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Year 1 teacher required for April 2021 - maternity leave cover

Mainscale M1-5


GEMS Didcot Primary is an Ofsted rated “Outstanding”, popular, ambitious and successful multicultural primary school, with a nursery, that opened in September 2016.  The school currently has 395 pupils (from nursery to Year 6) and will grow by 60 Reception pupils a year until the school reaches maximum capacity of 420 in 2022.  We are very proud of the school that we are creating and are looking to expand our team.


GEMS Learning Trust has been established to offer all children in our academies a first class education.  It has high expectations of everyone in the school community and challenges children to succeed while supporting them every step of the way.  Currently GEMS Learning Trust has three academies; with a fourth school due to open in September 2022.


We are looking for a talented Year 1 teacher to cover a period of maternity leave from 19th April 2021 to 31st July 2022. The successful candidate will work in one of our Year 1 classes for the period April to August 2021 and then move to one of our Reception classes for the remainder of the fixed term period (until July 2022).


This is a fixed term post to cover the existing Year 1 teacher’s maternity leave. However, we are a growing school so there is the opportunity to move to a permanent contract in September 2022. This will of course be dependent on performance throughout the fixed term contract.


This vacancy represents an exciting time to be part of a developing academy which has clear direction, strong leadership and a well established set of values.  We truly believe in the transformational power of education and aim to deliver the best opportunities for staff and students who are part of our journey.


We are looking for teachers who:

  • Are passionate about making learning effective and enjoyable
  • Can fill our children’s lives with creativity, challenge, wonder and fun
  • Can create a haven in which our children feel especially safe, valued and happy


In return we can offer:

  • A committed and friendly team aiming for excellence in all they do
  • Children who are well behaved, happy and eager to learn
  • A commitment to high quality professional development
  • A supportive and encouraging Senior Leadership Team and Trust
  • A superb working environment in our fabulous building with extensive grounds


Closing date for applications: noon on Monday 1st February 2021.


Interviews: w.c. 8th February 2021


Interviews may be held via Zoom (depending on current government guidance).


If you wish to apply, please complete the application form below and the Equal Ops monitoring form and email them both to Beth Gorsuch -


We welcome visits to our school.  Please contact the school office on 01235 606013 to arrange a virtual visit.

Please return all application forms (GEMS Application forms only please) to:


We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time ahead of the closing date if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offer of a position is subject to receiving satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS Clearance.


The GEMS Learning Trust is committed to ensuring that its workforce is representative of the community it serves.  We expect our workforce to include people with disabilities, women, black and ethnic minority people and lesbians and gay men. We are looking for applicants, particularly from the local community, who are committed to our Equal Opportunity Policies.

Equal Opportunities

In line with the policy of the GEMS Learning Trust that none of our pupils, nor employees, will be discriminated against on any protected grounds (according to The Equality Act 2010), whatsoever.

We are committed to providing a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of individuals are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment, including bullying.

This policy aims to ensure that all pupils and employees of GEMS Learning Trust will study or work in an environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice, and harassment or bullying.

GEMS Learning Trust is committed to a programme of action to ensure that its Equal Opportunities policy is implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual Academy level.