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Working at our school

Newington Green Primary School is a great place to start your career, or to develop your professional skills further. Why not come and work with us and have a dramatic impact on the lives of our children!
Newington Green Primary School is a great place to start your career, or to develop your professional skills further. Why not come and work with us and have a dramatic impact on the lives of our children!

We are delighted that you are interested in joining the team here at Newington Green – which is why you clicked on this page.

Newington Green is a happy, dynamic school with high expectations of its pupils. It serves a diverse, inner London community and works with a wide range of partners.

There are significant challenges around raising the attainment of pupils, developing achievement of some under performing groups in school, and ensuring that we build a community of learners (both staff and children), who aspire to achieve the very best for our community.

We are a good school working towards being outstanding at our next inspection.  You will find a friendly and committed staff who really believe in our children and their ability to positively affect children’s lives.

To be appointed to our school we will expect you to be committed to improving pupil’s life chances.  We will expect that your practice is good or outstanding and that children make good progress under your leadership of learning.

You can expect from us a school committed to your professional learning, a supportive leadership team and wonderful group of support staff, including office staff, learning mentor, home school worker, HLTAs and TAs.

We would love you to visit us and get a sense of what Newington Green is all about.  Please call the office and come and look around.  Being nosey is the best way to find out all about us!

Find out here why our staff love working at Newington Green!

 

Donna Shah - Higher Level Teaching AssistantDonna

Before I had even finished a tour of the school I knew that Newington Green was where I wanted to work. This was back in May 2011 and my original feeling still applies. The feeling of ‘coming home’ when I first began working at the school was built on the strong community feel and the supportive nature of the school; pupils, staff and parents.

My role at that time was as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) working specifically with pupils across phase 2 individually, in groups or as a whole class and working with the TA team across this phase.

Over the years my role has been allowed to grow and develop as I did, building on my skills and nurturing them through targeted support and training. This has culminated in my current position in Newington Green as the ICT lead, providing ICT and Computing across the whole school community. The resources which support this, and the use if technology across the curriculum, are constantly being upgraded, an essential feature in our ever changing world.

Every morning though, even though changes are occurring all around us, I still consider myself priviledged to be working with the pupils, staff and parents of Newington Green and long may that continue.

Sue Cross - School Business ManagerSue

My children went to Newington Green and did extremely well in their SATS. I believe this school is the hub of the community and I enjoy working here so much that I have done it twice! In 1994 I started working has an Teaching Assistant and learnt so much that I believed I could go back to banking and enjoy it – but I was wrong and I missed the children, staff and the whole community.

In 2004 I came back to work at Newington Green as the School Bursar. I soon loved the school environment, children learning, playing and laughing. I have now been back 10 years and have progressed from Bursar to School Business Manager. The school sponsored my qualification through the National College of School Leadership.

I am not saying it has always been easy- but I have enjoyed the journey from dealing with the school finances to now dealing with every aspect of the school; finance to human resources, children feeling unwell to cuts and bruises! Children make you laugh and bring joy to your life. I can honestly say that it is the only job I have ever done in my life which I have enjoyed this thoroughly. I believe it’s a privilege to still be working here and wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

Cheska            Cheska Tyler    Elm Class Teacher

I joined the team at Newington Green in 2013 and since then I have developed a wealth of professional skills. Previously, I have led science across the school which has given me the opportunity to work with all members of staff providing feedback, support and training as well as providing training across the borough of Islington. I enjoyed the chance to share ideas and good practice with other leaders as well as implementing these in my own school setting.

In 2015, I was given the opportunity to attend the ‘Developing Middle Leaders’ course. Shortly after completing this, I achieved the role of Assistant Headteacher and Maths leader at NGPS.

Working at Newington Green has allowed me to develop both as a teacher and leader. Having such a strong and supportive team around me, I have recognised my strengths and been able to work effectively to ensure my practice is always of a high standard.

Why work at Newington Green Primary School?

We have new, state of the art environment to work in, with a large staff room, specialist spaces and teacher work area.

PPA for teachers is allowed to be taken at home, making this time flexible if needed.

NGPS teachers all have IPADS which assist work in the classroom and at home for preparation of lessons.  All staff can have remote access to school drives at home, so that planning or preparation can be seamless between home and school, if required. Class teachers get 1 hour of PPA more than required per week, when their class is taught by a music and Spanish specialist.  This gives extra weekly time for assessing pupils, or pupil conferencing.​

NGPS is well funded compared to other London schools, and this means we have a very high support staff to pupil ratio.  Most classes have at least 1 full time equivalent support staff person as well as a teacher.

NGPS has a full time Resource Manager, who contributes to lowering teacher workload through providing reprographics, resources for lessons and ordering of teaching resources.

NGPS has reviewed its lesson planning requirements so that non- newly qualified teaching staff have limited planning requirements in terms of lessons.  This contributes positively to managing teacher workload.

NGPS has a full time learning mentor who supports children in accessing the curriculum and children who are on specific behaviour plans.  This supports you in class room teaching.

NGPS offers a discount for staff who have their children in our childcare provision after school.

NGPS supports staff with travel costs to work through the salary scheme linked to Transport for London(annual travel pass) and the cycle to work scheme.

NGPS has a clear policy for staff who have children attending our school.  This ensures clarity for staff who are parents about procedures.  NGPS can also liaise with Islington about priority admission places for teaching staff.

NGPS has a dedicated Deputy Head for teacher professional development.  She leads the Teaching Learning Community, which means that staff are exposed regularly to up to date research on pedagogy.  Here, you will always be at the cutting edge of practice.