Class Teacher - KS2, Kent

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Paddock Wood Primary AcademyKent

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main Teacher Payscale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

About the role: Are you looking for a new teaching role? Paddock Wood Primary Academy has an exciting Key Stage 2 Class Teacher opportunity to share with you! We are looking to appoint on a permanent, full time basis from September 2020. In joining our vibrant and thriving school, you will contribute your energy and vision to drive the academy to achieve its full potential. Key Stage 2 experience is desirable, but you will receive the support and guidance you need to not only develop the school but also your own career within the supportive environment of the Trust.

The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to make a full contribution to their Key Stage, curriculum development and staff teams. We welcome applications from newly qualified teachers, and those with more experience. In return, we will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to develop their career.

What we will expect of you:

We will expect you to successfully plan and deliver outstanding lessons on a daily basis that significantly advance each childs’ development. We anticipate you will achieve this by being organised, caring and enthusiastic in everything you do.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will also be expected to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You will also be expected to undertake regular self development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation. Each and every member of staff, regardless of their position or seniority, is expected to participate in the overall running of the school and to act as a positive role model for our students. In and out of the classroom you will encourage and promote positive behaviour and effectively manage any situation that threatens to impact on the progress of other students. 

As an employee of Leigh Academies Trust you will be expected to understand and to adhere with Academy and Trust wide policies as well as suggest improvements where necessary. One thing you will never do is compromise on the safety of our students or fail to act on any safeguarding issue that you encounter. As part of one of the most successful multi-academy Trusts in the UK it goes without saying that we will expect you to go above and beyond the call of duty from time to time and undertake any other reasonable duties necessary to achieve our vision and goals.

If you have any queries regarding any aspect of the application process or need additional information about the role, please contact the Talent Team on 01634 412 240 or talent@latrust.org.uk.  We warmly invite you to come and visit either or both academies to experience the culture, ethos and expectations of our schools for yourself. Please contact Lisa King to make an appointment - lisa.king@latrust.org.uk

Paddock Wood Primary Academy is a comparatively large school (22 classes/600+ pupils), set in the town of Paddock Wood in the Kent countryside. It is a thriving and engaging three-form entry school in the heart of West Kent. Our ethos encapsulates high standards and expectations, excellent learning and teaching, and the positive wellbeing of our pupils and colleagues. We have a strong and committed teaching team which is widely respected and supported by our academy community. Our teachers vary in experience from Newly Qualified to 30+ years, and each brings something valuable to share, and a passion to learn. Our staff team totals 67 (32 teachers, 18 teaching assistants and 17 others) and we have a lot to offer new colleagues, in terms of sharing experience and opportunities, and professional development and training.

We directly employ our own SEN department, comprising Numbers Count and Reading Recovery teachers, specialist Teaching Assistants, and our highly-skilled Inclusion Manager. Our wide curriculum is supported by specialist teachers of music, French, PE, computing and outdoor education. Some features that help us stand out from other schools are that all of our pupils learn French, learn other subjects in French and leave us conversant in the language, pupils leave us with a strong understanding and appreciation of music and sporting skills and that we embed independence, stamina and considered risk into children’s learning, for example through EYFS and KS1 team games and initiative exercises, Year 3 outdoor/forest skills, Y4 mountain biking, Year 5 caving and kayaking, and Year 6 skiing/snow-boarding. We have our own school minibuses and we very frequently take children out into the local area and into central London, as well as taking Year 5 pupils to the Brecon Beacons and Year 6 pupils to Paris. We have a strong regard for extra-curricular learning and a healthy catalogue of sporting and other successes and awards. 

Our school is very well regarded, and as well as serving our local community we have a number of pupils (and staff!) who travel some distance to be with us every day. Our academy benefits from significant parent and community support, but we are not complacent - we are committed, hard-working and welcoming. Our children are delightful; calm, focused and very eager to learn.

Working with Leigh Academies Trust: As of September 2019, our Trust is comprised of 25 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 13 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open between September 2020-2021.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. 

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Diversity is at our core: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. 

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

Recruitment and hiring during COVID-19:  Despite the challenges we face, recruitment and hiring will continue for all Leigh Academies Trust vacancies with as little disruption as possible over the coming weeks and months.  This is for all senior, teaching and support staff appointments.  Applications will still be reviewed and interviews conducted in a timely manner, although interview activities may vary.  We will still conduct face to face interviews where possible, and will abide by social distancing protocols such as no hand-shaking, using large meeting rooms, etc.  Candidates will be given the option to interview via online video if you cannot attend in person - this can be discussed if your application is shortlisted.  If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the LAT Talent Team - talent@latrust.org.uk.



More about Paddock Wood Primary Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Old Kent Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6JE, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1892 833654
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