This job expired on 27 September 2021

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    27 September 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    14 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Teaching assistant
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Term time
29 hours per week, 39 weeks per year, term time plus 5 non-pupil days
Contract type
£18,933 to £19,698

Job summary

Learning Support Assistants Level 2
Salary Grade C (Points 4 - 6)
£18,933 - £19,698 pro rata 1130 hours per annum
1 permanent post and 1 fixed term post for 2 years

GTS is looking to appoint Level 2 Learning Support Assistants to start as soon as possible. We have a permanent post and a fixed term post for 2 years.

The ability to communicate clearly, adaptability to meet a wide variety of situations, a sense of humour and a genuine desire to support and motivate young people in their learning, and an interest in supporting the social, emotional and mental health needs of young people, are all essential for this post. A good all-round education and proficiency in literacy, numeracy and ICT are also required.

Please download an application pack and application form from the school website. Alternatively, contact the Headteacher’s PA, Jo Pateman, by phone on 01805 623531 Ext 230 or email for a pack.

Closing Date: Monday 27th September 2021 at 9am
Interview Date: Tuesday 5th October 2021

Great Torrington School is a successful and popular 11-16 school. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check. We are an equal opportunities employer.

GTS Academy Trust, known as Great Torrington School. A company limited by guarantee,
registered in England and Wales, number 7698197. An exempt charity.
Registered Office: Great Torrington School, Calvesford Road, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 7DJ

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Supporting documents

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School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
804 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
01805 623531

About Great Torrington School

At GTS our ethos is to ensure that all pupils are able to make outstanding progress in their learning and personal development in their 5 years with us. We will look at each cohort as they join GTS and evaluate the best learning pathway for all the pupils.

All the staff at GTS want our pupils to: Have their Dreams, Believe in themselves and Achieve.

We have actively developed our curriculum over a number of years. Changes have been driven by our determination to deliver courses according to our pupils’ learning needs, both now and in the future. We do not necessarily follow what appears to be in fashion or run courses to boost our exam statistics. We do what is best for our pupils’ future.

Sport and Applied Learning specialisms have made a significant contribution to the success of the school. Pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sporting activities from traditional team games to exciting and demanding outdoor pursuits such as climbing and surfing. Vocational courses focus on equipping our young people with life skills for the world of work. The Employers Forum meet termly so that what is learnt in the classroom is experienced by the pupils in local businesses through visits and work placements.

At GTS we are not just about exam results. We offer our pupils opportunities and experiences from which they gain the very best qualifications, skills, personal qualities, a passion for learning and a belief in themselves. Pupils visit our partner school in Azezo, Ethiopia and more are planning to embark on an expedition to Morocco; we really do want our pupils to be ready for the wider world.

Pupils at GTS are inspired to follow their dreams whether it is on the sports field, on the moors or in the classroom and we are always proud to hear what so many of them go on to do having started them on their journey. In the past few years we have seen: County champions within the sporting arena; a National Athletics champion; a pupil who went on to be selected as one of the seven British Colleges Sport ambassadors that travelled to India to build on the legacy of the recent Commonwealth Games. The GTS “Streetz Dance Crew” was ranked in the top 12 in recent World championships with a duo coming second!

Every year large numbers of pupils start out on the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) programme with a significant proportion going on to complete the Gold Award. Inspired by the challenges of the Ten Tors and D of E pupils have travelled far and wide, with pupils involved in the Tall Ships Race, teaching in China, climbing Mount Blanc. Many return to lead the D of E programme to ensure a legacy of adventure and opportunity.

We start offering these opportunities long before they actually join us through our excellent range of clubs and activities available throughout the year and during the holidays. Our Transition Week – for Year 6 - in July consists of time spent in GTS along with two-and-a-half days spent with their primary school teachers and GTS staff, surfing, dangling off ropes and camping in the summer rain. It’s the start of building those relationships that will be key for the next five years.

School Values
The core purpose of Great Torrington School is to create an inclusive community of successful learners. This is achieved through the following values:

Resilience - To give meaning and enjoyment to the pupils’ present learning experience and to encourage self-motivation, resilience and a passion for learning.

Health - We encourage all pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle through the many activities offered at GTS.

Opportunity - To provide equal opportunities for development for all members of the school community that will develop their skills and personal qualities.

Responsibility - To prepare pupils to be responsible citizens within the community and to give them the flexibility and skills to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.

Respect - To enable pupils to establish social and personal relationships based on respect, understanding and co-operation.

Relationships - It is important our pupils learn how to show tolerance and care towards others and develop the ability to create and sustain healthy relationships throughout their lives.

Arranging a visit to Great Torrington School

Please contact the Head's PA, Joanna Pateman, on 01805 623531 if you wish to arrange a visit to the school

School location

Calvesford Road, Torrington, Devon, EX38 7DJ

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