Teaching Assistant - Early Years/Key Stage 1, Tonbridge, Kent

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Schools at SomerhillTonbridge, Kent

Date posted:
Start date: October, 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £9.50 per hour (£10.60 including holiday pay)
Contract term: Permanent

Full Time Early Years Teaching Assistant, Somerhill Pre-Prep

The Schools At Somerhill, is a thriving educational establishment of some 600 pupils based in a magnificent Jacobean mansion set in 150 acres of land on the outskirts of Tonbridge. We are looking to appoint a full time Early Years Teaching Assistant for Somerhill Pre-Prep for October, 2019. 

Somerhill Pre-Prep is one of the three Schools at Somerhill. It is a co-educational school, comprising of an Early Years department and Key Stage 1 department.  There are approximately 200 pupils, ranging in age from rising 3 to 7 years.  There are currently just over 30 full and part-time staff, including Learning Support Assistants and specialist teachers.  Somerhill Pre-Prep provides families the opportunity to start their child’s learning in a school environment prior to statutory school age.  Our Early Years department comprises of two Pre-School classes, offering a mixed age range environment for Rising 3 and Rising 4 year olds and three Reception classes.  There are three Year 1 and three Year 2 classes.  We are a mixed ability school and pride ourselves on developing each child to their full potential, both academically and socially.

Somerhill Pre-Prep is an IAPS school and the majority of our children continue their learning at one of the two Somerhill prep schools.  The boys can join Yardley Court, which currently has 250+ pupils, at Year 3 and they will stay until Year 6 (11+) or Year 8 (13+ Common Entrance).  The girls can join Derwent Lodge which currently has 135+ pupils aged 7 to 11 years. Overall, there are 600+ pupils here on site at Somerhill.  The schools are all based in a stunning Jacobean mansion set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. You will be hard-pressed to find a more glorious setting for a school!  Somerhill Pre-Prep classrooms are all located around a courtyard and this offers a secure setting for the children. Teaching and learning also takes place in the diverse outdoor environment surrounding the building.  As a result of a strong building programme over the last ten years, we also benefit from excellent facilities including: the SPP outdoor play area, Music Building and fantastic sports amenities.  More details of all three schools can be found on our website: www.somerhill.org.

All members of staff here at Somerhill contribute to a very busy Clubs and Activities programme that takes place both during lunchtimes and after school. Staff are welcome to offer any activity that will generate enthusiasm from our pupils.


Ours is a lively and happy staff room with 30+ supportive colleagues.  We welcome applications from men and women who can offer enthusiasm, energy, commitment, good humour and who will enjoy being part of a busy, happy and positive school.

Closing Date for Applications: Sunday, 22nd September, 2019

Interviews: Wednesday, 25th September, 2019

Start Date: October, 2019

Salary:  £9.50 per hour ( £10.60 including holiday pay)

Hours of work: Full Time 8.00am - 4.30pm (4 days per week) and 8.00pm - 6.00pm (1 day per week *agreed termly)

Reporting to: The Head of Somerhill Pre - Prep

More about The Schools at Somerhill
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 13 years
Address: Somerhill, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0NJ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1732 352 124
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There are three schools on one site, with separate preparatory schools for boys and girls (Yardley Court and Derwent Lodge), and a co-educational school for young children (Somerhill Pre-Prep), the Schools at Somerhill are unique in Kent. They are fo...