Teaching Assistant - KS1

High Street Primary Academy


Reach South Academy Trust is seeking an exceptional Teaching Assistant to join the educational team at High Street Primary Academy in Plymouth

Post:                           Teaching Assistant (KS1)

Start Date:                  23 April 2019

Location:                    High Street Primary Academy, Plymouth

Salary Range:            Grade C - salary £17,681 rising to £18,870 per annum (subject to the national pay award in April 2019)

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, 26.25 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: 

We are seeking to employ a teaching assistant in our Key Stage 1 department.  The ideal candidate will be hard working, friendly and outgoing. They will have an enthusiasm for working with children, particularly those with special educational needs. They will have a talent for engaging with sometimes complex children, encouraging social interaction, developing independence, self esteem and encouraging all individuals to achieve their goals.

The right person will be flexible about working with children across KS1. A qualification to support children with social and emotional needs would be highly beneficial; for example Thrive, ELSA or Theraplay. The right candidate will be confident in dealing with challenging behaviour and be a real team player.

The position of Teaching Assistant within EYFS involves:

  • Working as part of a team, where all members are valued

  • Working as a team with the KS1 Lead to ensure the safe and effective day to day running of their class

  • Acting as a Key Person and taking responsibility for the care and learning journey of a group of children

  • Developing strong relationships with parents


  • Level 3 NVQ Teaching Assistant qualification

  • A good working knowledge of the National Curriculum and Key Stage 1

  • Experience of working with key children, with a responsibility for a group of children’s learning and development

  • A good understanding of summative assessment

  • Up to date safeguarding and first aid training

  • Current DBS

  • Have experience of supporting the teaching of phonics

Background:  High Street Primary is a single form entry, inner city school. We are committed to providing high quality education for all our children.


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 13 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: If you are interested in joining our hardworking and professional team we would like to hear from you.  To apply and for further information, please visit the school’s website www.highstreet.plymouth.sch.uk


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to the school at abody@highstreet.plymouth.sch.uk


Closing date for applications is Tuesday 26 March 2019 at 12 noon


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held at the school on Friday 29 March 2019


Opportunities and Benefits:

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



Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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. This 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 separately with their application.

Telephone: 01752 987060


Email: info@reachsouth.org

Reach South Academy Trust

c/o UTC Plymouth

Park Avenue




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