Teaching Assistant - Loose/Maidstone/Snodland - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-252S
  • Posted:29/06/2020
  • Pay:KR 3 plus SEN (Actual £14,710 including SEN)
  • Start Date:September 2020
  • App Close Date:15/07/2020 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We understand that these are unprecedented times and that it is difficult for everyone. However, we are still recruiting and can assure you that we will need Teaching Assistants in future due to an increase in pupil numbers. Therefore, if you are interested in applying we would urge you to do so. While we may be unable to hold face-to-face interviews we would be able to do this remotely.

Inspirational Teaching Assistants required at this very special school. We are looking for Teaching Assistants to join us.

Are you adaptable and able to bring out the best in our pupils with special talents, aged 4 – 19, with severe, profound or complex needs?

We require Teaching Assistants to join our "Outstanding" school. We are looking for drive, enthusiasm and potential to join our friendly, professional, positive and forward looking school. This is a great opportunity to develop your career by building on your current success. The working hours are 8.30-3.30, Monday to Friday, term time only (we cannot be flexible with this). We have career paths for our Teaching Assistants. As a large special school we have a history of promoting our TA's to Senior TA's to HLTA's. For those that have a degree or working towards a degree we have a career path to becoming a Teacher. We have Teachers who started with us as TA's.

Successful candidates will either be experienced and successful Teaching Assistants who enjoy team working and taking responsibility or have worked in a Special Needs or child based environment. Alternatively you may have a passion for special needs and looking for your first opportunity. You will benefit from opportunities for further professional development and career progression as we value and support staff in all aspects of school life. The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to inclusive principles and be committed to safeguarding children and young people.

Roles can be based at any of our sites - Loose, Allington or Snodland. 

Our Loose site caters for pupils age 2-19 with a range of needs. At Snodland we have 140 KS3/4 and sixth form pupils. We also have 30 pupils across KS1/2 at Palace Wood Primary School in Allington.

Sometimes words cannot explain how something really is, we would encourage you to view the 2 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I

(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video))

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.

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We currently have 532 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs. We have 340 employees. 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. For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01622 744828


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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.