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    SEND Teaching Assistant

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    6th January 2021

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    Widcombe Infant School

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    Grade 3 SCP 5

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    Part Time

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    SEND Teaching Assistant Start Date: As soon as possible Salary: Grade 3 SCP 5 Contract: Temporary Hours: 13 (2 days from 8.45am to 3.15pm) The Palladian Academy Trust is a communi ...

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The Palladian Academy Trust (PAT) is a community of schools*, each with its own particular ethos, that enjoy a mutually enriching partnership.

The PAT includes both church and community academies working closely together, all connected by the vision we share for our students. We value and respect the individuality of every child and believe their learning and development should be personal and holistic. We aim to support their wellbeing and help them achieve their best.

*Every school in the Palladian Academy Trust is an academy.

Values and Vision

The five values of the Palladian Academy Trust

We want to provide exceptional learning and achievement for all in the Trust through:

  • well-being
  • character
  • professional development
  • enrichment
  • partnership

The Palladian Academy Trust Vision The PAT will nurture the well-being of all, acknowledging the importance of the mind, body and spirit, and respecting the individuality of each child. The PAT community will support learners in retaining perspective at all times. The threats to well-being in the twenty-first century will be tackled energetically and imaginatively in school as barriers to happiness and progress in learning.

We will help children to be confident, well-prepared and successful learners. Character education will be at the heart of all our practice, recognising that what is most important in school is to learn how to learn. The Palladian Challenge will offer a framework for development across a range of personal qualities.

We will create new pathways for the effective professional development of staff. It will be led and managed across the PAT, identifying and sharing the skills and abilities of our staff; training programmes for different career stages will be offered; all staff will be able to rely on inspiring and relevant INSET; more fluidity will be seen, allowing staff to develop their careers across different contexts at times.

The Trust will offer co-curricular experiences which add to and potentially transform children’s lives. Parents will recognise and support the inspiring enrichment opportunities open to students through the PAT, both in the curriculum and in other areas such as sport and the performing arts.

The Palladian Academy Trust will be inspirational and child-centred, working in partnership within the community for the best possible outcomes for learners. ‘Trust’ and ‘team’ will be keywords in the PAT, characterising our professional relationships. The PAT will be well resourced, making use of opportunities for collaboration and redirecting additional resources to support learning. Our sound business practice will encompass strategically developed central services, efficiencies and sharing good practice, contributing to student achievement.

All schools in the Trust will contribute to embedding and then living by our values in a partnership that is mutually enriching, while church schools will be clear in upholding Christian values strongly.

PAT trustees and members, with their diverse skills and backgrounds, will hold all PAT schools to account. They will provide high level support and form a valuable bridge to the local community. Their strategic thinking will encompass the succession planning necessary to support improvements beyond our first Trust Development Plan (TDP) from 2017-20.

Why Come and Work for Us?

Working for the Palladian Academy Trust opens up opportunities to share best practice across the member schools. We are a warm and friendly employer that provides interesting careers, professional development, support and variety in our family of schools.

‘I relish the opportunity of providing and facilitating outstanding primary PE and school sport to enhance the PE experience for all pupils across the Palladian Trust’s seven primaries.’ PAT Sport Coordinator

‘Working as Business Manager in two of the PAT schools has been a very interesting and rewarding experience, and has helped me to develop my career in a way I did not imagine possible.’ Business Manager

‘I have particularly enjoyed the PAT joint INSET days when all the PAT staff come together to share in learning. The well-being hour was great, and I am putting into practice some of the suggestions made to help improve my work-life balance.’ Teaching Assistant

Combe Down C of E Primary School

We are located on the south eastern edge of the city of Bath in the old stone mining village of Combe Down; it is a beautiful semi-rural setting.

Combe Down is a happy, family school in which we encourage pupils and adults to have a caring, considerate and respectful attitude towards one another. Within a strong Christian ethos we recognise and value the uniqueness of every child, helping all to achieve their best within a safe, secure and creative environment.

The school has a good reputation for providing a broad, balanced, creative and exciting curriculum within a very supportive ethos. We ask our children to aim high in all they do, to enable them to learn skills, knowledge and develop concepts that will help them grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others and hopefully be better equipped for life in our ever changing society. This is made possible by our hardworking and committed team of teachers, support staff, parents and Governors.

Please click here for further information about our school.

Please click here to view vacancies at Combe Down C of E Primary School.

Fitzmaurice Primary School

We are very proud of our School and everything we achieve; at Fitzmaurice there is something for everyone. We love our grounds … if you have never seen them you must come and visit. We have our own orchard, garden and forest schools area plus plenty of playing space.

We love our sport and music. We are delighted to hold the Healthy Schools Silver and Sports Mark Gold awards. Our curriculum allows for exciting things; we have helped to create the World’s Largest Paper bag and have got ourselves into the Guinness World Records! This year we achieved over 10,000 burpees in a day! Alongside all of this we achieve high academic standards and prepare our children well for their move into secondary education.

Our School values are simple but help us in everything we do:

Aiming high, having fun and showing respect.

These are really important to us; everyone in school is always demonstrating these.

