Support Assistant level 4 (Cover Supervisor)

Support Assistant level 4 (Cover Supervisor)


Salary:           N5 £23,048 - £24,675 actual salary

Hours:           37 hours per week, Term Time Only

Contract:      Permanent

Start date:    September 2024

Location:      Gosforth Junior High Academy

You will be employed by the Gosforth Group and may need to work across all locations within the Multi Academy Trust as required.


About the Trust

Gosforth Group are a dynamic and diverse Multi Academy Trust – this means we have a clear energy and purpose and all students are valued equally, regardless of their background or ability.  We are a growing multi-academy trust currently comprising of 6 academies, two of which opened in September 2021.  The Trust currently has approx. 6000 students and 650 staff.  ‘Create your future’ encapsulates our purpose as a Multi Academy Trust: to educate, support and nurture all of our students so they can achieve their potential and fulfil their ambitious aspirations.  

About the Academy


‘Pupils are polite and courteous. Pupils' behaviour is exceptionally good.’ - Ofsted, 2023


‘Staff enjoy working at the school. They feel valued by leaders and well-supported.’ - Ofsted, 2023


Gosforth Junior High Academy is a thriving middle school where staff are highly valued and supported. As a school we are committed to providing the very best education for pupils from Year 5 to Year 8.

About the role

We are seeking a Cover Supervisor to join our support staff team at Gosforth Junior High Academy. You will work closely with our Senior Learning and Pastoral Supervisors and other support staff to provide support to students in our school. This will include covering classes in the absence of teachers, supporting individual students, managing student behaviour and assisting students in line with the school’s policies and procedures.

First and foremost, we are looking for someone who is passionate about working with young people and is a creative, ‘hands on’ colleague. You will be empathetic and practical in equal measure, yet firm when needing to challenge student behaviour. Ideally, you will have experience working within a school environment or experience of working with young people in another context.

Primarily, the role will include day to day cover for classes when a teacher is absent as well as supervising our students in isolation/internal exclusion however, it will also sometimes involve some general small group work/intervention for students as directed by the class teacher. Before and after school, the role will entail duties or running clubs for students.

Inspected in November 2023, the school was awarded a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted citing that we have high ambitions and expectations of our students and that they are exceptionally well behaved. We strongly recommend you read our report, which can be found here.

 What we are looking for

  • The ability to work effectively within a supportive team environment
  • The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with our young people and                their families
  • The ability to be firm and fair with our students in a range of contexts, including in a             classroom
  • Excellent communication and ICT skills 
  • An interest and commitment to the whole school community – in particular, sports

What we can offer you

  • An opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals
  • Enthusiastic and motivated students who ‘are engaged in their learning and curious to learn more.’ (Ofsted, 2023)
  • An exciting and extensive commitment to professional development
  • A school with its community at heart
  • An exciting programme of staff well-being activities
  • Wider career development opportunities to be involved in across the Gosforth Group

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a difference within a positive and exciting environment. If you share our community’s ethos of progression, diversity and dynamism then we would be delighted to hear from you.

We hope you’ll visit our website to find out more about us. 

If you would like to visit our school or have any questions about the role, please email Mrs Tracey Wood, PA to the Principal, at Please note that there is not an expectation for you to visit the school before application.

To apply

Please complete an application form and email to

Applications are shortlisted for interview as they are received, and so early application is encouraged.  We reserve the right to commence the interview process and close the vacancy prior to this date.                                                                                          Closing date:  9.00am Friday 7th June

  Interviews will be held the following week


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.  This means certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide and you can view our Policy on the Employment of Ex-offenders here


Gosforth Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. References will normally be requested prior to interview for those candidates shortlisted. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, along with other relevant pre-employment checks, including an online check.


The Trust is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.


Following the shortlisting process, where applicable, candidates who attend interview, will be reimbursed reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation.