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Therapy Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-355S
  • Posted:28/06/2022
  • Pay:KR4 actual salary £16,056.31 include SEN allowance
  • Start Date:September
  • App Close Date:12/07/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you an exceptional special needs practitioner and able to bring out the best in our pupils with special talents, aged 2 – 19, with severe, profound or complex needs?

Job Summary

Five Acre Wood School are continuing to grow our therapy team and are looking for an inspirational Therapy Assistant to join this very special school. You will be working within a team, employed by the school, made up of a Therapy Lead, two Occupational Therapists, three Speech and Language Therapists and two other Therapy Assistants. As part of your day to day work you might also liaise with visiting therapists who work for the National Health Service.

The role is a full time, term time only position working 8.30am -3.30am, Monday to Friday.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve working directly and indirectly with pupils, teaching teams and, at times, pupil’s families. You will also be involved in project work, resource making and other clerical and administrative tasks. Although you will be highly organised and able to work autonomously, your workload will be determined in collaboration with other members of the therapy team.

As a valued member of our learning community, you will have an opportunity to develop and extend your current expertise to the highest standard. In return, you will be professional and enthusiastic, with an eye for detail and ability to problem solve in positive and constructive ways.

Successful candidates may be either be experienced and successful Therapy or Teaching Assistants who enjoy team working and taking responsibility. You will have also worked in a Special Needs or child based environment.

You will be required to work across all of our three any sites - Loose, Allington and Snodland.


Five Acre Wood is committed to the safeguarding of all its pupils, you will therefore be subject to an enhanced disclosure process. As part of our responsibility for safeguarding, in addition to the Kent policy of one employment and one personal reference, the school will request additional employment references.


Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over sites in and around Maidstone, Kent.

We currently have over 730 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs, we are one of the largest special needs schools in the country. We have 420 employees. Our Outstanding school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of "Only the best will do" for all our students.

Our achievements include the WAS Wellbeing Award, which recognises how we look after employees and pupils.

We are a very supportive school, we offer opportunities for further professional development and career development.

For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils and employees, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I
(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video)

We have recently released our own single feat. Jack Rose, view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maa_veNaobU (if the link doesn't work search 'Five Acre Wood School Hall of Fame'

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Nicola Devereux
  • Address:Boughton Lane, Maidstone , Kent, ME15 9QF
  • Telephone: (01622) 743925
  • Email: hr@five-acre.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01622 744828


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).