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Class Teacher (Maternity Cover Contract) - Maternity

Paddock Wood Primary School, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-2127-109T
  • Posted:12/09/2023
  • Pay:Main Pay Scale, commensurate with experience
  • Start Date:November 2023
  • App Close Date:25/09/2023 at 23:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Paddock Wood Primary Academy has a fantastic opportunity to appoint a Class Teacher (Maternity cover contract) starting from November 2023. In joining our vibrant and thriving school, you will contribute your energy and vision to drive the academy to achieve its full potential. We are a school that thrives on teamwork, recognises the importance of high quality support for the teachers and offers a creative and responsive package of CPD for all staff. 

Our ideal candidate will be;

  • enthusiastic and committed
  • high expectations of all pupils
  • knowledge of the PYP preferable
  • creative and willing to step outside their comfort zone.​​​​​​​

Following our latest pupil survey, our children said their favourite part of school was:

  • "Art, because it makes me feel creative".
  • "I like the clubs and playgrounds at school, because I get to see my friends and I’m happy I can talk to teachers about my feelings".
  • "Seeing my teacher’s beautiful face smile and how she understands that I have troubles".
  • "Doing maths and science, because in science you get to do experiments and in maths I've always been good at it".
  • "I absolutely love learning".​​​​​​​

With answers like these, why wouldn’t you come and teach here? To find out more please come and have a tour and discuss the role.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​This is a part time, maternity cover contract (until July 2024) offering Main Pay Scale, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will teach a Year 4 class for 3 days per week.

Note that whilst the position is offered on a fixed term basis initially, every effort will be made to offer a substantive position within the wider family of academies across Leigh Academies Trust thereafter. The central Recruitment Team will keep in touch with you throughout your contract to discuss options available to you.

Information about the school

We are a thriving and engaging three-form entry school in the heart of West Kent in the town of Paddock Wood. Our ethos encapsulates high standards and expectations, excellent learning and teaching, and the positive wellbeing of our pupils and colleagues. We have a strong and committed teaching team which is widely respected and supported by our academy community. Our teachers vary in experience from Newly Qualified to 30+ years, and each brings something valuable to share, and a passion to learn. Our staff and the wider Trust team has a lot to offer new colleagues, in terms of sharing experience and opportunities, and professional development and training.

Our broad curriculum is supported by specialist teachers of music, French, PE, computing and outdoor education. Some features that help us stand out from other schools are that all of our pupils learn French, learn other subjects in French and leave us conversant in the language, pupils leave us with a strong understanding and appreciation of music and sporting skills and that we embed independence, stamina and considered risk into children’s learning, for example through EYFS and KS1 team games and initiative exercises, Year 3 outdoor/forest skills, Y4 mountain biking, Year 5 caving and kayaking, and Year 6 skiing/snow-boarding. We have our own school minibuses and we very frequently take children out into the local area and into central London, as well as taking Year 5 pupils to the Brecon Beacons and Year 6 pupils to France or Scotland. We have a strong regard for extra-curricular learning and a healthy catalogue of sporting and other successes and awards.

Our academy benefits from significant parent and community support, but we are not complacent - we are committed, hard-working and welcoming. Our children are delightful; calm, focused and very eager to learn.

‘Our highly ambitious community builds thinking learners, who act with agency and create lasting memories.’

In our last Ofsted inspection, we were awarded a second consecutive good judgement. Inspectors noted that our academy “demonstrates an accelerated rising trend in attainment and progress.”

As an IB World School we strive to develop students who are internationally-minded, through: collaboration, communication, inquiry, respect and creativity. Nurturing a passion for life-long academic learning through a broad and balanced curriculum is a priority; through agency we will develop individuals to reach their potential academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Our children will become an integral part of their community, understanding their place on a local and global platform; they will take responsibility for the small steps they take throughout their lives, which will create impact on a broader level. We will help them to aspire to be ambitious, for themselves, their families, their friends and for their community as a whole." - Principal Libby Fidock

Please find our Trusts Vision: https://vision2030.org.uk/

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01892) 833672


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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.