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Teaching Assistant - Maternity

Chilham St Mary's CEP School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-3138-60S
  • Posted:23/01/2023
  • Pay:KR3 (£19,293 pro rata to £13,167 per annum)
  • Start Date:20th February
  • App Close Date:06/02/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:8th February 2023


We wish to appoint a committed and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our close-knit and very supportive team, to cover a maternity leave. We are looking for an experienced TA who shares our ethos of the children being at the centre of all we do in a fun and mutually supportive environment. The position will be based mainly within our Year 1 and 2 class although all of our TAs work across other classes from time to time to ensure a close understanding of all our pupils and learning.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an outstanding, creative, enthusiastic practitioner who will bring their own style and skills to support the excellent work developed throughout the school.
  • Have the skills, experience and knowledge to work with pupils in KS1 but have the flexibility to work in a different year group if required to do so.
  • Have a good standard of general education, with a minimum of GCSE grade C or above or equivalent in mathematics and English.
  • Hold an NVQ level 2 qualification or equivalent for Teaching Assistants as a minimum.
  • Have a good understanding of current educational thinking and initiatives.
  • Be a caring, understanding person with a sense of humour, who enjoys working with children and who is committed to supporting high standards and enjoyment of learning.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to uphold and promote the Christian ethos of the school.
  • Have a good understanding of, and a desire to effectively support, children with additional needs.
  • Have the ability to work in a close team to achieve the best for our children and school community.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to participate in outdoor learning.
  • Have a desire to be involved in all aspects of school life.

Please read the attached job description for further information about this post. 

We are committed to inclusive practices, the achievement of high standards and working in close partnership with parents and the community.

This post is temporary to cover a maternity leave, starting in term 4 and ending on 30th June 2023; it will be for 30 hours per week, term time only. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, therefore this post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure & barring service check, pre-employment health screening check and references will be required.

Chilham St Mary’s CEP will carry out an online search as part of their due diligence on any shortlisted candidates. This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which we might want to explore with an applicant at interview. This information will be kept on file for 6 months, in line with data protection procedures. 

Information about the school

Chilham St. Mary's is a friendly school with a real family atmosphere located in the heart of our historic village. Each child is valued as unique and filled with potential which we seek to nurture and encourage.

We are a small school with 4 classes of wonderful, hardworking and well behaved children led by a dedicated team of education professionals. We are housed in five beautiful buildings on one site, two of which are Victorian and one dates back to the Tudor era.

We have strong and supportive links with the local community and the church, and we pride ourselves on our strong Christian values. The children enjoy outdoor learning at the stately home of Chilham Castle where we have an annual tradition of Easter egg rolling and at Christmas, we sing Carols to the elderly residents of the village and meet Father Christmas. The school plays a role in the village Remembrance Service in November and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Village Square each December.

We embrace small community rural living with visits to our local Fire Station and regular visits to the mobile library. We have weekly Enrichment sessions enabling our children to access the curriculum in new and exciting ways. Our upper Key Stage 2 children take part in a hugely enjoyable residential trip each year and also take part on the annual Cathedral Days organised by the Department of Education at the Diocese of Canterbury.

Chilham St Mary’s has a vibrant P.T.A. that organise events and activities throughout the year. The school is also an associate member of the CARE collaboration family of schools.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs D Cooper
  • Address:School Hill, Chilham, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DE
  • Telephone: 01227 730442
  • Email: office@chilham.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.