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Staff vacancies

All applications should be made using the ODST Application Form and emailed to [email protected]

Teaching Assistant

Needed as soon as possible; start date flexible

25 hours a week (5 hours a day x 5 days a week), maternity cover (one school year in the first instance)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, nurturing and positive teaching assistant to join our talented team of support staff.  In the first instance, this post involves working in one of our three Y3/4 classes, working with groups and individuals within the classroom, and leading interventions.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has:

  • A passion for nurturing excellence, ensuring all children become motivated and successful learners
  • A positive, resilient and caring approach to supporting children with a range of needs
  • The ability to work flexibly and as part of a team, building relationships with children, staff and parents
  • Excellent communication skills

We can offer:

  • Friendly and enthusiastic children who want to learn
  • An inclusive, happy school with a clear vision for our continued improvement
  • Talented and supportive staff who are committed to working collaboratively
  • High expectations of children’s achievement and behaviour

This post would suit a candidate looking to start their career as a Teaching Assistant or a candidate considering training as a teacher in the near future.  We would consider sponsoring the right candidate as a salaried Teach Direct student as soon as places for this training became available, or to fit in with their own timescales.

Visits to the school or informal discussion about the post would be very welcome. Please telephone our School Secretary, Helen Cliff, for an appointment or more details.  (Please note that the school office will be closed for the summer holidays until Monday 2nd September).

Job Description/Person Specification

Closing Date: 13th September 2019

Interview Date:  TBC


Lunchtime Supervisor

We are looking for someone to help make our lunchtimes even happier.  Are you able to:

Are you able to:

  • build excellent relationships with children and staff
  • encourage quality play between our pupils
  • expect and reinforce the highest standards of behaviour

Hours of work are 11:30 – 12:30pm each day, and a daily lunch is provided. Please get in touch with Mrs Helen Cliff if you are interested in finding out more information; application forms are available on the school website.


Why teach in Didcot?

Didcot is a thriving, rapidly expanding town and a great place to work as a teacher.  As well as having access to professional development opportunities co-ordinated through the unique county-wide teaching school alliance (OTSA), staff at Northbourne are able to take advantage of training, mentoring and peer support within the growing Didcot partnership of schools.  This school year, these have included an NQT group, a network for Early Career teachers, and a tailored programme to support subject leaders.  Links between our schools are strong and well-embedded, enabling staff to grow professional networks beyond their individual schools.

Didcot has excellent transport links to Oxford and Reading (14 minutes by train) and London (45 minutes), and a newly expanded shopping centre of shops, cafes and restaurants.  Cornerstone Arts Centre hosts a range of arts, culture and entertainment events, and the Ridgeway and Wittenham Clumps are easily accessible.

Living in Oxfordshire

There are a range of housing options available to staff working in Oxfordshire.  Examples include:

Arthur Sanctuary House


Ivy Lane

Randolph Court

As an ODST school, teachers in the first five years of their career also have access to six high quality, furnished apartments in St. Marys Lodge, Wantage, with rents set at reduced levels.


Safeguarding at Northbourne

Northbourne CE (A) Primary School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We undertake rigorous checks on all staff and volunteers who work in our school and maintain a central record documenting these. Staff involved in recruitment and selection of employees are trained in safer recruitment, and all of our staff and volunteers undertake in-house Child Protection training.

Our School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies includes the following:

Please read through these to find out more about our school procedures around safeguarding.

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