Please click here for further information about our school.

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Oldfield Park Infant School

Oldfield Park Infant School is a community school for children from the ages of 4 to 7 years. The history of the school dates from 1878 and the school has a long tradition of serving the local community. Some families have been educated here for several generations! The school has an excellent reputation in the local community and everyone associated with the school works hard to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for the children. Children are cared for as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their best in all aspects of school life. Our latest OFSTED report (July 2015) judged Oldfield Park Infant School to be a good school with outstanding provision in Early Years.

We place great value on the positive relationships that exist between all members of our school community and encourage strong links between home and school.

Ours is a school where individuals’ needs are of paramount importance and we value each achievement that our children make. 

Please click here for further information about our school.

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Oldfield Park Junior School

Oldfield Park Junior School, sometimes referred to as OPJS, is a Community School for children from the ages of 7 to 11 years old (Key Stage 2).  

PJS has diligently and proudly served the local community since 1893, starting as South Twerton School and, in more recent and modern times, as Oldfield Park Junior School.  Our distinctive and iconic buildings are listed with the English Heritage as a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Many generations of families have attended our school through the years creating a warm and lasting atmosphere and sense of belonging to a vibrant, caring and welcoming family and community.
Everyone in the OPJS family is committed to our mission statement of
‘Inspiring Excellence,
                 Achieving Together’.

 We learn together through our ‘Engaging Curriculum’ with exciting ‘Spectacular Starts’ and ‘Fantastic Finishes’.  We take care of each other, are responsible for ourselves and each other and support each other in everything we do.

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Ralph Allen School

Ralph Allen School is a high achieving, non-denominational 11-18 school for girls and boys on the skyline of the world heritage city Bath, in the local authority of Bath and North East Somerset.  The school became an academy in August 2012 and a member of the Palladian Academy Trust in 2016.  We have approximately 1000 pupils and take 180 pupils in each year in six forms of entry (Years 7-11); there are approximately 230 pupils in the sixth form. We serve the community of Bath and villages to the south of the city. The school is surrounded by green sites managed by English Nature and the National Trust. Its local village is Combe Down.

The school is named after Ralph Allen (1693-1764), the Bath mine owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who contributed much to the building of Georgian Bath and the early development of the post office. The school was built in 1957 and has been further extended and developed since then.

The school has consistently excellent results in the three core subjects, English, Maths and Science, and is consistently mentioned in The Times annual list of highest-achieving schools.  It has developed as a centre of excellence for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).  Students attend annual conferences at the University of Bath on sustainability for young people in the community in partnership with Resource Futures and the school has developed a wide range of partnerships to enhance the teaching of STEM subjects.

We have also received the following awards: Artsmark Silver, Investors in People, Investors in Student Careers, Healthy Schools Plus, Partnership Promotion School and Sportsmark Gold.  We are a Dyson School and a CueZone snooker school.

The school has undergone successive modifications to include young people with special needs and disabilities into the whole life of the school.

The Ofsted inspection in March 2014 graded the school as 'good' and some features were noted to be outstanding.

The school works closely with partners including the Dyson Foundation, the University of Bath, local schools, business and health service providers to improve outcomes for young people and the community.

The school campus undergoes a continuous programme of improvement.  March 2011 saw the opening of the new art and photography space by nationally acclaimed artist David Cobley. This comprises new art and photography and textiles classrooms, meeting spaces and a Snack Shack.  In September 2012 a new reception area was opened together with a second outdoor learning space and refurbished Science teaching spaces.

The Lee Sixth Form Centre and all-weather sports pitch, opened in 2013, have expanded the range of learning opportunities for both the school and across the local area with an emphasis on sixth form students  and further developing our excellent sports provision.

The building also provides a community facility out of hours.  The learning landscapes attached to the Lee Centre are integral to the school’s teaching and learning approach. The school has worked closely with ex-student Fergus Feilden and his architectural practice Feilden Fowles on the project, and it is an exemplar environmental building, designed along passive solar principles and sensible design rather than environmental add-ons. Inclusivity is at the heart of Ralph Allen School’s ethos and the Lee Centre is accessible to all, promoting equal access and opportunities throughout.

The Rose Building opened in April 2014.  This two-storey teaching block for English and Modern Foreign Languages was named after inspirational ex-Assistant Principal Mr Steve Rose who worked at the school for 37 years.  The provision of this building enabled us to demolish many of the temporary teaching buildings on the south of the site, a long-held desire which we were delighted to realise.

Relationships with our parents are good. The local community regards the school highly and gives us considerable support. In turn, the school provides venues and facilities for many community activities and events.

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St Martin’s Garden Primary School

St Martin’s Garden Primary School, set in beautiful grounds, is a caring, vibrant and ambitious school. We work inclose partnership with children, families and professionals to develop the best possible educational and pastoral provision. The school has so many opportunities to offer both children and parents alike within the Main School, Children’s Centre and Margaret Coates Centre (MCC).

Our great, well-equipped site allows for a diverse and exciting range of teaching and learning activities whichexcite, engage and motivate learners.

