Senior Cover Supervisor


Senior Cover Supervisor


Salary:        N6 £25,984 - £28,324 actual pro rata salary 

Hours:         37 hours per week, term time only
Flexible working options may be considered.

Contract:     Permanent

Start date:   ASAP

Location:    Gosforth 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

Gosforth Academy is a highly successful academy with a superb record of academic excellence and achievement. Our progress score at GCSE places us consistently in the top ten schools in over 170 schools in the North-East over the past ten years. Uniquely, we benefit from having only three feeder middle schools within Gosforth which puts us in a strong position when students join Gosforth Academy in Year 9. At the other end of the school our Sixth Form houses over 650 students alone and is one of the largest in the country. It comes with an outstanding reputation and delivers a wide range of courses which is why it is always over-subscribed and many students (over 100) opt to join from other schools. 

Supporting around 2,000 students from Year 9 through to Year 13, our principal aim is to encourage high expectations and high standards of achievement, both academic and personal. Our values embrace honesty, trust, reliability, respect for the legitimate rights of others, care for the weaker members of society, regard for the environment and a kindness towards other people. At Gosforth Academy we offer our students a high quality education, excellent facilities and comprehensive choices, including an established rugby ACE programme with Newcastle Falcons. 

We offer our staff a positive and thriving working environment. As a large school we can provide a wide array of opportunities for our staff both in and out of the classroom. Whilst our staff work hard to deliver outstanding outcomes and are dedicated to go that extra mile we always seek to provide innovative and bespoke staff workload and wellbeing practices. Ultimately, when staff leave they leave for promoted posts and many even come back. As a large academy within the Gosforth Group Trust we can provide you with personal and career development opportunities within the school or Trust. If you are passionate about providing a first-class education to our well-behaved and able students and want to join a successful team we want to hear from you.

About the role

The successful candidate will be responsible to the Deputy Principal, Resourcing and Teacher Development and will lead and manage day to day cover operations. Duties will include line managing and supporting the Cover Supervisors and acting as first point of contact for all short term and unplanned absence on behalf of the academy, liaising with external agencies as required. They will deliver learning activities to pupils in a range of classroom settings, including working with individuals, small groups and whole classes, providing feedback to pupils and colleagues on learning and behaviour. They will be aware of national frameworks, typical curricula and teaching methods and expectations in the relevant key stages and they will use behaviour management strategies which contribute to a purposeful learning environment. They will communicate effectively and sensitively with pupils to support their learning, promoting inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the classroom.

What we are looking for

  • Ability to relate well to children and adults and in particular able to establish positive relationships with pupils
  • A clear understanding of classroom roles and responsibilities
  • Ability to organise, lead and motivate a team and to work constructively as part of a team
  • Excellent ICT skills and the proven ability to use them effectively to support learning
  • Ability to respond positively and effectively to unexpected problems and situations
  • A working knowledge of national or foundation stage curriculum and other relevant learning programmes/strategies
  • A relentless drive to secure the best possible outcomes for students of all abilities

What we can offer you

  • An opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals
  • An exciting and extensive commitment to professional development
  • Aspirational, diverse and motivated students
  • A large, vibrant Sixth form
  • A school with its community at heart
  • Free membership of an on-site gym and excellent sports facilities
  • An exciting programme of staff ‘well-being’ activities, from Football to Surfing!
  • Benefits including cycle to work scheme, free on-site parking
  • Wider career development opportunities to be involved across the Gosforth Group

A full information pack which includes the job description and person specification is on the Gosforth Group’s website, click here.[CJ1] 

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further, please contact Michael Baxter, Deputy Principal, Resourcing and Teacher Development,

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 28th June 

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date


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.



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