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Minibus Driver - Snodland - Term Time

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-584S
  • Posted:15/04/2024
  • Pay:£17,725 including Five Acre Wood Allowance
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:26/04/2024 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Five Acre Wood School are currently recruiting for a Minibus Driver based at the satellite provision in Snodland. This role will be for 32.5 hours per week, 8:45am – 3:45pm Monday to Friday, term time only plus INSET days.

We are looking to appoint a Minibus Driver with the drive and ambition to share our passionate belief that every child and young person should have the opportunity to realise their full potential; to be encouraged to raise their aspirations; and to have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is safe.

Job Purpose:

To drive the minibus vehicles for the school to enable them to participate fully in a wide variety of activities. To also support with transport co-ordination at the beginning and end of the school day.

Main Duties:

  • Driving school vehicles
  • To be responsible for ensuring that all passengers and yourself wear a seat belt at all times.
  • Responsible for the safety, comfort and welfare of the pupils and staff members and to offer assistance where appropriate. This includes but is not limited to ensuring that the required number of seats are in place and secure, and that the necessary wheelchair restraints are available for the planned journey.
  • Co-ordinate & manage transport pick up and drop offs at the start and end of each day in line with the agreed school system and protocols along with school trips.
  • Support pupils during school trips and in classes when required.
  • Carry out driver’s daily and weekly vehicle checks, and to carry out basic maintenance.
  • Refuel vehicles as required.
  • Maintain accurate records of vehicle usage.

Please see job description for a full list of duties.

Skills and Experience (essential):

  • Hold a current, clean and valid driving licence D1 Unrestricted or a PSV licence, D1 restricted (car licence obtained prior to 01/01/1997) considered.
  • Experience of driving minibuses

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding Special School based over 4 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We are one of the largest special schools in the country with over 800 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs.

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 and staff. We are a Teaching School and part of a collaborative alliance with other special schools. We have been awarded The Schools Wellbeing Award for pupils and staff which demonstrates we really value our people and want to work with them to fulfil their career ambitions.

In addition to your salary, FAW allowance and pension benefits, we have excellent additional staff benefits including:

Confidential staff counselling service A wellbeing app and platform A range of staff social and well-being events Annual flu vaccinations

Sometimes words cannot explain how something really is, we would encourage you to view the 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 2023 – Woodstock 2023 Festival at Five Acre Wood School - YouTube

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 songs and music videos, you can watch them here: -

Beautiful – Five Acre Wood School featuring Taryn Charles - Youtube

Five Acre Wood School Featuring Jack Rose - Hall Of Fame - YouTube

Don’t Give Up – Nathan Grisdale and Five Acre Wood School - YouTube

We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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 Education.