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Forest School Assistant - Part-time

Sevenoaks Preparatory School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-6015-8S
  • Posted:08/05/2024
  • Pay:Depending on age and experience
  • Start Date:02/09/24
  • App Close Date:20/05/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:w/c 23 May 2024


Forest School Assistant Level 2

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Forest School Assistant who enjoys inspiring children to learn outdoors to join our wonderful Sevenoaks Prep team.

You will be responsible for running a Forest School programme for the children at our school. We are looking for a Level 2 Forest School Qualified practitioner with the imagination, enthusiasm and creativity to help deliver fun, memorable and educational outdoor experiences for children. You will support our Forest School leader with the outdoor learning programme whilst providing exciting and educational experiences outdoors for our children that links to the learning that happens in the classroom and beyond.

You will deliver a high-quality outdoor education that will enable our children to explore stimulating environments with hands-on experiences of nature.  You will act as a positive role model, providing supported learning whilst developing self-awareness and self-esteem, and building confidence.  You will also be responsible for championing the Forest School outdoor learning ethos within the setting and assisting our Forest School Leader with the training and coaching of the wider staff team on Forest School teaching methods.

You will help our Forest School team deliver activities that are inspirational and allow children to learn and develop their self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility through hands-on experiences in a natural outdoor environment.


The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a Level 2 Forest School Qualification. We will also consider candidates working towards their L2Forest School qualification and other relevant Forest School/Outdoor Learning related qualifications.
  • Have previous experience of working in a Forest School environment and planning and delivering Forest School sessions and outdoor learning including risk assessments and lesson plans.
  • Have a good understanding of the English National Curriculum and ISI inspection regime
  • Have a good understanding of all safeguarding and child protection procedures

What we offer:

  • An exciting opportunity to work alongside other experienced Forest School Practitioners in a strong proactive team


  • Established and well-resourced Forest School Grounds
  • Excellent in-house training opportunities and the opportunity to gain further qualifications


Information about the School

Sevenoaks Prep is located in Godden Green, on the edge of Sevenoaks. We look for caring, friendly, hard-working team-players who appreciate our nurturing ethos and Way Of Life.


Sevenoaks Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability and that all appointments are made purely on the basis of merit.

Information about the school

About Sevenoaks Preparatory School

Sevenoaks Preparatory School is a mainstream, non-selective, independent school for pupils aged 2-13. The school’s two main sections are the pre-prep, for pupils aged two to seven, and the prep, for pupils aged 8-13. The pre-prep contains the school’s registered Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) setting for children aged two to five.

Sevenoaks Preparatory School was founded in 1919, becoming an educational charity in 2003, under a governing board who act as trustees. It is set in 20 acres of wooded countryside, which provide sports and recreational facilities. In 2013, the school embarked on a ten-year redevelopment plan, which included a new sports pavilion, increasing funding for bursaries and adding a multi-purpose Astro Turf pitch.

The academic curriculum is enhanced by additional activities, including debating and critical thinking.

Headmaster: Luke Harrison

Values and vision

Sevenoaks Preparatory School’s ethos is based on providing strong pastoral care and supporting both pupils and parents. The values of the Pre-Prep and Prep schools, known respectively as the “Golden Rules” and “The Way of Life”, have common themes based on working hard, behaving responsibly and treating other people with consideration and respect.


“The school is successful in meeting its aims and accords strongly with its ethos of care for the individual child and their family. A good quality educational experience is offered to all pupils. Throughout the school, pupils’ achievement is good; in the EYFS it is outstanding. These standards are due to the pupils’ highly positive attitudes to learning.”

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Andrew Hodgkin
  • Address:Godden Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0JU
  • Telephone: 01732 762274
  • Email: hr@theprep.org.uk


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.