The children are enthusiastic, full of ideas, very welcoming and kind to each other.  Our aim is to ensure they aresafe, happy and do their very best with their learning, whatever the subject matter may be. 

We at St Martin’s Garden Primary endeavour to teach children the skills that will enable them to fully achieve their potential as they grow.

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St Philip’s C of E Primary School

St Philip’s C of E Primary School. Our vision is to be an exceptional church school committed to investing in young lives. A school where staff and governors work in partnership with parents to provide a caring, stimulating environment rooted in Christian values. A school with high expectations and where all are valued and nurtured as individuals because they are created uniquely and loved by God.

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Widcombe Infant School

Welcome to Widcombe Infant School. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for individual children. It is fundamental that children are happy and secure at school, so that effective learning can take place within a positive, stimulating environment. Each child is treated as an individual with their unique personality, talents and needs recognised. A mixture of teaching styles is used. The children learn as a whole class, in groups and as individuals to ensure they progress and reach their potential.

We are a small school located in Bath near to the city centre. We are a mixed infant community school with ages from 4 -7 years. The school consists of 6 classes; two in Reception, two in Year 1 and two in Year 2, totalling 180 children. All classes are kept to 30 children and the number of hours per week of lesson time is 21 hours. The school serves mainly the community of Widcombe but also draws pupils from a wider area, and our intake of pupils represents a breadth of social, economic and academic backgrounds. At present 80% of the pupils are White British, 5% are eligible for free school meals, 20% have English as an additional language and 19% are on the SEN register, including 4 children with Educational, Health and Care plans. Our Pupil Premium (additional income provided for the children entitled to free school meals, children from families in the Services and for Looked After Children) is used to support small group work and individual work to ensure these children are not disadvantaged.

The school has achieved Basic Skills Quality Mark in recognition of the high standards and continual developments in basic skills teaching, and Artsmark Gold in recognition of the great importance placed on the creative aspects of the curriculum and recognition of the distinctive breadth of opportunities within the creative arts. The school has been awarded Active Mark as a result of its work within Physical Education, the Director of Public Health Award for Healthy Schools, and ICT Mark in recognition of the provision, teaching and use of ICT within the school. These demonstrate the school's commitment to providing a broad education, so developing children socially, creatively, physically and ac

A number of years ago the school was invited to become a Beacon School to share good practice with other schools and this commitment to working with other schools yhas continued. Last year Widcombe Infant School welcomed many staff from other schools, both within the Local Authority and beyond, to observe good practice. 

Pupils at the end of Infant School attain standards that are well above average for their age, attaining skills and knowledge expected of older children. All groups of pupils achieve equally well. Standards, notably in English and Mathematics are consistently very high when pupils leave the school.

Children enjoy a wide range of activities in the playground, including using the adventure playground equipment, the castle, the climbing wall, the tree house, the teepee, the maze and the senses garden. Our Year 2 children act as play leaders in the playground. The school has its own Forest School area including a campfire, a mud kitchen, den building equipment and bug hotel, as well as allotments to grow vegetables and flowers. The environmental area contains a pond, orchard and meadow.

Our computer suite has 8 computers for the children to use. We take half a class at a time in there for direct Computing learning whilst the other half class learn French. After half the session they swap over. Every child from Reception to Year 2 has regular time in the suite each week. Staff use the projector and interactive whiteboard to model lessons, skills, programs etc. In addition groups of children from each class work in the ICT suite to extend their learning in a range of curriculum areas using ICT as a tool for learning.

All classes learn French and this is extended to incorporate languages spoken by children in the class. In addition children learn about the French culture and we have a link with a partner school in France. Children learn French through songs, stories, topic vocabulary, drama, key vocabulary etc.

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Widcombe C of E Junior School

Widcombe Juniors is a school which offers a real commitment to developing each child as an individual. We provide a creative, engaging and balanced curriculum, full of opportunities, and encourage all our children to make the very most of their personalities, talents and abilities. We aim to be a school that promotes a love of learning and zest for life - a school where everyone says, 'Be the best you can be!'.

Our school has a great variety of strengths which include a strong Arts tradition, high standards of behaviour, a real enthusiasm for celebrating personalities, talents, skills and interests and a firm commitment to providing a high quality learning experience for all.

We aim to ensure a positive and productive partnership which draws on the strengths of individuals and the community and works for the best interests of our children. We know that with a balance of commitment, hard work, good communication, careful planning and a sense of humour we will make Widcombe CofE Junior School 'an exceptional school’.

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Winsley C of E Primary School

Winsley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School is an outstanding school (OFSTED 2011 and SIAMS 2016).

We are a village school with six classes and excellent facilities. Currently we have 170 children on roll. The school has a reputation for a caring, family atmosphere, and is founded on Christian beliefs and values. We encourage children to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences, to develop a love of learning whilst exploring moral and spiritual values through a stimulating curriculum based on lots of hands-on experience. In contributing fully to the life of their school and community, we feel the children learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become more confident in their own learning.

We are proud of both our high standards and our happy, caring and supportive environment.

We hold a School Games Silver Award for all of our sporting achievements and are an Eco School, having also achieved the Silver Award.

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