School Librarian

  • Job Reference: SL1
  • Date Posted: 16 January 2023
  • Recruiter: St Augustine's CE High School
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £37,026 to £38,037
  • Bonus/Benefits: Inner London NJC Spine Point 26-28 - FTE. Paid Pro-rata
  • Sector: Schools
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Are you a passionate educator who inspires through example and wants to make a real difference to young people’s lives?  We are looking for an exceptional School Librarian to join our forward-thinking school.  You will be an experienced professional with an enthusiasm and passion for reading and books, which will inspire our students, and responsibility for managing our school library activities.

St. Augustine’s C.E. High School is an Outstanding medium sized mixed comprehensive school situated on the doorstep of central London, in Kilburn. The School’s moral purpose is to ensure that every student is ‘the best that they can be’ and our ethos and values are upheld throughout the entire school community.  Students are actively encouraged to develop the attitudes and vision of the School ethos through their learning and sense of belonging to the School.  We are fully inclusive and our dedicated staff are focused on quality and achievement whilst ensuring the happiness and well-being of our community.  

We are a Silver awarded Trauma Informed school which means our approach to every child is with curiosity.

We teach our students to regulate themselves and pride ourselves on our positive relationships with our students, connecting with them before we correct. Being a trauma informed practitioner is fundamental at St Augustine’s, as it underpins our ethos and values to ensure that every child can be the best they can be.

At St Augustine’s we believe there should be no barriers to a child’s future and society should and can, be a level playing field.  Aspiring for this to be reality we promise to:

  • Emphasise high quality subject teaching, reinforced by excellent support for learning and intervention
  • Deliver inclusion services that assist personal development
  • Provide excellent pastoral care so no student goes unsupported
  • Continually develop strong leadership and have high levels of expertise in education.

We are passionate about the importance of academic, technical and vocational learning and our students have opportunities to participate in programmes with an impressive array of employer partners including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lloyds, University of London, The Old Vic, Knight Frank and Tata Consultancy.

St Augustine’s CE High School has a strong ethos of collaboration and innovation.  If you would relish the opportunity to work within a diverse and exciting teaching environment, with highly motivated students and a supportive leadership team, then St. Augustine’s would welcome your application.

Closing date: NOON Friday 15th February 2023

Applications will be reviewed on receipt. Candidates may be interviewed before the closing date, and St Augustine’s CE High School reserves the right to close any job adverts early if a suitable appointment is made. Applications will only be accepted if submitted on our application form.

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit our school website and/or contact Ana Jimenez, Business Support Manager for further information.

St. Augustine’s C.E. High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate child protection screening including checks with previous employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Main purposes of the job

To co-ordinate the activities of the library within the school to provide pupils and staff with comprehensive services.

Planning and implementing school policy in relation to the library service to achieve an efficient and developed provision within the school.

General Responsibilities


Organising and managing the school library service, guiding and assisting users as appropriate, including:

  • Consultation with School Senior Management on most effective patterns of use by pupils and staff, and general and educational aims and philosophy of the school. Monitoring achievement in regards to reading progress for Year 7 and identified intervention groups.
  • Guiding and assisting pupils with: appropriate strategies for the selection of information sources to undertake assignments both from within the school and the wider community; the effective use of specific resources; the choice of literature to meet curricular and leisure needs
  • Liaising with Westminster City Council Library Services and other organisations to ensure that appropriate materials are obtained from interlending agencies and that full use is made of advisory services and in-service training.


Contributing to the development of the curriculum, including:

  • Selecting, acquiring, maintaining and promoting stock to meet the needs of pupils and staff. Covering the full ability, age and cultural range of pupils and supporting all subject fields.
  • Arranging material for effective retrieval; including systematic indexing, classification and cataloguing of all resources.
  • Management of the library resource budget.
  • Compilation of an annual report to the Headteacher/Governing Body on the library’s stock and developmental needs in relation to the library’s integral role in supporting the curriculum.Advising on best-value suppliers.
  • Participating with the teaching staff in the development of language and information skills programmes, in particular those areas involving development of bibliographical and information retrieval skills.
  • Attendance at Departmental meetings and liaison with individual teachers.
  • Guiding and assisting teachers with background information on various aspects of the curriculum and learning resources appropriate to the whole range of courses.
  • Assisting in planning layout of new facilities and advice on specialised requirements in furniture, fittings and services.


  • Teaching library skills e.g. user education, on a timetabled basis or the ad hoc demonstration of library information retrieval techniques including the use of Information Technology
  • To run whole school reading tests and update them on SIMS
  • Managing, supervising and training volunteer helpers such as the student librarians and buddy readers
  • Running reading programmes such as Lexia and Reading Plus to support and stretch students
  • Promote reading through reading clubs, trips, visiting authors and extra- curricular events including writing competitions
  • To have responsibility for the management of Eclipse and other IT provision
  • Working closely with Literacy Co-ordinator in line with the school’s literacy policy and intervention strategies


  • Ensure delivery of the St Augustine’s Trauma Informed Care model
  • To promote the safety and welfare of students and comply with the School’s safeguarding and health and safety policies
  • To demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to promote the principle of equality and diversity
  • To carry out duties of the post with due regard to confidentiality
  • To undertake such additional duties or projects as the Headteacher or SLT may determine from time to time.


  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of the post, as required by the Senior Leadership Team
  • To work according to the School’s policies, procedures and ethos
  • To continue personal development as agreed.
  • To engage actively in the performance review process.


  • Ensure implementation and promotion in employment and service delivery of the School’s equal opportunities policies and statutory responsibilities.

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified. Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from their Line Manager, SLT or Headteacher to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description.  It is understood that areas of responsibility are from time to time subject to review and are negotiable in the light of the needs of the school and the professional development of the staff.


Person Specification


  • Grade C equivalent at English and maths
  • Librarian Qualification
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  • Successful experience of working in a school/children’s library, ideally covering the same age range of pupils.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with children/young adults in an educational or similar setting
  • Desirable

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Skills and knowledge

  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of librarianship
  • Knowledge of young people’s literature and reading habits
  • Knowledge of proven reading intervention strategies
  • Understand the importance of emotional intelligence in managing oneself and others and an ability to maintain professional integrity even when under pressure
  • Knowledge of behaviour management systems
  • Understanding of the needs of students in a diverse school population
  • Understanding of pastoral care system
  • Effective communication, good time management, ability to prioritise and problem solve
  • Positive role model for students
  • Utilise Office 365, SIMS, Teams
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care
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  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to act on own initiative.
  • Ability to relate to and work with others as a lead and member of a team
  • Ability to contribute positively to change
  • Ability to assess and recommend action in relation to reading and literacy
  • Ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the school community
  • Ability to work in partnership and develop trust, respect and co-operation of others
  • Establish and develop appropriate relationships with Staff, Parents, Governors and students
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  • Tact, diplomacy and a sense of humour
  • Self-motivating with the ability to multi task
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people at all levels
  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people
  • Able to keep confidentiality throughout all aspects of work
  • Good attendance and punctuality
  • Commitment to the ethos and values of the school
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  • A commitment to equal opportunities, awareness of diversity issues and working in a positive and non-discriminatory way
  • A commitment to working in a multi - cultural environment and with students from diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • A commitment to working in a flexible and collaborative manner with all members of the school community
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