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Forest School Leader - Term Time

Priory Fields School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-2309-163S
  • Posted:07/07/2022
  • Pay:KR6
  • Start Date:September 2022
  • App Close Date:13/07/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are looking for a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Forest School Practitioner to develop and deliver an exciting new Forest School programme to our pupils. The Practitioner will be self-motivated and a good communicator, able to confidently liaise with other staff,  and engage groups of children ranging in age from 4 to 11.  

This is a brand new role to the school, so we are looking for somebody with the drive and initiative to take the lead from the start, including taking responsibility for the development of the Forest School area; and liaising with the leadership team to plan and develop the provision for children.

The ideal candidate should:

  • Share the trust values, and the values of the schools, and be prepared to put the children at the heart of everything
  • Have good communication skills, high expectations and be a skilful and adventurous practitioner
  • Be self-reflective, keen to continually learn and develop their role
  • Have a good knowledge of health and safety, including the risk assessment process
  • Have energy and the determination to make a difference
  • Be collaborative and open-minded, willing to both share and try new ideas 
  • Have a good sense of humour

In return, we can offer:

  • A friendly, dedicated and supportive team of staff who thrive on challenge and having fun; who work closely together to improve the quality of achievement and enjoyment for all pupils 
  • A thorough induction programme and good professional development opportunities 
  • A dedicated well-being team who work together to ensure that well-being of all is actively promoted
  • Happy and enthusiastic children who are eager to learn

The post is 34 hours per week for 40 weeks of the year. This is generally term time, with some flexibility to support a holiday club. The salary is Kent Range 6 (£21,801 – £23,262 FTE) per annum, but please note this is pro rata.

Please take time to read the person specification and job description, and use them to support your application.

Information about the school

Priory Fields School is proud to be part of the Whinless Down Academy Trust; a MAT committed to providing excellent local schools for local children. We work closely with our two partner schools, St Martin's and Vale View to give children the very best learning experience. Our trust truly believes that learning changes lives.

Priory Fields is a two form entry school, housed in a brand new school building set in extensive grounds in the heart of Dover. We have a friendly and supportive team who work in close collaboration across the Trust to secure best outcomes for children through an exciting and engaging curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our children. We actively work to develop all our staff and offer a comprehensive programme of professional development for staff at all levels and in all roles.

Priory Fields School benefits from the skills of a range of support staff including a FLO, a Parent Support Advisor, a pastoral support team, sports coaches and a specialist music teacher.

The safeguarding of our children is of paramount importance, and we are rigorous in our recruitment procedures. This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS check, and references will be pursued.

Please note, it is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Miss Katie Banes, School Business Manager
  • Address:Priory Fields School, Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0FS
  • Telephone: 01304 211543
  • Email: sbm@prioryfields.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01304 211545


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).