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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    23 April 2021 at 9:00 am

  • Date listed

    29 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Teacher, Suitable for NQTs
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Fixed term (One year or teachers return if earlier)
£25714 - £41604

Job summary

Want a great job in a great school in a great location?

We work hard here, but only on the things that make a difference: we don’t do meaningless paperwork; we don’t grade lessons or monitor your planning. Instead of marking we give feedback in lessons. We offer staff an enhanced PPA entitlement and a focus on maintaining a healthy work/life balance. We enjoy high standards of pupil behaviour and our pupils are intensely proud of their school. We are always trying to find smarter ways to do our work.

We only recruit people who are passionate about making a difference to children’s lives, people who challenge themselves to keep on improving. This means our working relationships can be relatively relaxed and informal. People love working here; we are warm, welcoming, positive, supportive and forward looking.

You will be joining a three form entry school with an inclusive ethos based in the sea side town of Weston-super-Mare. We work together to foster children who are compassionate, respectful, happy, tolerant, curious and collaborative as well as academically successful.

We are looking for a teacher who:

· Has a proven record of success as a class teacher and expertise in empowering children to make rapid progress.

· Demonstrates optimism about children and expect the highest possible standards

· Nurtures pupils’ emotional wellbeing

We offer you:

· Sensible and successful systems, based on research, with a commitment to reduce workload where ever possible

· An enhanced PPA offer

· A positive, warm and welcoming working environment

· Experienced, intelligent, lively colleagues

· Family-friendly working practices

· A fantastic location with great transport links

· A strong emphasis on professional learning and teacher development

· A commitment to evidence based practice

· Support and professional development opportunities alongside staff from our Trust family of schools

We don’t yet know the final class that you’ll be in, however, it’ll most likely be in Year 4.

Applying for the job

For further details and an application form please visit the school website

More on how to apply

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
627 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Ashcombe Primary School

Ashcombe Primary School is a thriving urban school with 630 pupils currently on roll, arranged in twenty one classes. Our pupils come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Currently 28% are eligible for pupil premium. We have approx 12.5% of pupils from non-White UK families. All of our seven year groups are currently full and we are a popular and over-subscribed school. There is a waiting list of families keen to place their children in the school and once again we were heavily over-subscribed for our bulk intake into the foundation stage for September 2019.

The school site is very spacious with excellent grounds. The main school building is newly built and opened in July 2013 comprising 12 spacious classrooms for Years 1 to 4, a library, a room used by breakfast & after-school club as well as large open learning spaces directly outside each classroom. Two other “permanent” blocks built in the early 1970’s house classroom for pupils in Years 5 & 6 as well as our spacious ICT suite, small music room and Gymnastics hall. In addition to this there is a purpose-built Children’s Centre on site providing three school classrooms for our Foundation Stage classes alongside a large nursery and home-base for Springboard.

We aim to educate and care for the whole child in line with our mission statement of “Achieve to Grow”. Successes are celebrated and any setbacks are seen as opportunities to learn (for staff and children). Our children come to us from a very diverse range of family situations. We aim to “Nurture, Value and Motivate” every one of them, often personalising school experiences for those with additional needs.

A new head teacher was appointed in 2017 and since then the school has been re-thinking and re-shaping its entire approach. We’ve implemented an effective behaviour management approach that focuses on strong relationships and are re-designing our curriculum using the REAL Projects principles and approach (more here: http://www.real-projects.org/). We’re also currently looking at the content of our curriculum in order to ensure our children leave us having acquired key knowledge that will allow them to achieve as highly as possible.

We’re also very interested in understanding how we can maximise the effectiveness of our teaching through an understanding of cognitive load theory and evidence based practice such as Barak Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’.

The school is developing very rapidly. There is a strong atmosphere of teamwork amongst all staff and governors. Teachers of all age groups plan collaboratively across the parallel classes. Parents are very supportive and standards of pupil behaviour are good. Our latest successful OFSTED inspection was during January 2013, when we were rated as good overall.

We work with six other local schools that together create the Kaleidoscope Multi Academy Trust. We work closely with our partner schools in a supportive and cooperative family.

For a flavour of what it might be like to work in our school we’d recommend you check out our Facebook page

Arranging a visit to Ashcombe Primary School

Visits to the school aren’t possible at the moment, however, John Clark, Headteacher, would be happy to chat with you on a video call and this can be arranged via the school office. If current restrictions later allow us, we’ll be happy to welcome you on site at that point to look around.

School location

Earlham Grove, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 3JW

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