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Ks1 or Reception Teacher - Full-time

Somerhill Charitable Trust Ltd, Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-6021-25T
  • Posted:08/04/2024
  • Pay:Competitive, Somerhill Pay Scale
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:25/04/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:2 May 2024


KS1 or Reception teacher

We are currently seeking a Key Stage One or Reception Teacher to become part of our welcoming community. While we uphold high standards and expectations, our environment is one of warmth and support, where humour and teamwork thrive. If you are a forward-thinking professional, ready to contribute to our culture of excellence, we invite you to apply and be part of our dynamic team. With opportunities for future growth into middle management roles, we warmly welcome applicants with experience in teaching children ages 4-8 years. We seek individuals who bring professionalism, dedication, and a drive to offer children the best educational experience possible.


With a strong emphasis on training and development, we consistently strive to provide exceptional learning experiences for the children at our school. Our educational approach in Pre-Prep, revolves around the Creative Curriculum, which promotes skills-based learning through engaging projects and collaborative teamwork. As a result, our students not only make significant progress academically but also develop strong connections between different subjects, enriching their overall learning journey.


In each year group, our teaching teams consist of four dedicated teachers and four Teaching Assistants, ensuring ample support and fostering a culture of teamwork. Additionally, we have two Learning Support Teachers within our department who liaise with both teachers and parents, providing valuable intervention inside and outside the classroom as needed. Furthermore, our specialized PE, Games, and Woodlands Teacher, along with our Music and French Teachers, lead specialist lessons, supported by Teaching Assistants.


Being part of such a collaborative team, where professionalism and camaraderie thrive, makes this position not only rewarding but also enjoyable. The supportive environment and collaborative spirit among colleagues enhance the overall teaching experience, enabling us to provide the best possible education for our students.

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 3-7. At the end of Year Two, in the same way as for ‘diamond model’ schools, our girls join Derwent Lodge, (136 girls Year 3 to 6) and the boys join Yardley Court (250 boys Year 3 to 8). 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 our website: www.somerhill.org

The school is based in a stunning Jacobean mansion set in150 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 and indoor swimming pool complex and Music School built in 2014. Ours is a mixed ability school. We have very bright and capable pupils, some of whom will go on to win scholarships at academic schools such as Tonbridge and Sevenoaks at 11+/13+. We also find boys and girls who find aspects to their learning more challenging and currently approximately 60+ pupils receive some measure of additional support.

That said, many of our pupils will move on to independent secondary schools which, for the boys includes the likes of Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Bedes, Sutton Valance and Eastbourne College. Derwent Lodge girls commonly move on to Sevenoaks, Kent College, Walthamstow Hall, Mayfield and Benenden.

Whilst Somerhill have some 600 pupils, the division into three separate schools means that each school is able to 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 co-educational pre-prep leading to single sex prep schools, but within a mixed gender environment

At Somerhill, our goal is to ensure pupils are offered a range of stimulating and engaging experiences to develop a life-long interest and enjoyment of learning for everyone.

Job Contact Information

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

Fax: 01732 363381


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.