GAP Student

Our mission is to develop happy, confident and successful children who are well prepared for their future.

Westbrook Hay

Founded in 1892, Westbrook Hay is a thriving co-educational independent Prep school with 370 pupils from 3-13 years who enjoy a broad curriculum, achieve excellent results and have the all-important confidence to succeed. There is a strong ethos to be a welcoming, all-inclusive family community that provides the best for, and expects the best from everyone. The school has recently been rated ‘Excellent’ by ISI and has grown to near capacity, waiting lists are in operation in most year groups and extra classes have recently been added. Our Nursery is oversubscribed and feeds our Reception year group which, like Year One and Year Two, consists of two parallel classes.

GAP Student Vacancy

For January 2024 we seek to appoint a number of Gap Students for two or three terms. This is an exciting opportunity for those who are considering a career working with children or looking to gain valuable experience in a school environment prior to university. One of our current Gap Students is completing a second year due to her enjoyment of the job.

Gap Students are responsible to the Deputy Head, although day to day tasks will be set by a variety of staff and departments. The role will involve supporting the staff and pupils in lessons and with duties. Ideal candidates will be able to provide support in core subjects and have an enthusiasm for co-curricular activities, whether drama, music or sport.

Usual hours of work are in line with the school day, although additional time during the week before each term commences may be required in order to prepare for the start of term. Additional hours are also expected during term-time to meet peaks in workload. The salary for this role is £11,896 per annum, on site accommodation may be available and costs would be deducted. 

The safety and well-being of the children in School is paramount at all times. Staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact. Staff will adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy at all times. If in the course of carrying out their duties, a member of staff becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School, it is their responsibility to report any concerns to the school’s Designated Senior Lead for Child Protection or the Headmaster.

Online Searches
As part of the shortlisting process, the School will carry out an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of its due diligence. This may help to identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, that the School may want to explore with an applicant at interview. This forms part of the School’s wider safeguarding due diligence which aims to prevent and/or deter individuals who may be unsuitable to work with children from working in a school environment.

Equality and Diversity
Westbrook Hay is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and pupils. This means that employees are treated fairly, irrespective of sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, gender, marital status or other reason. Staff are expected to always comply with the provisions set out in law and school policies on equality and diversity.

Application Process

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 18:00 on Friday 1st December. To apply for this position, please complete an application form via the TES website. Further information or any enquiries can be requested from Mr R. D. W. Baird, Deputy Head (  It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 4th December. We reserve the right to appoint a candidate prior to the close of the deadline and would encourage early applications.