Junior School Teaching Assistant (Maternity Cover)

The Portsmouth Grammar School |

This vacancy is for a part-time, temporary maternity cover contract from 24th February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. During school terms the hours of work for this part-time role will be 29 hours per week over 5 days.

The Portsmouth Grammar Junior School is a leading co-educational day school located in the historic heart of Portsmouth.

This vacancy is for a part-time, temporary maternity cover contract from 24th February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. As a maternity cover contract the post will be offered for two terms in the first instance i.e. to half term October 2020, with a possibility of extension for up to a full year, i.e. to February half term 2021.

During school terms the hours of work for this part-time role will be 29 hours per week over 5 days. A full time role is for 37.5 hours per week. The expected work pattern will be as follows for the remainder of this academic year but may be adjusted from September 2020;

3 days each week: 08.30 - 13.30

2 days each week: 08.30 - 15.30

TAs are also required to attend all INSET days as set out in the school calendar.

The pro-rata annual salary for this part time role for a term time contract of 40 weeks (which includes PGS term times plus holiday pay) will be £10,478.67, paid pro-rata for the duration of the temporary contract. This pro-rata calculation is based at scale point 11 of the PGS salary scales which from 1st September 2019 is £17,615 for a full time, year round role.

PGS is considering plans for enhanced before school provision for our junior school pupils and therefore there would be the opportunity for the successful candidate to work additional hours in the mornings to support this extended day. This would offer a longer working pattern which commences at 7.15 am each day. These plans are still in development and will be discussed further at interview with shortlisted candidates. Please note it is not a requirement of the role that you are able to offer a start time of 7.15 am but we would like you to be aware of this additional opportunity.

A two course lunch is provided to all staff during term time.

The school will auto-enrol eligible support staff into the NEST pension scheme and also offers an alternative pension scheme with Scottish Widows whereby if the employee contributes 6.5% of salary the school will contribute 8.5%. We also have a non-contributory death-in-service policy.

PGS is an approved operator of the ‘salary sacrifice’ Cycle to Work Scheme. Additional benefits include free use of the school’s Sports facilities which include a well-equipped Fitness Centre.

The school is always looking for innovative ways to improve the working conditions and remuneration of its employees and welcomes suggestions from all staff.

How to apply:

PGS is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure DBS check.

Further information is available on the website at www.pgs.org.uk under the ‘About Us’ section and any queries regarding the vacancy should be emailed to HR@pgs.org.uk. Please note the school will be closed from the end of Friday 20th December, re-opening on Tuesday 2nd January.

An electronic application would be preferable, submitted to Miss Irene Lehmann, PA to Mr Jason Ashcroft, Acting Head of the Junior School, who can be contacted at i.lehmann@pgs.org.uk.

All applicants should complete a support staff application form, with a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter addressed to Mr Jason Ashcroft, Acting Head, The Portsmouth Grammar School Junior School, High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2LN. Please include email addresses whenever available. All applications should be accompanied by the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of two referees.

Candidates are also welcome to apply through the TES website using the application form linked to our PGS advert.

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon, 15th January 2020 and early applications are very much encouraged. Interviews are scheduled to take place during w/c 20th January 2020 on 23rd January 2020.


Further Information


Part-time | Fixed Term
15 January 2020 Closing Date
£10,478.67 pro-rata including holiday pay based on £17,615 for a full time, year round role
High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LN
679 (11-18) Day Boys
464 (11-18) Day Girls

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