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Boys' Games and PE Learning Support Assistant - Full-time

Dartford Grammar School, Dartford

  • Ref:KCC886-5406-357S
  • Posted:09/06/2023
  • Pay:DGS 5 (£20,595 - £21,693fte)
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:26/06/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBA



Term-time + 5 INSET days 35 hours per week

DGS 5 (£20,595 - £21,693fte)

Are you passionate about supporting children, recognising individual qualities and strengths, and aspiring to attain excellence in learning support?

We are looking for an enthusiastic Boys’ PE Learning Support Assistant to join our friendly team here at Dartford Grammar School. This rare opportunity would suit someone who has an enthusiasm for physical exercise to work with a range of professionals such as qualified PE and Games staff and the SEND Department to assist boys in PE and Games lessons.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Is able to support children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities;
  • Is able to deliver support, both in the classroom or with targeted groups or clubs;
  • Is a committed team player with energy and drive;
  • Is dedicated, enthusiastic, patient and caring.

You will be joining a team with a strong support structure in place, and a team that will look to develop candidates who wish to progress in this field. We believe in staff development, and there is an opportunity to undertake a funded level 3 apprenticeship course.

Our students are bright, curious and thrive in an environment of excellent behaviour, supported by first class pastoral care. We are interested to hear from any interested candidates regardless of experience in special educational needs.

For further details and an application form, please contact the HR Manager, Mrs M Bexley:

Telephone: 01322 223039 Ext 146; Email: mbexley@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk

Please apply by letter with a completed application form to the Headmaster, Mr J C Metcalf, Dartford Grammar School, West Hill, Dartford, Kent DA1 2HW. 

Start date:  September 2023

Closing date: Monday 26 June 2023

(The school may interview early in the case of an exceptional candidate)

Information about the school

Dartford Grammar School is a selective academy for boys, admitting girls to its sixth form. There are six forms of entry in each year group and all of the students joining the school are from the top 25% of the ability range. The students come from Dartford, neighbouring towns and villages, and nearby London boroughs. The current roll is 1,516 including 598 in the sixth form.

Ofsted Inspections The school has been identified five times by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector as one of England’s most successful schools, showing a sustained period of outstanding achievement.

Extra-Curricular Programme The school is exceptionally rich in extra-curricular activities. It offers 16 sports and competes with others in at least eight of them each year. Teams regularly gain county, regional and national success, and many students gain representative honours at one or more of these levels. The school achieves high standards in music, and has an orchestra, wind band, choir, chamber choir and many other ensembles. Drama productions are frequent.

The Performing Arts Faculty benefits from the facilities of the Mick Jagger Performing Arts Centre. There are many other clubs and societies, with debating always a popular activity. The school’s impressive programme of community service is regarded as a particular strength. The school benefits from many close links with Europe, China and Japan. There are regular overseas cultural and sports trips, and other international visits.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a notable strength: nearly all students in Year 10 complete the Bronze Award, with a majority going on to Silver. Gold Award expeditions take place in both the UK and overseas, while the school has also offered international trips via Operation Wallacea.

What the School Offers Teachers The school provides its staff with the experience of teaching able and well-motivated students in an environment with high expectations of behaviour and well-developed systems of teacher-support. The school has a national reputation for the quality of its programme of professional development. The programme includes much that falls within specific subject areas. Staff well-being is a priority in the school, and staff social occasions, staff football and staff tai-chi are all popular, as is our weekly staff breakfast on a Friday morning!

The school is committed to participation in initial teacher training. Other aspects include a course for Early Career Teachers, preparation for middle management, development of existing middle managers and preparation for senior management. While the school’s extensive programme of overseas visits give many staff international experience, the school ensures that its staff development has a further international dimension, for example in IB courses. Staff members have access to the school’s excellent facilities for sport and the performing arts.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01322 291426


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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.