About working at School Space

So what do we actually do? We manage everything to with lettings so the school can stay focused on delivering a great education. From reaching out to potential customers to staffing to finances and customer service, we’re working tirelessly to give a great experience to schools, community groups and our staff alike.

 

At School Space we’re on a mission to create thriving schools at the center of thriving communities and are always on the lookout for people that want to contribute to that mission. Whether you’re interested in a part time role as a Community Connector or a full time role with our team in Oxford or London, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Why work with us:

Impact: Take a look at the data on school funding cuts here – it’s a dire situation and your work will directly contribute to helping schools to bridge the financial gap

Community: As of 2017 there were 31,113 schools/educational establishments in the UK. If there are four weekly events at each school with 10 attendees each, that’d be over 1.2 million people coming together each week to do something fun and meaningful at their local school. That’s a lot of community cohesion, mental/physical health benefits, income for the instructors/class leaders + schools and an all around great way to make use of under-utilised space.

Professional freedom: We’re a startup social enterprise – a small group of passionate people looking to have a disproportionately large impact on a pressing social issue. We trust our team to be bold with the scope of the work they undertake and they’re given the freedom to tackle the hardest problems. We’re growing quickly which will see the scope of everyone’s roles expanding with the company.

 

Locations: Our office teams are based in either Oxford or London and our schools are spread across Oxfordshire and Greater London.

About the company’s growth: Having started at Wheatley Park School when they were just 17, founders Jemma and James have laid the foundations for growth that sees us now working with 25 schools, hosting over 1,400 events/month with 60,000+ attendees.

Company Culture

Service – School Space was started because so often customers and schools alike were let down by lettings. You’ll relish working incredibly hard to make sure no-one gets let down, even if it falls outside the scope of your role.

Initiative – Being entrepreneurially (is that a word?) spirited, accepting of risk and adaptable to solve problems with limited time/resources.

Fun – You’ll be motivated by the work that we do, the fast pace and working alongside a talented team that have a very noticeable human side to them. Like Hugo, who once ran an offroad marathon with no shoes/training all for an onion bhaji.

Community – We’re strong believers in giving something back and work hard to do this at meaningful scale in both financial and non-financial ways

Transparency – We fundamentally trust one another and honesty guides all of our business decisions. That trust is driven by openness between us.

 

Benefits

Flexible working: Cultural alignment and talent are everything to us and if you need some flexibility in your working schedule, we’re happy to explore options.

 

Talented team: Our team of nine full timers (comprising Oxbridge graduates, pilots, marathon runners and Olympic torch bearers) and over 50 part timers (including students, parents, retirees and teachers) are bound by their common desire to have an impact on their community and have fun whilst doing so.

 

Office space:

Oxford – set in the leafy surroundings of the Oxford Business Park, you’ll be working alongside Hugo, Laurence, Aditi and Elise. As some of the longest standing members of the team they’ve appeared in all kinds of footage (professional, social and otherwise), spreading the word of School Space and have a unified love of the great outdoors. The office comprises a densely populated ‘quotes and pictures’ wall, ping pong table, larger than life stuffed pencil for stressful days, and regular office wide social events.

 

London – Always ones to stay on brand, we were thrilled to find space for our London team in a startup friendly workspace, based inside a school. The office sits within EdSpace – an accelerator with a focus on education sector startups, which itself is located inside Hackney Community College. Free fruit, weekly communal breakfasts, a buzzing community and spacious office space makes this an amazing place to be based.

 

Events: We make a point to come together a few times a month for socialising and personal development – whether it’s monthly lunch and learns, team gatherings in London or Oxford, team desert island discs, Summer/Christmas parties or just spontaneous after work fun, we enjoy our time together outside of work as much as we do during it.

 

Personal development:

Constant learning is the beating heart of any successful startup and we highly, highly value and support all efforts made to embrace this. From a well stocked library of books to a constant stream of events to attend to team run lunch and learns, we’re all about improving our knowledge and challenging ideas. Your onboarding will kick off with a book to read before you join.

 

Our Recruitment Process

Full time roles

Role advertised > Applications collected > Phone Screen > Culture interview with founder > Face to Face with both founders > Half day with the team > Offer/Paperwork > Onboarding

Community Connector roles

Role advertised > Applications collected > Group interviews > Offer > Paperwork > Onboarding > Office Training > Venue Training

Work-life balance:

Startups have a cultural stereotype of working excessively long hours, draining your personal time, and dominating your every waking moment. This is not a culture we aspire to or admire, and we work hard as a team to maintain a clear separation between work and life. Whether it’s 31 days (incl bank holidays) of leave/year, separate work phones for all, a flexible time back policy for reclaiming evening/weekend hours or a general attitude that we value our personal time as much as work, you’ll find a happy balance between doing great work and keeping your hobbies in tip top condition.  

Community Connectors

Our Community Connectors are the backbone of our business. We hand-select each Connector and look for traits such as - polite and articulate, timely and agreeable, presentable and reliable with a high level of attention to detail. This is because we aim to create the perfect welcome on behalf of our school and also to navigate a thorough open-up and lock-down check list for every hire. If you’re interested in joining us as a Community Connector, please send us your CV and Cover Letter

Safeguarding message:

School Space is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff to share this commitment, particularly when working in our partner schools. A fully enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check may be required as a condition of working for us, which we will carry out for you if applicable.