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Forest School Assistant - Part-time

St Paul's CE (VC) Primary School, Swanley

  • Ref:KCC886-3010-39S
  • Posted:09/02/2020
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:02/03/2020 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We would like to appoint a Forest School Assistant who can support exciting Forest School and outdoor learning activities with our Forest School Teacher, for 2 days a week.

We are looking for a dedicated and proactive individual who enjoys working with children and can share their love of the Forest School and learning in the outdoors as a built in part of our curriculum. You will help run regular, accessible and engaging forest school activities, under the leadership of our Forest School Lead, on site for groups of children from Reception to Year 6. You will contribute to assessment and liaise with class teachers to support children/s academic progress and emotional well-being. A Forest School qualification would be preferable but not essential as all qualifications for Forest School, up to Level 3, will be paid for.

You will need: A creative approach to the outdoor curriculum and deliver learning in exciting ways. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. A commitment to working as part of a team. The ability to support planning and resourcing structured outdoor learning opportunities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. To liaise with school staff to plan and deliver outdoor learning. The ability to maintain the forest school area.

We can offer you a welcoming and supportive staff team, personalised CPD and children who behave well and really want to learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Visits to the school are encouraged and welcome – Contact Gerry Simmons on 01322 664324 or

This role requires a DBS disclosure. The role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Information about the school

St. Paul’s Church of England (VC) Primary School, Swanley Village, has an enviable reputation as a welcoming, caring, high performing primary school. The school was graded 'Good' by Ofsted in May 2016 and Good in its SIAMS inspection, 2019.

The school is proud of its Christian heritage and seeks to entwine these values through everyday life. We have a good reputation for and offer pupils a range of sporting achievements, extra-curricular activities, including high quality instrumental tuition. We have a Professional Sports Coach that works with our pupils, mountain bikes and 2 tracks and we like to embrace as much of the real world as we can!

Demand for places far exceeds the number available. We have four mixed aged classes with 15 pupils in each year group.

Our children are delightful and we have very supportive and aspirational parents. The school is set in beautiful surroundings and has very well maintained and fully equipped buildings.We work in partnership with our families; we nurture self-belief and inspire a love of learning, encouraging all to become able and successful, through empowerment, and being responsible members of the community.

We are passionate about our staff and the working environment that we give, in order for them to thrive. A common-sense approach to workload, Christmas shopping days and supported family time, are a few examples of what we offer.

Job Contact Information

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.