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Join an ambitious all-through academy to build our brand -new library


King Solomon Academy is a genuine all-through school, with our pupils staying with us from nursery to sixth form across two sites, ten minutes-walk apart. Because of this, we have a unique opportunity to have a long term and dramatic impact on our pupils’ lives.


We know that reading must be at the heart of our whole school, both in our curriculum and in the way in which we foster a love of reading for our pupils throughout their time at school, so they become life-long lovers of reading.

We have a strong track-record as a school in making a significant impact on our pupils’ lives. We adopt a mastery approach in primary, meaning that our pupils have more time and explicit teaching of the skills and concepts that underpin long term success in academics, enriched by a varied and cultural capital enhancing curriculum which inspires and engages our pupils.


Over the last two years, we have merged with another local primary school and invested in significant building work. We have a generous space ready to transform into a library on our Older Years Site for our pupils from Year 5-Year 11 and are excited to find the right person to join us as our librarian to build this library into the beating heart of our school site that we know it could be. We are looking for someone who believes in our school values - aiming high, working together, being kind and leading the way – and who is passionate about building a love of reading through leading the library space as well as working closely with pupils of all ages from 9-16.

To apply, and to see more information about the school and this role please visit The deadline is 11am on Monday 4th July. To discuss the role, please feel free to email the Principal’s PA, Shaheen Riaz ( or phone on 0207 563 6901.


Job Description: Librarian

Reporting to:         Appropriate Leader

Location:                King Solomon Academy, Older Years Site

Salary:                      Support staff Band 5 ( Full Time equivalent: £23,837-£27,494; actual salary £23,394 - £26,983)

Working Pattern:Full time, term-time only, 8-5pm, exact working pattern is flexible by arrangement for the right candidate

Start date:               September 2022



The Role

As a Librarian, you will ensure that the Library is at the heart of school life and plays a central role in developing a culture of reading across our school and community, and drive reading progress through intervention.


Key responsibilities

·        Lead on the delivery of establishing a beautiful library for our Older Years Site

·        Manage and maintain the school library and all its resources

·        Promote the use of the school library to all stake holders

·        Identify and buy quality resources for the school library (and classroom libraries where appropriate) to meet the needs of the National Curriculum and to ensure we have an age-appropriate, challenging, diverse and inclusive reading offer for our pupils

·        Teach pupils how to use the library successfully and how to enjoy choosing books

·        Select resources from the Schools Library Services

·        Promote the enjoyment of and excitement about reading to all pupils

·        Provide a warm, welcoming climate in the library and across the school to help pupils to develop as happy and successful learners

·        Support pupils working outside of class and after school with their learning

·        Run reading interventions, teaching pupils how to read, how to comprehend and how to love reading  

·        Contribute to the effective working of the whole academy


Outcomes and activities

  • Develop and promote the role of the library in the school with an active engagement in diversity and equality issues
  • Work closely with teaching staff to plan and deliver key aspects of the curriculum
  • Promote the effective and efficient use of the library and library resources
  • Work with all staff to take a strategic approach to cultivating a love of reading in children
  • Manage the school library and library resources throughout the school:

-         Select, acquire, maintain and withdraw library stock, ensuring a balance between subject and ability levels and show an active engagement in diversity and equality issues

-         Organise, catalogue and classify library resources, both electronic and print-based

-         Prepare financial estimates for the school library and manage the budget

-         Supervise and train staff, parents, volunteers and pupil librarians working in the library

-         Make full use of digital devices in the library and manage the digital library provision, resources on the cloud and on the school websit

-         Make full use of the Schools Library Service and other sources of information and support

-         Make the library attractive and accessible to all children and staff, including displays, guiding and publicity materials

-         Keep the senior leadership team, school governors and parents informed about the needs and development of the library and information service in the school

  • Intervene with individual pupils or groups of pupils to support their progress in reading. This could include but is not limited to supporting with Phonics for new arrivals, or reading 1:1 with individual pupils.



·       Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Principal.



Person Specification: Librarian


Qualification criteria

-         Maths and English to grade C GCSE (or equiv)

-         A-level English literature or equiv (desirable)

-         A degree level qualification (desirable)

-         Recognised professional qualification for librarianship or information management system (desirable)

-         Right to work in the UK


Knowledge and experience

-         Excellent knowledge of children’s and young adult literature and an infectious passion about reading and fostering a love of reading

-         Knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, of educational issues and the National Curriculum as they relate to the provision of learning resources

-         Knowledge of and commitment to equalities and diversity issues in the provision of library services 

-         Knowledge of how digital resources can be used to support reading development

-         Awareness of child development and the role of reading in the educational development of the child

-         Experience of working in a library within an educational institution or similar, and undertaking leadership and management activities therein (desirable)

-         Experience of working with children and/or young people

-         Experience leading, coaching and motivating staff, pupils and volunteers, ensuring professional development and effectively challenging and managing any underperformance (desirable)

-         Strong financial management skills for management of library budget


Skills and attributes

We are looking for these skills and attributes or at the very least, a clear, demonstrable capacity to develop them organised around our four school values:


“Aiming high” 

·         Prepares for success with excellent organisational skills  

·         Works hard to achieve goals 

·         Never gives up on ourselves, our teammates or our mission 

·         Willingness to play a full part in school life and go above and beyond to ensure success 

·         High energy and driven by a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude.  


“Working together” 

·         Works effectively as part of a team 

·         Seeks out opportunities to build on own and others’ strengths and helps others to be better through a culture of clear, kind feedback 

·         Makes a strong contribution to assessments and child-led planning 


“Being kind” 

·         Able to create a safe, happy and successful environment for everyone in our community 

·         Shows gratitude 

·         Takes care of others 

·         Exhibits pride in achievements of self and others 


“Leading the way” 

·         Has a passion for working with children

·         Has a passion for reading and for books

·         Is a positive role model to others

·         Is brave 

·         Shows initiative  

·         Feels passionate about creating a better future. 



·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students

·         Willingness to undertake training

·         This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.



Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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