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Job Ref No. ECC2186-56S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Scale 6 Point 13 (Range 13 to 17)
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 26/06/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: Wednesday 3rd July 2024  

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St Marys C of E Primary School has an exciting opportunity for a Forest School Leader to join the team as soon as possible.

The hours will be 9am to 3pm with a 30 minute break, 2 x days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays preferable however we can be flexible on days). 11 hours per week, term time only for 38 weeks per year (plus 1 inset day).

Salary Scale 6 Point 13 (Range 13 to 17) Actual starting salary £6,680 per annum (April 2024 Payrise pending), includes paid annual leave which must be taken during school closure periods.

Applications close: Midday on 26th June 2024. Interviews: Wednesday 3rd July 2024.


St Marys C of E Primary School is one of ten schools which form the Berlesduna Academy Trust (, where the vision is to create and foster a culture of high aspiration, enjoyment for learning, academic success and lifelong skills amongst all pupils, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background. St Mary's C of E Primary School are proud to be hosting an Enhanced Provision for pupils which provides support and education for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Challenges.

We are looking to appoint an experienced and qualified Forest School Leader to plan, prepare and deliver purposeful and productive activities for children in a Forest School setting, as part of the PE Curriculum and our wider work in supporting children's social, emotional and mental health.

We are looking for someone who:

· is qualified with a 'Level 3 Forest Schools Programme Leadership Certificate' and has an understanding of the Forest School philosophy.

· can deliver forest school sessions and has experience in planning and leading a variety of forest school sessions.

· has knowledge, understanding and practical experience of sustainable woodland management and education within the outdoor environment.

· has a love of the outdoors and nature, with a willingness to work exclusively out of doors, on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions.

· holds a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate (or be willing to undertake the training).

We can offer you:

· a well-resourced learning environment with enthusiastic and supportive staff
· a forward looking school that is dedicated to the success of all children and staff
· a commitment to continued professional development
· access to our Employee Assistance Programme for all staff and their families

Berlesduna is a Trust that values and invests in staff, excellent training, development and planned career progression.


We welcome visits to our school prior to application. Visits can be arranged by contacting or 01245 320505. Please take care to complete the application in full as incomplete applications will not be considered.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early so recommend that you submit your application at your earliest convenience. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical clearance and satisfactory references.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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School Office
St Mary's Cof E (Aided) Primary School
Main Road
Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford
Essex, CM3 8RJ
Telephone: 01245 320505

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