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Staff Vacancies

Thank you for considering Larkmead School as the next step in your career.

Our ethos of ‘one community, individual minds, creating futures’ applies to Larkmead staff as well as Larkmead students. Colleagues at Larkmead can be proud to be part of something special, making a real difference to the lives and life chances of our students. It is a rewarding place to work as part of a mutually supportive team where everyone contributes. Personal, professional and career development is a fundamental part of working at Larkmead, which starts with our comprehensive induction programme. Our thoughtful approach to wellbeing means that staff have the support and challenge to succeed and advance.

Our induction programmes for all new colleagues are carefully planned to give you the practical strategies, advice and guidance you need to support your successful start at Larkmead. This induction work is sustained into your early weeks and months at Larkmead, with Leadership Team and line managers providing support and an important point of contact. Continuous professional development is at the heart of our work at school. Our culture of research and reflection, supported by practical strategies and collaboration across teams, is backed up by access to a wide range of training and resources to suit your professional progress and growth in the classroom, as a leader or in whatever role you fulfil at Larkmead.

Larkmead is proud to be part of the Vale Academy Trust, working in partnership with King Alfred’s secondary school and six primary schools. This network of schools provides colleagues from across Larkmead the opportunity to collaborate with other schools, contributing to school improvement and expanding career opportunities. Collaboration is an important benefit of working at Larkmead, with students and staff benefitting from our work with the OX14 Partnership of three state and three independent school, the Abingdon Partnership of primary and secondary schools as well as links with universities, employers and other organisations.

Larkmead is a happy, ambitious and successful school. This is reflected in comments from successive Ofsted reports, most recently in 2019:

  • The stimulating and caring ethos in the school enables pupils to make strong progress and achieve well.
  • The school balances effectively the drive for excellence with the wellbeing of staff and pupils. Therefore, staff at your inclusive school trust and respect the school’s leadership. Morale is high and everyone at the school shares the determination to provide the best for each pupil
  • Parents and carers and pupils speak highly of the school. Pupils behave very well at the school. They are kind and respectful towards each other and their teachers.
  • Pupils’ well-being and personal development, including their mental health, have a high priority and are very well catered for at your school.
  • Students are keen to learn. They cooperate very well with one another and their teachers.

We are a diverse community and greatly value the contribution that colleagues from different backgrounds and with different experiences bring to our school. If you are keen to be part of a school with clear, positive values and which adds positive value to our students and staff then we look forward to meeting you.


The Vale Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory “Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check”

Please find below details of our current vacancies. You are able to request further information of any post by clicking the link within the advert.

The successful applicant must obtain an enhanced disclosure via the DBS, where appropriate. 

 

Job Title Job Category Job Type Closing Date
Teacher of Science Full Time Teaching Staff Applications will be processed on arrival
Exam Invigilators Part-Time Support Staff Applications will be processed on arrival
Teaching Assistant (SEND) Part-Time Support Staff Applications will be processed on arrival

 

Teacher of Science

Contract: Full-time

Start Date: January 2023

Salary: MPS/UPS

Responsible to: Head of Science

 

Larkmead School is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, talented and inspiring classroom practitioner from January 2023. This is an excellent opportunity for an inspirational, enthusiastic and well qualified teacher to join our thriving Science department.  The position is suitable for ECTs and experienced teachers.

 

As the successful candidate you will be:

  • a qualified Science teacher who is always looking to develop;
  • confident teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
  • passionate about all aspects of Science;
  • committed to making a difference to young people’s lives;
  • a team player with excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

 

We offer:

  • an excellent programme of induction and training which seeks to provide an excellent foundation for career progression;
  • a forward thinking environment which recognises the benefits of considering flexible working patterns.
  • a friendly, caring, supportive and collaborative team environment.
  • a professional environment dedicated to Teaching and Learning with a supportive, dedicated and hardworking staff.

 

If this sounds like the sort of challenge and environment you are looking for in your career journey and you feel that you possess these attributes, then we very much look forward to meeting you. 

