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Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - Full-time

Gad's Hill School, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC886-6007-181S
  • Posted:04/04/2022
  • Pay:£20,579 per annum
  • Start Date:30th August 2022
  • App Close Date:18/05/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:w/c 23rd May 2022


We are currently seeking a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant from the commencement of the Autumn Term 2022.

The pupils at Gad’s Hill receive a first-class education in a small class in an environment with fantastic facilities including a Forest School and extensive grounds. Gad’s Hill has an established Kindergarten department, with a Nursery on-site.

The post requires someone who is passionate about working with young children, and is able to develop and hold the trust and confidence of their parents. The successful candidate will be a person who values (and is skilled at) working as part of a collaborative team.

You will be passionate about teaching and have an understanding of Key Stage One provision, have experience of working in Key Stage One and be committed to providing high quality learning and experiences for all children. As a member of staff, you will be valued and supported; in return we are looking for commitment, drive and enthusiasm.

Essential Qualities: 

  • An excellent practitioner with very good relationships with students.
  • Experience of working with KS1 children and of the KS1 national curriculum.
  • Good written and communication skills.
  • Confidence in using ICT programmes.
  • Excellent standards of professionalism

Information about the school

Gad’s Hill School operates as three distinct departments within one school. The Kindergarten takes children from age three in our Nursery through to Year 2. Here, alongside the foundation in literacy, numeracy, sciences and humanities, there is a strong emphasis on play, physical education, music and drama with all pupils performing in a number of short productions each year. The school places particular emphasis on communications and therefore pupils from Reception upwards receive twice weekly lessons in Spanish and also ICT.

The Junior School is two-form entry from Years 3-6. Our Junior pupils receive a high proportion of lessons with subject specialists; in particular Modern Languages (Spanish), DT, ICT, Art, Music, Science & Games. By Years 5 and 6 nearly all lessons are delivered by specialist tutors. In sport our students have the opportunity to represent the school in fixtures against other schools.

Our school is located geographically within a selective secondary system and historically many of our pupils would leave to attend grammar schools at the end of Remove (Year 6). However, in the last few years, the growing success of our Charles Dickens Scholarship Award, providing financial assistance to the most able pupils from our own Junior School and many from the wider community, has resulted in the development of highly capable and aspirational cohorts at Key Stage 3. Our strength is to make the most of our small class sizes and supportive atmosphere to add significant value to every individual.

The Senior School generally has a two-form entry. The curriculum is relatively broad, with all pupils taking a spread of subjects including Art, DT, Food & Nutrition, Spanish, Computer Science, Music and Drama. Students choose a range of options at the conclusion of Year 8. They follow a core of Maths, English (Literature & Language), Separate or Combined Science and CCF (comprising BTEC Teamwork & Personal Development and Institute of Leadership & Management diplomas). As options they may choose from History, Geography, Spanish, Art, Food & Nutrition, DT, Computer Science, Music, Drama and PE, and in recent years we have supplemented these options with Psychology and Statistics exam courses for our increasingly able cohorts.

At present there is no sixth form education at Gad’s Hill and pupils currently depart for local schools, colleges or other independents. In the last year we have partnered with the University for the Creative Arts and several of our leavers have commenced Extended Diploma courses with them.

The Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, was appointed in August 2018, having previously occupied the role of Head of Seniors. His vision is to provide generations of pupils with all the opportunities and individual care and guidance that an independent school can provide, but underpinned by a passionate commitment to the evaluation and refinement of quality teaching and learning, based on the latest educational research.

Job Contact Information

Fax: Fax: 01474 822977


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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).