Junior Support Assistant

  • Job title: Junior Support Assistant
  • Job Type: Fixed term
  • Salary: £68 per day
  • Department: Junior School
  • Reporting to: Deputy Principal
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: As soon as possible
  • Closing Date: 16 June 2023 at 5:00 pm
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Are you coming to the end of your A levels and want to make a valuable contribution to the running of our Junior School whilst developing yourself personally and professionally?

Highgate Junior School seeks bright, enthusiastic, energetic and flexible young people who are prepared to take advantage of the opportunity to work in a leading London independent day School. We offer a balance between day-to-day tasks and working with children alongside experienced teachers. A flexible, “can-do” attitude is essential.

The Junior Support Assistants will be managed on a day to day basis by the Deputy Principal of the Junior School who is responsible for organising and monitoring their weekly timetable.


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
  • Assist in lessons.
  • Administration: assisting the School Office with day-to-day administration, including mailing and photocopying.
  • Help with organising and ordering of stationery.
  • Assisting the Librarian in keeping the Library tidy.
  • Create displays of children’s work and update notices.
  • Assist the Head of Music with general administration and organisation.
  • Assist in Years 3 and 4 Art, Drama, Design Technology and ICT lessons.
  • Listen to children read.
  • After training, taking a reading group or teaching handwriting in Years 3 and 4.
  • Assist and accompany educational visits.
  • Assist teaching staff on duty including in the Dining Hall at lunchtime, at breaks and after School.
  • Assist with walking bus and school bus service.
  • Assist with after-School activities and sports teams.
Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Ability/Skills
  • Essential
    • Able to work on one’s own initiative 
    • A team player 
    • Where applicable, candidates will be required to demonstrate a high level of IT skills at interview
  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential
    • Ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders 
    • Flexible with a ‘can-do’ approach and able to work effectively without supervision 
    • An exemplary attendance record in his/her present and previous Schooling

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: 16th June 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 17 April 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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