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Outdoor Learning Environment Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-450S
  • Posted:17/03/2023
  • Pay:KR4 (actual salary £18,951.09 including SEN)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:29/03/2023 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Five Acre Wood is a successful, outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We currently have over 750 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs.

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hard-working person to join our small, dedicated team to work in our Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE). Assist the Outdoor Learning Environment Lead with day to day maintenance while following the correct teaching methods delivered by the OLE Lead

We cover all aspects of Horticulture from vegetable growing, fruit garden, wildlife, herb garden, meadow and small orchard.  Landscaping and construction are also part of the services we offer to all our students. We also have a small farm on our site that is home to two goats, 4 pigs, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits. At apple tree yard students help with the day to day running of a small farm.

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

The role is based at Five Acre Wood School, Boughton Lane, Maidstone with the OLE team. This is an ideal role for a professionally qualified horticulturalist or somebody who is willing to study towards becoming qualified.

In addition to the salary there are opportunities for professional development, a generous KCC pension scheme and Kent Rewards which has access to discounts at food shops, retailers, restaurants and cinemas.

The job description and person specification for the post is attached to this advert.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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 750 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

To find out what our current teachers think about working at Five Acre Wood please see the attached link. Sometimes words cannot explain how something really is, we would encourage you to view the 2 links below:

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here.

Woodstock 2022 - Woodstock 2022 Festival at Five Acre Wood Schools - YouTube

Woodstock 2019 - Five Acre Wood School's "Woodstock 2019" - Amazing Festival in a Day! (Longer Film) - YouTube

We produced our own song and music video, featuring Jack Rose. Watch it here - Five Acre Wood School Featuring Jack Rose - Hall Of Fame - YouTube

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

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. The school will also, as outlined in Keeping children Safe in Education 2022, complete an online search for shortlisted candidates.

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