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Teaching Assistant – Full-time

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Pay: Kent Range 3 FTE £18,425 Start Date: September 2021 Amherst is a school which achieves high academic standards across the curriculum. It is situated in a residential area of Sevenoaks, is over-subscribed and enjoys tremendous support from parents and governors. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding teaching assistant to work alongside our teachers. The successful applicant will have proven ability to work on their own initiative and will demonstrate a commitment to ensuring all children make progress in their learning. The successful candidate will have: • GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) to Grade C+/4 • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team • The ability and confidence to manage behaviour in and out of the classroom. Hours of work are Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 3.30pm, 30 hours per week, term time only. Salary is Kent Range 3, £18,425 full time equivalent, pro rata to £12,520 (paid monthly at £1,043 per month). Amherst School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and a check against the ISA barred list for children. For further details, please contact the School Office Tel: 01732 452577 Visits are welcome. Closing Date: 13/07/2021 at 10:00 Interviews: Friday 16th July 2021 Information about the school Amherst School is a three form entry junior school in Sevenoaks. The majority of our children transfer from Riverhead Infants School. Our Ofsted inspection in January 2019 reported that our leaders and governors provide clear direction, which creates a strong sense of community and purpose which motivates staff and pupils to achieve very well. The report also stated that: Staff are fully committed to delivering the school’s values of trust, kindness, determination, politeness, fairness and cooperation; they all said they are proud to work at the school. Parents responded very positively and in large numbers to Ofsted’s online questionnaire. Two parents, speaking for many, said: ‘The children are very well motivated and inspired to learn as well as to participate in the many extra-curricular activities’ and then, ‘The teaching staff go above and beyond for their pupils.’ Leaders are fulfilling the school’s aim to ‘Inspire every pupil’. Pupils are very well behaved and have positive attitudes to learning. They recognise the high-quality support that they receive from adults in the school. One pupil told me that, ‘adults do everything they can to help us’. Pupils are articulate, polite and well mannered. They listen well and respect other people’s ideas. Their attitudes to learning are extremely positive. Pupils enjoy their learning and talk about their determination to do as well as they can. Pupils say that they enjoy the very wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, currently over 50 clubs. These are varied and high quality'. 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. KTJ1

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