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Pastoral Assistant


The Trustees of Riviera Education Trust and Governors of Oldway Primary School thank you for your interest in the post of Level 3 Pastoral Assistant at our Outstanding school. The successful candidate for this position will be expected to take up post on 18th November 2019.


Oldway Primary School, in partnership with Roselands Primary School, formed the Riviera Education Trust in October 2015 and since 1st September 2018 this now also comprises Shiphay Learning Academy.


The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check and all relevant employment checks. 



The Governors and Trustees of Oldway Primary are looking to appoint a permanent, part-time (afternoons only) Pastoral Assistant (Level 3) to join our successful and oversubscribed, Outstanding primary school, to start as soon as possible. Oldway is a large, 3-form entry primary school and nursery in the heart of Paignton, Torbay. 


The part-time post (17.5 hours) will involve working within a team of Pastoral Assistants under the guidance of the Pastoral Manager to provide support in addressing the needs of pupils to overcome barriers to learning, including social, emotional and mental health needs.  This may include pupils whose progress and emotional well-being is impacted by:


  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Anxiety 
  • Bereavement, separation and loss
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Social communication skills
  • Health 
  • Attachment 
  • Parental support
  • Learning difficulties
  • Disability
  • Mental health


This exciting and rewarding post would suit potential candidates who have:


•    Recent experience of supporting pupils with additional needs, particularly within the areas of social, emotional and mental health
•    Experience of supporting pupils with social communication difficulties, i.e. autism
•    Excellent, professional relationships with pupils
•    Excellent interpersonal skills
•    The ability to reflect
•    Resilience and flexibility
•    A sense of humour
•    An inclusive, child-centred approach
•    A positive approach to behaviour management
•    A range of interests and skills to engage and enthuse pupils
•    Recent, relevant training and qualifications, including counselling, art, play or drama therapy or Thrive      


Visits to the school are strongly encouraged.  For more information about the position or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Kate Mullen (Pastoral Manager):  


Closing date: Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 9.00am

Interview date: Thursday 14 November 2019


Further information about the post and an application form can be downloaded below.


Completed applications should be emailed to the address below or posted to the school:

HR Department, 
Riviera Educational Trust, 
Oldway Primary School, Higher Polsham Road, Paignton, TQ3 2SY
Email address:

Please note, in line with our Safer Recruitment policy, references will be requested after shortlisting as part of the selection process.


Riviera Education Trust, Oldway Primary School, Higher Polsham Road, Paignton TQ3 2SY (Registered Office)
A charitable company limited by guarantee, Company registration number 09751294 (England & Wales)