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Occupational Therapist - Term Time

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-470S
  • Posted:04/04/2024
  • Pay:Equal to NHS Agenda for change Band 5/6 dep on exp
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:07/05/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Ifield School have an exciting opportunity to appoint a full-time Occupational Therapist to join our friendly and professional Therapy Team, working with pupils aged 4-19 who have profound, severe and complex needs. Ifield School is an outstanding school with a commitment to support individuals to develop their sensory and motor skills and also provides ongoing training support for staff. The successful candidate must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

The Therapy Team is an integral part of our school and provides the following services:

  • Implementation of Occupational Therapy Provision with pupils from reception year to students at our Sixth Form (based at The LINK Centre within North Kent College, Gravesend Campus).
  • Resources to support our pupils’ sensory regulation needs.
  • Delivery of therapy groups eg: fun with food, zones of regulation and fine motor skills.
  • Training to staff and families.

The succesful candidate will be responsible for such duties as: assessing, diagnosing and supporting pupils, sourcing equipment, liaising with parents/carers and multi disciplinary teams, producing reports/plans and attending meetings.

This post is full time, term time only, and the working hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm. Salary is equivalent to NHS Agenda for change Band 5/6 (pro rata), depending on experience.

What we can offer the candidate:

  • The opportunity to work in various environments, not just the classroom. We have several learning spaces including the Rainbow room, Sensory circuit and Swing room, Hydro pool, & Ifield’s Woodland. 
  • Joining our experienced and outstanding Therapy Team who will share their expertise, support and knowledge.
  • Supported by a consistently high-quality leadership team.
  • Entitlement to Kent Rewards and KCC employee benefit scheme.
  • Enrolment in local government Pension Scheme.
  • Focus on Mental Health & Wellbeing with access to key services including a free counselling support line.
  • Comprehensive CPD programme

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a Self Disclosure Form and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, will also be subject to an online search. Ifield School and all its personnel are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and against the ISA Barred List for Children including overseas criminal background checks where applicable. Appointments will be subject to satisfactory recruitment and vetting checks, including two references, one of which must be your current or most recent employer.

If you would like to speak to our Director of Therapy, Kirsty Jewell, for an informal conversation about the role and the context of the school prior to applying, please call the main school number on 01474 365485.

Information about the school

Ifield School is a welcoming and inclusive educational environment catering for pupils aged four to nineteen with profound, severe, and complex learning needs, alongside communication and interaction differences. At Ifield, we pride ourselves on our vibrant community and innovative approach to education, where every pupil has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) tailored to their individual needs, reviewed annually to ensure progress and support.

Our dedicated staff members are the heart of our school, fostering an ethos of care, respect, and achievement. Through our collaborative efforts, we create a nurturing environment where every pupil can thrive and succeed. Inclusion is at the core of our mission and we achieve this through our outreach programmes, specialised resources, and the Ifield SMILE Training Centre.

Ifield School has been recognised as an outstanding provision by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time, which is a testament to our commitment to excellence in education. Furthermore, Ifield School is a proud founding member of KsENT, a cooperative trust for Kent Special Schools, illustrating our dedication to collaboration and collective growth in special education. In September 2015, we federated with King's Farm Primary School, forming the Cedar Federation under a unified governing body, further enhancing our capacity to provide exceptional education and care.

At Ifield School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils are paramount. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, and as such, stringent safeguarding measures are in place. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children. Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Safe in Education legislation.

Join us at Ifield School, where every pupil’s successes are recognised, nurtured, and celebrated along their unique educational journey.

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.