Swimming Instructor

Waterman Primary School, Rochford

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Job Ref No. ECC2666-156 Position Type: Coaching/Instructors Pay Range: Please refer to advert
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 30/06/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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Swimming Instructor - Waterman Primary School

Hours/days: 15 hours with a view to increasing in the future.

Mon, Weds, Thurs, Friday: 4pm - 6pm

Saturday: 12pm - 3pm

Sunday: 9am - 1pm

Start date: asap

Contract type: - Part-time, initially a fixed term 6 month contract with a view to extend. All year contract.

Band: 3 point 6

Salary: £23,893 full time equivalent pro-rata.

Waterman Primary School, located in Rochford, Essex is a proud member of the HEARTS Academy Trust. We are a small school with a tight-knit community and a real 'family feel' that values, nurtures and cares for all children in our school. We place great pride in really getting to know each and every one of our pupils.

Our school caters for pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Our site boasts a very large outdoor area and beautiful grounds which the children get to experience daily, which includes our very own heated swimming pool. Our curriculum is ambitious and aspirational - we want the best for all our children - and it is centred on our HEARTS values.

You can find further information about our curriculum and 'life at Waterman' by visiting our website: https://www.hearts-waterman.uk/.

Waterman Primary School currently owns and operates a bespoke, purpose-built heated indoor swimming pool, on site - a fantastic newly built facility.

To further expand this growing provision, we are looking to recruit a qualified Swimming Instructor to work with our Swimming Lead Instructor and Pool Manager in delivering quality lessons to a wide range of ages, abilities and disabilities.

As Swimming Instructor, you will be responsible for:

  • assisting with the development of a bespoke, HEARTS swim school
  • coaching and assisting in the development of swimmers across our Trust and wider provision, teaching swimming lessons, ensuring all pupils' experience is a positive and enjoyable one
  • Following ASA Duckling awards, ASA NPTS and Birthlight schemes
  • coaching the swimming provision outside of the school curriculum (ie. evenings, weekends, holiday/term breaks)
  • assisting the Swimming Lead Instructor and Pool Manager with basic pool maintenance and hygiene; ensuring all compliance documentation is adhered to

Previous experience as a swimming coach / teacher / instructor is essential for this role along with a Level 2 ASA Swimming Teachers / Coaching certificate as well as a current Rescue Test for Teacher (NRASTC) and/or National Pool and Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ).

The successful applicant will need knowledge of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme for teaching swimming skills, techniques and awards. Knowledge of health, safety and other relevant legislation will be vital too, as will an understanding of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies. Preferable wider-experience would be valued, such as Swim England Teaching for Babies and Toddlers, STA Baby & Preschool or Birthlight Baby & Toddler qualifications.

Our vision is to have a fully-functioning swim school with swimming lessons happening daily, on site, open to both schools within and outside HEARTS Academy Trust as well as across the wider Rochford community. We want to build a provision that caters for specialist swimmers (ie. pupils with SEND and/or physical/mental impairments and or other disabilities), baby and toddler groups, competitive swimmers, with ages ranging from 6 months plus. We want our pool to be a hub of the local community, used and cherished by all - from school swimming lessons to after school and community clubs. The Swimming Instructor will therefore be instrumental in helping us achieve a successful swimming provision, that matches our vision and ethos and really places Waterman Pool at the HEART of our local community.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact Suzanne Cullinane, School Business Manager: waterman.admin@heartsacademy.uk or 01702 546237

How to apply

It is very important that the HEARTS application form is completed in full, particularly section F which refers to references. We must have the full contact details of two referees, including their name, address, telephone number and email address.

Please note that we will write to the Headteacher for all education references. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.

CVs are not accepted.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the closing date should we have enough suitable applications, therefore we advise applying early.

HEARTS Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race. For this reason, all application forms are anonymised before shortlisting takes place to ensure applicants are considered only on the relevant qualifications, skills and experience that are profiled on the application form and personal statement.

If you would like any support or assistance at any stage of your application process, please contact recruitment@heartsacademy.uk / 01268 572672. We will be happy to discuss this with you.

Why choose HEARTS Academy Trust as your new employer?

The HEARTS way of working is based on our values of happiness, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth and service, all of which are embedded within each of our schools.

HEARTS Academy Trust offers a comprehensive rewards and benefits package to all colleagues, including but not limited to:

  • "Every HEART Matters" Employee discounts and benefits scheme
  • Pension schemes (LGPS/TPS)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Access to our trust Counsellor
  • Access to our Mental Health First Aid team
  • Additional week's leave during October
  • Excellent CPD opportunities with purposeful training, including trust-wide twilights
  • Supportive leadership and opportunities to collaborate across the trust
  • On request, and if appropriate, flexible working

We believe our employees are our most valuable asset, we strive to create a positive and supportive work environment that rewards hard work and dedication. Join our team and enjoy the many benefits that HEARTS Academy Trust has to offer. Please see the 'Every HEART Matters' poster for more information.

HEARTS Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to the receipt of a satisfactory application form, satisfactory references that meet the requirements as set out in KCSIE, satisfactory online search and an Enhanced DBS check, to include a children's barred list check, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered 'protected' and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974

All applicants can view a copy of our Records Retention Policy on the Trust website, the policy sets out how we will gather, process and hold personal data of individuals during and after the recruitment process.

For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at: http://www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk

Information about the School

Waterman Primary School is a small, friendly school in the heart of Rochford, serving the local community. At Waterman we are committed to supporting each and every family and child who attends our school. We support children's SEMH needs, strive for academic excellence and ensure our children have the best opportunities while with us.

At Waterman, we provide free weekly swimming lessons to all of our children, in a newly refurbished, in-door heated on-site pool. We also provide Forest Schools lessons, which our children thoroughly enjoy. While Year 6 outcomes have improved year on year for the past 4 years. Waterman is smaller than many other local schools and is made up of four classes - Nursery & Reception, Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6.

Waterman Primary School is part of the HEARTS Academy Trust, a trust of local schools that has the values of Happiness, achievement, self-esteem, respect & responsibility, truth, spirituality & service. The trust is truly innovative and rewards outstanding staff for outstanding outcomes. The school calendar year has 184 days of contact time with pupils, 5 non-pupil days, and the equivalent of 6 days of high quality continuous professional development.

The Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, online searches, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview. A copy of the trusts Child Protection Policy is available on our website:- https://www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk/policies

We can offer you:

  • an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including trust-wide twilights throughout the year

  • a two-week October half-term

  • supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils

  • a highly effective learning environment

  • a responsive and involved leadership team

  • the HEARTS four-day face-to-face teaching week model whereby all teachers in the trust receive 20% non-contact time. This goes above and beyond the national entitlement of 10% PPA.

  • a school with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values

  • access to our school counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions

For further information about HEARTS, including policies and procedures, please refer to our website www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk

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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Information about the school

Contact Information

Karen Collison
The Boulevard, Rochford
Essex, SS4 1QF
Telephone: 01702 546237
Email: waterman.office@heartsacademy.uk