Academic Mentor- Hexham Middle School
Hadrian Learning Trust
Pro rata Salary: from £16 953 (SCP 7) rising to £18 150 (SCP 11) per annum
Full-time / part-time
6th Jun 2023
At Hexham Middle School, we are seeking a highly motivated Academic Mentor to provide targeted academic support (small group and 1:1 sessions) across years 5 to 8. We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed person who places pupil success and strong relationships at the heart of what they do.
- Support Staff Contract, Band 4, 32.5 Hours per week, term time plus 5 additional days
- Pro rata Salary: from £16 953 (SCP 7) rising to £18 150 (SCP 11) per annum
- Fixed Term Contract until 31 August 2024(with a possibility of extension)
- Closing Date: Tuesday 6th June 9.30am
- Start Date: September 2023
Working under the direction of our Academic Support Coordinator, you will be at the forefront of our academic support programme. You will work with colleagues, pupils, and their parents/carers to build strong, positive relationships to enable all pupils to fulfil their potential. You will be ambitious for the success of all pupils and will establish an environment where high expectations and targeted support are fully embedded.
At Hexham Middle School, we believe in providing rapid targeted support where it is needed. We implement a wide range of support strategies to ensure that pupils build the foundations of essential skills in literacy and numeracy, and you will be at the forefront of this provision. This exciting role will involve supporting pupils who struggle with reading and will include delivering regular phonics sessions for those who have gaps in their knowledge. The role will also involve working as part of our ‘Key Worker’ team supporting a group of pupils with additional needs, reviewing SEND Support Plans and liaising with parents/carers and pupils.
The successful applicant will access a supportive induction and training package. Training specific to the post will be provided by school, such as training in early reading and phonics support. Part time applications will be considered.
We are a large and flourishing middle school set in the historical market town of Hexham and are co-located with Queen Elizabeth High School as part of Hadrian Learning Trust. In September 2021, we moved into brand new school buildings with state-of-the-art learning facilities. We cherish the strong partnerships that exist between pupils, parents/carers, staff, and the local community making this a successful, friendly, and welcoming school. Pupils at Hexham Middle have an eagerness to learn and achieve very well academically. We pride ourselves on the care we give the children at our school.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a satisfactory Certificate of Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If you wish to speak to someone regarding the vacancy, please contact Rachael Stokes on 01434 610362. Applicants are encouraged to visit our school and can arrange appointments via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Rachael on the above phone number.
Closing date for applications: 9.30am Tuesday 6th June 2023.
We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this advert at any time.
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Hadrian Learning Trust
Hadrian Learning Trust was established as an academy converter in 2016. The Trust currently comprises Queen Elizabeth High School (with circa 1300 students aged 13-19) and Hexham Middle School (with circa 460 students aged 9-13).
About Queen Elizabeth High School
Queen Elizabeth High School
Queen Elizabeth High School provides the highest standard of education to the people of Tynedale. We are an excellent school with a sixth form which outperforms most other state and voluntary-aided schools and colleges in the North East of England. Our success is due to having a shared ethos and a strong partnership between students, parents and the local community, and we want to recruit the best staff to help us achieve our vision of being the best school in the region.
Our attainment is high. In 2019, our Attainment 8 score was 53.3, with a Progress 8 of 0.29. While proud of our students’ success, we are far from complacent and aspire for our Year 11 students to make the best progress possible. Our sixth form is truly outstanding and invites comparison with the best state schools in the country. With an average grade of B at A-Level, and an average vocational grade of distinction*-, over 160 students each year progress from our sixth form to a range of universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group. A number of our students also progress to exciting apprenticeships and vocational schools / conservatoires for a range of disciplines. We have been placed 2nd out of all state schools in the North-East of England for two years running in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings (based on attainment at GCSE and A Level).
Reasons for Our Success
Our curriculum currently offers a greater choice of subjects than most schools. Our Year 9 courses prepare students for their GCSE studies whilst at the same time ensuring that students receive a broad and balanced education. The advice and guidance offered to students ensures that the GCSE courses chosen by students best suit their needs and abilities. The size of our sixth form and the subject expertise of our teachers allow us to run a range of exciting courses at KS5. Our historically strong performance in maths attracts over 60 students each year to study maths and a further 15 or more to study further maths. Our vocational offer in sport, music performance, media, IT, health and social care and business allows students the opportunity to go on to study specialist vocational degrees at university.
Our last Ofsted inspection (April 2019) recognised our achievement in producing well-rounded and happy students. Each year, physics students visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and our Human Rights group travels to the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in India. One of our great strengths as a school is our links with the local, national and international communities, whether this is through sport and arts or through our charity work, Fairtrade group, hospital concerts or foreign visits. This year our students will participate in foreign exchange visits linked to schools in Spain and Germany. We also run an annual expedition to Morocco. Our renowned commitment to the performing arts can be seen through our weekly youth theatre and fantastic productions such as “Les Miserables” in December 2019. Our musicians put on concerts in autumn and spring and we have numerous choirs (including a boys’ choir) which perform at Hexham Abbey and to the local community. The opportunities for our students to take part in sport are considerable and they compete at a very high level whether individually or in teams. Our rowing team competes and is successful nationally and the school has produced Olympic athletes and rowers.
Continuing professional development is bringing about significant improvements in leadership and teaching, and a very strong Pastoral Team ensures that barriers to learning which affect outcomes for students are reduced. Our key to success in recent years has been to recruit the best staff we can and to provide a supportive but challenging environment in which they can develop as professionals.
About Hexham Middle School
Hexham Middle School is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational, middle secondary school situated in Hexham, Northumberland. It is an academy converter that is part of the multi-academy Hadrian Learning Trust, which currently sponsors one other school, Queen Elizabeth High School.
Hexham opened as an academy in September 2016. It provides 635 places for middle school students between the ages of 9 and 13 when fully subscribed.
Values & Vision
Hexham is a school that prides itself on being friendly, safe and welcoming, at the same time as providing its students with an environment where they are encouraged to reach their full academic potential.
The school ethos is built on the values of mutual respect and tolerance. Teachers never underestimate the positive effect of extra-curricular activities to enhance students’ educational experience. Hexham is committed to growing students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and mindset, helping them to develop the confidence they will need to make their next steps into further education and the world of work.
“The executive headteacher, ably supported by the head of school, senior team and governing body, is determined to make the school the very best it can be. The school continues to improve at a pace. Currently, from their different starting points, pupils make good progress in most subjects, including English and mathematics. Extra-curricular activities are given a high priority, as leaders say that ‘arts, sport and other opportunities help shape pupils as individuals and as citizens of the wider world’.”Visit School Website