Careers

Careers

Downsend is an innovative independent school currently educating children aged 2 to 14.  It is a thriving and vibrant school that provides a refreshingly different education through a broad-based curriculum leading to outstanding academic success.

We look to recruit high calibre staff committed to achieving the highest standards and have the ability to look ahead with enthusiasm and contribute to the future of Downsend.

Inspiring Young Minds’ is part of our ethos and is central to our approach resulting in creative teaching and learning initiatives and enrichment opportunities for children.

Through-School expansion to GCSE creating new school vacancies.

In September we expanded our educational provision through to GCSE – offering a through-school education from aged 2-16 years. We have now welcomed Year 9 pupils on site for the first time and, in May 2023, these pupils will be the first to sit GCSE examinations at Downsend.

This expansion creates a host of new job opportunities in Surrey for the right people as we prepare Downsend for the next phase of its history.  We are a friendly and supportive team and we are looking for the right people to join us.

So if you are a great practitioner with a level of creativity and innovation to your teaching;  would relish contributing to the extra-curricular life of the school; are ambitious and are happy to challenge and be challenged in a positive way for better outcomes for the children, we want to hear from you.

Our current school vacancies can be found here and we will be adding new roles all the time, so please check back on a regular basis.

Senior School SENCO

Part-Time – Required September 2021

Downsend is an innovative, forward-thinking independent school, for children aged two to sixteen. At Downsend, we prepare children for the future with a creative and problem-solving approach to learning that inspires young minds.

Downsend is seeking an experienced, well-qualified and enthusiastic Senior School SENCO to develop and lead the Learning Support Team at a time of exciting growth for the school. Working with the Head of Senior School, the SENCO will implement the SEN and Disability Policy across Downsend Senior School.  This role will be approximately 20 hours per week but as this is a new post these hours may increase as the school expands.

Closing date: Monday 12 April 2021

If you would like to apply for the above post, further details are available on our website.  Any questions please contact: 

Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419   Email:sue.wood@downsend.co.uk   

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Junior School Teaching Assistant

Required to start as soon as possible

Downsend is an innovative, forward-thinking, independent school, for children aged two to sixteen. At Downsend, we prepare children for the future through a creative and problem-solving approach to learning that inspires young minds whilst also giving them the essentials of superb academic foundations.

We are looking to recruit a full-time, highly committed, Teaching Assistant to start after Easter or as soon as available in our Junior School.  Applicants will ideally have experience of working with children aged 6-11 in an educational setting. However, a positive attitude and strong work ethic is of paramount importance.

Hours of work will be 08.30-4.30 Monday to Friday, term time only.

The Junior School is located on our Main site in Leatherhead.

Closing date: Monday 19 April 2021

 Interviews to be held week commencing 26 April

If you would like to apply for the above post, further details are available on our website.  Any questions please contact:

 Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419   Email:sue.wood@downsend.co.uk    

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1:1 Teaching Assistant - Part time for summer term - Little Downsend Ashtead

 4 mornings a week (8.30 to 12.00)

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Little Downsend Ashtead

22 Oakfield Road

Ashtead

KT21 2RE

 Inspiring Young Minds is our mantra and is central to our school, our aims and ethos. We encourage curiosity and discovery, inspiring our children through creative and interactive teaching so they enjoy learning and, more importantly, remembering what they have been taught both in and outside the classroom.

We are ideally looking to appoint an experienced Teaching Assistant with a Level 2 or above qualification in Early Years & Childcare or Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to work within one of our First Steps classes.  However, if you have energy, initiative and a commitment to supporting the development and learning of young children, we will happily consider you for the role. This post is for a fixed term starting as soon as possible until 9 July 2021.

Closing date: Thursday 15 April 2021

 Interviews to be held week commencing 19 April 2021

If you would like to apply for the above post, further details are available on our website.  Any questions please contact:

Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419   Email:sue.wood@downsend.co.uk   

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1:1 Teaching Assistant - Part time for summer term - Little Downsend Leatherhead

 3 days a week (Tues, Weds and Thurs) from 8.30 to 3.30

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Little Downsend Leatherhead

13 Epsom Road

Leatherhead

KT22 8ST

Inspiring Young Minds is our mantra and is central to our school, our aims and ethos. We encourage curiosity and discovery, inspiring our children through creative and interactive teaching so they enjoy learning and, more importantly, remembering what they have been taught both in and outside the classroom.

We are ideally looking to appoint an experienced Teaching Assistant with a Level 2 or above qualification in Early Years & Childcare or Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to work within one of our Rising Reception classes.  However, if you have energy, initiative and a commitment to supporting the development and learning of young children, we will happily consider you for the role. This post is available for a fixed term starting as soon as possible until 9 July 2021.

 Closing date: Thursday 15 April 2021

 Interviews to be held week commencing 19 April 2021

If you would like to apply for the above post, further details are available on our website.  Any questions please contact:

 Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419   Email:sue.wood@downsend.co.uk

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Cognita Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and other third parties to share this commitment.  Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed.  

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