Application Guidance – Uppingham Careers

Application Guidance

Please find useful information below to help you through the recruitment process

Applying for a job

As we are a School, we cannot accept CVs, unless they accompany a fully completed application form.  When completing the application form, please take care to explain how you meet all of the essential and desirable points outlined in the role description. This is important, because when we are shortlisting, we refer to those essential and desirable elements, and assess applications against them.  Please complete the form as fully as you are able and take care to ensure all dates of employment are completed.

For Academic roles you will be asked to download and complete the application form. Completed applications will need to be emailed to

Applications for Business Support roles and Sports Centre roles will need to be completed via our applicant tracking system, which can be accessed via the apply button on the job you wish to apply for.

Been invited for interview?

Congratulations. You’re one step closer to being employed at Uppingham.

Please be aware that Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) advises schools to undertake online checks on shortlisted candidates. Uppingham School undertakes these checks in advance of candidates attending for interview.

For most business support and sport centre jobs, you will be invited for a standard interview.  We would normally have no more than two or three people on the panel. This is usually the Department Head and a member of the HR team.  We try to make the interviews as relaxed as possible, although we understand you may feel nervous.  We do not try to ‘catch you out’, but simply explore your relevant skills and experiences – and of course your motivations for wanting to join us. Sometimes we can offer a tour, but this is not standard.

For all academic roles, you will be invited to attend an interview day. Over the course of the day, you will have several interviews with various members of the Uppingham Leadership Team, in addition to the relevant Head of Department. Some specific roles, for example, a Housemaster or Housemistress include additional panel interviews with senior staff (academic and support), and pupils. The day also includes a school tour and lunch in one of our fifteen boarding houses.

For senior leadership positions and when we are recruiting Housemasters or Housemistresses there are two interview days. The longlist and shortlist interview dates are published alongside the advert.

Practical tests

For some positions, it is important for us to assess your level of aptitude. For example, for some administrative roles we may ask you to undertake a simple task using a computer.  For finance roles, there is likely to be something involving spreadsheets. For supervisory/managerial positions, there are likely to be prioritisation exercises.

For all academic roles, it is important to see you teaching a lesson. On your interview day you will teach a lesson for 45 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of lesson reflection time with the Assistant Head: Teacher Development.


For more senior positions, we are likely to ask you to prepare a presentation in response to a particular topic. These would normally last no more than 15 minutes, including questions.

After the interview

We do our best to make a decision as quickly as possible, although, of course, it is essential we take the necessary time to make the right decision. Ordinarily, you would know the outcome within no more than a few days.


If you are not successful on this occasion, we are happy to provide feedback and it does not prevent you from applying for a role with us again in the future.

Working at Uppingham

Uppingham is a vibrant, stimulating, energetic and forward-looking school. Our community is made up of talented people offering a diverse range of experiences. We welcome applications from candidates who are both experienced and new to working within the independent education sector.