There are nearly 300 staff members at Rossall School, all of whom play a huge part in inspiring and motivating our boys and girls. The skill set required to maintain this successful School is broad; below are a number of profiles from staff in a variety of roles.
Director of Professional Development and Teacher of History
Mr David Clarke
My name is David Clarke and I joined Rossall in January as Director of Professional Development and Head of Year 10. In my previous role at Chetwynde School in Barrow-in-Furness I was Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Humanities.
What I like most about working at Rossall is the location by the sea, and the welcome I received from staff and pupils alike. This is a very warm and caring environment and a great place to live and work. Working in a boarding environment is very different to what I have been used to previously, but it gives me a real sense of community and belonging.
If you are considering a move to this beautiful part of the country and want to be part of a school that is forward thinking, puts the interests of the pupils first and gives you opportunities for great personal and professional growth, then this is the school for you!
Front of House Supervisor
Ms Heather Loughran
This is my 30th year at Rossall School, I came to work at Rossall as my Mother had worked here before me and with two small children, the hours suited my family.
It is extremely busy working within the catering department of a boarding school, not only do we provide three healthy meals a day but we also make packed lunches for any trips or away sports fixtures, various events around the school and working lunches. No day is ever the same and it is never dull.
I love working at Rossall. I get to meet families, teachers, visitors and pupils from all over the world, with different backgrounds, ideals and cultures. I have seen children shy and nervous on their first day become confident, happy, young adults ready for his or her new chapter in their life.
There is nothing more heart-warming than greeting that same shy child when they return to Rossall as an Old Rossallian as they walk through the doors of the Dining Hall smiling and remembering me. I like to think that I have played a small part in their journey.
There is no place anywhere like Rossall, it is a little community made up of families of students and staff. If you would like a fulfilling job and working in a happy team of like-minded people then do apply.
Houseparent and Head of Academic PE
Mrs Emma Williams
Having spent the first two years of my teaching career at a large comprehensive school in Birmingham, I was eager to find employment back home in the North West. The opportunity at Rossall arose and I arrived here in 2000 as Head of Girls’ Games. Currently, I am Head of Academic Physical Education and in my fifth year as Houseparent of Wren.
Living and working amongst our youngsters, as well as being a privilege, gives you a real sense of their overall development as they look to take their place in an increasingly changing and uncertain world.
My role is essentially “24/7” and although this is not always face-to-face, there are always things to do to make sure that our students are living fulfilled and enjoyable lives.
Rossall is not just a job it is a way of life; thankfully, I enjoy the unconditional support of my close and wider family which is so important for me to have if I am to be effective in my role.
Mr Adam Cawkwell
My role is to raise the profile of Rossall in Asia – through working closely with partners across the region to support the recruitment of a balanced and diverse school population, in addition to increasing brand awareness of Rossall and the development of new educational opportunities for the school. I think one of the aspects that is most striking about the school, is the real sense of community within. A truly warm and friendly environment – even for those such as myself, who spend a number of weeks per year away from school.
Aside from the stunning architecture, the boarding school environment provides a real opportunity to play a huge part in transforming young peoples’ lives and helping fulfil their potential. My advice to anyone interested in joining the sector is to visit the school and pick up a sense of the values and culture of the school – for Rossall, this is something that you will notice when you first walk through the front gates.
Assistant Director of Music and Deputy Houseparent of Maltese Cross House
Mr Joe Watson
As an Old Rossallian, the opportunity to come back to Rossall in a teaching capacity was an opening I could not surpass. My role as Assistant Director of Music and organist allows me to inspire the next generation of Rossall musicians to be the best that they can possibly be, through delivering an exciting and engaging music curriculum and diverse co-curricular programme.
In my role as Deputy Houseparent of Maltese Cross House, I have the joy of sharing all the students’ important milestones in their education, from getting their GCSE results, to celebrating a Christmas Dinner together as a house. A boarding job is like no other job – you are part of a very large family.
The environment here at Rossall is warm, vibrant and supportive and no single day is the same. The kind, vibrant atmosphere is the result of enthusiastic and supportive colleagues, and friendly and polite pupils with a passion for learning. The diversity of a boarding school means that no matter what your subject area is, you can expect to be involved in all aspects of school life.
There are tremendous opportunities to develop new skills and our Director of Professional Development is there to support and advise staff. If you are flexible, adaptable, passionate and friendly, Rossall will be a very warm, inclusive and welcoming place for you to work.
Director of IB and Head of English
Miss Bethan Jones
Following several years working overseas, I had returned to the UK and was working as English Faculty Leader in Wiltshire. Wishing to relocate to be nearer to my native North Wales, I looked at schools in the North West and loved Rossall when I first visited here. I arrived for interview on a sunny afternoon and was immediately struck by the warmth of my welcome here – both by staff and students. This was my first experience of working in a boarding school and I feel very much a part of the Rossall ‘family.’ Our students are delightful and a joy to teach and there is a real sense of camaraderie and friendship across the school community.