Heywood Prep

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Job Opportunities: Teaching Assistant (FULL TIME)

“Heywood Prep is a welcoming, friendly and open community. As a result, of feeling safe and well looked after, pupils thrive and challenge themselves to reach their full potential.”

ISI Inspection Report, June 2014


Located in the heart of Corsham, Wiltshire, the school is housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian building constructed in 1776. Heywood Prep educates boys and girls from age 2 to 11. At the end of Year 6, the majority of children leave for independent senior schools in Bath and Wiltshire, many winning awards and scholarships. At present, we have approximately 240 children on roll.

Heywood Prep is a happy school which produces caring, thoughtful children. The staff place great emphasis on nurturing and developing the talents of each pupil, encouraging them to have open and enquiring minds which will equip them to thrive in the next stage of their education. Academic standards are high and there is a strong commitment to encouraging all pupils to experience a range of extra-curricular activities. Personal development is encouraged through excellent pastoral care. Numerous activities are enjoyed by the children including sport, music and drama.

To find out more about the School, visit www.heywoodprep.com  

Heywood Prep is a member of the Wishford group. Under the leadership of Headmaster Guy Barrett, the school is in the midst of an exciting period of investment, modernisation and development, with investment and support from the Wishford group.


The Opportunity

With continuing growth in pupil numbers throughout the school, we are looking to recruit a full time teaching assistant to work across the school.

A full job description can be found below.

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Energetic, enthusiastic and flexible
  • Committed to providing outstanding pastoral and academic support to pupils
  • Well organized, motivated and with a ‘can-do’ attitude


This is a full time role - term time, with the flexibility for optional hours in the School Holiday Club.

Salary dependent on experience


How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by Thursday 25th May using the application form at www.heywoodprep.com/apply and should be accompanied by a covering letter. Please email these to hmpa@heywoodprep.com

If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact Helen Hagelthorn, School Business Manager, on 01249 713379 or helen.hagelthorn@heywoodprep.com 


Heywood Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.



Title of post:

Teaching Assistant

Responsible to:

Headmaster / SENDCO

Purpose of the job:

To work with the pupils and staff to successfully raise standards of pupil progress


The post holder is ultimately responsible to the Headmaster and works directly for the Head of Pre Prep and Head of Prep departments, working closely with the Form Tutors, Subject Teachers and SENDCO as appropriate.

The post holder also interacts on a professional level with colleagues and seeks to establish and maintain productive relationships with them in order to promote mutual understanding of the school Pastoral and Academic structure in the School.

Particular Responsibilities:

1.     Support the aims and ethos of the school.

2.     Conduct support groups for all subjects and areas of development where necessary Provide care for the academic, pastoral and social needs of the children

3.     Undertake pupil observations, evaluations and assessments

4.     Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school, during lunch and at break times

5.     Carry out breakfast club, break, lunchtime, after-school and holiday club duties as required

6.     Assist in the preparation of classrooms and materials/equipment required for lessons

7.     Participate in staff meetings, team meetings and INSET training as requested

Key Tasks:

Support for Pupils

1.     To support pupils’ development and promote independence in a safe, secure, challenging environment employing strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance

2.     To support the learning of individuals and groups of pupils as identified

3.     To act as a role model, setting high expectations

4.     To focus on individual pupils to ensure their needs are being met within the group

5.     To work with other staff to develop and implement the IAPs for pupils

6.     To encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others

7.     To observe, record  and support  the development and progress of pupils to identify individual needs and difficulties and to feed back to pupils in relation to their progress and achievement

8.     To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom

9.     To encourage good personal hygiene and assist with necessary self help skills (feeding, toileting, dressing, etc)

10.  To meet the physical/medical needs of the pupil encouraging independence wherever possible. 


Support For Teachers

11.  To support teachers with the daily/weekly programme of lessons, activities and  events in order to support pupils and adjust lessons/work plans as appropriate

12.  Occasional supervision of the whole class in the course of short term absences of teachers, focusing on maintaining good order and to keep pupils on task under the guidance of teaching staff.

13.  To liaise with other professionals to ensure an appropriate learning environment

14.  To set out, prepare, use and tidy equipment

15.  To promote home school partnerships

16.  To listen, support and discuss issues sensitively with parents and carers under the teacher’s supervision and, where appropriate, to participate in feedback sessions/meetings with parents

17.  To monitor and evaluate pupil’s responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives

18.  To provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required to the teacher on pupil achievement progress and other matters ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence

19.  To be responsible for keeping and updating records as agreed with the teacher, contributing to reviews of systems/records as required

20.  In class, to undertake marking of pupils’ work as agreed with the teacher and accurately record achievement/progress

21.  Support class teachers in administrative duties as required

22.  To administer and assess routine tests and assist in the invigilation of exams/tests as agreed with the teacher

23.  To provide general clerical support, e.g. photocopying, collection of homework etc.

24.  To work with an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence.


Support for the Curriculum

25.  To prepare, plan and manage specific activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupils’ responses/needs

26.  To set out and prepare equipment indoors and outdoors

27.  To implement local and national learning strategies, e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, Early Years and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of relevant skills

28.  To support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use

29.  To help pupils access learning activities through specialist support

30.  To determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources


Support for the School

31.  To promote the policies and ethos of the school, e.g. personal and social and to promote positive values, attitudes and good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour

32.  To display pupils work to reflect their achievement

33.  To supervise pupils on outings and visits as required

34.  To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and to refer all concerns to the Headmaster

35.  To treat all information relating to a pupil as strictly confidential, and to be aware of and comply with school policy and practice

36.  To support and encourage students on childcare courses, work experience, teaching practice, etc.

37.  To be a proactive member of the school and class team

38.  To establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies / professionals in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of pupils

39.  To attend relevant courses and learning activities in order to update knowledge as required

40.  To take opportunities to develop own areas of interest and expertise and to use these to advise and support others or to organise specific projects

41.  Supervise whole classes occasionally during the short-term absence of teachers.

42.  To perform other duties that the Headmaster considers reasonable, that are commensurate with the post


Full Time term time and optional hours in school holiday club

Annual Review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of the School in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.