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Prep School Teacher, Key Stage 1

Rye St Antony SchoolOxford

As a Key Stage 1 Teacher, working as Reception Class Teacher in 2020-2021, you will have particular responsibility for the teaching and delivery of the EYFS curriculum and will liaise with the Nursery Manager and Year 1 teacher to ensure continuity of learning through the Early Years Foundation Stage to the completion of Key Stage 1.  You will work closely with the Leads of the Prep School and the Academic and Pastoral Deputy Heads of the School.

All members of staff are expected to

  • Uphold the school’s Christian and Catholic values to nurture individuals in a kind, caring and educationally stimulating environment.
  • Teach and take full responsibility for a class, and provide an academic and pastoral overview of each pupil
  • Perform duties at break, lunch and after school as directed by the Deputy Heads and Prep School Leads
  • Commit fully to the Activities Programme by running at least two clubs a year and promote these to increase engagement of pupils and ensure they benefit from an exciting and full school life
  • Buy into and take an active role in the pastoral programme in school to support and develop the wellbeing of each pupil
  • Be actively supportive of the procedure for recruitment and retention of pupils, attending Open Events and being involved in activities to market the school
  • Attend all INSET days and commit to the Performance and Professional Development programme at Rye by fulfilling all CPD obligations

Learning and Teaching

Staff are accountable for the quality of learning in their lessons and they are responsible for:

  • Developing a love of and curiosity for learning in all pupils
  • Planning and preparing lessons that engage, challenge and promote aspirations
  • Ensuring appropriate resources are well-maintained, updated and available to all pupils
  • Annually updating schemes of work to ensure they are robust and challenging while meeting the needs of all individuals
  • Setting and marking classwork, prep, and examination scripts
  • Assessing and recording the development, progress, and achievement of their pupils and  reporting on these
  • Encouraging and challenging pupils of all levels of ability
  • The general welfare and individual needs of pupils in their class
  • Liaising with the SENCO and Learning Support Department to ensure strategies for individual pupils are employed at all times and a consistency in approach is achieved
  • Class management in order to maintain good order and behaviour in lessons and tidiness in classrooms
  • Maintaining an attractive, stimulating and welcoming classroom environment
  • Creating lively displays and ensuring that every child’s output is valued and represented
  • Health and Safety in their classrooms as detailed in the School’s Health and Safety Policy and Classroom Environment Statement
  • Developing a proactive, positive and professional relationship with parents and guardians
  • Attending Parents’ Meetings, writing reports and analysing assessment data for individual pupils.


All teaching staff undertake a pastoral role in the school whether as Form Tutor, Head of House, or Auxiliary Tutor.  All teachers are responsible for:

  • The use of the Development/Form Time including registration and administration
  • Maintaining an up-to-date working knowledge of safeguarding practices and reporting all  concerns through the appropriate channels in school and locally
  • Attending assemblies with the form group and overseeing the organisation of the form  assembly
  • Participating in the school’s assembly rota and delivering assemblies that uphold the school’s Christian and Catholic values
  • Co-ordinating information on the academic, extra-curricular and pastoral programme of pupils in their care and liaising with subject teachers, Heads of Department, the Chaplain, Activities Co-ordinator and Senior Leads as appropriate, keeping records and ensuring the central pupil files are always up-to-date
  • Encouraging the engagement of pupils in the Activities Programme and supporting the Activities Co-Ordinator in the uptake of this.
  • Attending Parents’ Meetings, arranging individual meetings with parents as necessary, and putting records of individual meetings on the central pupil files
  • Attending Tutor Meetings as appropriate with the Deputy Heads or Prep School Leads
  • The condition of the form and or teaching room and appropriate displays in it

Whole School

  • Setting an excellent example to all pupils and maintaining high professional standards at all times
  • Maintaining and promoting the reputation of the school
  • Providing cover for absent colleagues
  • Participating actively in the rota of duties
  • Maintaining high standards of pupil behaviour and discipline at all times
  • Invigilating internal and public examinations as appropriate
  • Setting, marking and invigilating Entrance Exams, meeting with prospective and current parents to promote the school and discuss the curriculum and approach to learning

Marketing and external links, including public occasions

All staff are expected to contribute to the positive promotion and marketing of the school in the local and wider community, where possible, by

  • Actively participating in educational outreach and promoting the key stage, phase or department within the school community to encourage pupils’ interest in the subject area or school
  • Promoting the whole school in a variety of different contexts, including attending marketing events where appropriate, and in interactions with parents and prospective parents and pupils

Extra-Curricular Activities

All staff play an active role in extra-curricular activities and are responsible for:

  • Leading two clubs a year
  • The administration of the activity including co-ordination of dates with the Deputy Heads
  • Ensuring that all safety requirements are met and proper procedures are followed in conjunction with the EVC co-ordinator and the Bursar
  • Ensuring that all pupils are able to contribute to and benefit from the activity

It should be noted that the above list of duties is not an exhaustive statement of the responsibilities of the post.  It is intended to give an overall view of the position and should be taken as guidance only.

How to apply

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be addressed to the Head, Miss Joanne Croft, and sent by email to the  Human Resources Manager, Ms Ellen Phelips ( Applications will be accepted only from candidates who have completed the application form in full.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 26 January 2021 and interviews will be held on  Wednesday 3 February 2021.


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

Candidates 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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