Director of Sport: Millfield School

Location: Somerset, United Kingdom


Millfield School is in Somerset approximately 2 hours South West of London. The school occupies a 240-acre site with significant grounds. The Preparatory School is located in Glastonbury, approximately 5 miles away. There are 1220 pupils from 13-18; 950 of these are boarders and 270 day pupils. Millfield is academically non-selective and has a diverse mix of pupils, with 65 nationalities represented.

The school has outstanding sporting facilities which include: numerous playing fields; an award winning cricket pitch; year-round covered cricket nets; an indoor tennis centre; judo dojo; fencing salle; pistol range; climbing wall; equestrian centre with stables for 50 horses; 6 squash courts; a 50-metre swimming pool; tartan athletics track; weight training and fitness suites; dance studios; 3 water based astro-turfs; a 9 hole Par 3 and an 18 hole golf course; golf analysis suite and driving range.
Millfield’s sporting philosophy centres upon individuals finding a sport or activity they can be passionate about and providing engaging programmes to meet their needs. Over 140 members of staff are involved in delivering the sports and activities programme, including 20+ professional coaches. Major sports include athletics, basketball, cricket, dance, football, hockey, netball and rugby. Other performance programmes thrive in fencing, golf, modern pentathlon, riding, squash, swimming and tennis. Electives include clay shooting, karate, sailing, skiing and triathlon.

Sport, therefore, spans the Millfield community. Showcase events have drawn crowds of hundreds to watch rugby, football and dance. Millfield regularly hosts community events such as the Somerset School Games.

Pupils’ performance achievements are routinely outstanding. We enjoy partnerships and staff relationships with Bath Rugby, British Swimming, British Fencing, England Hockey, England Squash, Pentathlon GB, Somerset Cricket, Somerset Netball and the LTA.

Key Responsibilities


  • Provide leadership and development for all areas of sporting activity, including strategy, coaching, operations and facilities
  • Ensure provision of appropriate sports and activity programmes to engage all pupils in sports and other recreational opportunities
  • Oversee an effective Sports Scholarship programme and ensure provision of programmes to cater appropriately for Millfield’s high performers
  • Maintain and further develop links with the surrounding community and external sporting bodies
  • Encourage Preparatory School links with Millfield through tournaments, festivals, coaching courses and seminars, with specific reference to fostering a contiguous relationship with sport at Millfield Prep
  • Attend and contribute to the Senior Management team
  • Enhance Millfield’s local, national and international reputation for sport
  • Teaching/coaching as required


  • Oversee the delivery of sports psychology, nutrition, drug awareness, digital analysis and strength and conditioning, through the Head of Physical Education
  • Advise the Headmaster on senior games appointments
  • Line manage the Heads and Directors of Sport, Assistant Director of Sport and Sports Administrator
  • Have overall responsibility for the staffing and management of the school’s programme of games
  • Responsible (with Heads of Sports) for the appointment of non-teaching coaches
  • Liaise with the Deputy Head (Pastoral) on INSET for specialist sports staff
  • Establish in-house instruction for all teachers and coaches that ensures best practice by all practitioners


  • to chair the sport Disciplinary Committee
  • maintain an excellent working relationship with the Director of Sport at Millfield Preparatory School
  • to support the Assistant Director of Sport in developing the House matches/competitions programme (which are administered by teachers in charge of sports)
  • to liaise with the Headmaster, Bursar and tutors in charge of games on games budgets and other matters related to capital expenditure
  • to identify and develop possible income streams related to sport, including corporate events, high performing cultures and conferences
  • liaise with Millfield Enterprises
  • to chair the Heads of Sport meetings
  • to ensure Millfield’s provision of medical coverage for athletes follows best practice guidelines
  • to provide timely reports to the Board of Governors on progress against the agreed strategy and other matters of interest


  • to allocate facilities among games staff, with the Assistant Director of Sport
  • to liaise with the Head of Grounds and Gardens, with the Assistant Director of Sport
  • to ensure that risk assessments are completed and Health and Safety standards are monitored and maintained

Communication and Publicity

  • to ensure good communication with the Marketing Department and the timely publication of all matters pertaining to sport on the school website
  • assist with the organisation of All Rounders’ Days and attend Open Days
  • to sanction, monitor and develop sporting tours
  • ensure articles are written for the Windmill, Headmaster’s Newsletters and the Annual Review
  • ensure outstanding opportunities and delivery for all pupils
  • ensure all pupils represent the school (different per year level)

Qualifications & Skills

Qualifications - Essential

  • Degree or similar level qualification in sports or management-related discipline
  • High level coaching qualification

Qualifications - Specification

  • Professional qualification in management

Experience - Essential

  • Experience as a senior manager within a sport related environment
  • Experience of commercial sports facility management
  • Experience of working with National Governing Bodies of sport and/or similar or related organisations
  • Experience of preparing budgets, delivering these against agreed programmes, and monitoring their expenditure
  • Experience of managing staff teams, both salaried and volunteer
  • Experience of generating revenue from commercial partnerships and other external sources and successfully growing such relationships
  • Demonstrable track record of implementing change programmes

Experience - Specification

  • Demonstrable ability to create and implement strategies
  • Experience of working with the media

Knowledge - Essential

  • Extensive knowledge of the sport and leisure industry

Knowledge - Specification

  • Knowledge of school sport and academic processes

Behavioural competencies and qualities - Essential

  • Ability to build trust and work in partnership with colleagues at all levels of the school
  • Excellent team leadership skills with the capability to manage and inspire all employees
  • High-level communication skills
  • Well-developed active listening skills showing an ability to take direction as well as to direct
  • Outstanding commitment to the development of sport
  • Dynamic and enthusiastic leader with vision and ability to develop strategic goals and implement them
  • High level drive and determination to succeed
  • Commitment to equity and diversity

Behavioural competencies and qualities - Specification

  • Ability to think ‘outside the box’ and recognise potential

How to Apply

To apply, the candidates should send the following:

• Letter of application highlighting relevant experience
• Up to date curriculum vitae
• Details of current remuneration

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact:
Alistair Milner
+44 (0)207 092 6966
+44 (0)7500 105 208

Date published: 03 October 2017
Date updated: 03 October 2017


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