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Teaching Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Abbey Court , Rochester

  • Ref:KCC887-7053-110S
  • Posted:27/03/2024
  • Pay:£17,413 - £19,572 pro rata + SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:23/04/2024 at 23:45
  • Interviews:TBC


An outstanding school

(Ofsted July 2010, October 2012, September 2017 & March 2023)

We are currently looking for…


Medway Scale, Grade D2     

£17,413 - £19,572 per annum + SEN Allowance (£1,455) (FTE £23,114 to £25,979)

Benefits include free car parking and KCC Pension Scheme

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the field of Special Educational Needs? If so, how about considering a position at Abbey Court School? We are looking to appoint Teaching Assistants to commence as soon as possible.

Abbey Court caters for pupils aged 3-19 with Severe Learning Difficulties, and is currently located on 2 Strood sites; Cliffe Road (Nursery, Primary and brand new Secondary provision designed and purpose built specifically to meet the needs of our pupils) and Rede Court Road (Further Education). The primary site is also home to our school farm!

Working hours are 32.5 p/w (8.45am – 3.45pm), term time only + 5 staff development days.

Comprehensive training and induction will be provided.

Childcare experience, or relevant childcare qualifications are desirable but not essential.

Due to the conditions and complex needs of the pupils at Abbey Court School, continuity and consistency of support is paramount and therefore candidates for all positions will need to commit to the full working hours of the post.  If you cannot commit to full-time, we are often looking for supply bank staff, please indicate on the application form.

We are fully committed to safeguarding and protecting the children at Abbey Court School. All posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, which includes enhanced criminal records and barring check, scrutiny of employment history, robust referencing and other vetting checks. It is an offence to apply for this role, if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity with children.  Our safeguarding system is underpinned by a range of policies and procedures which encourage and promote safe working practices across the school. On joining, you will be required to undergo continuous professional development to maintain safe working practice, and safeguard our children and young people.

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Please apply online at Kent Teach website:

or ring 01634 338220 or email office@abbeycourt.medway.sch.uk to request an application form

Closing date: 30 April 2024

CVs will only be accepted if sent together with a fully completed application form.

Information about the school

Abbey Court Foundation Special School is maintained by Medway Local Authority for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties(SLD) or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties(PMLD) as their main presenting need. Additional educational needs may include visual/hearing impediment, sensory impairment, autism and or physical disability. We cater for pupils aged 3-19 years. All pupils have Educational Care Plans or Statements of Special Educational Needs.

Abbey Court School provides a stimulating, challenging and safe learning environment where pupils and staff efforts, work and achievement are celebrated.

Our aims and values: To know each individual child/pupil as thoroughly as we can, including any circumstances which might affect their well being, behaviour and performance at any moment in time. To maintain high but realistic expectations for each pupil. To enable the development of independence of each pupil. To ensure we always see, first and foremost, the child not the disability and to ensure that education (and not care) remains paramount. To ensure that pupils feel safe, secure and comfortable to enable them to focus on learning. To give great emphasis to the celebration and communication of pupil achievements, thus enabling a positive impact on parents, the local community and the pupils themselves. To have and realise a bespoke vision for each and every pupil and each and every member of staff. Do everything we can to ensure that people in the local community see our school and pupils in a positive and informed light. To enable our pupils to develop into good citizens and to participate actively in their local communities. To offer opportunities and experiences for pupils to learn in a multitude of different ways and through a rich, varied and individualised curriculum. To give pupils an equal voice in and ownership of their education so that they are able to express opinions, choices and preferences. To use individuals' interests, skills and experiences to enhance the education of pupils and staff. To ensure that leadership is in the hands of as many staff as possible. To learn and share information, to the benefit of our pupils through mutually supportive relationships with parents, visiting specialists and outside agencies. Through a variety of self evaluation methodologies, seek to know our school better to inform focussed school improvement, and so that others can know us better. To function and be recognised as an authentically exemplary school in its field.

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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.