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LSA & Sports Coach - Full-time - Special Needs Position

St John's CEP School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-3372-72S
  • Posted:31/01/2023
  • Pay:KR 3 + additional pay opportunities
  • Start Date:ASAP after interview
  • App Close Date:05/03/2023 at 17:00
  • Interviews:W/C 6th March 2023


St. John’s is excited to announce that we are looking to recruit a talented, sporty and dynamic Teaching Assistant to join our excellent and friendly team. This role is potentially ideal for someone new to the profession with a love of sport!

This position will initially and predominantly be providing 1:1 support for a child with specific needs but also has the option of developing into a wider role of also supporting and developing sports clubs and enabling competitive sport across the school (with additional pay for these duties).

St John’s is a Single Academy Trust with Voluntary Aided status. We welcome candidates who value our Christian ethos while contributing individual flair to our evolving school.

Candidates are expected to be a skilled communicators, positive, professional, fun and caring.  Experience in supporting children with specific learning difficulties would be of huge benefit, however training, guidance and mentoring for those new to the profession would also be provided.

We are looking for someone who:

  • will support and scaffold children’s learning and development both in and out of the classroom
  • has the ability to build excellent relationships with children, colleagues and parents
  • has knowledge of how to develop the whole child
  • is confident to work independently and can use their initiative
  • enjoys working as part of a team
  • holds the minimum qualifications of English and Mathematics GCSEs (A-C) /equivalent.
  • has a love of sport and some experience in coaching a variety of sports


In return we can offer you:

  • a friendly and committed staff
  • well behaved and motivated pupils
  • opportunities to continue your own learning and development


Successful candidates would need to uphold and believe in our school ethos and core Christian values which matter greatly to us and prove that they can make an invaluable contribution to our children's education and development.

The post available is for approximately 26 hours per week (full-time), term time only, 38 weeks pro-rata, fixed term until 31st August 2024.

For the right candidate there is the option to help us develop and run sports clubs across the age range of the school (this would be paid in addition to the TA role).

As long as funding is secured there is a strong chance that the role will continue beyond August 31st 2024.

St John's Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and well-being of all children. Please be advised all appointments are subject to the necessary pre-recruitment safeguarding checks, including online checks and an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Visits to the school are positively encouraged – please contact the school office to find out more about the role and to arrange a visit.


Information about the school

St. John’s School is a very successful ‘stand-alone’ two form entry Church of England Primary Academy. We have an excellent reputation in our community as a school where our pupils enjoy a nurturing, respectful, fun and friendly place to learn. We take pride in our high achievements and as a school we are passionate about the environment; this has been recognised by Eco Schools through being awarded the prestigious Green Flag.

We opened in September 1987 and serve primarily the Grove Green and Bearsted Park areas. Our most recent full Ofsted inspection (July 2015) rated us Outstanding in all areas; in 2019 we were also rated highly in our Church Schools inspection as well as by Ofsted in their inspection of our History curriculum.

St. Johns is well resourced and set in extensive grounds where pupils can enjoy plenty of outdoors space to play and learn. We are supported by a strong governing body and have an active ‘Friends’ parents association, who bring our school together to host events throughout the year.

Job Contact Information

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.