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Duration: 38 weeks a year

Timetable: Mon to Thu (4 nights a week)

Payment: £155 a week


We are currently recruiting families to host our students for four nights a week (Mon to Thu) during term time, starting in September 2024.

Students are aged 16-19 and come to EMS from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.  They are busy with their studies during the day and need a welcoming home each evening.   We want our students to feel as though they are in their second home when staying with you and to be supported in such a way that enables them to thrive personally and academically.  Host families will be supported by EMS staff to prepare for their student and will have ongoing contact throughout their time working with EMS.  If you have a spare room and can offer the environment we seek, we’d love to hear from you.   Please register your interest by emailing


You need to offer:

  • A clean, comfortable, welcoming home
  • A bedroom for the student
  • A place for the student to study (a desk in their bedroom or another quiet space in the house)
  • Suitable storage for the students’ belongings
  • Access to a functioning bathroom/shower room
  • Breakfast and evening meals
  • Access to food storage and preparation areas (for the student to prepare their own lunch and snacks)
  • Access to laundry facilities
  • A listening ear

You must be willing to:

  • Complete induction training
  • Complete a DBS check (as will all adults in the family home)
  • Obtain a gas safety certificate
  • Have termly visits from EMS staff to your home

There is no one type of family that is suitable for hosting; we always do our best to match students and host together in such a way that suits them both.  The most important thing is to be supportive and understanding of the students’ needs and to be proactive in checking they are OK, passing on concerns when they arise.  When they leave the school, students will most likely be heading to university; if you are able to support them in their transition to independence, all the better (for example, you may help them to occasionally cook the family meal or to manage their own laundry).

Prior to hosting a student, you will receive training in Safeguarding and guidance about hosting.  You will also have the opportunity to meet your matched student and their family.

Previously, families have found hosting to be a rewarding experience.  We’ve not offered hosting for a few years, but with our boarding facilities now oversubscribed we are seeking families to host, without whom some students would be unable to take up their place at EMS.

If you would like to help, please get in touch by email or apply to become a host by completing this form.


Working Hours: 11.3 per week (0.3 of FTE)

Salary: Starting at £7 718 and rising to £8 379 over two years (£25 726 to £27 931 FTE)

Start Date: 1st July 2024 

Application Deadline: Monday 6th May 2024

Interview Date: Wednesday 15th May 2024

Clerk to governors Person Specification 2024

Clerk to Governors Job Description 2024

Exeter Maths School is an Ofsted Outstanding, state funded, 6th form, jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College. Opened in September 2014, the school is open to students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.  We also work extensively with students and teachers in other schools, inspiring enthusiasts for maths, physics and computing across the region.

We are seeking to appoint new Clerk to Governors to administer, support and advise the board of governors for our Single Academy Trust.

Governance is strong at EMS, with exceptionally professional and capable governors working within a well-established structure of meetings, school visits and policy reviews.  Senior Leaders are proactive in working with governors and the clerk to ensure that accurate and timely information is shared in a spirit of full transparency.  The School invests in external support, training and reviews to ensure that best practice is developed and maintained.

The new postholder need not necessarily have significant experience in this area (although experience is always welcome and valued) but should be an exceptional administrator, able to work well with school leaders and governors and with the capacity and commitment to training and development.

The successful candidate will be positive and self-motivated with excellent organisational skills.  She/he will be able to work efficiently, to communicate clearly and to digest large volumes of information and distil this for governors.  The post holder will work closely with the Headteacher, Chair of Governors, and Committee Chairs to ensure that governance is highly effective.  Whilst some of the hours will be flexible, s/he must be able to attend all governors meetings and to support effective team work,  a significant proportion of the working hours will be in School.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a high-functioning team and be at the heart of the school’s development.  The current postholder (soon to retire) reports that being an integral part of the school team and the commitment from senior leaders to governance are benefits of clerking that are unique to EMS.  Other benefits include flexible working hours outside of meetings, the opportunity to join the local government pension scheme and if interested to combine with role with occasional additional roles such as exam invigilation or representing the school at careers fairs.

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.

Further information about working at EMS can be found below.  To apply, please complete the personal details form and application form linked at the top of this page.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss this post or visit the school, please get in touch by either calling 01392 429020 or emailing (EMS will be closed from Friday 29th March to Sunday 14th April during which time the email and answerphone may not be monitored but we will get back to you at the start of term).

Pay: £13.45 per hour inclusive of holiday pay

Hours: Variable – please see details below

Invigilator Job Description

Invigilator Person Specification

Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) is a unique state-funded 6th form, specifically designed to meet the needs of able mathematics students throughout the South West.

