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Teaching Assistant - Full-time

Smarden Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-2288-69S
  • Posted:20/09/2022
  • Pay:Kent Range 3
  • Start Date:Monday 7th November
  • App Close Date:10/10/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you seeking an exciting opportunity to join a team in a growing school? Do you have a passion to work with children? How would you like to work in an idyllic rural setting, rated good by Ofsted in 2017, offering the traditions of a rural village school with exceptional facilities?

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic teaching assistant to join our amazing team on a temporary basis. This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday, 8.30am-3.30pm, term time only, but we can be flexible on working hours for the right candidate. It will be a fixed term contract until 21st July 2023.

The children here are impeccably behaved and despite being small in size, we are huge in ambition. We have beautiful grounds and have recently started a Forest School, which has been integrated into our inspiring curriculum.

Our staff are our most treasured resource and we strive to ensure that we nurture talent at all levels. We actively encourage TAs to engage in further professional development and as a member of the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), we not only work collaboratively across the school, but with other schools across the trust. In partnership with TKAT, we offer outstanding CPD and further opportunities.

Your role will include a mix of supporting a SEN Year 6 child one to one as well as more general classroom and break duties. This is an exciting opportunity to join the fantastic team at our lovely school.  It might also be a good opportunity for any graduates who are considering a future career in teaching to experience school life prior to commencing teacher training.  Our academy, TKAT, run a successful SCITT teacher training programme which could be available for the right candidates for September 2023.

You will be: • Passionate about supporting children in their learning and enhancing their learning experiences • Committed to excellence in your own practice and that of our learners • Enthusiastic, hardworking and willing to contribute within a small and dedicated team • Keen to support all children to succeed and help give our children the best possible outcomes.

We offer: • An excellent, well-resourced working environment • Supportive colleagues, governors and community • A friendly, welcoming atmosphere • Coaching, support and mentoring • Enthusiastic and motivated pupils

The posts will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, Teaching Agency and satisfactory references.

All applications must be made via Kent Teach using the TKAT application form.

Information about the school

Founded in 1716, Smarden original school building is at the heart of the beautiful village. The building at the front dates back to 1858. In 2014/2015, the school underwent extensive refurbishment and new building works. This was a wonderful opportunity for the school and was part of the Priority School Building Programme.

Four new, large classrooms were built to the rear of the old building and we are now able to deliver a 21st century learning environment within a new single-storey building, a new link corridor connecting the two buildings together and a new outdoor space with provision for games, social use and outdoor classrooms. We also have a wooded area on site where we run Forest School, allowing the children to embrace the outdoors as an inspirational learning environment.

We offer the best learning environment for children ages 2-11. We endeavor to instill the best teaching methods for our articulate and intelligent pupils. We follow the Discover-Explore-Create curriculum, allowing them to be inquisitive and critical thinkers, always giving their best.

In September 2019, Smarden Nursery became part of Smarden Primary School and the wider TKAT family. Smarden Nursery has provided childcare for the village and local area for over 25 years in various formats. Merging with Smarden Primary School has helped to secure the long term future of the setting.

We aim for our children to develop lifelong skills, the ability to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can face future challenges with confidence. We pride ourselves on providing a happy, caring, supportive and positive learning atmosphere where each child can achieve success. We actively encourage partnership between parents and our local community. We live by our values; Ambition, Respect, Kindness.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01233 770316


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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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.