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EYFS Teacher

(Maternity Cover)


The Governors of St John’s Catholic Primary School, Tiverton are seeking to appoint a positive and inspiring early years / Key Stage 1 practitioner to cover a maternity leave role in January / February 2019. The role includes 0.4 job-share in Reception and 0.2 PPA/NQT cover in year 1. We are looking for a teacher with experience of teaching in the EYFS who is inspirational, creative, energetic and well-motivated. You will be able to work as part of a team, be dedicated to ensuring all the children make excellent progress across the whole foundation stage curriculum and be able to build strong relationships with our children and their families. A sense of humour and fun is essential! We are keen to accommodate the best candidate who will make a positive impact on our school and standards. Applicants with experience are encouraged to apply.


We offer:


  • A welcoming school with a strong Catholic ethos
  • Children who are polite, happy and motivated to learn
  • A supportive staff team who genuinely want the best for our pupils
  • A commitment to your own professional development


The successful candidate will:


  • Be happy to support the Catholic ethos of our school
  • Be committed to creating challenge, excitement, creativity and independence in learning
  • Be dedicated to raising standards and be a good role model
  • Have excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Be dynamic, resilient and hard working with a positive nature
  • Be able to work as part of a team and establish positive relationships with pupils, parents, governors and staff
  • Have a reflective and evaluative approach to their practice


Required January / February 2019


Salary :MPS


Contract: Maternity cover, Part-time 0.66


Before applying, please do contact Mrs Claire Webber, EYFS Team Leader, or Mrs Caroline James, Headteacher, on 01884 253630 to find out more about the post. Visits to the school are encouraged. To arrange a visit, please contact the admin team by email at or contact the school on 01884 253630.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.


Closing Date: 9am 7th November 2018


Interviews: 15th November 2018


Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email on November 8th





Clerk to Governors

Job Description

Send new governors induction materials and ensure they have access to appropriate documents, including any agreed Code of Practice

Contribute to the induction of governors taking on new roles, in particular chair or chair of a committee

With the chair and headteacher prepare a focused agenda for the governing body meeting and committee meeting

Liaise with those preparing papers to make sure they are available on time, and distribute the agenda and papers as required by legislation or other regulations;

Ensure meetings are quorate

Record the attendance of governors at meetings (and any apologies – whether they have been accepted or not), and take appropriate action in relation to absences, including advising absent governors of the date of the next meeting

Draft minutes of governing body meetings, indicating who is responsible for any agreed action with timescales, and send drafts to the chair and (if agreed by the governing body), the headteacher

Circulate the reviewed draft to all governors (members of the committee), the headteacher (if not a governor) and other relevant body, such as the local authority/diocese/foundation/trust as agreed by the governing body and within the timescale agreed with the governing body

Follow-up any agreed action points with those responsible and inform the chair of progress

Advise governors and appointing bodies in advance of the expiry of a governor’s term of office, so elections or appointments can be organised in a timely manner;

Chair that part of the meeting at which the chair is elected, giving procedural advice concerning conduct of this and other elections

Maintain a register of governor pecuniary interests and ensure the record of governors’ business interests is reviewed regularly and lodged within the school;

Ensure Disclosure and Barring (DBS) has been carried out on any governor when it is appropriate to do so

Maintain a record of training undertaken by members of the governing body; and

Maintain governor meeting attendance records and advise the chair of potential disqualification through lack of attendance

Advise the governing body on succession planning (of all roles, not just the chair)

Maintain up to date records of the names, addresses and category of governing body members and their term of office, and inform the governing body and any relevant authorities of any changes to its membership

Maintain copies of current terms of reference and membership of any committees and working parties and any nominated governors e.g. Child-protection, SEND


Purpose of role

Provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. The new regulations require governing bodies to have regard to advice from the clerk in regards to exercising the governing body functions:

Provide effective administrative support to the governing body and its committees.

Ensure the governing body is properly constituted

Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements


Main Responsibilities

Advise the governing body on governance legislation and procedural matters where necessary before, during and after meetings

Act as the first point of contact for governors with queries on procedural matters;

Have access to appropriate legal advice, support and guidance, and where necessary seek advice and guidance from third parties on behalf of the governing body;

Inform the governing body of any changes to its responsibilities as a result of a change in school status or changes in the relevant legislation

Offer advice on best practice in governance, including on committee structures and self-evaluation

Ensure that statutory policies are in place, and are revised when necessary, with the assistance of staff

Advises on the annual calendar of governing body meetings and tasks


Please Apply by letter to

St Johns Catholic Primary School

Melbourne Street


EX16 5LB

or Via E-mail: