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The Downs School is a coeducational, comprehensive school serving the scattered rural community of the Berkshire Downs and beyond. The location has good road links to Newbury, Reading, Didcot and Oxford - situated 10 minutes from the A34. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and are firmly committed to establishing first class standards and are proud of our achievements. Our expectations are high and this is reflected in our very successful academic record. The School was inspected in June 2013 under the new framework and was judged 'Outstanding'. The Downs School is a stimulating and friendly environment to work in and also offers an excellent established induction and CPD programme to support staff. Compton CE Primary School has been federated with The Downs School since July 2012.

All applications must be on the school application form and supported by a covering letter, addressed to the Headteacher, outlining suitability for the post. Please send your completed application form to Mrs N Kenyon, Personnel Manager. Alternatively, you can email your completed application to: recruitment@thedownsschool.org.

Further details about the school and any advertised posts may be obtained by contacting Mrs N Kenyon, Personnel Manager. Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding

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The Downs 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 applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of any recruitment process, the school collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The school is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. Please view our privacy notice for job applicants for further information. Please address any enquiries on this to the data protection officer


Temporary Teacher of Business Studies

Closing Date: 29th June 2018
Proposed Start Date: September 2018
Salary: Mainscale/Upper Pay Range
Contract type: Permanent and Part-time (Full-time considered if relevant second subject is offered)

We are looking to appoint a talented teacher of Business Studies, applications from NQTs welcomed.

You will be required to teach across KS4 and KS5 Business Studies (GCSE, BTEC and A-Level)

You will:

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Humanities Teacher

Closing Date: 22nd June 2018
Proposed Start Date: September 2018 or January 2019
Salary: Main/Upper Pay Scale
Contract type: Full Time and Permanent

We seek an enthusiastic and well qualified teacher who is passionate about teaching and learning and who has the energy, drive and vision to join our highly successful Humanities Faculty. There will be the opportunity to teach across the Humanities Faculty, particularly History. NQTs are welcome to apply.

The Humanities Faculty consists of History, RE, Geography and Business Studies, with History, RE and Geography taught across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5, and Business Studies at KS4 and KS5. All subjects are popular options for our students.

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Head of Geography

Closing Date: 21st June 2018
Proposed Start Date: September 2018 or January 2019
Salary: Main/Upper Scale Plus TLR 2b £4,440
Contract type: Full Time and Permanent

We are currently seeking an experienced Geography teacher with the ability to take on the responsibility of Head of Geography or have the ambition and enthusiasm to do so with support from the Humanities Faculty.

You will be self-motivated, independent and have the ability to deliver quality teaching across the curriculum at GCSE and A Level, AQA specification is taught for both. Geography is a highly popular subject with students at both GCSE and A Level. The Humanities faculty is ‘outstanding’ with results consistently exceeding national averages.

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Learning Supervisor

Closing Date: 10th June 2018
Proposed Start Date: September 2018
Salary: Band F (Band Range 21-26) Full time salary £20,541-£23,866 per annum to be pro-rata for part time hours and term time only (Hourly rate £10.65-£12.37)
Contract type: Term Time and Part Time – 32.5 hours per week + 1 INSET day.

We are looking to recruit a confident and resourceful Learning Supervisor. You will work as part of an experienced and dedicated team and will be expected to cover lessons for teacher absences. This will include issuing (not setting) work, managing behaviour, responding to students' general queries and ensuring students are working to their full potential, whilst keeping them on task.

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Teaching Assistant

Proposed Start Date: September 2018
Salary: West Berks Salary Band B. Range Point 7 – 11, (£8.55 - £8.82 per hour)
Contract type: Term Time and Part Time (27.08 hours per week), plus 1 Inset day in September. 09:00-15:15 Monday-Friday

A fantastic opportunity to provide teachers and the SEN team with practical support. You will work either individually or with small groups of children to promote positive learning and behaviour.

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Proposed start date: as soon as possible
Salary: West Berks salary band B. Hourly rate £8.19 per hour
Contract type: Permanent and part-time. Either an early morning shift (starting 06:00) or afternoon shift (starting 15:15). Approximately 2.25 hours per day. Term time only.

This is an opportunity to join an established team of cleaners with The Downs School.

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