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Junior School Afternoon Supervisor

  • Job title: Junior School Afternoon Supervisor
  • Job Type: Permanent, part time, M-F 12pm-5:15pm (term time only) plus 6 days
  • Salary: Circa £10,651 p.a. (£21,000 FTE) depending on qualifications, skills and experience
  • Department: Junior School
  • Reporting to: Deputy Principal
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: 1st September, 2023
  • Closing Date: 29 September 2023 at 5:00 pm
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The Junior School Supervisor role is diverse and rewarding. The supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the safety and security of pupils during break times and after School, both outside and inside a classroom, for assisting on school trips and supporting the work of the Pupil Welfare Officer.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of working with children, a strong commitment to health and safety and be confident managing the behaviour of groups of children.  It is an expectation that the candidate will wish to become fully involved within the school community and work to reinforce the ethos of the school.


The Department

Highgate Junior School is one of the largest Key Stage 2 Independent Junior Schools in the country with 445 pupils from Years 3 to 6 in five classes per year group.

We pride ourselves on providing an innovative curriculum which challenges our pupils to be curious, creative and brave in their learning. Our timetable is designed to incorporate both an intellectually rigorous approach to studies alongside skills-based learning. We aim for our pupils to develop a genuine love of learning whilst acquiring a knowledge of how they learn, how to take responsibility for their learning and how to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of different contexts.

We have a team of staff dedicated to nurturing our pupils’ wellbeing. To develop a sense of community and belonging from day one at Highgate, our pupils all belong to a form group and one of our four houses. There are over 60 clubs for pupils to choose from in the Junior School, and time is set aside for each pupil to take part in a co-curricular activity of their choice.

We want to nurture in our pupils how to be a reflective and proactive member of the community with a sense of social responsibility and a deep understanding and appreciation of the wide range of heritages, cultures and backgrounds in our diverse society.

The Junior School is located on Bishopswood road, Highgate, in an outstanding purpose-built teaching environment. The deliberate playfulness of the architecture and the openness to our sports fields is the physical expression of our belief in nurturing childhood playfulness and curiosity.

Job Description
  • Undertaking effective pupil supervision as and when required. This will include in and around all the Junior School buildings including the playing field, cloakrooms and classrooms
  • Distributing lunchtime equipment and ensuring it is safely put away
  • Administering the ordering of any new equipment as necessary
  • Maintaining clean and tidy play areas and actively returning lost items to children
  • Ensuring that the cloakrooms/corridors are well-used and tidy throughout and at the end of the day
  • Managing lost property in the Junior School. Ensuring that belongings are returned to their owners in an efficient and timely manner
  • Assisting with escorting pupils to the school bus service between 15:40 and 16:00
  • Providing after-school supervision between 16:00 and 17:00 daily
  • Assisting the Welfare Officer with administration duties, such as the registers.
  • Covering reception duties on an ad hoc basis as required
  • Assisting the Assistant Principal (Communications & Partnership) with the management of the extra-curricular activities programme (including monitoring and responding to the clubs email and monitoring, updating and reporting on attendance and registers of clubs)
  • Assisting the SLT team on an ad-hoc basis with administrative support as required
  • Accompanying off-site trips where required
  • Liaising with the Deputy Principal (Pastoral) regarding any pastoral, behavioural or procedural difficulties
  • Developing appropriate relationships with each pupil including learning their names and being able to recognise and report concerning behaviours
  • Engaging the pupils in constructive and positive activities and being proactive at all times
  • Reinforcing the values, expectations and behaviours required by the school
  • Being a positive and enthusiastic role model to the pupils
  • Taking shared responsibility for health and safety and cleanliness and tidiness of communal areas
  • Providing basic first aid as appropriate.
  • Managing the school’s lost property
  • Accompanying pupils to the school Nurse if required
Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Qualifications/Experience
  • Essential
    • Educated to A-level or equivalent.
    • Professional experience of working with and supervising children. 
    • Demonstrable administrative experience.
    • An appropriate knowledge of first aid.

    Desirable:

    • A first aid qualification (although training will be provided if required).
  • Skills/Knowledge
  • Essential
    • An effective communicator who is able to relate well to both pupils and staff.
    • Multi-skilled and able to manage the behaviour of children and maintain safe and hygienic environments.
    • An excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and Office 365.
    • Prioritisation and time management skills.
    • A good level of spoken and written English.

    Desirable

    • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding policies.
    • Awareness of Basic Health & Safety regulations.
  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential
    • A warm friendly person.
    • A team player who is also able to work independently.
    • Medically fit and able to cope with a physically demanding schedule.
    • Well motivated, with a track record of commitment, reliability and punctuality.
    • An eye for detail, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work hard, flexibly, to time.
    • Committed to raising standards at the School through professional development, a vision for excellence and working with others.
    • Committed to safeguarding children.

Benefits

Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered – 21% employer contribution, with the ability to flex up to 11% of this as additional non-pensionable salary, employees contribute a minimum of 5%.

Personal development | Comprehensive induction support for new staff. Focus on continued professional development for all employees.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and dessert.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.


Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos


Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 29th September 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 26th June, 2023

Contact: Matthew Foley, Deputy Principal is happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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