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Learning Support Assistant - Term Time

Oakley School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-7070-136S
  • Posted:16/06/2023
  • Pay:Kent Range Band 4 (£22,811 per annum FTE)
  • Start Date:October/November2023
  • App Close Date:04/10/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:11th October 2023


Learning Support Assistants

Working Monday to Friday, 33½ hours per week, Term Time Only

Oakley School is the Tunbridge Wells District Special School for day pupils, aged from 3 to 19 years, all of whom have severe/complex needs and communication and learning difficulties.

Our Mission: Children and Young People at the heart of all we do.

Our Ethos: Work Hard, Be Kind, Have Fun, Stay Safe

We are seeking to recruit Learning Support Assistants to join our friendly, positive and forward-looking team in October 2023.

As a Learning Support Assistant you would work closely with the teaching and therapy staff to support our pupils in all aspects of their learning, social development, personal needs and developing their skills for life and independence.  In this role you will be able to make a big difference to our pupils, all of whom have a wide range of severe and/or complex needs, with communication and learning difficulties.

Candidates do not need experience of working in a special needs or education environment, although it would be advantageous, as would experience of Early Years.  Excellent literacy and numeracy skills are essential, along with flexibility, resilience, strong communication and team working skills.  Candidates should be prepared to work at any of our 3 sites. 

There are many development opportunities for those interested in career progression, including into teaching and other types of work with children and young people. 

The hours are 33.5 per week working 8.30am to 3.30pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesdays, with half an hour lunch each day.  The post is term time only; 38 weeks plus 5 staff training days.  The salary is within Kent Range Band 4 (£22,811 per annum FTE) and reduced pro-rata for the hours/weeks worked, which equates to £1,519 per month (including SEN allowance) before deductions.

Benefits include access to Kent Rewards (including discounts on everyday products and services), contributory pension scheme, free school meals, access to free counselling, free parking and other support services.  We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all our staff.

Closing date is 12noon on Wednesday 4th October 2023.  The selection process/interviews will take place on Wednesday 11th October 2023.

If you are interested please look at our website for further information and how to apply:  www.oakleyschool.co.uk  or email recruitment@oakley.kent.sch.uk   Please note that, for safeguarding reasons, we are unable to accept CVs.

Oakley School is committed to safeguarding children and young people, a commitment we expect all staff to share and uphold.


Information about the school

Oakley School is the Tunbridge Wells District Special School for day pupils, aged from 3 to 19 years, with a specialist Observation and Assessment Nursery for 3-5 years. All our children and young people have profound, severe/complex needs and communication and learning difficulties.

We have a site in Tonbridge which caters for our Phase 4 (16+) students and a site in Tunbridge Wells which caters for children and young people from the age of 3 to 16. We also have a satellite provision at Skinners' Kent Primary School. Our one-day Section 8 OFSTED inspection in March 2019 reaffirmed us as 'Good'. We aspire to be outstanding in all that we do.

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 Education.