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1:1 Teaching Assistant - Part-time

Shipbourne School, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-2190-66S
  • Posted:20/02/2023
  • Pay:KR3 pro rata
  • Start Date:17th April
  • App Close Date:27/02/2023 at 13:00
  • Interviews:15th March


An exciting opportunity has arisen at our small village school. We are seeking a Teaching Assistant to work as part of our committed team, supporting a year 4 pupil on a 1:1 or small group basis.

Candidates will have experience of working with children in a variety of settings and environments, bringing with them good communication skills to allow pupils to develop social skills, progress in core learning, raise self-esteem and improve independent working skills.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be eager to quickly develop an understanding of how children learn through specific training and independent research;
  • Be confident to work alongside existing staff to meet the needs of pupils;
  • Be able to show empathy towards the children, managing difficult situations with care and understanding;
  • Be optimistic, enthusiastic and committed to working collaboratively with colleagues to provide a high quality learning environment;
  • Be able to work under the direct supervision of class teachers, and help ensure the care, welfare and achievement of all children;
  • Be a ‘hands on’ practitioner who is able to use their initiative;
  • Provide general support to staff and pupils including preparation of resources;
  • Have a warm, yet professional manner towards colleagues, pupils and visitors at all times, and contribute to the positive ethos of the school.
  • Be committed to going above and beyond in the best interests of our children.
  • Have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or higher.

This post is for 15 hours a week across five mornings. The contract is initially for 1 year with a probationary period of 4 months. Interviews will include planning and delivering an activity with a small group.  

Shipbourne School is set in beautiful countryside just outside Tonbridge and is supported by a highly valued community of parents and governors. We have a track record of strong attainment and provide a programme of tailor-made professional development to ensure every member of staff reaches their true potential to the benefit of our children. Our school is a nurturing environment where children are not afraid to take risks on the way to becoming life-long learners. Everything we do is centred on our school values, resulting in an engaging curriculum that prepares children for more than just their next academic step.

Shipbourne School is committed to the safeguarding of all its pupils, staff and visitors. This is achieved thorough carefully implemented policies and ensuring that legislation and guidance are adhered to at all times. Applicants will be subject to recruitment and selection procedures which include questioning at interview, verification of appropriate qulaifications, acquiring references before interview and completing necessary checks including a self-disclosure at point of application and an enhanced DBS certificate.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged. Please telephone the school office on 01732 810344 for an appointment.


Information about the school

Our unique school is situated in the beautiful countryside of Kent, nestling at the bottom of Stumble Hill in Shipbourne village. It is a small school which has served the community since 1852. We have the capacity for approximately 60 pupils. Our children come from the immediate vicinity and further afield from villages, such as Hadlow and Plaxtol, as well as Tonbridge.

The school is currently organised into three classes. Our unique setting and school structure allow for focused teaching to meet the ability and personality of each child; staff get to know pupils quickly and tailor their lessons to facilitate effective learning for all. We take great pride in our nurturing environment and everyone is treated as part of a family: all lives are enriched through sharing and collaborating as we prepare the children for an exciting future in which they can be both independent and aware of the feelings and needs of others.

The school has a very active PTA which supports the school in a range of ways to raise money to help us meet the changing demands of life in the 21st century, whilst still retaining the intimate nature of our small school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Daters
  • Address:Shipbourne School, Stumble Hill, Shipbourne, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 9PB
  • Telephone: (01732) 810344
  • Email: tdaters@bournepartnership.org


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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.