School Librarian

  • Job Reference: 00001557-1
  • Date Posted: 13 May 2022
  • Recruiter: Seaford College
  • Location: Lavington Park, Petworth, Sussex
  • Salary: £20,000 to £22,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Pension, free lunch, free parking, use of facilities
  • Sector: Schools
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time
  • Duration: Full time permanent term time only

Job Description

School Librarian - Term time only - 34 weeks per annum

Salary FTE £30,588 - £33,647

September 2022

Seaford College is looking to appoint an inspiring and creative Librarian who is able to have a positive impact on the students across the school. The school has two libraries across the Prep and Senior School. You are an enthusiastic Librarian who is able to promote the library as a multi-faceted space integral to the learning and development of our students. The successful candidate will work closely with the English Department and Prep School as well as other key groups of staff and students from across the school.

Seaford College is an HMC co-educational boarding and day school with 900 pupils that nurtures academic excellence, sporting success and creative talent.  The campus of 400 acres is situated on the edge of the South Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The school ethos is all about maximising pupil potential. We work hard to ensure that the strengths of every single student are recognised and valued.  We are keen to provide a holistic education for our pupils and excel in the Sport, Music and the Arts, therefore a commitment to contribute to co-curricular activities is essential.

We offer extremely competitive rates of pay and an outstanding working environment.

To apply for this role, kindly download an application from our website and email or call 07557 439704 for further information.


All applications are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS, other checks and references to our satisfaction. The closing date for applications is Monday 6th June 2022 with interviews to follow. Strictly no Agencies

Lavington Park, Petworth, Sussex






September 2022

Job Description for: Librarian, Prep, Middle & Senior School



Job Title:                                  College Librarian

Reporting to:                           Assistant Head Teaching & Learning

Department:                            Library

Location:                                 Seaford College, Lavington Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0NB

Background:                            Seaford College is a successful independent school in West Sussex which resides within the South Downs National Park.  The College is co-educational and comprises a Senior School, Middle School and Preparatory School, with around 840 pupils in all.  Around a third of our pupils in the Senior School are boarders (full or part-time). The College has just opened a new library and learning resource centre, which serves as a ‘hub’ of the Senior School. A smaller separate library exists within the Prep School.

Job Purpose:                           The Librarian will provide leadership and direction for the Library and therefore requires a clear vision of the role of the library within the College and of its’ continuing development, in addition to being committed to the exploitation of opportunities made available by IT in the development of pupils’ learning skills and in the provision of information.

Role Summary

Working hours:

The post is full-time, 40 hours per week (plus additional work as required), 34 weeks per year (term time plus INSET days). Normal working hours are from 8.30 am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. In addition to this, there is potential for the Librarian to work one or more evenings to support the boarders’ access. The librarian attends Open Mornings (Saturdays) (approximately 4 per annum). Occasional additional hours may be necessary when required.



Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Summary, which will include but is not limited to:

  • The management and operation of the Library
  • The management and training of any supporting library staff or Prefect team
  • Supporting students who are undertaking research for EPQ
  • The training and deployment of pupils undertaking tasks in the Library
  • The promotion of the Library, its’ resources and promoting reading to the whole College
  • The promotion of, and support for, independent learning
  • Management of Library resources through the purchase, selection and review of stock in collaboration with the teaching staff, particularly Heads of Department
  • Management of electronic resources held by the library
  • Liaison with teaching staff over the use of the Library to foster the development of independent learning skills
  • Management and control of the Library Management System
  • Guidance to pupils and staff in the use of the Library and its resources
  • The maintenance of documentation on library procedures
  • The production of Library reports
  • The supervision of pupils using the Library
  • Making presentations to parents on Open Mornings; and
  • Responsibility for Health and Safety in the Library


Person Specification

The person specification applies to the Librarian role and reflects the policies established by the governors of Seaford College.


  • To assist in such duties and activities relating to the general administration and control of the school as the Headmaster and Governing Body shall, from time to time, reasonably require 
  • To undertake such other tasks relevant to the work or needs of the School as these needs arise and as may be reasonably requested
  • To promote the safeguarding and welfare of the pupils and young people as set out in the School’s safeguarding policy 


  • Be an active member of the team and the wider school in general with input into all appropriate meetings
  • To engage and work in conjunction with team members, pupils, staff and associates of the College ensuring polite, respectful and professional manner at all times
  • To maintain and improve on skills where required and CPD relevant to the role




How Assessed






Librarianship qualification and/or Appropriate Relevant Experience








Working in a school or college library


Application Form / Interview


Previous involvement in the Extended Project Qualification



Experience of teaching information skills





Knowledge & Understanding


Excellent working knowledge of IT, including library systems, Powerpoint & Word


Application Form / Interview


Good knowledge and understanding of Library management



Understanding of the workings of an independent school





Skills and Competencies


Excellent oral and written communication skills


Application Form / Interview


The ability to manage and motivate staff



Ability to communicate effectively with young people



Excellent interpersonal skills



Meticulous attention to detail



Database and Internet search skills







Flexible approach to duties undertaken and working hours




Pro-active with the ability to enthuse and engage with users and prospective users of the Library.



The ability to connect with young people appropriately whilst retaining authority



Well organised with good time management



The ability to assist young people and staff in finding resources and using information skills in a clear and approachable way



Empathy with the independent school sector





Other Requirements


Satisfactorily meeting the College’s employment checks – Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, health assessment, references, qualifications and legal entitlement to work in the UK


Checks and clearances


The appointment will be subject to six months’ satisfactory probationary period.

This job description is current at the date shown below.  It may be subject to variation by management in consultation with you to reflect or anticipate changes in, or to, the role.