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Librarian and Activities Manager

  • Employer: Barking Abbey School
  • Reference: BAS/24/280477
  • Published: Fri 10/05/2024, 14:29 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 30/05/2024, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Term Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: Scale 4 (Pt 7 £27,855.00 - Pt 10 £29,139.00) To be pro rata'd
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Barking & Dagenham

Librarian/Activities Co-Ordinator
Commencing: As soon as possible
Salary Scale: Scale 4

Do you enjoy working with young people, and have a passion for books and reading?

Are you able to plan, organise and promote engaging activities and events before and after school and during the school day?

Could you create an inspirational and calm environment for students to enjoy reading, to relax in and feel safe?

Would you like to work with inspirational teachers to make sure that a love of books and reading is embedded throughout the school?

If so....this is the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic well organised individual to join our school as a Librarian, working with staff to further develop and embed a love of literacy and reading throughout the school.

Our Libraries are an integral part of the school, they are a vital element of our improving literacy strategy alongside providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all students to enjoy.

You will be overseeing all day-to-day activities in one of our libraries, planning and coordinating activities and events making sure that all students feel welcome and safe and have access to relevant and inspiring resources.

If you love working with students, organising resources, and promoting a love for reading, this is the perfect role for you.

At Barking Abbey school, we are proud of our reading culture. Our school aims to ensure that all students enjoy reading and leave us as lifelong readers. This role is essential to fostering that love of reading and developing the literacy skills of all of our students. We are seeking to appoint an innovative, inspirational librarian who is creative in their approach and keen to make a real difference to the lives of our pupils.

Our libraries are at the heart of each campus, it is essential that applicants have practical experience working with young people and can communicate and network with a range of stakeholders. School experience is desirable but not essential.

Day to day responsibilities will include:
• Oversee all day-to-day operations of the school library, making sure that there is a rich varied provision of resources that are catalogued and well organised
• Making sure that the library is a welcoming and inspirational space for students and staff
• Assisting students in selecting appropriate books and research materials (students in years 7 to 13)
• The planning and development of a calendar of enrichment activities and events to promote the use of
and access to the Library. Develop and implement engaging library programs in line with the needs of the curriculum, such as book clubs and reading challenges
• Provide support to students both Secondary and Sixth Form
• Promoting and increasing the use of the library and engagement with activities that are planned

You will need to:
• Have good administrative, communication and organisational skills
• Be able to work as part of a team and independently, researching ideas and planning activities and events
• Have a creative flair and an eye for detail, making sure that our Library spaces and displays are engaging and motivating
• Be passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people, promoting the school values and providing motivation and support
• Enjoy working with young people, with the ability to engage and supervise

The post holder will be an important part of our curriculum support team by maintaining, promoting, and developing our library and its resources, this is an excellent opportunity to play a key role in the development of the school libraries.

Barking Abbey is an Ofsted Outstanding heavily over-subscribed dual campus secondary school in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, with a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence and a supportive professional environment.

The school is located less than 10 minutes walk from Upney tube and 15 minutes from Barking mainline station.

Barking Abbey celebrates its diversity, and we positively welcome applications from all sections of the
community. If you are interested in making a difference in young people’s lives whatever your background or history please apply.

In return we offer:
• A supportive and encouraging staff team
• The opportunity to access a wide range of CPD opportunities within and beyond school
• A school which understands the importance of staff well-being and workload management
• A positive ethos with excellent behaviour reinforced by highly visible SLT and centralised behaviour systems

We are proud that Ofsted recently judged the school to be Outstanding in all areas. The report states; “This is a large and diverse school where difference is valued. Pupils, and students in the sixth form, are supportive and respectful of each other. Pupils’ conduct is exemplary, both inside lessons and around the school. Leaders have established simple and clear rules that everyone understands. Pupils are focused, engaged and participate well in lessons. Staff feel that their workload and well-being has been carefully considered by leaders. They appreciate their open-door policy”. (Ofsted, February 2024)

Please click here to find out more information about what it is like to work at Barking Abbey:

To find out more about how teachers can secure rented accommodation at a discounted rate of 20% please contact: info@bdsip.co.uk

Barking Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process, including Disclosure check, will be undertaken on all successful applicants.

Online searches may be conducted for all shortlisted candidates and will be conducted for all successful candidates as part of our due diligence checks. 


  • Librarian and Activities Manager
  • Employer: Barking Abbey School
  • Reference: BAS/24/280477
  • Published: Fri 10/05/2024, 14:29 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 30/05/2024, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Term Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: Scale 4 (Pt 7 £27,855.00 - Pt 10 £29,139.00) To be pro rata'd
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Barking & Dagenham

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