Early Years Class Teacher (Reception), Saffron Walden, Essex

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Dame Bradbury's SchoolSaffron Walden, Essex

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Start date: 06/09/2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The Stephen Perse Foundation has its own competitive salary scale. Remuneration will be in accordance with candidate experience.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, both students and staff, achieves and makes a contribution every day.

For us, our examination results, brilliant as they are, are not an end in themselves. Instead, they are a small part of a much broader process and experience. That process is all about added value, something we offer and look for in staff as much as in students. It is something in which every journey both begins with and is built around the individual.

A global outlook, a focus on pedagogy, a ground-breaking commitment to digital learning and an emphasis on inspirational learning environments make us different. More than that, our policy of 'looking beyond' underpins education here. Co-curricular learning is integral to what we do, where opportunity and excellence are valued and encouraged.

Our community, led by the Principal, Miss Tricia Kelleher, is made up of a family of six different schools, each with its own Head, comprising 1,100 boys and girls aged 3 to 18, around 150 teaching staff and 145 support staff.

With an Exceptional ISI Inspection report in 2014 and Independent School of the Year 2014/5, we have much to be proud about.

However, we know that education in the twenty-first century is as much about looking forward as looking back. We have just completed a pioneering redevelopment plan, which includes a five-storey sports and learning centre in the heart of Cambridge. We have also admitted boys right through the Foundation, with a diamond formation for learning for both boys and girls in the Senior School. It’s a twenty first century vision of single-sex education that we believe is right for the future.

Responsible to: Head of School

Location: Dame Bradbury’s

About the Pre-Preps

There are three pre Prep Sites in the Foundation. One in the idyllic rural setting of Madingley and the other in Cambridge City centre and one in Saffron Walden. The post advertised is in our Saffron Walden school in the heart of the market town. Here you will find eight classes of Pre-Prep children aged rising three 3 to 7 years as well as nine classes of Key Stage 2 pupils.

We are looking for someone to join this close knit team with small classes and teaching assistants in every class. We are ideally looking for someone with experience teaching in the Early Years who can join our Early Years team and bring new ideas and practice to our staff. Parental relationships are key to supporting learning so teachers are available from 0800 and Early Years children can come into Kindergarten Early Stay  from 0800.

As a staff of reflective practitioners we are always looking for ways to improve and develop our learning environments, lessons and pedagogy to make the best school for our learners. Do look at the person specification for further desirable qualities but if you like the sound of us then always apply as we are open to different strengths and happy to support professional development. Our website will also give you a great feel for who we are and what we believe in or come and visit us to see for yourself.

Your Role as a Teacher:

At the Stephen Perse Foundation everyone is a learner. While our students enjoy the benefits of a creative, innovative learning environment, our teachers strive to inspire and engage through using a wide range of pedagogical approaches.

We want every teacher to offer the very best in teaching and learning to our students and this will inevitably, and perhaps even increasingly, involve the digital world.

As digitally-connected pioneers of technology in education we were one of the first Apple Distinguished Schools in the UK. We are iPad 1-to-1 from 11 to 18 and our Junior Schools and Pre-Preps have class sets. Our students use iPads as ‘virtual satchels’ and through technology we are unlocking new ways to learn, connect, collaborate and innovate.

You don’t need to be a fluent or confident user of technology before you start working with us, but we will want you to have an agile and ambitious mind-set that is open to adopting new techniques.

Training and support is offered on a regular basis as part of formal and informal CPD and is focused on student learning.

Role Description

To promote effective learning, appropriate achievement and educational, social and personal progress of all pupils for Early Years pupils, consistent with the aims of the school and the unique needs of each individual.

Please see the attached Job Description for more details.

We are unable to accept CVs as a method of application, please click the Apply Now button below to proceed via our recruitment portal. 

The Stephen Perse Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 



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More about Dame Bradbury's School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2AL, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1799 522348
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We are the Stephen Perse Foundation. Extraordinary things happen here every day.

The Stephen Perse Foundation is inspiring. It is a community in which everyone, staff or student, achieves and makes a contribution every day. 

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