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

Support Assistant Level 2 x3 positions

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

£18,887- £19,264 per annum pro-rata (Actual Salary £16,642 - £16,975 per annum)

St Mary's Catholic School is part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, you will be employed by the Board of Governors.

St Mary's Catholic School

Benton Park Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


Headteacher: E Patterson

*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 £9.90 an hour.*

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

Term Time Only + 11 additional days as confirmed by the school

Fixed Term Contract - Oct 2022-Aug 2023

Required from October 2022

The Governors wish to appoint up to three Learning Support Assistants to join our existing team and to support students, especially those with SEND, throughout the school. The successful applicants 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. In addition, we are looking for individuals who can engage with students and support them in overcoming a range of learning difficulties. The successful candidates would also need to be prepared to support the Catholic/Christian ethos at St Mary’s in this role. Full training and unstinting support will be available, to allow the successful candidates to flourish in these posts. English to GCSE or equivalent is required and previous experience of working with children or young people, especially those with SEND, would be ideal. There is a strong possibility that there will be permanent LSA posts 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 23rd September, 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:

23 September 2022

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