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Governor Vacancies - Voluntary Opportunity

What are we looking for?

Our Governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School and are the link between the School and the community it serves. We are currently looking for a new Co-opted Governor and will be looking for Parent Governors in September.  We are looking for anyone who has:

  • an interest in the performance of the school.
  • a desire to contribute to and represent the community.
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • the ability to look at issues objectively
  • the confidence to ask questions and join in debate.
  • a willingness to listen and make informed judgements
  • the ability to work well with others
  • time to spare
  • a child or children currently attending Pathfield School (essential for elected Parent Governors, although Co-opted Governors may also have children at the School)

If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at  Pathfield School .  Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and with as wide a range of interests as possible.

 What can we offer?

  • A chance to develop skills in strategic management
  • The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our School
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific School management issues
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to our School
  • The pleasure of helping students reach their potential

What is the Governing Body’s Role?
The Governing Body of our school plays a key role in:

  • setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.
  • monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.
  • finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the headteacher and therefore the performance of his/her staff and the school as a whole.
  • deciding policy and future development plans
  • upholding good governance and working towards the success of Pathfield School.

The Governing Body works together as a team:

  • sometimes the whole governing body is involved - there are a minimum of six meetings of the Full Governing Body each year
  • Governors also belong to one or more committees which meet at least termly.
  • All Governing body meetings are held during the day, usually on a Thursday.
  • sometimes Governors work in smaller working groups or monitoring pairs, looking at specific areas of the school’s work in more detail.
  • Some Governors have specific responsibilities – for example, Special Educational Needs, Health & Safety, Learning outside the classroom
  • In addition to a full and detailed induction programme, all Governors have the opportunity to undertake further training to build on existing skills or to help develop new ones

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding. Please don’t be put off by thinking that you have to have specialist expertise or knowledge. Enthusiasm and interest is much more important to start with and there is tried and tested training and support available to help you throughout the four years term of office. And remember, you will be joining a long established governing body and will be supported by fellow governors with many years of combined experience.

Please contact Jo Boydd via e-mail for further information.

Meal Time Assistant

Responsible to : Class/Head Teacher

Hours                 : 7.5 per week (38 weeks per annum term time only)

Hours of Work   : As agreed with the Head Teacher

Closing Date:        Tuesday 31st October 

The following is an outline of the range of duties that can be expected of Mealtime Assistants.  It is not a comprehensive or exclusive list and duties may be varied from time to time, according to the needs of the school and the pupils, which do not change the general character of the job or the level of responsibility entailed. Mealtime Assistants will be required to work in any area of the school at the discretion of the Head Teacher.

Pupils may be given their meals in several different areas of the school, most eat in the school hall which is used as a dining room during mealtimes, however nursery/infant pupils will normally eat in their classroom and PMLD pupils in one of the special care classes.  From time to time the Head Teacher may designate other areas to be used.

General Duties

  1. Ensure that pupils using the dining room have clean hands.
  2. Encourage good table manners and orderly behaviour in the dining room.
  3. Assist pupils in handling knives and forks, and if necessary cut up their food
  4. Encourage pupils to eat the meal provided and encourage them in the avoidance of waste.
  5. Advise the supervising teacher of any pupil failing to eat their meal.
  6. Supervise the orderly return of empties to the kitchen counter.
  7. Where there are multiple sittings wipe down tables between sittings.
  8. Clean up after spillage of food, water or sickness in the dining area during the service of the meal.
  9. Undertake playground duty, supervising by circulating amongst pupils. Pairs of Mealtime Assistants should not carry out this surveillance.
  10. Supervise pupils in other areas for example during lunchtime club activities, wet weather etc.
  11. Assist in the treatment of minor accidents and ensure that they are brought to the attention of the Head Teacher or Teacher on Duty and appropriately recorded.
  12. Report any untoward circumstances or incidents to the Head Teacher or Teacher on Duty.
  13. Ensure that pupils do not leave the school without permission of the Head Teacher.
  14. Assist the Head Teacher as required in order to care for the safety and well being of pupils.
  15. Have due regard to the safety and security of the school, its staff and pupils by:
  • Keeping confidential any access codes, which are given to them and securing all external doors and gates as directed.
  • Reporting any strangers in or in very close proximity to the school to the school office (bona fide visitors will always be accompanied by a member of staff, and/or be wearing a proper visitors pass).
  • Making themselves familiar with the procedures in the event of fire or other emergency and the means of raising an alarm.

Additional Duties

In addition to the foregoing Mealtime Assistants working within a school such as Pathfield are expected to be flexible and may be called upon to carryout the following additional duties:

  1. Participating in training programmes (where this requires additional hours of work these will be paid for and agreed with the member staff).
  2. Assisting in ensuring pupils are clean before and after meals and assisting in toilet routines.
  3. Feeding those pupils unable to do so themselves, and where necessary preparing the food for their consumption e.g. liquidising.
  4. Moving and lifting pupils with physical disabilities.

Application form and further details from School Business Manager Jackie Hamill, jhamill@pathfield.devon.sch.uk

Music Teacher - Part Time

Responsible to : Head Teacher

Hours                 : 13 hours per week (39 weeks per annum term time only)

Closing Date:      Monday 8th January 

Pathfield School is a vibrant learning environment inspiring interaction, achievement and independence. From EYFS through to Post 16, our pupils access a bespoke learning and communication package to challenge their educational progress, working in partnership with multi-agency professionals and families. A sound knowledge and understanding of learning opportunities in a Special School is essential. You will be expected to engage in regular training to secure your continued professional development. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for the successful applicant. 

Please click here to download an application form. Completed application forms to be sent to Jackie Hamill, School Business Manager-  jhamill@pathfield.devon.sch.uk

Teaching Assistant & Teaching Assistant (to support KS4 boys with challenging behaviours and SLD/ASC)

Responsible to : Head Teacher

Hours                 : 28.75 hours per week (40 weeks per annum term time only)

Closing Date:      Friday 5th January 

A sound knowledge and understanding of learning opportunities in a Special School is essential. You will need to evidence how you would support learning to maximise pupil progress and how you would present professionally at all times. An ability to positively accept and follow direction is essential in order to maximise pupil learning and contribute to an inspiring learning environment. 

You will be expected to engage in regular training to secure your continued professional development.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for the successful applicant. This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. 

Application form and further details from the School Business Manager Jackie Hamill -  jhamill@pathfield.devon.sch.uk