What is a Gap Fellow?
Being a Gap Fellow requires some expertise in sports or arts and a mature commitment to the program.
Schools take two or three Gap Fellows at any one time, with the aim of providing them with experience of the professional working environment of a boarding school. They offer an opportunity which provides an exciting and stimulating year in Britain.
The Gap Fellows will have certain duties and responsibilities but will also be encouraged (and expected) to use their own skills and expertise to make a contribution to the wider life of the School. Bringing your abilities and interests to the life of the school will make the year rich for you and for the school.
Specific areas of involvement may include (in no particular order):
- Assisting the PE staff with the Lower School PE programme
- Responsibility for a school team or crew, either as part of a coaching team or individually (depending on sporting interest, qualifications and experience).
- Directing or stage-managing plays, or assisting with the technical department in the Theatre and other venues in the School.
- Interest in music and drama will be encouraged, both at the School and House level, depending upon individual interest and expertise.
- Although the opportunities for classroom teaching are limited, Gap Fellows are encouraged to assist Academic Faculties in a variety of ways; this will depend on need as well as the interests and enthusiasms of individual participants.
- Gap Fellows will be attached to specific Houses as assistant tutors and will assist Housemasters with occasional evening duties in Houses and with other social and recreational functions.
- Support for occasional School weekend social functions and links with other local schools.
Over and above these relatively specific functions, Gap Fellows are able to make free use of all the facilities of the School and they are considered to be temporary members of the Staff Common Room. This brings privileges and responsibilities: Gap Fellows are expected to dress and behave in a professional manner.
Gap Fellows receive free accommodation and meals during term time. It is the Gap Fellow's responsibility to arrange flights to and from the UK.
After classes, spectators take in a cricket match at Shrewsbury
Weekend gardeners at The Downs prep school
The variety of art options is impressive