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Therapy Assistant - Term Time

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-620S
  • Posted:07/06/2024
  • Pay:actual salary £24,442.44 including FAW Allowance
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:21/06/2024 at 11:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you an exceptional special needs practitioner and able to bring out the best in our pupils with special talents, aged 2 – 19, with severe, profound or complex needs?

Job Summary

Five Acre Wood School are continuing to grow our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and are looking for an inspirational Therapy Assistant to join this very special school. You will be working within a team, employed by the school, made up of a MDT Lead/Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist, two Speech and Language Therapists, two other Therapy Assistants, Counsellor for both pupils and staff and school Social Worker. As part of your day to day work you might also liaise with visiting therapists who work for the NHS.

The role is a full time, 37 hours per week, 8.00am - 4.00pm (finishing at 3.30pm one day per week), Monday to Friday term time plus 4 additional weeks to be worked during the school holidays (to be agreed with the line manager).

Main duties of the job

The role will involve working directly and indirectly with pupils, teaching teams and, at times, pupil’s families. You will also be involved in project work, resource making and other clerical and administrative tasks. Although you will be highly organised and able to work autonomously, your workload will be determined in collaboration with other members of the MDT.

As a valued member of our learning community, you will have an opportunity to develop and extend your current expertise to the highest standard. In return, you will be professional and enthusiastic, with an eye for detail and ability to problem solve in positive and constructive ways.

Successful candidates may be either be experienced and successful Therapy or Teaching Assistants who enjoy team working and taking responsibility. You will have also worked in a Special Needs or child based environment.

You will be required to work across all of our three any sites - Loose, Allington and Snodland.

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.