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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)

Closing Date: 5th June 2018

Interviews: tbc

Employment type: Part-time (30 hours per week term time)

Location: Sturminster Newton

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified Teaching Assistant to join the team of support staff in our school at the start of the school term in September 2018.

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

Administrative Assistant

Salary: Dorset Grade 3 (£8.62-£8.90 per hour)

Closing Date: 5th June 2018

Interviews: tbc

Employment type: 20 hrs pw/term time only

Required Administration Assistant (XS 8.6) - Grade 3 – 20 hours per week (as above)

We are seeking to appoint a hard-working, enthusiastic and reliable Administrative Assistant to join our staff. To start Sept 2018, working mainly within the SEND team. This post would involve working 20 hours per week during term time only. The specific framework of the day will be decided with the successful applicant but the general timeframe will be based around 8.30am until 12.30pm.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have good administrative skills
  • Be able to deal with all matters confidentially
  • Have a high level of skill in both spoken and written English and in Maths
  • Be able to work on their own initiative in an organised and flexible manner

Previous school office experience using would be an advantage.

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