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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    23 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£26,520.00 - £31,365.00 Annually (FTE)

Year Team Leader job summary

Sir James Smith’s School is looking to appoint a new colleague to work within the Pastoral Team as a Year Team Leader. The successful applicant will demonstrate a positive and adaptable approach to ensuring all students achieve excellent outcomes.

You will work within the Pastoral school offer, with a focus on supporting students and families who are identified as having barriers to their learning, progress, behaviour and engagement. Holding responsibility for the allocated year group(s) and raising complex matters to senior leaders as appropriate. Ensuring the students within their care are able to access and maximise their learning experiences.

The students of Sir James Smith’s are engaged in their learning and hold the school’s pastoral structure in high esteem. They have high expectations for their futures and understand the need for an outstanding education. This appointment will specifically support those students who require additional support to be happy in school and make interesting choices for their futures based on excellent GCSE outcomes.

A collaborative approach and the ability to work with colleagues positively is essential, alongside high levels of professionalism and expectations for oneself and our students. The main duties of the role will be:

  • Be an effective role model for the standards of behaviour expected of students and staff.
  • Triage student queries on a daily basis to provide relevant information, advice, and guidance.
  • Be the first responder and point of contact for parents who contact the school with concerns about students, providing solutions and information.
  • Contributing relevant and valuable information to the whole school picture regarding pupil needs, wellbeing, and progress.
  • Coordinate with Tutors on a weekly basis to share key information and actions.
  • Make referrals, where necessary, to the DSL/Deputy to report any safeguarding concerns.
  • Make referrals to and liaise with external agencies. Acting as a key contact on behalf of the school for external agencies. Research and identification of appropriate external agencies to support student needs.
  • Keep accurate and appropriate records.
  • Work one-to-one and in groups with disengaged students whose relationships are a barrier to learning, supporting them in ways of improving their engagement.
  • Co-ordinate with SEN and other teams to ensure that provision is efficient and effective.
  • Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement.

Commitment to safeguarding

Sir James Smith's School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all pre-employment checks necessary to meet Safer Recruitment requirements, including a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and references.

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About Sir James Smith's School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
601 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Sir James Smith’s is part of North Cornwall Learning Trust. Apart from being a ‘Good’ school, Sir Jim’s is also a great place to work. Visitors, including Ofsted, comment on the friendly and supportive atmosphere. Staff and students are happy and enjoy their time at school.

We are a smaller than average co-educational comprehensive school, serving a large rural hinterland in North Cornwall. It’s a fantastic place to live if you like the outdoors. Our extensive rural catchment area of 100 square miles includes 8 partner primary schools though we attract students from many others. The dispersed settlement pattern means approximately 70% of students travel daily by bus. North Cornwall is one of the least sparsely populated areas in England and Wales thanks to the glorious Bodmin Moor.

At present we have 38 teachers, and 40 non-teaching staff including 4 technicians, 1 Librarian, 8 admin assistants and 7 classroom assistants. The Local Governance Committee work closely with staff, as do various support agencies. The small size of the school means that we all know the students very well and staff work together effectively. This is a school on a humane scale where personal relationships matter.

We have a "continental day". This means an earlier start - at 8.10 am for staff and 8.25 am for students. Students have one year assembly per week. There are 5 one-hour lessons and 2 breaks of 20 and 30 minutes. The main part of the day ends at 2.30 pm. On Mondays there are meetings; on Wednesdays Tuesdays and Thursdays, extra-curricular activities and late buses; on Fridays many staff go home a little earlier!

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