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Pre-Prep Gap Student - Fixed Term

St Michael's Prep School, Otford

  • Ref:KCC886-6016-284S
  • Posted:09/02/2024
  • Pay:St Michael's Prep Pay Scales
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:26/02/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:tbc


Gap Student


Full Time - 5 days per week


St Michael's Term time plus INSET days (total 34 weeks pa)


Are you planning a career working with children or teaching? Do you need experience to get your first job or get onto a course? Then look no further. Come and join the fantastic team at St Michael’s as one of three St Michael’s Gap Students.   In this role you can work with the Pre-Prep team to prepare for a career working with children and demonstrate the impact you can have on children’s lives.  The “gapper” role is available for one academic year which gives you an insight into a range of roles on offer in schools. No two days are the same.

You will help with administrative work, lunch and catering duties, working in the classrooms with children from 2 years old to 7 years.  Our Pre-school Nursery and Kindergarten are particularly popular so if you can create animals out of playdoh and build sandcastles you may be the Gap Student for us! You will learn to plan, organise, support, progress, nurture and enrich the lives of our youngest children and be a reliable team player. Between the hours of 4pm and 7pm you will be working in our after-school club with children from Reception up to Year 8, helping to facilitate games and craft projects.


We are on the lookout for someone with a genuine interest in working with children and who possesses basic IT skills. This isn't just a job; it's an opportunity to grow and develop in a vibrant and supportive environment.

The post is working for the academic year and will allow you to gain valuable insights to working in the teaching profession.


Informal visits welcome; please contact the HR department for further details.


Hours 11am - 7pm Monday- Friday


St Michael’s Prep School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service and online digital presence checks if invited to interview.


Information about the school

St Michael's Prep School is a co-educational day school, rated ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in our last inspection. We have recently celebrated our 150th anniversary and provide a wonderful learning environment to approximately 480 children aged 2-13, enjoying a beautiful location, overlooking one hundred acres of land. Our state-of-the-art Pre-Prep building sets each child on a learning journey that is rich, active, and inspiring.Children continue into the Prep School, taught by a large number of specialist professionals who work throughout the school to provide a rich array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

We can offer you:

A first-class working environment within a welcoming team, modern and well-maintained IT infrastructure; a stafflaptop (where appropriate); supportive colleagues; competitive salary; small class sizes; free meals provided during term time; free parking on site; sick pay scheme; annual salary review; automatic enrolment in the teachers’ pension scheme (TPS) for teaching positions, and our support pension scheme for all other staff (both subject to scheme criteria) and opportunities for continuous professional development. We believe in providing a rounded education where children can pursue their passions, challenge themselves and enjoy a creative and innovative environment. We are continually looking for ways to improve our curriculum and facilities, making them more vibrant, inspiring and in step with our ever-changing world.

Our school motto: perseverantia, sapientia, gratia (perseverance, wisdom, and gratitude) encapsulates our ethos of striving for success and using our skills to make a difference. These values are instilled daily throughout the St Michael’s journey for our pupils, and we strongly believe that to teach our children about the importance of lifelong learning, we must first model this ourselves.

St Michael’s actively manages the inclusion of its people and values diversity, believing that our different ways of being and thinking adds value to our school community. We are committed tocreating and sustaining a more ethnically diverse workforce. In this regard, we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds who share our values in this area.

If you would like to apply for this role, we look forward to receiving your completed application.

For further enquiries please contact the HR department at recruitment@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk or telephone us on 01959 522137.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01959 522137

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.