 

Closing date: Applications will be shortlisted on arrival

Interviews: TBC

Start date: January 2023

 

    

To apply for this position, please download the Vale Academy Trust Teaching Staff Application Form from our website https://www.larkmead-school.com

Larkmead School is a member of the Vale Academy Trust. The Trust and its schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.

All staff will be expected to promote fundamental British values as part of a school that values diversity and individuality, exemplified in our values of ‘one community, individual minds, creating futures.’   

 

 

 

 

Exam invigilators

Contract: Hours by negotiation

Start Date: Across the year

Salary: £10.57 per hour

Responsible to: Exams Manager

Larkmead School is seeking applications for part-time Examination Invigilators to assist with examinations during all exam seasons, both public and internal.


Successful candidates will join a friendly and busy team. They will need to have a good rapport with young people, be observant, have good attention to detail, and work well in a team. Flexibility, patience and a polite manner are a must for the post holders.


Examination Invigilators will conduct exams in accordance with regulations, policies and procedures of the relevant awarding body to maintain the integrity and security of examination sessions. They will safeguard the health, safety and welfare of pupils sitting examinations. Part of the invigilator role is also to support candidates with additional needs known as access arrangements, who usually sit their exams in smaller rooms.


Examination invigilators are required to undergo yearly and in-person training to meet the requirements set out by JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) before they are able to invigilate. This includes specific training in relation to access arrangements.


Depending on your availability we can offer a smaller or larger number of hours. Many of our existing team members have other part time jobs or regular commitments. The hours available are throughout the school week, between 8.20am and 4.30pm. Invigilation at Larkmead is paid at the casual claim rate of £10.57 per hour (incl. of a pro-rata holiday entitlement).


To apply for this position, please complete the online application form on the vacancies page of our website, where you will also find more information, including the job description and person specification. CVs will not be accepted in substitution for completed application forms


There is no closing date for applications. Applications will be considered on receipt and suitable candidates will be interviewed across the year.


If you have any questions regarding the vacancy or completion of this form, please email Jane Marshall, HR Manager at Larkmead School: jmarshall@larkmead.vale-academy.org


Larkmead School is a member of the Vale Academy Trust. The Trust and its schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.


All staff will be expected to promote fundamental British values as part of a school that values diversity and individuality, exemplified in our values of ‘one community, individual minds, creating futures.’

 

 

 

Teaching assistant (SEND)

Contract: Ideally 3 days per week 8.30am–15.30pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break however all working patterns will be considered

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: Grade 4 Point 4-5 £19,264.00 - £19,650.00 (pro rata), actual salary to reflect the term time nature of the post £14,093.31 - £14,375.70  

Responsible to: Head of Learning Support

 

With effect from November 2022, we have various Teaching Assistant roles available within the Learning Support Department. These posts are permanent positions within the school. 

 

The role will involve supporting students with SEND across the curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

 

The work would mostly be in the classroom supporting students in lessons led by the subject teacher but could also involve working with a student or small group of students in the Learning Support Base on a programme agreed by the Head of Learning Support.

 

The successful applicant will need to be adaptable, be prepared to work with students with emotional as well as learning difficulties and be able to work effectively within a team.

 

Salary Type: Grade 4 Point 4-5 £19,264.00 - £19,650.00 (pro rata), actual salary to reflect the term time nature of the post £14,093.31 - £14,375.70  

 

Contract Hours: Ideally 3 days per week 8.30am–15.30pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break however all working patterns will be considered

 

Closing Date: Applications will be processed on arrival and suitable candidates invited to interview.

 

Position Start Date: ASAP

 

Responsible to: Head of Learning Support

 

To apply for this position, please complete the online application form on the vacancies page of our website Larkmead School - Staff Vacancies (larkmead-school.com)

CV’s will not be accepted in substitution for completed application forms. 

 

If you have any questions regarding the vacancy or completion of this form, please email jmarshall@larkmead.vale-academy.org

 

Larkmead School is a member of the Vale Academy Trust. The Trust and its schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.  All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.

 

All staff will be expected to promote fundamental British values as part of a school that values diversity and individuality, exemplified in our values of ‘one community, individual minds, creating futures.’