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Teacher with EYFS Lead Responsibility - Full-time

Somerhill Charitable Trust Ltd, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-6021-11T
  • Posted:27/03/2023
  • Pay:Competitive, Somerhill Pay Scale
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:17/04/2023 at 15:00
  • Interviews:24 April 2023


Somerhill is seeking to appoint an energetic, highly motivated and passionate Teacher with Early Years lead responsibility 

Applicants should be team players who bring genuine love of teaching and learning and a commitment to pupil  

wellbeing and to the wider school life. The successful candidate will have a passion for creating an inspiring and  

stimulating child-centred learning environment. They will prioritise wellbeing and academic achievement for every child and inspire forward thinking Early Years practice. 

Applicants need to be qualified teachers with QTS and have experience of working with the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum.  

Information about the school

Ours is a very special school with a unique structure in this part of the world. We have a coeducational pre-prep of 200 boys and girls aged three to seven. At the end of Year Two, in the same way as for ‘diamond model’ schools, our girls join Derwent Lodge,(136 girls from Year Three to Six) and the boys join Yardley Court (250 boys from Year Three to Eight). Our pupils are, therefore,taught in single sex classes from the age of seven but very much in a coeducational setting. More details can be found on ourwebsite: www.somerhill.org

The school is based in a stunning Jacobean mansion, set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. You will be hard-pressed to find a more glorious setting for a school! Somerhill is an estate just to the south of Tonbridge and is readily accessed by a slip road off the A21. We have excellent facilities including a multi-purpose sports hall, astroturf, new dining hall, indoor swimming pool complex and music centre built in 2014. Ours is a mixed ability school. We have very bright and capable pupils and are one of the largest 11+ grammar school feeders in Kent. We also have a strong record of obtaining scholarships to top independent secondary schools, such as Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, at 11/13+. We also have boys and girls who find aspects of their learning more challenging and currently approximately 60+ pupils receive some measure of additional support. When girls leave Derwent Lodge, many of them go to the Kent grammar schools and others go on to Sevenoaks School, Kent College, Walthamstow Hall, Mayfield, and other independent and state schools. Of the boys who leave Yardley Court at 11+ many go to the local grammar schools. For boys leaving at 13+, Tonbridge School is the most popular destination. Others join Sevenoaks School, Bede’s, Eastbourne, Caterham, and Sutton Valence.

Whilst Somerhill has some 600 pupils, the division into three separate sections means that each section can tailor its teaching to best suit the children within it. Parents feel that they have the best of both worlds with small care and linked pupil/teacher ratios but with larger school facilities and social opportunities. They are very supportive of the idea behind a coeducational pre-prep leading to single sex prep sections, but within a mixed gender environment.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Jessica May
  • Address:Tudeley Road, Somerhill, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0NJ
  • Telephone: 01732 352124
  • Email: jmay@somerhill.org

Fax: 01732 363381


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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 Education.