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Forest School Assistant / Learning Mentor - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Grange Park School, Wrotham

  • Ref:KCC886-7052-240S
  • Posted:13/09/2022
  • Pay:Kent Range 3 + SENA
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:06/10/2022 at 13:30
  • Interviews:w/c 10th October 2022

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Would you like to join a school at an exciting time in its development? Are you pupil/student focused and committed to making a difference? If so then we are the school for the next stage of your career.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Forest School Assistant who enjoys inspiring children to learn outdoors to join our wonderful team. 

You will be responsible for helping to run our Forest School programme for the pupils aged 8 to 19 years. 

We are looking for a practitioner with the imagination, enthusiasm and creativity to help deliver fun, memorable, and educational outdoor experiences for our pupils. 

You will assist the team to lead the Forest School programme whilst providing exciting and educational experiences outdoors for our pupils that links to the learning that happens in the classroom and beyond. 

You will help deliver a high quality outdoor education that will enable our pupils to explore stimulating environments with hands on experiences of nature. You will act as a positive role model, providing supported learning whilst developing self-awareness, self-esteem and building confidence. 

You will also be responsible for championing the Forest School outdoor learning ethos within the setting and training and assisting with coaching the staff team on Forest School teaching methods. 

You will help our Forest School team deliver activities that are inspirational and allow children to learn and develop their self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility through hands on experiences in a natural outdoor environment.

A full job description and person specification is attached.

Grange Park School is an autism specific provision for children aged 11 to 19 located in a purpose built school in Wrotham and for children aged 9-11 located in Stansted village 3 miles from the main school site. 

Currently judged as “good” by Ofsted, we are ambitious and are well placed to becoming outstanding. We are committed to providing our pupils with the best possible learning opportunities and supporting them in their development.

Grange Park is part of KSENT a collaboration of 24 special schools in Kent. This includes CLASS the Collaborative Learning Alliance.  This creates numerous training and development opportunities, shared working practices and career progression.  

The school offers comprehensive training in autism, exceptional CPD support and development opportunities through our Co-operative Trust of SEN schools.

The successful candidate will embrace the special ethos of the School, and the role will provide an opportunity to take Grange Park School into this next exciting phase and beyond.

All references will be taken up before interview.

Grange Park School is committed to the positive promotion of equal opportunities for all.

Grange Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Appointment to this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Including the barred list, as well as other pre-employment checks outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2022.

Information about the school

Grange Park School is an autism specific provision for 8 – 19 year olds and has been accredited for over 9 years by the National Autistic Society (NAS), who highly commended our school. The school also achieved Advanced Status, which recognises the work we do as a school to support young people with a diagnosis of autism, in November 2020.

The Stansted Site opened in September 2019 following a £400,000 refurbishment modelled on the purpose built secondary site. The building is located in the pretty rural village of Stansted next to the village green.

Currently judged as “Good” by Ofsted, the school is very well placed to becoming Outstanding and is oversubscribed.

Class sizes at the Stansted and Wrotham sites are between 11-13 pupils with a teacher and 1-2 learning mentors.

At the Partnership colleges learning mentors are supporting individual students or small groups of students aged 16-19 years in the college tutor groups / classrooms and out in the community.

The school offers comprehensive training in autism, exceptional CPD support and development opportunities through our Co-operative Trust of SEN schools.

Grange Park School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure application to the Criminal Records Bureau and ISA Registration, plus verification of the right to work in the UK.

All references will be taken up before interview.

Grange Park School is committed to the positive promotion of equal opportunities for all.

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01732) 882111

Documents

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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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.