Teaching Assistant Vacancy

Job Description

Contract Type

Permanent

Location

Green Ridge Primary Academy
President Road
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP18 0YA

Working Hours

34.5 hours per week

8.30am-5.30pm Monday; 8.30am-3.30pm Tuesday-Friday, including 30 minutes unpaid lunchbreak each day

39 weeks per year (term time plus INSET days)

Starting Date

1st September 2019

Salary

Bucks Pay Range 1b, Scale point 8 – 10

£16,925.88 – £18,304.92 per annum (Full Time Equivalent)

Actual salary £13,347 – £14,435 approx.

Closing date

12 noon on Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Overview

Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you have the skills to support their learning and development? Have you got a ‘can-do’ approach and outlook?  At Green Ridge Primary Academy, we are looking for Teaching Assistants who will work as part of our support staff team, across the school, to support children in their learning and development, including those children with Special Educational Needs and for whom English may be an additional language.  We are looking for someone who is up for getting stuck in to all aspects of academy life!

About Us

Green Ridge Academy is a new primary school built on Berryfields, which opened in September 2017 in temporary accommodation on the site of the permanent building.  The permanent school building opened in September 2018.  The academy currently has two Nursery classes, two Reception classes, two Year One classes, a Year Two class and a Year Three class.  The school will grow year-on-year, taking children from aged 2-11.  The school will initially have a capacity for over 450 children, but is being built with the additional capacity to extend to a three-form entry school with just over 650 children.

The academy is now looking to appoint additional staff to meet the needs of the children within the academy in its brand-new building.  You will be part of the team which has the unique opportunity to build and grow the school from its infancy.  There is no doubt about it, setting up the academy from scratch will take vision, dedication and hard-work, but being part of that exciting and rare journey will be very rewarding to see the academy take shape over the next few years.  To see more information about the school, including design plans of the school, please visit our website www.greenridgeacademy.co.uk

About the role

As a member of the academy’s support staff team you will be responsible for supporting the development of all children, including those with SEND and for whom English is an additional language, supporting their knowledge, understanding and skills across all areas of learning.  This may be supporting children on a one-to-one basis, supporting small groups or delivering interventions and additional support to children as needed.  This will be a flexible role which could be working with all children across the academy, from Early Years to Key Stage 2.  The role also includes supervising children during break and lunchtimes, both on the playground and in the dining room.

What we’re looking for

We welcome applications from candidates with experience from educational or other relevant childcare backgrounds. Ideally, the successful candidate will be expected to either hold, or be prepared to undertake if needed, a full and relevant Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare as required to work flexibly across the Early Years classes as the academy grows.  We also welcome applications for graduates who are looking to gain experience before enrolling onto a teacher-training programme.

The successful candidate will have:

  • The motivation and passion to achieve the very best for the children with additional needs in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
  • A good understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and/or a good understanding of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curriculum
  • A good understanding of the range of additional needs that pupils can have and how best to support them
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a wider team
  • The ability to work on initiative
  • A ‘can-do’ approach to all aspects of academy life
  • A willingness to undertake professional development and grow their skills
  • Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour

In return we can offer:

  • A commitment to you and your professional development
  • Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
  • A growing learning community
  • Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference

How to apply

We hope you will take the time to find out more about our new academy and experience our warm welcome. For further information about the role, or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact Aaron Wanford, Headteacher at admin@greenridgeacademy.co.uk or telephone 01296 326320.

Completed applications should be sent via e-mail to admin@greenridgeacademy.co.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday, 29th May.  We regret that any applications received after this time and date will not be included in the short-listing process.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews following short-listing, and we will ask you to deliver small group learning activity to a group of children, as well as a range of other tasks in addition to a formal interview with a panel.  Please note that the academy reserve the right to interview before the closing date is suitable candidates apply, and so we encourage all applicants to apply well-before the closing date.

Green Ridge Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

In applying for this post, you are required to submit:

  • A completed REAch2 Academy Trust Application form which contains the Person Specification form; and
  • A supporting letter of application; not to exceed two sides of A4

The person specification contains the criteria that the selection panel will use in the selection process.  In addition, the panel will place considerable emphasis on your supporting letter, which should not exceed two sides of A4.

When completing the application please follow these guidelines:

  • You may choose to provide your details by hand or use a computer, but please complete all sections in black ink.
  • Please submit the application form (containing the Person Specification Form) with your supporting letter.  Do not submit a CV instead of an application form.
  • When e-mailing your application, please ensure it is marked ‘Confidential’.

Green Ridge Primary Academy has a rigorous Child Protection policy and is committed to the welfare of every child.  Consequently, all short-listed candidates will be asked for two references before interview and these could be followed up with a verbal discussion with your referee.  If successful, your enhanced DBS check will be carried out irrespective of any previous checks and a Disqualification Declaration form will also be required.

Candidates will be expected to self-disclose information to us should there be any current or historical convictions, hearings or allegations.  If this is relevant to you then please write to the Headteacher prior to interview about this, marking the envelope private and confidential.

If you would like any further information to assist you in your application, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Aaron Wanford
Headteacher

Downloads

Application Form – Teaching Assistant (178 KB)

Greenridge Prospectus 2018-2019 (19.6 MB)

TA Job Description (976 KB)

TA Person Specification (575 KB)

Welcome letter to applicants – Teaching Assistant (818KB)