Desborough College

Library Assistant
Post Start Date: September 2024
Closing date: 17/06/2024
Closing time: 11:59 AM

Library Assistant

Work pattern: 19.5 hours per week, Term Time Only + 2 days (38.4 weeks)
Work hours
: 3 days a week (to be agreed), 8:30am – 3:30pm with 30 minutes for lunch (unpaid)
Salary information: Grade 3, starting salary £11,100 per annum
Location: Desborough College
Required: September 2024

Pioneer Educational Trust is looking for inspiring, optimistic and pioneering candidates to join our committed Educational Support & Administrative Teams. Currently, the Trust Schools are Desborough College in Maidenhead, Upton Court Grammar School in Slough, Trevelyan Middle School in Windsor and Foxborough Primary School in Langley.  

Pioneer Educational Trust has an exciting opportunity for a Library Assistant to join our professional and dedicated educational support staff team at Desborough College.

We are looking to appoint a member of staff who has a "can do" attitude and is flexible, practical, pro-active, energetic and diligent to support our existing teams in delivering excellent service. We are looking for an individual who:
  • Is highly organised and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Has an understanding of the services that a School Library offers.
  • Has the literacy and numeracy skills to be able to organise library items.
  • Has at least a level 2 qualification in English and Maths.
Duties will include:
  • Daily operating of the Library Management System for borrowers, circulation, reservations and overdues;
  • Catalogue and classification of all resources, including repairs and tidying of resources and stock checking of resources;
  • Create displays, newsletter articles, and supporting events and open evenings;
  • Assisting pupils and staff in the use of the facility.
The school offers free refreshments to staff during the school day. The Trust also provides an Employee Assistance Programme to all staff within the Trust Schools. Through this, staff can access support and advice on any number of things such as wellbeing, work-related issues, housing, family, financial and legal support. There is also an employee benefit scheme which offers savings and discounts across a number of well-known retailers and services. Staff across the Trust can also receive a free, annual flu vaccination. The Trustees are also active in recognising years of service for staff. Service is designed to reward loyalty to the school and recognises those who have accrued between 3 and 30 years of service.

Other benefits include:
  • Free onsite parking.
  • Lunch for staff offered at cost price.
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions.
  • Enhanced leave of absence policy.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave schemes.
  • Corporate eye care scheme.
  • Enhanced parental bereavement package.
  • Travel to work loans.
  • Additional time to facilitate professional development and collaborative working.
We believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more innovative, more creative and gets better results. We want our workforce to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our workplace to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop.

This means that when we are recruiting, we actively seek to reach a diverse pool of candidates. It also means that we are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful.

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working.

We welcome applications from disabled and people of colour candidates as these are currently under-represented throughout Pioneer Educational Trust. We also welcome applications from, LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we commit to employing disabled people by offering an interview to all disabled candidates who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role as set out in our job descriptions and person specifications.

We are a Flexible Working Ambassador MAT and Schools for the Department for Education, we are happy to discuss any flexible working requests with you.

Our ethos is to ‘recruit for attitude, train for skill’! Pioneer Educational Trust seeks to invest intelligently, inspire collaboration and pioneer so that all learners in our family of schools have equal access to an exceptional education. Our mission is grounded on four core values which our schools embrace:  
  • We pioneer: by preparing the way for others to follow, we transcend barriers through aspiration, merit and risk. Pioneer engenders determination, commitment and responsibility to better society through education and learning, never accepting mediocrity.
  • We inspire collaboration: we believe in working in partnership. In a culture of high trust and intelligent risk-taking, collaboration exists at all levels and between all stakeholders.  
  • We invest intelligently: by providing high-quality professional development for all staff and a positive and enriching work environment. We provide high support and challenge that enables all colleagues to flourish.  
  • We consciously liberate: providing equal access to an exceptional education to all is central to the aims of the trust. The trust champions the vulnerable and disadvantaged, breaking down barriers to learning and preparing all children and young people for adulthood. We drive equality, celebrate diversity and promote equity, inclusion and belonging.
The school is changing rapidly, in many ways. This will doubtless continue as the needs of society and our context change too. It is never dull, often challenging, demanding in the best possible way - an exciting and extraordinarily worth-while and fulfilling place to be.

Closing date: 17th June 2024 at Midday
Further information: Pioneer Educational Trust reserves the right to interview for all positions as suitable applications are received.

Additional Information
CVs will not be accepted

Safeguarding Statement
Pioneer Educational Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This post is subject to satisfactory references, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check), and evidence of essential qualifications and proof of legal working in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.

Our Location
Address: Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 2QB