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  • Start date details

    2nd September 2024

  • Closing date

    23 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    10 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£22,366.00 - £22,366.00 Annually (FTE) NJC Grade A Point 2

[240606] Mealtime Assistant job summary

Drake Primary Academy,Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint a Mealtime Assistant to join the School from September 2024.

Post: Mealtime Assistant

Location: Drake Primary Academy, Plymouth, PL2 2EN

FTE Salary Range: NJC Grade A Point 2, £22,366 per annum pro rata

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

Contract Hours: 6.25 hours per week, Monday to Friday

About the role

Responsible for:Ensuring the smooth running of the lunch service and supervision of the children during their lunch time

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To be responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of pupils during lunchtime.
  • Supervise children in designated area, other than playground, during wet weather.
  • Comply with policies and procedures relating to Child Protection, Code of Conduct, Confidentiality and Data protection.
  • Organise play equipment as necessary.
  • Follow the academy’s behaviour policy and playtime procedures.
  • Undertake playground duty, supervising by circulating amongst children.
  • Attend to minor accidents and record any accidents in the accident book.
  • Report to Headteacher any untoward circumstances.
  • Assist Headteacher as required in order to care for the safety and wellbeing of children and report any concerns or incidents of poor behaviour either to their class teacher or a senior leader if required.
  • To be responsible for co-ordinating play for pupils as directed.
  • Report any concerns over the welfare of pupils to a member of the academy’s child protection team

Hot Meals and Packed Lunches

  • Encourage good table manners and orderly behaviour in dining room / sport hall.
  • See that drinks are provided and assist in pouring drinks for young children.
  • Assist young children in handling knives and forks, and if necessary cut up their food.
  • Encourage children to eat the meal provided and encourage them in avoidance of waste.
  • Assist young children to choose a balanced meal.
  • Supervise the orderly return of empties to a given point.
  • Wipe down tables between sittings.
  • Clean up spillage of food, water or sickness in dining area during the service of the meal.

About the successful candidate

You will be responsible for your own health and safety, that of your colleagues and members of the public who may be affected by your work activities. Undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required by the Headteacher.

About the School

Drake Primary Academy finds itself at an exciting time as we continue to develop our curriculum to achieve the best possible outcomes for children. We have dedicated staff and our children love learning. We are a forward-thinking school that has an exciting values led curriculum.

We pride ourselves on being a warm and friendly school that welcomes visitors and actively encourages a partnership with parents. The school received a GOOD from its September 2021 OFSTED inspection. Ofsted noted that 'staff go the extra mile to help pupils- whenever they need it.'

We strive to provide a high quality creative and engaging education within a caring and happy environment where our children thrive. We believe that education is a lifelong process and that whatever children learn here with us will from the building blocks for the rest of their lives.

We can offer you:

  • A hardworking but caring environment where the children thrive.
  • Working with children who have a desire to learn and do well.
  • Providing you with the opportunity to work alongside other members of the school, our partner school Morice Town Primary and the wider trust staff.
  • Access to Reach South Multi Academy Trust’s high quality continuous professional development programme.

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, 23rd June 2024

Interview Date: Interviews are provisionally booked for Monday, 1st July 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 Drake Primary Academy

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
178 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

School location

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