Play Leader

Cheadle Hulme Primary SchoolCheadle Hulme

Hours : Monday to Friday, 07:30 - 09:00 & 15:00 - 18:00 

*flexible patterns will be considered

The Laurus Trust is a highly successful and growing multi-academy trust in the North West of England, with Cheadle Hulme High School, the founder school, at its centre. Our vision is for everyone regardless of background or circumstance to be inspired, to thrive in all environments, to recognise what it takes to succeed, to set aspirational goals and to work hard to achieve them.

Cheadle Hulme Primary School as part of the Laurus Trust, is a hugely oversubscribed, non-selective, non-denominational, two form entry Free School with a maximum class size of 30 pupils

Our mission is to prepare our children for a world we know and a world yet to be discovered and we do this through a broad, balanced and memorable curriculum. Two Reception classes are added each academic year and we will become a 420-pupil primary school from Reception to Year Six in September 2024. The school also offers a first class Early Years nursery setting. Our pupils benefit from a purpose-built building with access to state-of-the-art facilities, overlooking Bruntwood Park.

Due to continued growth and success, the team is looking to appoint a pro-active and dedicated Play Leader. This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Laurus Trust family, and to play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of the Trust.

Main Responsibilities  

  • Assist the supervisor in providing a high quality, inclusive play and care centred service that meets the needs of children, young people and their families   
  • Support with the day to day organisation and operation of the club   
  • Assist the manager in day to day administration, record keeping and provision of snacks   
  • Support in the provision of a stimulating environment for the children and young people, ensuring play materials and equipment are properly used, maintained and stored, reporting any worn/ damaged materials to the manager.   
  • Supervise children and young people, organising/ preparing creative and appropriate play opportunities for the children, ensuring the play area is left in a clean and tidy condition at the end of each session.   
  • Ensure the safety of all children in the event of an emergency and administer first aid when necessary.   
  • Record and monitor the safe arrival and departure of children and young people.   
  • Work closely with parents in maintaining an open and inclusive working partnership which supports the development of their children.

Key Skills & Experience  

  • Experience of working with children aged 4 – 11 years, ideally within a similar role   
  • Ability to deliver play activities that children enjoy   
  • Ability to support the team and the manager to ensure the environment is safe and encourages play   
  • Sound educational background including GCSE’s in Maths and English (A*-C) or equivalent   
  • A L2 in Play Work or a relevant equivalent would be advantageous

Employee Benefits

We offer a wide range of employee benefits to all of our staff in return for their commitment to our schools, and to help contribute towards improving their well-being. These include:   

  • A Health and Wellbeing strategy including targeted Health Promotion Initiatives, Wellbeing App and a commitment to have a trained Mental Health First Aider in every school   
  • A proactive approach to flexible working – we are a family friendly organisation   
  • Subsidised nursey in Cheadle Hulme   
  • Children of Staff have priority in the admissions oversubscription process (subject to availability)   
  • Pension scheme with excellent employer contributions   
  • Enhanced Family Leave   
  • Staff development programme and investment in professional qualifications   
  • Subsidised Gym Membership   
  • Free Flu jabs

Core Behaviours

At the Laurus Trust, it is not just about what we do but also about how we do it. Our core behaviours detailed below provide guidance on the expectations we have of our staff. It is essential that any employee joining the Trust is able to demonstrate some or all of these behaviours on a regular/daily basis:  

  • Adaptable - Open to change, to be flexible  
  • Courageous - Willing to speak up, offer ideas, challenge the norm  
  • Hard Working - Strong work ethic, prepared to go the extra mile  
  • Inclusive - Treat others fairly and equally  
  • Engaged - Involved/absorbed in your work, participate at all times  
  • Value - Add value to your role, your team and the Trust  
  • Enquiring - Have an enquiring mind, curious, improve and find solutions  
  • Motivated - Pro-active, wanting to achieve goals, willingness to try, can do attitude  
  • Encouraging - Giving/offering support and confidence to others, working together  
  • Navigator - Providing guidance, leading when necessary  
  • Tenacious - Perseverance, never giving up, whatever it takes

Applying to the Laurus Trust

If you want to work in a highly ambitious and successful school, and have the passion and commitment to join us at an exciting time of continuous progression and growth, then we would like to hear from you.

For more information about The Laurus Trust, or for further information relating to the role and the School you’re applying to, please download the Candidate Information Pack or visit

Please note: an application form must be completed as CV’s will not be accepted. To complete an application form please click ‘Quick Apply’.

Disability Confident Committed

The Laurus Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities for all candidates. As a Disability Confident Committed Employer, we strongly encourage applications from all persons with a known disability, and we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview and given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities.

If you would prefer to request a manual application pack, or should you require any additional support in completing your application, please feel free to contact us on 0161 485 7201 or via e-mail at;

Closing Date: Monday 20th September 2021 at 9.00am

Interview Date: TBC

The Laurus Trust and its affiliated schools are committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.

We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across the school. This is in line with statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education and The Education Act 2002, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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