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Animal Care/Outdoor Learning HLTA - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Ripplevale School and College - Rochester, Rochester

  • Ref:MED887-6006-48S
  • Posted:08/06/2023
  • Pay:£20,422 per annum
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:19/06/2023 at 13:00
  • Interviews:22nd June 2023


Ripplevale School is looking for an experienced HLTA to support the Animal Care course across all three sites (Rochester, Deal and Broadstairs).

  • to deliver animal therapy to small groups or individually throughout the school
  • To provide support for students and the school in order to raise standards of achievement for all, by utilising advanced levels of knowledge and skills when assisting with monitoring, assessing and managing small groups and individuals.
  • To provide support for students’ welfare and all aspects of their social, emotional and communication outcomes as well as support their learning and cognition targets.
  • Teach students how to nurture, care for and tend to animals
  • To deliver lessons and interventions and teach students Animal Care when directed by a teacher or Senior Leadership Team.
  • To promote a love for Animals, their wellbeing and environment. 

You will be the key point of call for the care of the animals on site and undertake the following as and when required:

  • check animals daily and monitor their health
  • to oversee the clean out of pet areas
  • to oversee the cleaning and grooming of animals
  • to look after sick or distressed animals and liaise with SLT when further assistance may be required by a veterinary professional
  • to update any records and deal with questions from colleagues or the public
  • to make sure animals are exercised regularly
  • 1 overnight stay of the school dog per week at your own residence
  • To provide an additional 14 days ‘respite’ holiday for the school dog/s including overnight stays

If this sounds like the job for you, please look at the attached Job Description or contact the school for further details.

Information about the school

Ripplevale Rochester is an independent specialist provision for students aged 6 to 25 who have been diagnosed with various needs, which may include ASD, dyslexia, speech, language and communication difficulties, DCD, sensory, social, emotional and other learning difficulties along with high levels of anxiety. The school is set in an historic Medway town and enjoys the outstanding community facilities and links that the towns of Chatham and Rochester have to offer.

Ripplevale provides a holistic child centred approach to education underpinned by our team of 98 Teachers, Teaching assistants, Administrators and Therapists, all working in a caring and nurturing environment, with a common belief that all students have the opportunity to make progress and experience success everyday, in a safe, caring, nurturing and secure environment.

Our site boasts well-resourced classrooms, small class sizes, music and drama facilities, Science labs, Therapy rooms, amazing vocational teaching areas such as our hair and beauty studios, a coffee shop, catering kitchens, as well as numerous areas for children to have fun and enjoy social times. Staff are both welcoming and friendly at this independent school and there is a collaborative approach where resources and best practices are shared.

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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 Education.