Castleton Primary School - Early Years / Key Stage 1 Advanced Teaching Assistant

Castleton Primary School
Early Years / Key Stage 1 Advanced Teaching Assistant (with MSA responsibilities)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 9am, Monday 17th June 2024
Interviews: Week commencing 24th June 2024
Start date: September or ASAP 
Hours per week: 12 hours hour per week (11 hours ATA & 1 hour MSA), Monday & Tuesday 9am – 3:30pm, with potential for additional ad hoc hours
The values shown below are estimates and are subject to change and are based on the actual annual salary (and not subject to pro-rata):
ATA Pay: Grade CD: 4-6, £5,966.40-6,157.85 
MSA Pay: Grade AB: 2, £529.20
Total annual salary (estimate): £6,495.06-£6,687.05
Are you an ATA wanting work in a supportive group of schools that provide training, learning and career development opportunities? Or are you a TA currently working on achieving your level 3 NQT looking to progress in your career?

Context of the school
A rural forest school
Our breath-taking rural location is embraced by the school, including use of local woodland to support our high-quality forest school provision. Pupils talk passionately about their local community and its heritage and are also aspirational about their future plans.


We believe that all children should have regular opportunities to engage in outdoor learning.


Our forest school provision provides opportunities for children to develop a wide range of skills, as shown in the document below.


We are fortunate to have extensive grounds, hiding behind our school building, which include tiered gardens with a pond, greenhouse, forest school area, quiet zone and adventure playground. Within these areas, our pupils have frequent opportunities to observe wildlife (we have an owl box and bird houses), learn across different curriculum areas and much more!


Our staff are committed to providing a wealth of opportunities to all pupils. Our broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum is grounded in the locality and we pride ourselves on having strong community links. Pupils are provided with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, excellent resources - including 1:1 iPads – and daily access to our extensive school grounds. Pupils have regular swimming lessons and have the opportunity to compete in cross-school events linked to sports, technology and the Arts. We offer instrumental lessons taught by a peripatetic teacher and we are currently working towards the Arts Award Discover. Many pupils enjoy taking on leadership responsibilities, including being a school council representative.
We are proud to be a founding member of the Yorkshire Endeavour Academy Trust and opportunities to work collaboratively with pupils from other schools within the Trust are actively planned into the school year. We ensure that pupils from our small village community have opportunities to develop confidence and build relationships with their peers beyond Castleton, in preparation for their eventual transition to secondary school. 
Staff have high expectations of all pupils and are keen to develop their resilience, independence and communication skills. Staff, pupils, parents and governors have worked together to create a set of oaths, which aim to enhance pupils’ broader development during their time at Castleton in order to ensure that all pupils are effectively prepared for the next stage of their educational journey. 
Our opportunity
We are looking for a talented individual who can work in our early years and key stage 1 class supporting the class teacher in delivering high-quality lessons. 
Experience working as an ATA is preferred, however, we would be willing to support TA candidates who are currently working on achieving their level 3 NQT or equivalent qualification. 


As well as the ATA, you will have Midday Supervisory Assistant duties, ensuring our pupils safely enjoy their lunch and playtime. There are also regular additional hours available across Castleton and our partner school, Glaisdale.
We can offer you:
  • A warm, happy school where we value everyone and have a philosophy of kindness and support for each other
  • Happy and enthusiastic children
  • A school with exciting and attractive learning environments, including extensive outdoor spaces
  • A leadership team who welcome fresh ideas and a sense of teamwork
Queries / Visits or call with the Head
Visits to the school and informal chats with our Headteacher Olly Cooper are welcomed. Please contact Chloe Bullen on 01609 536 964 or via 


Chloe has been has been engaged to support us with recruiting to this exciting opportunity.


Application Process

Application Pack

Please apply via NYC Jobs
An email will be sent to shortlisted candidates with details of the shortlisting outcome and interview process.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.  All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

When applying please take into account the following:


Supporting Information
The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification (see application pack). This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.
When completing your application, please provide two employment referees. Generally, this is your current and most recent employer. If you are unsure please get in touch. 

An enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure is required for this post you must be prepared to apply for such a disclosure if appointed.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We have a robust child protection policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please note this post is in regulated activity and exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS criminal records and barred list check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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Castleton Primary School - Early Years / Key Stage 1 Advanced Teaching Assistant
Location: Castleton Community Primary School - Academy