Please send completed application forms to:


Joanne Bruton Headteacher’s PA
Sturminster Newton High School
Bath Road
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1DT

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This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check in line with the Government’s safer recruitment guidelines. Sturminster Newton High school values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Classroom Teaching Assistant

Salary: Dorset Grade 5 (£9.01-£9.68 per hour) - Teaching assistant XS10.4
Closing Date: 6th February 2019
Interview date: 12th February 2019
Employment type: Part-time (min 18 hrs over 3 days, max 30 hrs per wk over 5 days term time only (possible job share)
Contact Name: Joanne Bruton – Headteacher’s PA

We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant who is/are experienced and suitably qualified to join the team of support staff in our school ASAP – hours/days to be agreed at interview.

The successful candidate will need to: 

  • Have worked with students 11-18 years

  • Be experienced in supporting pupils with SEN within a school setting

  • Be able to follow direction but also use their initiative

  • Have a good understanding of how to support pupils with a range of SEN need.

  • Have a calm patient manner, with ability to support children (individually and in groups) with learning needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties

  • Be able to promote high standards of behaviour through positive language and attitudes

  • Have a relevant NVQ at level 3 or above

NB: Please note that we cannot accept CV applications for the post

School Direct Programme - Maths, PE, MFL, Biology

Sturminster Newton High School is situated on the outskirts of Sturminster Newton. The school is very small and welcoming with around 500 students in Key Stages 3 and 4. We share a very successful joint Sixth form with Shaftesbury school and regularly send students to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. We are part of the North Dorset Partnership, which comprised of The Gryphon School, Gillingham School, Shaftesbury School and Sturminster Newton High School working in conjunction with The University of Exeter and the Mid- Somerset Consortium (MSC) to train suitable candidates for the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). Both the University of Exeter and the MSC ITT programmes are classed as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Our staff are fully committed to enabling students to achieve their best and the pastoral support for our students helps to create a very supportive environment for academic and personal development. The students are a pleasure to teach and keen to do well. Visitors comment on the friendly atmosphere as soon as they enter the school and this is reflected in comments made by the many trainee teachers who visit us for classroom experience.

“The School appears as a very good environment to teach, and I was impressed by the good behaviour of the children and the authority of the teachers!”- Potential MFL teacher visit 6/14

“… the whole feel of the school is smart, yet laid back and friendly. All the teachers I met seemed enthusiastic and happy too, it's great to meet people so passionate within the profession I want to enter.” Potential DT teacher 2/14

“I have enjoyed every minute and have gained so much experience and ideas to take to my first teaching post.”  PGCE trainee 4/14

“Just to say thank you for letting me visit the school … I was very impressed with the students and the level of teaching within the RE department.” Potential RE teacher visit 3/14

“It was a great pleasure working with the staff and pupils. You have a wonderful school.” Potential MFL teacher visit 9/15