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Learning Supervisor

Learning Supervisor

The Downs School

West Berkshire

Band F
Job type:
Part Time, Permanent
Apply by:
1 October 2017

Job overview

Learning Supervisor

The Downs School, West Berkshire

Closing Date:  2 October 2017

Proposed Start Date:  ASAP

Salary:  Band F (Band Range 21-26) Full time salary £20,138-£23,398 per annum to be pro-rata for part time hours and term time only (Hourly rate £10.44-£12.13)

Contract type:   Term Time and Part Time – 19.5 hours per week + 1 INSET day.

We are looking to recruit a confident and resourceful Learning Supervisor. You will work as part of an experienced and dedicated team and will be expected to cover lessons for teacher absences.  This will include issuing (not setting) work, managing behaviour, responding to students' general queries and ensuring students are working to their full potential, whilst keeping them on task.

The Downs School, a Foundation, 11-18 comprehensive school, is a successful and oversubscribed school, judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.  The roll is over 1200 with a well-established Sixth Form. Results at all levels are consistently above national averages and Ofsted described our students as having ‘excellent personal and social skills’ who ‘achieve well academically’. 

The Downs School has good road links to Newbury, Reading, Didcot and Oxford – situated just 5 minutes from the A34.

More information about the post and the school can be found on our web site or by contacting Mrs N Kenyon, Personnel Manager on 01635 270000 or

Please return your applications by 2 October 2017 to Mrs N Kenyon, Personnel Manager at the above address or e-mail 

The Downs School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check through the DBS and provide evidence that they have a right to work in the UK.

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About The Downs School

About The Downs School

The Downs School and Sixth Form is a co-educational, non-denominational school set in the heart of the West Berkshire Downs. We provide a balanced approach to the pursuit of excellence by offering an interesting, challenging and lively curriculum. Students gain academic, creative, sporting and social skills, both in and out of the classroom, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience for all. We also place a strong emphasis on the partnership between staff, students and parents and respect the trust placed upon us by parents who actively choose our school for their children.

Our Sixth Form is vibrant, welcoming, all-inclusive and purposeful. Staff, students and parents work together to create an environment in which our young people are supported to realise their full potential and achieve their personal goals.

We have a proven track record of success, and our 2021 results maintained our strong tradition of excellence, making us very proud of our students’ achievements. At GCSE, 89% of our students achieved grades A*-C, with 79% of students achieving A*- strong pass and 40% of students achieving grades A*-A. Our A Level results were equally as impressive, with 91% of students achieving A*-C grades, 72% % A*-B grades and 50% A*-A grades.

Values and vision

Our staff are committed to excellence and achievement at all levels and we develop our students into well-rounded young adults, able to venture into a rapidly changing world with confidence and determination. These principles are summed up in our school vision ‘Educating today’s young people for the world of tomorrow.’ Ofsted has judged us as outstanding in every category but we are not a school that wants to stand still. We know that there is always more  to do to ensure that every child’s educational experience is rich, character building and of the highest possible standard. We are striving to beyond outstanding through our philosophy of “Learning together, learning for life.”

We work in partnership with our students who contribute to the decision-making in the school, ensuring they feel valued and confident. Despite our size, we pride ourselves on our small school feel.

Beyond the classroom

Learning extends beyond the classroom to extra-curricular activities and trips, both within the UK and overseas. Lessons are brought to life through a wide range of educational trips; from visiting theatres in London and New York for our Performing Arts students, an annual Geography trip to Iceland and exchange visits for our language students to France. Our Sixth Form students often choose to join the bi-annual skiing trip and there is the opportunity to take part in a major expedition. Past expeditions have travelled to Ecuador, Norway and India.

We also offer other opportunities including inter-house sporting competitions and a variety of lunchtime and after school sport clubs. For those interested in dance, music or drama we offer a number of house competitions through the year and the opportunity to take part in our annual productions which have included Les Miserables and Billy Elliott. We also offer opportunities in debating, public speaking, creative writing and more.


“Students make very rapid progress across all year groups and in a wide range of subjects. The proportions of current Year 11 students making more than expected progress from Key Stage 2 in English and mathematics are very high. Together with students’ very high levels of attainment, this represents outstanding and sustained high achievement throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4."

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