Employment Opportunities at Newton Prep
Providing balance and breadth in all aspects of a child's education; intellectual, aesthetic, physical, moral and spiritual.
Newton Prep’s most important resource is its staff and the school aims to recruit, reward and retain the best.
Generous pay and conditions, and the chance to work in the nation’s capital city are just some of the reasons why our staff choose to work at Newton Prep. But perhaps the main reason we are able to recruit the best, is that this is a happy school to work in.
Recruitment, Selection & Disclosure Policy and Procedure
Posts we are currently seeking to fill
- If you are interested in applying, please read the 'Recruitment Selection & Disclosure Policy and Procedure' and complete the Application Form above. If you have any queries, please call Ms Pauline Hourigan, our HR Manager, on 0207 720 4091 extn 1254 or email email@example.com
Bursary Office Manager Job Description and Person Specification
Science Teaching Assistant Job Description and Person Specification
Newton Prep does not run any formal programmes for students who are in between school and university but is willing to consider requests from students who would like to spend their gap year at the school helping with a range of duties. Your tasks will be varied and will include some administrative duties such as photocopying, laminating, maintaining display boards; assisting teachers in the classroom in a variety of different subjects; helping the Sports department with fixtures, assisting the Drama and Music departments with a variety of school events such as end of term plays, concerts and Sports Day.
If you enjoy working with children, are able to use your initiative and take responsibility, please send your C.V. and covering letter to the HR Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Whilst priority will be given to applicants who can commit for a complete academic year we are happy to consider applications from applicants who are only available for two terms.
- Applicants need to be be aged 18 or over.
- Applicants will be subject to child protection screening, including an Enhanced DBS check .
School Direct Programme:
Newton Prep is not a training institution and does not participate in the School Direct Programme.
Teaching staff benefit from teaching a dynamic curriculum to motivated and talented pupils in well resourced modern facilities which include three state-of-the-art science laboratories and ICT suites; two art studios; two gymnasiums; a sports hall; two large outdoor areas for PE/Games, plus an all-weather pitch; an auditorium and recital hall, and large garden.
The curriculum is taught by subject specialists from Year 4 upwards. French is taught from Reception and Latin from Year 5. Pupils who stay on for Years 7 and 8 follow the Common Entrance syllabuses leading to transfer to senior independent schools at 13+.
Streaming and setting according to ability and achievement are widely used to enhance learning throughout the school. The average class size is 16 with 20 being the desired maximum. The Nursery year has two classes as do Years 7 and 8; the rest of the school has four classes per year group. Each Reception and Year 1 class has a full-time teaching assistant, whilst in Year 2, two assistants work between four classes.
We expect our teaching staff to have a recognised teaching qualification equivalent to BA (Ed), BEd or PGCE combined with a strong work ethic and commitment to achieving the School's high standards of teaching and learning.
Our teaching staff benefit from the support of a range of non-teaching staff including Teaching and Learning Assistants, IT support and administrators who play a vital role in the running of Newton Prep and enabling teachers to concentrate on what they do best - TEACH.
If you would like to know more about what it is like to work at Newton Prep, read what some of our staff have to say.
I joined Newton Prep last year, looking for the next challenge in my career and the school has certainly provided that. I was keen to specialise as an English teacher in KS2 and KS3 having previously been Head of English at an independent Junior School in South London. Working at Newton Prep has allowed me to teach a group of enthusiastic, bright and driven children who are above everything else kind and thoughtful young people. The debate in our classroom is lively and engaging, the eagerness to be challenged is equally matched by the teachers and the pupils and the relationships amongst staff and students are a real strength of the school. As a result, every day in the classroom is full to the brim with learning, discovery and adventure. I am relishing the experience of teaching 11+ and Common Entrance and helping children to navigate the difficult path of senior school transition. Now as Acting Head of English, I am given the freedom to steer my department in the best direction I can, with the needs of the pupils at the foundation of every decision. Newton Prep is a school full of heart and the students in particular will delight and amaze you every day.
Vicky Burrill Acting Head of English, School Magazine Co-ordinator
I started teaching at Newton Prep in April 2014. Prior to relocating to London, I had been living in Asia for 12 years, where I was part of a Senior Management Team of a large International School in Hong Kong. I had taken time out of my teaching career to be a full-time mother and was excited about the prospect of returning to work as a class teacher. I was always very passionate about children’s learning and I knew that when I looked at Newton Prep, both as a prospective parent and a teacher that the underlying pedagogy was very similar to my own. Newton Prep is a very exciting place to work and I immediately connected with teachers who seemed to have a very similar vision of teaching and learning as my own. The children at Newton Prep are enthusiastic about school, and I was really struck by the energy and pace that was present within the school community. I have been welcomed into the school community by members of staff from different departments and I feel very lucky to be working with such experienced colleagues. I enjoy the diversity of Newton Prep and the range of opportunities that it has to offer. I feel lucky to have returned to the teaching profession, ensuring my career has come full circle and to a place where I feel supported by my colleagues and energised by their enthusiasm.
