Deadline is tomorrow

  • Start date details

    Easter Term

  • Closing date

    23 March 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 March 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term - 18 months

Actual salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for individuals who have a passion for education and development of children. You will be committed to ensuring every individual child receives the care, support and guidance they need to thrive and be the best they can be. We’re also looking for the following:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive and caring nature
  • Ability to stay calm when faced with challenging behaviour
  • Great team player
  • Passion to ensure every child achieves their full potential.

What the school offers its staff

Why choose us?

The SEND team is located in ‘the Link’ at the heart of the school and provides a safe haven for our students with special educational needs and disabilities. Our moto is ‘work hard and be nice to people’ and the school was recently described by Ofsted as a ‘friendly and happy place’ (2020). We are genuinely committed to our students and our staff, and we do everything we can to ensure every child receives the care and guidance they need to thrive.

What can we offer you?

  • Free parking and good transport linkswith easy access from Hull, Beverley, Bridlington and Scarborough and surrounding villages
  • Family friendly policiesand opportunities for flexible working
  • Opportunities to engage with extra-curricular activitiesincluding drama, music and PE
  • A programme of training and developmentand opportunities to train to be a teacher with theYorkshire Wolds Teacher Trainingshould you be interested
  • Well-being support includingdiscounted East Riding gym membership; free annual flu vaccinations; refund of the cost of the annual NHS prescription prepayment certificate; access to a free employee assistance scheme 24/7 with advice on a wide range of practical issues ranging from legal information and consumer issues to specialist counselling.
  • Financial incentives includinga cycle to work scheme offering discounted bike purchase, affordable loans and savings available through theSalary Finance Scheme
  • Membership of theEast Riding Pension Schemewith benefits including secure earnings linked pension and a lump sum death grant of three times your salary

Further details about the role

As an Apprentice Teaching Assistant in our school, you will join our hardworking and supportive SEND team. Each day you will provide individual support to our students, creating opportunities to help them reach their potential in a wide range of different year groups and subject areas, ranging from music and drama to PE and Science. As this is an apprentice position, you will be supported on an 18 month apprenticeship programme both on and off the job. For further information about the programme which is through Ebor Academy trust, please access the supporting documents section.

You should ideally have 3-5 GCSE qualifications or Level 2 equivalent, including Maths and English. If you do not have English and Maths qualifications at this level, we then ask that you commit to obtaining them before completion of their apprenticeship. Support will be provided for you with this.

The working hours are from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday during the school term. An additional 13 hours per year ensure you have paid time for team meetings, training and development. Your actual salary is £15,622 per annum, and this is paid in 12 equal instalments over the year so even when it is the summer holidays, you continue to receive the same payment that month. This role is fixed term for 18 months which is the anticipated length of the apprenticeship programme. If you are interested in working on a part time basis, please get in touch and we are happy to explore this further with you.

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About Driffield School and Sixth Form

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1361 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01377 232362

About Driffield School & Sixth Form Forward by Vicky Loftus (Headteacher) Thank you for your interest in working at Driffield School and Sixth Form. I hope that, after reading the information provided, you will feel not only encouraged to apply, but excited by the opportunities that Driffield has to offer. I have been a Senior Leader within The Education Alliance since 2013 and before moving to Driffield School’s senior team, I was a Trust Director working across the secondary schools within the trust. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to work with colleagues and students in Driffield and instantly felt a connection with the school and its community. In spring 2018, I moved to the school’s senior team full time so that I could be a key stakeholder in driving forward the school’s success. I was Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum and Standards, working very closely with Subject Leaders to develop curriculum and standards of teaching, before being appointed Headteacher in 2022. Driffield has the perfect comprehensive mix of students; they are a pleasure to teach and are our greatest asset. Many want to stay onto our Sixth Form due to its superb reputation. The number of students securing their first choice of university remains well above national average and we have many students who secure places at Russell group universities. I have no doubt that Driffield School will be an outstanding school, but this is not the driver for myself, our governors or staff. We want to provide a great education for every young person in our local area and this is our motivation. I have extremely high expectations of myself, staff and students. However, staff well-being is of utmost importance to us and everything we do is underpinned by our ‘Workload Charter’. At Driffield School and Sixth Form, we are extremely passionate about improving the life chances of our young people and we want all of our students to leave us with the best possible outcomes, a wide range of memorable experiences and an abundance of positive memories. I am proud to be the Headteacher leading the school through the next stage of its exciting journey and feel very lucky to lead a school with such amazing staff and students. Driffield offers a great opportunity for colleagues who are passionate about making a difference in an improving school and a supportive organisation. I would strongly encourage visits to the school. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Sue Lord, the school’s HR Manager at or by telephone on 01377 253631. This is undoubtedly an exciting time to join Driffield School & Sixth Form and the Education Alliance. We very much look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in our school. About Driffield School & Sixth Form We are an 11-19 Comprehensive School with approximately 1,500 students on roll. We are part of The Education Alliance, a growing multi-academy trust, currently consisting of South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College, Malet Lambert School, Driffield School and Sixth Form, The Snaith School, Hunsley Primary School, North Cave Church of England Primary School, Howden Junior School and Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training. We are here to make great schools and happier, stronger communities so that people have better lives. We do this by always doing what is right, trusting each other and standing shoulder to shoulder and doing what we know makes the difference. Doing what is right means always acting with integrity, in the interests of others and being honest, open and transparent. Driffield School and Sixth Form is a friendly and supportive school and we do everything we can to ensure that every individual child receives the care, support and guidance they need to thrive and be the best they can be. Our fantastic team of hardworking and caring staff are fundamental to this success and we invest heavily in professional development to enable our staff to flourish, continually develop and access in-house career opportunities. We have a long tradition of being an inclusive and supportive school and our aim is for all students and staff to enjoy learning, experience success and develop their full potential. Our Be Well Programme was introduced in September 2019 and provides a comprehensive package of well-being and mental health support for all our students, parents/caregivers and staff. Further details are available in the general details section below. Staff, governors, students and members of the community have worked together to create a new vision of the key qualities and values they would like to see in the school: Believe ● Achieve A proud and confident community: achieving success through trust and respectful relationships. As this dynamic new vision statement illustrates, it is an exciting time for the school which has enormous potential. The hard work of staff and students has resulted in a record number of the highest grades at Driffield School and Sixth Form in 2019. At A Level, 48% of our students achieved A* to B grades (a 14% increase on the previous year) and 78% A* to C grades. We are really proud of our students' efforts and achievements and this year saw a wonderful set of results for students who can now move successfully into employment, apprenticeships and further study in Higher Education after a 99.4% pass rate. The majority of our students gained their first choice of university with a high proportion securing a place at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities. A record number of students have also successfully graduated from our MEDSOC programme, securing a place to study medicine at university. At GCSE level in 2019, a record number of students achieved the highest grades. Our basics measure has improved for the fourth year running with 66% of students achieving at least a standard pass in both English and Maths and 43% achieving a strong pass or above in English and Maths. The number of students achieving grades 7 and above has doubled over the last two years. Over 50 grade 9s were awarded to students at Driffield School, putting them in the top 3% in the country. Our facilities have been designed to ensure the environment promotes learning and these include a purpose built Art and Technology building and a state of the art Performing Arts block. A £1.2 million investment has recently been completed to update the school’s North Building and the energy efficiencies this will create will be reinvested into teaching and learning. All our facilities are actively used by the local community outside school hours. We also have access to the East Riding Leisure Centre which is adjacent to the school site and is equipped with the latest fitness equipment for the benefit of staff and students. The school is also able to use residential facilities at Spiers Bank House, an ex-forestry commission house located near Pickering in the North York Moors. This provides a fantastic resource for the development of students’ outdoor experiences as well as personal development. Our school prospectus can be accessed here. Driffield is at the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds and has recently been named by The Times as one of the best places to live in the North of England. We are proud of our school and welcome the opportunity to show prospective staff who are interested in any current vacancies around the site.

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