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Year 2 Classteacher (Maternity leave)

Ashcombe Primary School, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

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

Ashcombe Primary School calling! A great job opportunity awaits!
We’re recruiting for a class teacher maternity cover in a Year 2 class to start from Monday 24th May 2021.
Salary: MPS/UPS
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 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 seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. We work together to nurture children who are compassionate, respectful, happy, tolerant, curious and collaborative as well as academically successful.
The school enjoys a good reputation with our families and local community. Our shared experiences across the pandemic have brought a sense of unity and shared purpose to our work.
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 whenever possible
· 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
· An engaged and enthusiastic leadership team who care greatly for our team
· Support and professional development opportunities alongside staff from our Trust family of schools

For a flavour of what life is like in our school we’d recommend you check out the school’s Web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed (@schoolashcombe). Our last OFSTED inspection was 2013, so this is quite out of date now!
Closing date for applications: 8am Friday 5th March Interviews: Friday 12th March 2021
Visits are not be possible with the current national restrictions in place. However, we’d be happy to chat about the role informally on MS Teams. Call the school office if you’d like to arrange this. Application packs can be sent by contacting the school office or from our web site
Ashcombe Primary School is committed to safeguarding all children. Successful candidates will require a DBS clearance and suitable references before commencing employment. We welcome applications from all section of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age.
Ashcombe is part of the Kaleidoscope Multi Academy Trust which includes Becket, Christ Church, Hutton, St Martins, Crockerne and Worle Village schools. As part of this arrangement you may be required to work at one of these schools or any additional school that may join the MAT in the future as business dictates.

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Supporting documents

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: We’re also currently looking at the content of our curriculum in order to ensure our children leave us having acquired key ‘cultural capital’ 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 ‘Principle 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 but some need encouraging to become more involved in their child’s education. 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 and Twitter feed (@schoolashcombe)

Arranging a visit to Ashcombe Primary School

Visits are not be possible with the current national restrictions in place. However, we’d be happy to chat about the role informally on MS Teams.

School location

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

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