Archbishop Runcie CE (VA) First School, Christon Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 1US

Support Assistant Higher Level + After School Club Assistant

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time - term time plus specified days

£28,371 - £31,099 per annum pro rata, actual £21,182- £23,219 per annum + £20,441 per annum pro rata, actual £4,696 per annum*

This is a Voluntary Aided School; the employer will be the Governing body of the School.

Archbishop Runcie Church of England (VA) First School

Christon Road


Newcastle upon Tyne


Tel: 0191 285 2663

*This post attracts a Living Wage supplement. In addition to the hourly rate, this post will receive the Living Wage supplement to bring the hourly rate up to a minimum of £10.90 an hour.*

Support Assistant Higher Level

£28,371 - £31,099 per annum pro rata, actual £21,182- £23,219 per annum

32.5 hours per week term time plus 3 training days as confirmed by the school (8:30am - 3:30pm)


After School Club Assistant

£20,441 per annum pro rata, actual £4,696 per annum*

10 hours per week, term time plus 3 training days (Monday - Friday 3:30 pm - 5.30 pm)

Fixed Term Appointments to 19 July 2024

Required for 17 April 2023 or sooner

The Governors of Archbishop Runcie Church of England VA First School wish to appoint a Support Assistant Higher Level to teach across the school (from Nursery to Year 4). This post is will initially be fixed term due to the current postholder seeking a teaching post.

The post holder will be expected to cover lessons, supervise classes during the absence of the class teacher and will be expected to work with and supervise small groups of children under the guidance of teaching staff. This will include implementing programmes, managing behaviour positively and assisting pupils in relevant activities in line with the school’s policies and procedures.

We are a welcoming church school with happy, highly motivated children. We have exceptional expectations of ourselves and the children. Parents are highly engaged with the school’s work. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a genuinely loving and caring school. We are looking for staff who care deeply and are passionate for children and their learning, who can build very strong relationships with pupils and their families, and who are willing to go the extra mile to make a difference to our local community.

The successful candidates will:

* have experience of supporting learning in all Key Stages within the first school age range

* have a passion for creating a calm and purposeful learning environment

* have experience of delivering group learning sessions, including phonics

* have successful, recent experience of supporting teaching and assessing learning

* work positively with parents and families and be willing to participate in all aspects of school life

* have high expectations of children's achievements and behaviour

* be flexible and work collaboratively and successfully as team members

* support the vision and Christian ethos of the school

* be innovative, creative and imaginative

* have a passion for working with children with additional needs, with good knowledge of best practice

As a small school, we work very closely together so being a ‘team player’ is essential and an open and honest approach is vital. Because of our broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum, strong subject knowledge is also crucial. This post will be to work within the first school age range.

It would be advantageous to have experience of teaching Read, Write Inc Phonics as well as have had paediatric first aider training (or be willing to undertake this training).

This post is suitable for experienced HLTAs and/or someone with a good level of qualification. The postholder will be expected to be flexible and work additional hours to meet the needs of the school where required.

The successful candidate will set high standards for themselves, the school and our children. S/he will have a positive outlook and will be excited at the prospect of working as part of a small team where everyone “mucks in”.

Application packs can be downloaded from the school website Completed applications should be accompanied by a covering letter and sent electronically FAO Mrs Massey, Head Teacher, via email ( CVs will not be accepted.

Archbishop Runcie CE (VA) First School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children; we expect all staff and volunteers to share this firm commitment. As such, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken alongside other relevant employment checks deemed appropriate.

Longlisted candidates will be asked to submit a short recorded task. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to undertake a range of tasks and a formal interview on Friday 3rd March 2023.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. We look forward to receiving your applications.

Closing Date: 27 February 2023

Fixed Term

Closing date:

27 February 2023

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