St Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7PE

Support Assistant Level 2

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time - term time plus specified days

£20,812- £21,189 per annum pro-rata, actual £18,010 - £18,337 per annum

This school has 'Academy' status and you will not be directly employed by Newcastle City Council.

St Mary's Catholic School

Benton Park Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


Headteacher: E Patterson

NOR c.1450

*This post attracts a Living Wage supplement. In addition to the hourly rate, this post will receive the Living Wage supplement to bring the hourly rate up to a minimum of £10.90 an hour.*

37 hrs per week (8.30am-4.30pm Mon, 8.00am-4.00pm Tues -Thurs, Fri 8.00-3.30pm)

Term Time Only + 7 Days On-Call as confirmed by the school

Fixed Term Contract January to August 2023

Required from January 2023

The Governors wish to appoint a Learning Support Assistant to join our existing team and to support students, especially those with SEND, throughout the school. The successful applicant will be hard working, flexible, and have excellent communication skills. It is essential that any applicant enjoys working with and supporting young people, as this is an essential part of the role, however we encourage you to apply, even if you do not already have direct experience of working with children or young people, as full training and unstinting support will be given. We are looking for an individual who can engage with students and support them in overcoming a range of learning difficulties. The successful candidate would also need to be prepared to support the Catholic/Christian ethos at St Mary’s in this role. English to GCSE or equivalent is required.

There is a strong possibility that there will be permanent LSA post at the end of this school year.

St Mary’s is a very popular and happy school, rated Outstanding by the Diocese and Ofsted. We became an academy in 2013 and enjoy outstanding facilities in a new building, which opened in 2011. We joined the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust in June 2020. We are also very popular with parents and are one of the most over-subscribed schools in the North-East. The roll has grown from around 1100 five years ago to over 1450 by September 2021, with 5 year groups of around 240. The Sixth Form currently has over 270 students, but will grow to around 300 in the next couple of years, as larger and strongly academic year groups move into Sixth Form. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a highly successful and forward thinking school.

In addition, we are engaged in school to school support, initial teacher training and CPD and leadership development across the region. As a result, further opportunities for professional development are wide-ranging and an added attraction for potential new staff.

If you require any further information about the post, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Douds, Director of Finance and Support Services on 0191 215 3264.

Application packs are available to download from our school website.

Your completed application form, letter and reference consent form should be returned, marked for the attention of Louise Douds, Director of Finance and Support Services, to the school address, or alternatively, emailed to

Closing date: 9.00am on Friday 9th December 2022. Interviews are likely to be held shortly after this date.

The school is fully committed to safeguarding and the welfare of children and young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and an online search for shortlisted candidates, as part of our due diligence.

Fixed Term

Closing date:

9 December 2022

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