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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    10 May 2021 at 10:00 am

  • Date listed

    28 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (Maternity Cover for 1 academic year)
Main Pay Scale

Job summary

Fordcombe is a small school with a big heart. We believe that children growing as individuals is as important as growing academically. All our pupils have the opportunity to lead at school as they move into Year 5 and 6: this is something that we are passionate about. As a staff, we believe that experiential learning is key to success: we arrange many trips, external visitors and are always embarking on themed days and weeks. We set high standards for ourselves and for those in our care. Fordcombe School is a family.

We are looking for a full time teacher to join our close-knit team to provide maternity cover for one year in our combined Year 1 / 2 class.

Teaching a mixed-age class can bring both exciting rewards and extend and enhance your practise. Our experienced team are ably positioned to support any applicant who is not yet familiar with a mixed age class.

The right person will have:

High expectations of themselves and the children in their care
Experience of supporting children at each stage of their individual and collective learning journey
A commitment to their own professional development and the development of others
An attitude that is definitely ‘can-do’ because life can be interesting when you try something new!

We can offer you:

Positive, professional and very supportive colleagues
The chance to work with our amazing, hard-working and enthusiastic pupils
Really supportive parent and community relationships
A vibrant and dynamic working environment
Great links with local schools through our partnerships wih the Sevenoaks Partnership of Schools, the Tenax Trust and the Kent Teaching School Hub.

Do you…

Enjoy teaching and the privilege of shaping young people's lives?
Have a desire to make a lasting difference to the young people in your care?
Enjoy working within a rural setting with a supportive and close-knit community?

If so, this could be the ideal opportunity for you!

This post is for a September start and we welcome applications from NQTs and can offer support from an experienced school-based NQT mentor, as well as good links with other teachers in similar positions throughout the Tenax Trust of Schools. Visits to the school are highly recommended. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th May.

For more information about Fordcombe School, please visit http://www.fordcombe.kent.sch.uk/

To discuss the role and to arrange a visit, please contact Chris Blackburn – 01892 740224.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We are also committed to safeguarding those in our care – the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check and will be subject to thorough background checks.

Applying for the job

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, Church of England
Education phase
School size
99 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Fordcombe Church of England Primary School

We are a small, half-form entry primary school situated in the beautiful Kent countryside. The school hall is in the Victorian part of the building and most of the classrooms are in a newer purpose built extension. We have a great library space as we believe all children should have the opportunity to read widely and be reading for pleasure. We are small team that believes we should be doing ‘big school things’. Beyond the core curriculum, our current focus is music, French, PE and developing teacher expertise in computing. The focus has changed and evolved as each new member of staff has joined us bringing with them different passions and skills. We share our high academic expectations with all our staff, parents and young people: we work hard as a group so that all pupils achieve well. More than this, we believe a primary school should be a place where children start to learn who they are, start to learn who they want to be and start to learn how they are going to live their lives.

Arranging a visit to Fordcombe Church of England Primary School

Visits to the school are welcomed. Please contact the school office on 01892 740224.

School location

The Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0RY

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