The Learning for Life Proud to be part of The Learning for Life

Work at Wistaston Church Lane

Wistaston Church Lane Academy is a special place to learn and work. It is a school that believes in happy staff as well as happy children.

Read below about why it is great to work here!


Year Three Teacher (Maternity Leave)

Wistaston Church Lane Academy is seeking to appoint an inspirational, reflective and dynamic Year Three teacher to cover a maternity leave from 1st March 2021 to August 31st 2021.

The successful candidate will have experience of teaching in lower key Stage Two and will be able to excite, challenge and encourage a love of life and learning in the children they teach. Excellent subject knowledge and a positive attitude are essential. They must be able to work as part of a team, have a good sense of humour and create an environment that promotes excellence and learning.

Our pupils are friendly, well-behaved and eager to learn. We have a hardworking team of teachers and support staff. Our local advisory board and trust are active and supportive. We highly value professional development and will offer training and support for the successful candidate.

The staff and Local Advisory Board of Wistaston Church Lane Academy place the highest priority on keeping our children safe. Applicants for this post will therefore be subject to stringent vetting and induction processes, including a suitable DBS check. 

Visits to the school can be arranged. Please contact school to arrange an appointment – social distancing will be adhered to. Please contact the school office on 01270663619 or by email to book a visit. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 1pm.

Application forms and further details can be found in the documents below.


Assistant Caretaker

Wistaston Church Lane Academy is seeking to appoint a hardworking, enthusiastic, reliable and honest assistant caretaker.

Key duties will include:

  • Ensuring that the site and its buildings are opened up on time
  • Maintaining and cleaning parts of the school daily
  • Acting as a designated key holder for the school premises
  • Undertaking minor repairs and maintenance, including painting and decorating
  • Undertaking general portage duties, including moving furniture and distributing items to the appropriate place
  • Taking action where Health and Safety hazards are identified
  • Basic grounds maintenance – snow clearing, gritting, litter picking, bin emptying
  • Emergency attendance in case of alarms

Other duties as required

Please note that this position is full year, which means that you will be in attendance at work all year round (52 weeks a year) and will have an annual leave entitlement.

The working hours are 6am to 10am Monday to Friday. This is 20 hours per week.

The pay grade for the position is £17,842 to £18,198 per annum pro rata (actual salary is £9643 to £9836 per annum).

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged and welcomed. Please contact the school to make arrangements on 01270663619 or by email to book a visit. The closing date for application is Friday 8th January 2021 at 1pm.

Staff Wellbeing

Initiatives to support staff wellbeing

As well as a reasonable working expectation, the school offers various initiatives intended to support staff wellbeing. The list of initiatives include:



  • Clear and visible school leaders who take the time to listen and get to know you
  • Reasonable and fair expectations
  • A performance management process designed to encourage personal growth
  • Weekly staff briefing to improve communication
  • Continuing professional development for all staff members
  • No expectation to reply to emails at unsociable hours


Non-contact time

  • Protected PPA Half day - taken off site if needed, and time with a colleague wherever possible
  • Subject leader release time


Feedback and Marking

  • Revised feedback and marking policy to reduce marking commitment but ensure maximum impact for the children’s learning - reviewed annually
  • Revised home practice so that is more internet based to reduce teacher marking workload


Assessment and Reporting

  • Removal of Mid-Year Reviews as we felt it created work for little work for impact
  • End of Year Report reduced in size



  • No individual lesson plans and no requirement to hand in short term plans
  • Short term planning formats are entirely up to the teacher
  • Time offered to Teaching Assistants to plan Phonics
  • Non-contact time for class cover Teaching Assistants


Lesson Observations

  • A typical maximum of three lesson visits a year and these are not used for performance management, i.e. not used in isolation for pay progression decisions



  • Free tea and coffee
  • Staff meeting time back in relation to residentials
  • Where appropriate, twilights will be used instead of an INSET day
  • Colleagues can leave straight after school as long as they are up-to-date with things
  • Staff Shout Out Board
  • Free Christmas dinner/Easter dinner
  • Free staff wellbeing support including 24-hour GP line, counselling and free physiotherapy sessions
  • Employee benefit scheme giving discounts at shops
  • Fair policies regarding dependents leave
  • Regular staff social events
  • An annual collection of funds from all staff members which will be used to pay for gifts at difficult times and for special occasions
  • Comfortable staff room
  • PPA room available


Unique to Church Lane

  • Low exclusions and well-behaved children
  • We listen to feedback and act on it where it is felt reasonable and practical, e.g. removal of Take Part Days as colleagues felt it was a lot of work for little gain
  • Resources, like whiteboard pens and glue sticks available at all times

The Church Lane Way

The Church Lane Way is the agreed way that we do things at Wistaston Church Lane. We all buy in to this approach and make it work for the success of the children, the school and the community.

Working at Wistaston Church Lane is a privilege. We all share our CARE behaviours which govern our behaviour and attitudes to work.

Child-Centred: We are driven by the needs and interests of our children

Ambitious: We use our energy, skills and resources to deliver the best sustainable education and experience for learners

Respect: We respect and value those who we work with and the contribution that they make

Enthusiasm: We are passionate about making working and learning at Church Lane a positive experience

A description of these behaviours is in the documents section below.


Page Downloads Date  
Application Form 2018 02nd Dec 2020 Download
Recruitment pack 2020 2021 09th Dec 2020 Download