Apprentice Teaching Assistant - St. Mary’s CE Primary School

About the employer: St Marys C Of E Primary School Kirkby Lonsdale

Description: St Mary’s CE Primary is a one form entry school, with 211 pupils on roll, which serves the community of the parish of Kirkby Lonsdale as well as the surrounding parishes. It is a popular school with classes often oversubscribed.

Brief overview of the role: Working as an apprentice Teaching Assistant you will support teachers and pupils in the classroom in lessons and become an integral part of the school support team. You will provide support to teachers and other teaching assistants in preparing for lessons/activities and helping create a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all our pupils.

Vacancy description: 

To complement the professional work of teachers by supporting learning activities, in line with St.Mary’s School policies and guidance. This may involve supporting learning activities for individuals/groups or for whole classes. It will involve supporting assessment, recording and reporting on achievement, behaviour for learning, progress and development.

All of the below will be carried out under the guidance of experienced school practitioners:

  • Develop good relationships with all of the children (ranging from 3 years to 11 years).
  • Learn skills to be a Teaching Assistant.
  • Model appropriate positive behaviour.
  • Work with small groups or individuals following the teacher’s planning / direction.
  • Supervise small groups indoors and outdoors.
  • Make observations and assessments of the children and feedback to the class teacher.
  • Keep any information discussed in school confidential.
  • Follow the Child Protection Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • Support children at lunchtimes including encouraging good table manners and healthy eating.
  • Support learning and care provision in the Extended Service Clubs including preparing snack, leading play activities (indoors and outdoors) and communicating with parents.
  • Organise and deliver lunchtime and Extended Service Club activities to inspire art skills, encourage physical development and problem solving.
  • To be a reliable member of the team.
  • Help to make a stimulating environment for the children indoors and outdoors, for example, with guidance setting up role play areas and making displays.
  • Have a professional attitude to all work and other members of staff.
  • Drive own development by actively participating in mentor sessions.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach showing initiative and resilience to complete tasks.
  • Support teacher’s administration duties including photocopying, organising / making resources and mailing.
  • Help on school visits / outdoor adventurous activities and follow risk assessments.
  • Take part in school training.
  • Complete all coursework as required.

Desired skills:

  • Excellent communication and enthusiasm will be key in supporting all pupils to progress and achieve their potential.
  • Demonstrate a proactive and positive approach showing initiative and resilience to complete tasks.
  • Have excellent IT skills
  • Good interpersonal skills with all adults in school
  • Drive to develop own skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Maintain a professional image at all times
  • Have a mature approach to studying
  • Punctuality

Personal qualities:

  • You will act as a role model for pupils and be a positive influence on their behaviour at school. It is important that you demonstrate maturity and excellence in all you do.
  • Have a professional attitude to all work and other members of staff.
  • To be a reliable member of the team.
  • Take responsibility for your own learning.

Qualifications required:

  • A good standard of basic English and Maths.

Future prospects: The apprenticeship will last for one year with the possibility of extending beyond this subject to funding availability.


Working week: 30 hours p/w Monday to Friday. Hours of work will be between the times of the extended school day 7.45am – 6pm. Hours will be agreed with the successful applicant, a degree of flexibility is needed to enable service requirements are met.

Expected apprenticeship duration: 12 months

Possible start date: 01 Sep 2017

Hours of work:

30 hours p/w.


National Apprenticeship Wage: £3.50 p/h, £105.00 p/w.


Kendal Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, LA6 2DJ

Closing date:

05 Jun 2017

How to apply:

Applicants should apply by downloading an application form from the St. Mary’s website at

Completed applications should be returned for the attention of Mrs C Billington, School Business Manager, St. Mary’s CE Primary School, Kendal Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, LA6 2DN by the closing date of 1pm on Monday 5th June 2017. Interviews: 16th June 2017.

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