Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Fixed Term, Maternity Cover)

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Establishment: Northfield Primary School Location: Northfield Primary School Salary: £21,002.16 - £23,016.34 per annum Department: EYFS Job Type: Part Time
Closing Date: 12/04/2024 10:00 Interview Date: wc 15/04/2024 Start Date: As soon as possible

Additional Information

Contract Type: Fixed Term (08/04/2025) Contract Term: TTO - Term time only Hours per Week: 31.25 Weeks per Year: 38.000 Pay Grade: Grade 7, Scale Range 18 - 23

The Role

Ref: SCH-PAT-0459

Are you seeking a new and rewarding challenge? Do you have a genuine passion for making a difference? If your answer is a resounding 'Yes,' then you might be the ideal candidate we're searching for.

What we are looking for

We are seeking an enthusiastic, hardworking, motivated qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant to become part of our team at Northfield Primary School on a fixed term, maternity cover contract. We are looking for someone with a pro active 'can-do' attitude and a passion for doing whatever it takes. Beyond that, we are looking for an individual who demonstrates the potential to excel in their role.

The successful candidate will be responsible for complementing the professional work of teachers by taking work for agreed learning activities, which may include planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for pupils, and assessing, recording and reporting on pupils’ achievement, progress and development. This role will be predominantly based in EYFS, however they may be some need for the successful candidate to also support KS1 and KS2.

This is a 31.25 hours per week, term time only, fixed term maternity cover contract, with an end date of April 2025. The working hours for this role are 08:15 – 15:15 Monday to Friday.

Our School

Northfield Primary School with Communication Resource joined Pontefract Academies Trust in December 2023. Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi-Academy Trust comprising of nine schools: seven primaries and two 11 – 16 secondary schools. Our schools are run for the benefit of children and young people, and we have unwavering focus on achievement which is paramount so that all of our children and young people enjoy greater life chances. We aim to provide professional work environments where our people have the support and tools to do a great job and push our children and young people to scale new heights in a safe and secure environment.

Northfield Primary School are proud to have recently joined one of the country’s highest performing Trusts. Our school is firmly rooted in our local community and we believe that strong community ties enhance the educational experience for our students. We believe in laying the foundations on which children can build their futures. Our staff work hard to instill an early love for learning; they aim to capture and nurture it, enabling our children to grow into confident, independent and successful individuals. 

Benefits - What we can offer you?

At Northfield Primary School, every member of our team, whether in teaching or support roles, plays a pivotal part in contributing to the ongoing success of our students. In return, we provide a wealth of benefits, as we believe Our People Matter.

  • Experience the warm, welcoming, and social environment at Northfield Primary School, often praised by visitors for its positive atmosphere and the exceptional friendliness and supportiveness of our staff.
  • We highly value every member of our team, and we are proud of our focus on professional learning and development as we are of our reputation.
  • Our highly visible senior leadership team is there to support you throughout the school day, along with a collaborative team of colleagues within the department and across the school.
  • As a staff member, benefit from our employee assistance program, offering services such as physiotherapy, 24/7 GP access, and personal or professional advice on legal, health, finance, wellbeing, and more.
  • Enjoy additional perks like free on-site parking, flu jabs, childcare vouchers, gym discounts, a cycle-to-work scheme, and much more.
  • We offer a very generous pension scheme with an impressive employer contribution and life assurance of at least three times your salary.

This is not an exhaustive list, but just some of the reasons to be a proud member of Pontefract Academies Trust, Northfield Primary School, and our community!


We're always thrilled to connect with potential applicants before interviews. If you're curious to learn more or would like to experience the warmth of our wonderful school through a visit, please feel free to reach out at 01977 651291.

To submit your application, kindly click here to access our website and utilise our Face-Ed system. The deadline for submissions is 10am on 04 March 2024. We're genuinely excited about the prospect of receiving your application and getting to know you better.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer, extending a warm welcome to applications from individuals of all backgrounds. At the Pontefract Academies Trust, our unwavering commitment is to provide full support and ensure the safety of children and young people. We are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting their welfare at all times.

It's important to note that any employment offer is subject to the successful receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and completion of pre-employment checks. Additionally, shortlisted applicants will be invited to provide a self-declaration form, reinforcing our commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all.


Qualification Title Grade
Higher Level Teaching Assistant Qualification
5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4/Grade C or higher, including English and Maths (or equivalent grades/qualifications) Grade 4/C or higher

Related Documents

Higher Level Teaching Assistant Job Description & Person Specification Higher Level Teaching Assistant JD & PS (2024_02_05).pdf Download

Safeguarding Information

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from everyone.

The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare.  Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks (including online checks). Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide a self-declaration form. 


Northfield Primary School

Northfield Lane
South Kirkby
West Yorkshire

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