducted in line with relevant health and safety guidelines and legislation and in line with the school’s policies and procedures, including those covering trips and visits, safeguarding and data protection. Please note that the School is our own awarding body for Duke of Edinburgh and we do not go through our local borough for the programme.


To liaise closely with the Assistant Principal regarding the decisions and logistics for all expeditions
To assist on field-trips, including with the Geography and Biology Departments
To be involved in the Adventurous Training programme
To lead residential trips for other subjects
To provide cover and private study supervision if required
To carry out any such duties as may be reasonably requested.