...achieving the highest standards of which children are capable in all areas of academic and personal development...

School aims


...fostering a positive and responsible attitude in children towards their environment...

School aims


...a secure Christian environment in which consideration and respect for self and others, can be fostered..

School aims


The roots to grow, the wings to fly...

School motto


Your school is a gem.

Quote from Salisbury Diocese Advisor


Dear Applicant,

Thank you for expressing an interest in the post of Lunchtime Supervisor at St Mary’s CE Primary School on a permanent basis.   Accompanying this letter is information about the School.

We have a permanent post, for 6.25 hours per week, term time only, commencing as soon as possible. Ideally, we are looking for a permanent member of staff but would consider temporary to cover the summer term.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a small, successful school that works hard to enthuse its pupils, instil high standards, and provide them with the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The successful candidate will:

  • Ensure the safety, general welfare and conduct of pupils during the midday break period
  • Assist school and catering staff with basic cleaning and general duties in and around the dining area.
  • Have a positive and proactive approach to working
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have the ability to be a team player who will go the extra mile to support students and staff and who will enjoy the challenges of this role

St Mary’s is a wonderful place to work and has a warm, safe and friendly Christian ethos where every individual is valued.  We emphasise the importance of positive relationships and reward.  

Our school is situated in the centre of Bradford Abbas, a thriving village community around St Mary’s Church, the Rose and Crown Pub, the Village Hall and the Sports and Social Club.  There is a strong relationship between the school and the Church.   The school benefits by making use of the Church for religious events and the Vicar is actively involved in Assemblies.  Our most recent inspection by Salisbury Diocese found us to be Outstanding in every area.

St Mary’s has 108 pupils on roll and is part of two successful and effective educational partnerships: the small schools cluster (Trent Primary, Thornford Primary, Buckland Newton Primary and Bishops Caundle Primary) and the Sherborne Area Schools Trust.  The schools work closely together for the benefit of all our children of Sherborne and the surrounding areas.

We are looking for someone with high expectations, flexible and motivated, keen to work in an educational setting with a sense of humour to enjoy the challenges of this role.

You are very welcome to visit us in advance of an application or to contact us to find out more. The governors, staff and I look forward to welcoming you to St Mary’s Primary School.

Very best wishes,

E Grunnill


We look forward to receiving your application by 1st April 2021 at 12pm.  It is hoped that the interviews will take place as soon as possible after Easter. You are asked to provide the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A letter of application of no more than 2 sides of A4 detailing your experience and expertise

Completed applications should be returned either by post, marked ‘Confidential’ to Emma Grunnill, Headteacher or by email to her at: by 12pm on 1/4/21

Should you wish to arrange a visit to view the School, please do not hesitate to contact the office and we will be happy to arrange this.

St Mary’s Primary School, part of the Sherborne Area Schools Trust, has an absolute commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The School follows the national and Dorset policies and procedures for child protection and security and the interview will include questions about safeguarding children. Current and/or previous employers will be contacted through references as part of the verification process pre-appointment checks if the applicant is short listed. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

St Mary’s Primary School, part of the Sherborne Area Schools Trust, is committed to equal opportunities and positively encourages applications from all sections of the community.


March 2021



This is a part time post, for 6.25 hours per week, working 12.00pm to 1.15pm Monday to Friday.  It is a term time only post, however a degree of flexibility will be required to assist with covering staff absence, or at times when an extra pair of hands is needed to cope with particularly busy times.

St Mary’s Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1/4/21 and the interviews will be held the following week.