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Teaching Assistant - Term Time

Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-2490-161S
  • Posted:19/01/2022
  • Pay:KR3
  • Start Date:21st February 2022
  • App Close Date:31/01/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:2nd February 2022


We are looking for a Teaching Assistant starting after the February half Term.  Would you like to join our team?

This role is for 30 hrs per week (8.45am to 3.15pm Monday to Friday) and Fixed Term until 31st August 2022 when it shall be reviewed.  This position is term time only.   We will consider a job share of 2 days and 3 days for the right candidates.

Salary:  KR3 - £18,425 per annum (this is the full time equivalent).  There are often opportunities for the successful candidate to earn extra salary by working in our wrap around care facility each morning and afternoon.  Breakfast club starts at 7.30am and after school club runs from 3.15pm to 6.00pm.  You can also apply to work in our holiday play club during all the school holidays.  So lots of scope for you here at Bishops Down! We would like to hear from you if you are have the right skills, are highly motivated and enthusiastic. 

Recent experience as a Teaching/Learning Support Assistant, in particular the planning and delivering of individual and group interventions is desirable. Your ability to build relationships, have a positive outlook and a willingness to try different approaches is essential. You will be well supported by the SENDCO and class teacher to facilitate high quality, independent learning and help all pupils achieve their very best. 

The ideal candidate should: 

  • Have high aspirations and expectations of children and yourself.
  • Be passionate about providing all children with the opportunity to succeed.
  • Be committed to improving standards and raising achievement.
  • Have at least NVQ2 (or equivalent) and / or GCSE Maths & English (at grade C or above)
  • Be an effective communicator and good team player.
  • Ability to work with children with additional needs including children who have a physical disability / medical needs and are happy to support personal care
  • A great sense of humour!

In return, we would offer you:

  • Enthusiastic, well motivated children who will love your desire to engage them in their learning.
  • A welcoming staff team who work well together and who are committed to the continuing development of the whole school.
  • An inclusive environment where every child comes first.
  • Supportive parents and governors.

We welcome interested candidates to book a tour of the school and come in for an informal chat.  Please phone Michelle Woods, SENDCo, on 01892 520114.

Applications must be received by 12 noon on Monday, 31st January and interviews will be held on Wednesday, 2nd February.  We reserve the right to interview and appoint early.

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.

Information about the school

Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School is an inclusive, non-denominational school working in partnership with the Tunbridge Wells Primary Schools Collaborative Trust. The school was built in 1967 and is situated on the western edge of Tunbridge Wells in a leafy and pleasant residential area.

The school site is beautiful, elevated and fringed with green playing fields and woods. A fragrant quiet garden, pond and wooden structures in the grounds offer opportunities for happy playtimes.

We have just under 260 pupils in the primary and nursery classes. We also have a designation for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs who are all included in mainstream.

We run Wrap Around Care at the beginning of the day and after school for our school and nursery children and during the holidays we run a Holiday Play Club for all children in the community.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Jo Sheldon, Personnel Officer
  • Address:Rydal Drive, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9SU
  • Telephone: (01892) 520114
  • Email: office@bishops-down.kent.sch.uk

Fax: (01892) 619130


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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).