Fran Gowlland, Year 3 Teacher
I started at Newton Prep in January 2012 as an NQT and from the first day I set foot through the door, I was made to feel part of the community here. The staff guided me through my first year, supporting me and allowing me to observe and swap teaching ideas to help develop my teaching skills; something that is still highly supported and encouraged here. Over the last 5 years, I have had the good fortune to watch the school grow, such as the fabulous new Music Department being built, the Sports facilities improved and 3D Printers being brought into the computing suites. Every day brings fun and excitement, with children keen to learn and participate in many of the activities we offer, especially in the Music Department – choirs, orchestras, bands…. Over the years I’ve been here, I’ve been offered opportunities to grow in the profession, including becoming Head of House to promote the House System within Newton Prep, which I have really relished doing. This place has become like a family to me, and I feel very lucky to be a part of such a fabulous community.
Lizzie Hayward, Assistant Director of Music
I will always remember, at the end my first week at Newton Prep, a colleague taking me to one side and saying “Welcome to the Promised Land.” Having previously worked in the state sector for ten years, including a year of supply-teaching, I have visited and worked in dozens of different schools (both state and independent) but have never found one with the positive ethos of Newton Prep, which runs through its staff, students and parent body alike. I have now been here for more than four years and love my job here at Newton. The children here are creative, curious, funny and relentlessly keen to learn, yet without the sense of entitlement that could so easily come when they are surrounded by such fantastic facilities and teachers from day to day. The school has facilities that are rare in most secondary schools and a staff that is professional but welcoming and approachable. Newton Prep has a real sense of community, which is impressive given its size, and is a testament to the positive attitudes shown by the children and adults who work here. With my earlier background in general primary education, I have delighted in being able to take advantage of our fantastic Science, Music, Art and Sports facilities, to name just as few. As the Head of Computing, it is fantastic to be able to work with and develop our modern and growing suite of computers and mobile devices, to develop an ever-developing curriculum and to work in a school that encourages new ideas and ways of working. As a relatively young and growing school, I don’t know what Newton Prep will be like in the future, but I do know that it will be a positive, happy and fun place to work!
Lex Lang, Head of Computing, Form Tutor
I started working at Newton Prep in 2008 as an NQT. I immediately noticed the friendly and helpful staff on my first visit. Both the staff and children are so welcoming and this immediately put me at ease. The facilities are simply fantastic. Art has always been a love of mine and walking into the art room is a wonder to behold. The staff support one another and inspire each every day. I have made great friends here over the years and developed both personally and professionally. It is a great place to work.
Sally Privett Year 1 Teacher
I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Newton Prep for eight years and can honestly say that it is an amazing place to work. I have had the invaluable experience of working within both the Lower and Upper School which has given me insight into how children develop as they progress through the school. Newton Prep provides excellent professional development opportunities for staff and I very much appreciate been given the opportunity to study for a B.A. in Early Years Studies.
Victoria O’Connell, Teaching Assistant – Lower School
With my own children about to undertake GCSE and A-Level exams, the opportunity of a part-time role as Office Assistant in the School Office at Newton Prep in Spring 2013 was most welcome. The school’s whole ethos and the welcoming and tremendously supportive staff throughout the school contributed to helping me to settle in and feel a part of the school very quickly. I supported the Heads of Department and Heads of Year and worked with staff throughout both the Lower and Upper School. I also covered the reception desk as required and thus came face-to-face with pupils, parents and visitors - a lovely opportunity to be involved with the pupil-and the public-facing side of the school. In Spring of this year (2016), I moved to the HR Office as part-time HR Assistant and now support the HR Manager. Newton Prep is a very special school to work for; fantastic staff throughout and children who are seemingly always happy to be here, which make for such a special atmosphere. Being part-time, one of my favourite things is to be able to get to some of the fabulous drama or music productions that the different year groups put on throughout the year, whether it be a Nursery Nativity; a Year 6 Musical or an afternoon tea concert – there is always a treat to be enjoyed.
Susan Douglas, HR Assistant
I have been working at Newton Prep since June 2015 and from the start I have been impressed by the atmosphere within the school and the experience that is offered to the children. The school is vibrant, forward thinking and supportive and gives its pupils the best possible start in life. I enjoy working in an environment where no two days are the same and where one’s efforts make a positive contribution. The teaching staff are second to none and it is a pleasure to work with dedicated and enthusiastic colleagues who are appreciative of the work the admin team do “behind the scenes” to ensure that the school operates efficiently.
Sarah Watts, Bursary Office Manager
Page written by: Pauline Hourigan FCIPD
Human Resources Manager
**Please note that Newton Prep is an equal opportunities employer.**
Newton Prep is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Providing balance and breadth in all aspects of a child's education; intellectual, aesthetic, physical, moral and spiritual.