Primary Teacher - Two Boats School

  • Two Boats School
  • Ascension Island, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Primary Teacher - Two Boats School

Job description

The Ascension Island Government is currently looking to recruit two Primary Teachers to work at Two Boats School.  Two Boats School is a small school with around 100 pupils ranging from pre-school to 16.  Pupils follow a curriculum modelled on the National Curriculum for England and take English National Curriculum tests at 7 and 11 followed by IGCSEs at 16.  In 2015, 83% of pupils left with 5 or more A-C grades including English and Maths.


Ascension is a small volcanic island, situated in the sub-tropical South Atlantic, with a warm stable climate (26-34°C). Ascension is part of the wider overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is situated some 1,000 miles from the mainland of Africa and it is 800 miles from its nearest neighbour, the island of Saint Helena.  This is a unique opportunity to contribute to our future success and to be part of a welcoming and friendly island community.


If successful, you would be expected to:


  • Teach the primary curriculum to meet the requirements of the English National Curriculum.
  • Co-ordinate at least one subject area and liaise with the secondary specialist to ensure a clear progression throughout school.
  • Write schemes of work, and keep these under review.
  • Participate in the wider life of the school.

We are offering a two year contract with a salary between £16,539 and £20,000 per year (taxable in Ascension Island) dependent on qualifications and experience.  You will also receive benefits worth up to £20,000 per year (dependent upon single or accompanied status):

  • Rent free accommodation (with electricity and water allowances)
  • Free primary medical and dental care
  • Food allowance (£6,175 or £3,090 dependant on accompanied status)
  • Relocation package at start and completion of contract (personal effects and vehicle)
  • One mid-tour return flight for you and your family
  • End of contract bonus on completion of 2 years

This appointment will be subject to:

  • Satisfactory Employment References
  • Enhanced Criminal Records Check
  • Satisfactory Medical Clearance (Ascension Island has limited medical facilities. If you believe that you have a medical condition that may be difficult to treat here please contact our Senior Medical Officer for a confidential discussion via

We are looking for the post holder to start on the 8th of August (for travel purposes) for a term start date of 2nd of September


Closing Date:      31st of March 2019

Interviews:          Week commencing 8th of April 2019


Knowledge and Experience
1.1       Evidence of exemplary Foundation/Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2 classroom practice. 
1.2       A sound understanding of recent developments in the primary school curriculum.
1.3       Knowledge of the particular requirements of delivering education to pupils with Special Educational Needs and other particular needs.
1.4       Knowledge of strategies which are necessary to promote purposeful learning and progress while safeguarding the health and safety of pupils.

Skills and Abilities
2.1       Ability to plan and prepare programmes of work, appropriately differentiated, for the delivery of the curriculum to children in the primary school age range.
2.2       Ability to assess the needs of individual pupils and maintain appropriate records for the purpose of continuity and progress in curriculum areas.
2.3       Ability to select appropriate resources to create a stimulating learning environment.
2.4       Ability to relate and communicate effectively with parents and encourage their participation in their child’s education.

2.5       Ability to direct the work of a teaching assistant.

2.6       Ability to work closely with other members of staff in the development of the curriculum and pastoral work of the school.

2.7       Excellent inter-personal skills.

2.8       Excellent time and task management skills.

2.9       Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.

2.10      Ability to use data effectively in setting targets and understanding pupil progress.

3.1        Qualified teacher status

3.2        Evidence of ongoing professional development; attendance on courses, INSET, action research, personal study etc.
Personal Qualities
4.1       Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
4.2       Commitment to a range of teaching approaches that encourage pupils to develop their full potential.