Mealtime Assistants

Stoke Damerel Primary Academy

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint two exceptional Mealtime Assistants to join the school in November 2020.

Post:                           Mealtime Assistant - 2 Posts

Start Date:                  November 2020

Location:                    Stoke Damerel Primary Academy, Collingwood Road, Plymouth, PL1 5PA

Salary Range:            Grade A - SCP1, £17,842 pro rata per annum

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, part-time, Temporary contract until 31 August 2021: 6.25 hours per week, 38 weeks per year

The Role: We are looking for caring and committed people to join our support staff at Stoke Damerel Primary Academy, you’ll be working in a team of like-minded individuals who all want the best for the school. You’ll be supervising lunchtimes, ensuring the children are safe and sensible while eating and playing. Keeping and maintaining a clean and hygienic area while the children eat.

The Person:  We are looking for people who have the following experience and qualities:

  • Encourage the children to eat the meal provided and promote appropriate table manners and behaviour

  • Ensure the safety, welfare and appropriate conduct of pupils during the midday break period in accordance with the practices and procedures of the school

  • Ensure the health, safety, conduct and well-being of all pupils

  • Undertake playground duty, supervising by circulating amongst children

  • Ensure the dining area is kept clean and in a hygienic condition

  • Ensure playground equipment is used and stored properly

School Background: We are a friendly two form entry primary school, based near the city centre, catering for children age 4-11yrs. We provide exciting experiences and opportunities for all of our children throughout the school. Our vision is to be an outstanding school, delivering excellent results. We want to achieve this in harmony with all the other exciting things that our pupils, parents, teachers and support staff presently love about this school. 

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 Tina Boon, Office Manager on 01752 567686 or email at for further information.


Job Description:  Mealtime Assistant Job Description


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


Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 4 October 2020. 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 13 October 2020.


Opportunities and Benefits:

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

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.



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