We are looking to increase our bank of invigilators to provide an efficient and effective invigilation support service to the school and ensure the integrity of its examinations.

You will be responsible for the supervision of students, confidential exam papers/documentation and information relating to students and assessment records.   If you have the ability to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team and have excellent communication skills we would like to hear from you.

This year we have work available from 22nd May to 24th June 2024. Exam sessions run in the morning from 8.30am or in the afternoon from 12.30pm. Each session lasts for approximately 2-3 hours (although some may be longer).

There will also be other invigilating opportunities throughout the academic year.

Further information about the school is available on this website.   Additional information for applicants and an application form are on this page. To apply, complete the application form and personal details form at the top of this page and email to by midnight 5th February 2024.

If you would like more information or the opportunity to discuss this post, please get in touch by emailing our Exams Officer –

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 19th February 2024.

Successful candidates will need to be available to attend invigilator training, we will holding a training session on Tuesday 30th April 2024 – there will also be additional on-line training.

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.

If you are an experienced teacher of A-level Further Maths and interested in occasional work teaching, please get in touch by emailing

We are open to employing someone in this role or being invoiced by a self-employed teacher.   We will book you for planned absence due to our regular teachers taking part in training, outreach or other activities.  We would also like to be able to contact you on the morning of any unplanned absences.

The backbone of Axiom’s (previously MESME) approach is maths circles. These are small groups of pupils who meet weekly to tackle a curriculum of challenging maths problems. It’s an approach that’s worked successfully in other countries, and which Axiom is bringing to the UK. The beauty of maths circles is that they’re about the relationships as much as the maths.

We are seeking to appoint passionate and dedicated mentors to support and develop the mathematical thinking and curiosity of high prior-attaining KS3 and 4 students through our exciting online enrichment programme, Axiom Maths Circles.

Benefits of working as a Maths Circles mentor:

  • Receiving thorough and paid onboarding training by our team of experienced teachers
  • Flexibility of teaching online
  • Growing professionally within a community of like-minded mathematicians
  • Working within an already established and evidence-based curriculum
  • Being a part of a rapidly-expanding mentor programme
  • Becoming part of a national network of Maths Circles, mathematicians, and thought leaders
  • Supporting social mobility to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to pathways of higher education

If you enjoy maths problem solving and are keen to develop this in others, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Maths Circles Mentor Commitment 

  • 3.5 hours per week to start in September (30-week’s across the academic year) or January (20-week’s across the academic year) – dependant on student numbers.
  • Online programme with 2-3 face-to-face days in Exeter, for mentors to attend where possible.
  • We have mentoring groups that meet on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 1615-1800 – we will ask your availability at interview.
  • The remaining hours are for training/preparation and can be completed at a time convenient to you.

Salary: £12.22 per hour, inclusive of holiday allowance

Become a Maths Circles Mentor: Apply!

If you’re interested in getting involved, please read the person specification and job description before completing the expression of interest form, here.

We’ll be in touch with updates about our mentoring opportunities and will let you know once our mentor recruitment opens. We recruit twice annually – in the spring and autumn terms.

If you’d like to discuss this role or find out more before applying, please contact us by emailing:

Additional Information for Applicants

The following quotes are taken form our most recent staff survey in January 2024.

“I think the school has strong communication and although I don’t teach. I understand clearly the objectives and purpose of the school.”

Line Managers

“My manager is perfect. The exactly correct balance of leaving me to get on with it and supporting/challenging when required.”

“My manager is absolutely brilliant. I feel really supported in my job, and I can trust that I will be pulled up when I make mistakes and helped to learn from them. Can not emphasise enough how amazing my line manager is.”

“My manager is always looking for new ways of delivering topics and regularly facilitates the sharing of ideas within the department.”

“My line manager is the best one I have ever had and I appreciate all their efforts to support me.”

“[My  Manager is] extremely encouraging (but in a way that is based in fact and I know isn’t empty words), has good ideas, encourages me to try new things and has offered to be a listening ear at any time I need it. “

“Frequent check-ins, meetings, and feedback allows me to progress well in my role. Feedback is always constructive and improvements clearly pinpointed. It is always given in a positive, non-critical way.”


“The teaching team is the most supportive and compassionate team I have ever worked with.”

“My co-workers are fantastic! They are really supportive and I never feel as if anything is too small to ask about. They have made learning about my job a very positive experience. I like the fact that I not only have links with those I directly work with on the pastoral team, but I have met others from across the school through mental health check-ins, progress meetings, and having a peer support buddy.”

“My colleagues are amazing and we always come together when things are tough.”

