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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    15 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    14 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£22,366.00 Annually (FTE) NJC Grade A

[240118AR1] Mealtime Assistant job summary

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint a Mealtime Assistant to join the team at High Street Primary Academy as soon as possible.

Post: Mealtime Assistant

Location: High Street, Plymouth, PL1 3SJ

FTE Salary: NJC Grade A, £22,366 per annum, pro-rata

Actual Annual Salary: £4,034 per annum

Contract Type: Permanent, part time; term-time only (39 weeks per year)

Contract Hours: 7.5 hours per week; Monday to Friday

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a new member of staff to join our Midday Assistant Team, to work across all year groups at High Street Primary Academy. As a Trust, we endeavour to making lunchtimes a happy and safe environment.

About the successful candidate

You will need:

  • Understanding the needs of children
  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues and the issues surrounding the safety of children
  • Basic knowledge of first-aid
  • Oral communication skills required to exchange straightforward information with colleagues and pupils.

About the School

Our vision is clear; every child matters, every day. Every child at High Street Academy is supported to achieve their full potential - we work tirelessly and collaboratively as a team to offer all children the opportunity to meet their aspirations beyond expectations. Children enter school each morning excited to begin learning and pupils, staff and parents want High Street Primary to be the best that it can be.

High Street Primary recently formed a federation with Millbay Academy and we currently have approximately 210 pupils on Roll plus a nursery. In July 2023, OFSTED inspectors rated the school as ‘good’, praising the highly ambitious curriculum, the speed in which children gained the knowledge and skills they need, the support given to children to read confidently. Inclusion is a strength within the school; all pupils including those with SEND, make good progress. Pupils behaviour is good and we use our bespoke manners curriculum to encourage a warm and friendly ethos.

High Street is a small community school with approximately 120 children on roll from age two to age eleven. We work with external agencies and all stakeholders to ensure we offer our community the support and commitment they deserve. We have a wonderful team of teaching and non-teaching staff and we pride ourselves on the caring relationships we have built between all of the members of our ‘school family’.

About the Trust

Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education. We operate 17 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows.

Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them. We do this through the development of a talented and committed workforce. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Those we recruit are able to demonstrate that they share our values, are highly motivated to work with colleagues, within and beyond their school, to continuously develop their skills and pursue professional excellence.

Next Steps

If you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development and have any questions about the position, please get in touch by calling the Recruitment team on 07759365064 or emailing us at recruitment@reachsouth.org.

Closing date: for applications is Sunday 14th April 2024

Interview Date: Interviews are provisionally booked for the week commencing 22nd April 2024

To apply for this opportunity, please complete our online application form by clicking ‘apply now’ on the advert.

We reserve the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date. Therefore, an early application is strongly advised.

Opportunities and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities, access to our Employee Assistance Programme with many other benefits.

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring section of the application form before submitting.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About High Street Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
115 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

School location

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