Student Support Assistant - Term Time

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-5464-18S
  • Posted:06/12/2018
  • Pay:KR3 £9,456 (£15,416 FTE)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:14/01/2019 at 09:00
  • Interviews:to be arranged


The main purpose of the role will be to contribute to the inclusion work within the school by providing specialist support to individual students and groups of students.

Experience useful but not essential as full training will be given.

Support students by:

  • addressing the needs of students with medical needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties, who require help in overcoming barriers to learning by developing their potential both inside and outside the classroom;
  • encouraging all to access the curriculum;
  • providing practical assistance in relation to other identified physical needs e.g. transportation, dressing, grooming, meal times, organisation of learning equipment;
  • providing personal assistance to identified student/students in physical/practical activities e.g. physical education, cookery, school visits;
  • working to establish a supportive relationship with the students and parents concerned;
  • promoting and reinforcing students’ self-esteem and establishing positive relationships with students,
  • acting as a positive role model for them and setting high expectations;
  • working with other professionals involved in supporting students’ educational and health care needs under the guidance of the class teacher/SENCO.

Support teachers by:

  • assisting in maintaining a safe learning environment for students;
  • working as part of a team in the development of personal care programmes for students;
  • keeping records related to personal care in conjunction with the appropriate staff as are required by the school;
  • attending meetings to review a student’s academic progress and/or care arrangements, contributing to the meeting as required;
  • liaising with subject teachers in the process of assessing an individual student’s need and assisting with the provision and adaptation of appropriate teaching materials and strategies.

Support the school by:

  • supporting the ethos of the school;
  • ensuring all students have equal access and opportunities to learn and develop;
  • participating in the appraisal process, attending training and other development activities as required;
  • being aware of and supporting the implementation of school’s policies and procedures and working within this framework;
  • being aware of confidential issues linked to home, student, teacher, school work and to keep confidences as appropriate;
  • attending meetings and liaising and communicating with colleagues in the school;
  • assisting in the supervision of students during the day and in the school grounds as required, including lunch duty on a rota basis.


Immediate Start

09.10 – 15.35 daily, Term time plus 2 training days,

Salary starting at KR3 £15,416 FTE (pro rata annual salary £9,456)


Closing date: 9am on Monday 14 January 2019

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early



Completed Application Forms should be emailed to recruitment@bennett.kent.sch.uk or posted to the school by the closing date.

CVs will not be accepted.

Information about the school

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is a school with rare qualities. We are an expanding Church of England School, which is academically highly successful. We also set great store by the development of character and values, and in particular, our Christian values run through all we do. We are a happy, tolerant, and inclusive school, yet unshakably clear about our distinctive character and ethos.

We believe in the potential of every young person, academically and personally. Our faith in our students means that we aspire for excellence in all spheres. At Bennett, young people develop confidence in themselves and that confidence breeds success.

Bennett is a vibrant community which fosters values and personal qualities in students. Courage and resilience, determination and perseverance, service to others, courtesy and consideration are put into practice in and out of lessons every day. Bennett students not only excel academically but have a vast range of opportunities beyond lessons, including in music and sport, travel and adventurous activities.

This is a growing school, with a current role in excess of 1,500 students, 300 of which in our Sixth Form.

• Judged Outstanding in every area by Ofsted in 2012
• Outstanding GCSE and A Level results • Excellent reputation; oversubscribed

Our staff share our commitment to high standards, both in and beyond lessons, and benefit from our status as a centre for School Centred Initial Teacher Training, and a school which co-leads the Altius Teaching School Alliance. These partnerships facilitate access to high quality CPD and career development opportunities.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to a satisfactory pre-employment checks, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01892) 514424


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.