“Having supportive colleagues is one of the best features of working at EMS. They inspire me to try new and better ways of doing things.

“I think the cooperative spirit of the staff here is one of the key strengths of the school.”

Training and Development

“I have been granted opportunities to do teacher outreach and work with U-maths. This has helped me develop.”

“I have been given many opportunities to complete courses and CPD since starting in my role.”

“I feel confident the school will support me in undertaking any learning and development I will need.”

“I have been provided with so many appropriate training and development opportunities.”

Fairness and Inclusion

“The most accepting place I have ever worked in and a real feeling of being valued.”

“EMS feels like a very safe environment for me from both staff and students and I try my best to also give back to that.”

“EMS is a very inclusive school and all staff are valued for their contribution.”

“Feedback is always constructive, and I feel valued and respected. I am free to make decisions that I feel are appropriate at that moment in time, within the schools policies, and that my ability to make the right decision is valued.”

“I think we tend to be aware of our colleagues’ strengths and weaknesses, and in my experience this is played out by highly valuing their strengths and offering support in areas of weakness.”

As a 6th form our contracts are not typical school contracts.  As such you have an entitlement to 40 days (8 weeks) of holiday each year plus bank holidays, all of which are taken outside of term time.  In addition, we have a shut down period at Christmas which is not taken from your holiday allowance.

When you work Saturdays, you receive an additional day of holiday in lieu of the time you are in school.  For a full-time teacher this tends to be 5 days / 1 week (pro rata for part time).

Our term times are similar to Exeter College: we normally break up for school holidays about 5 to 10 days into July and return to school on A-level results day (mid-August).

In the summer, teachers will always have at least 3 consecutive weeks of leave, but there are often more weeks available.  At Easter, all teachers will have at least 1 week of leave and may be required to work for two or three days for outreach activities.  We have also, for example held admissions interviews in February half term, requiring teachers to attend for up to two days.

We don’t tend to ask teachers to attend site during non-term time unless there is a specific reason such as training, outreach, or admissions events.  These are planned at the start of the academic year, enabling teachers to plan their holiday time with certainty.

The table below is indicative of the how holidays may be taken by a full-time teacher who has worked for five Saturdays.   The total number of discretionary days leave may vary, for example, depending on when bank holidays fall over the Christmas period.

The non-teaching roles vary greatly, some staff have term-time only contracts whilst others are employed for the full year.  Some work “normal” office hours and others overnight.  The information in this section is based on a full time member of staff who works for the full year,  the principles are consistent with other roles but precise details will vary.

Full time is 37 hours a week.

The main school building is open between 0800 and 1800 on most week days and typically working hours fall between 0830 and 1800.  Notable exceptions are boarding staff who work evenings and overnight and outreach staff who sometimes need to work on Saturdays to support events.

Annual leave is for 25 days a year plus bank holidays and additional Christmas closure days.  The school has period of time over Christmas during which it is closed, this may vary each year but it is typically for two weeks.  All staff take holiday during the shutdown period but this is not taken from their annual leave, in effect adding to their overall holiday allowance.   The real beauty of this is that with every member of staff on holiday,  you wont return in the New Year to an enormous string of emails and messages!

Non-teaching staff are expected to take their annual leave when students are on school holidays.  In exceptional circumstances exceptions will be made but taking leave during the term time is not the norm.

Employee Assist Programme (EAP)

All EMS employees have access to a range of resources and support through the Health Assured  EAP.  The programme includes:

  • Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line
  • Critical incident advice & telephone support
  • Online health portal & access to the My healthy Advantage app

Exeter College Facilities

Our staff and students have access to the facilities at Exeter College including HR support and Gym membership (for a small fee).

Light Refreshments

It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for your work that we provide tea, coffee and milk for staff and no charge.  We hope it makes your day a little easier.


Teachers are entitled to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Teachers’ Pensions

Non-teaching staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme: LGPS member site

Small Team with Big Support

The staff team is truly fantastic, welcoming, helpful and kind.  It’s one of the very best things about working here (the students being the other).  It’s not possible to overstate just how supportive they are – if you’re having a tough day someone will pick you up, if you’ve had a brilliant success, your colleagues will celebrate with you.

Vivup Benefits Scheme

This scheme offers EMS staff a range of lifestyle savings vouchers from retailers, typically giving up to 5% off a purchase.  It also gives access to Salary Sacrifice benefits which include:

  • Cycle to Work
  • Home and Electronics
  • Gym Membership
  • Car Leasing
  • Travel and Leisure – coming in 2022

Teacher Salary Scale

Support Staff Salary Scale

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