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Learning Support Assistants - Full-time/Part-time - Special Needs Position

Meadows School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-7011-24S
  • Posted:21/09/2021
  • Pay:£18,000 + SEN allow £1264 both pro-rata per annum
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:03/10/2021 at 23:45
  • Interviews:W/C 18/10/2021




LSA ALLOWANCE (£1264 pro rata for term time only) 




Meadows School is seeking enthusiastic and dynamic Learning Support Assistants to join our very capable team. You could be asked to work anywhere across the school from Key Stage 2 – 5 supporting teaching in the classroom. 


Key Requirements: 

  • A flexible approach combined with patience, tolerance, stamina and humour 
  • Experience of working with/willingness to work with young people with challenging behaviours 
  • Physical and mental resilience 
  • A willingness to undertake to undertake further training 
  • Good levels of literacy and numeracy 
  • Able to communicate well with students and adults 



  • Small class sizes 
  • Free fantastic school lunches and free on-site parking 
  • Excellent opportunities for relevant CPD 
  • Regular training provided  
  • Supportive staff team 
  • Pension scheme 
  • Barnardo's Benefits Portal 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Recognition and reward 


Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day special school (for 7-19 year olds) on a main campus and off-site junior provision run by Barnardo's, providing education for pupils with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties. 


It is imperative that you have the passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo's Basis and Values. 



For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: www.meadowsschool.org.uk or contact Lorna Chislett (Senior LSA) on 01892 529144. Virtual discussions are encouraged. 

Barnardo's Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. Applicants must be willing to undergo relevant pre-employment checks, including references being taken up prior to interview and for the successful candidate, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

As part of your application, you will need to provide full details of your employment since leaving secondary education, starting with your current or most recent employment first and then by working backwards, including reasons for leaving. Please also include any periods of voluntary work and/or training, providing reasons for any periods not in employment, education or training.


Information about the school

Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day special school (7–19) incorporating an off-site primary campus run by Barnardo's. The school provides education for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties. Students all have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or are in the process of obtaining one. We offer placements on a 38 week Monday-Friday basis. Meadows School provides education and care for up to 100 students. The main campus is a 19 acre site with a large purpose-built school building, a gym block and post-16 provision. There are 8 classroom bases and several subject-based rooms including; science lab, IT suite and Food Technology area. The primary campus is in Tunbridge Wells and caters for KS2 students. Currently some 80 staff are employed across the school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Rachel Hyden
  • Address:Meadows School, London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0RJ
  • Telephone: 01892 529144
  • Email: rachel.hyden@barnardos.org.uk

Fax: 01892 527787


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.