Meal Time Assistant

Pilgrim Primary Academy, Plymouth

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking a Meal Time Assistant to join the school in September 2020.

Post:                           Meal Time Assistant

Start Date:                  September 2020

Location:                    Pilgrim Primary Academy, Plymouth

Salary Range:            Grade A - SCP1 £17,364 pro rata, per annum

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, part-time, permanent contract: 10 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: We are looking for a caring Meal Time Assistant who can interact with the children and undertake the responsibility of supervising and ensuring the safety of the children at all times. The main duties of the role are to assist with the well-being of pupils during lunchtime, to supervise the children in the dining areas, to encourage the children to use good table manners and to ensure they clear away their plates and wipe up any spills. Additionally, outside on the playground, it is your responsibility to co-ordinate/initiate games for the pupils and to ensure the children play safely.

The Person:  Experience of working with children is not essential, just the passion to help improve the life chances of children within a school environment whilst being prepared to work inside and outside in all weathers. The following qualities are essential:

  • Willingness to undertake training to support the role

  • Understanding the needs of children

  • Understanding of Health and Safety issues

  • Understanding of the issues surrounding the safety of children

  • Basic knowledge of First Aid

School Background:  Pilgrim is a friendly, caring and welcoming place, with children's learning, happiness and well-being at the heart of all we do.  We understand that children will only get the best education when there are strong and respectful relationships between both pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.  We are very proud of the positive relationships that exist at Pilgrim. 

Our aim is to develop confident young people who have high aspiration, a clear sense of themselves as learners and citizens, and who can contribute positively to their futures and those of others.

Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.


Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by calling Michelle Murray, Office Manager on 01752 225319 or email at for further information.

Job Description: Meal Time Assistant - Job Description


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to 


Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 16 July 2020 at 12 noon. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification.   It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on Tuesday 21 July 2020.


Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.



Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only.

Telephone: 01752 987060



Reach South Academy Trust

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Reach South Academy Trust is an exempt charity in England and Wales. Company number: 10151730