After School Care Assistant (Chorister)

Hours: 10 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 4pm – 6pm (Term Time only) 

Salary: NMW, Pro rota (actual salary): £4526.35

Start Date: September 2024

Pension: The School provides a workplace pension, this is a money purchase scheme, where members contribute a minimum of 3% of eligible salary and the School 5%. 

Annual leave: 25 days (increasing to 30 after each years’ service), plus 8 Bank Holidays, pro rotated.

Junior School

The Junior School caters for children aged 3 to 11, offering a happy, safe environment for children. We blend the best of the traditions of independent Prep school education with forward thinking teaching methods and practices. We are immensely proud of our pupils, not only for their impressive academic achievements, but also for their kindness and consideration, their generosity of spirit and respect for others. We aim to build resilience, a passion for learning and the pursuit of excellence in all that we do. In addition, every pupil is given a rich, broad and exciting curriculum in small classes where they will always have personal attention and never be part of a crowd. Teaching is planned and delivered according to detailed knowledge of every child.

Our staff are dedicated to the various roles they play, leading learning and enabling children to grow in confidence and develop the skills needed for success in life. In the classroom, on the sports field, in the boarding house, the kitchen, the office – throughout the school – our staff are of the very highest calibre. They take a pride in getting to know and care about every child as an individual.

The school offers wraparound care, with a wide range of after-school clubs and activities ranging from art to multi-sports; from dance to board games. We also offer weekly and flexible mid-week boarding. Mid-week boarding is particularly popular, and groups of friends often book in together for a school sleepover, which is enjoyed by pupils and appreciated by busy parents. 

We are a happy school, small enough for everyone to know everyone else and feel part of the team that we are, yet large enough for everyone to have the space to develop in their own way. 

Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation is committed to promoting the safeguarding of children and expects all employees to share this commitment. any job will be made subject to satisfactory checks, including an enhanced DBS disclosure. DCSF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Duties for Supervised Prep/After School Care Assistant

  • Supervise after school break and complete the register for the Prep room.
  • Create a positive, safe and happy environment.
  • Supervise children completing their Prep after school.
  • Ensure a high standard of behaviour.
  • Log children out on departure, liaising with parents.
  • Serve snack tea to pupils. 
  • Maintain a tidy area and clear away at the end of the session.
  • Ensure all children have been collected by a relevant parent or guardian.
  • Be aware of all the relevant safeguarding and health and safety requirements. 
  • Report any Safeguarding, pastoral or other concerns about a pupil to a member of Senior Leadership or Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Attend INSET days incorporating staff training and staff meetings and line management meetings as appropriate.
  • Any other duties that may reasonably be required by the Headmistress.

 Essential Job Requirements  

  • Ability to use own initiative.  
  • Have a willing and proactive nature.  
  • Capability to work well under pressure.  
  • A caring, fun-loving, team player who enjoys working with young people. 
  • An understanding of the principles of wrap-around care provision. 
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, adaptable, discreet and tolerant. 
  • Good organisation and communication skills. 
  • Experience of working within a team and independently/unsupervised.  
  • Minimum of Maths and English at grade C or above or equivalent. 
  • Friendly and approachable. 
  • Helpful, proactive and positive attitude. 
  • Able to meet the needs of a diverse community. 
  • Flexible attitude to working practices and demands. 
  • Responsible and trustworthy when working unsupervised. 

 Desirable Job Requirements  

  • Knowledge of Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation.  
  • Experience of working within the education sector. 
  • Experience of working in a similar setting. 
  • First Aid, Food Hygiene, Child Protection, Fire Safety are desirable but training will be provided.  
  • Proactive approach to continuous personal development. 

Completed Non-teaching post applications should be returned to Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation, HR Manager by email: [email protected].

Please find the application form here.

Closing Date for applications: Thursday 20 June 2024, noon

Interviews:  Thursday 27 June 2024