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Valence School

Keyworker (Childrens Residential)

KEYWORKER (Children’s Residential)

Full Time - School Term Time Only - Permanent

£26,206-£26,974 p.a. for 42.5 hours per week

for 39 working weeks and 6.4 weeks paid holiday

Set shifts between 7am and 10pm plus 8 x 12hr weekend shifts per year

Benefits include generous pension & life cover, retail discounts, subsidised meals, training opportunities, well-being sessions, free on site parking

Due to continued growth and development, we are seeking to recruit residential Keyworkers to join our staff team in the picturesque setting of Valence School, located in Westerham, Kent.  Valence School is a Kent County Council Foundation residential and day Special School for students from age 4 to 19 with physical disabilities, complex medical needs and associated learning difficulties. We are part of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KsENT) and we have a large, dedicated staff team of over 250 people providing specialist teaching, therapies, nursing and social care to an exceptionally high standard.

As a Keyworker, your role is important in helping students with complex physical and health needs to develop and achieve.  Working across the school and home living area, you will be working in an environment where your efforts and commitment can have life-changing results.  Your ambition for the young people will help them to take the next steps in fulfilling their potential. 

Previous experience of caring and supporting individuals to achieve their potential is desirable along with skills as a strong team player and the resilience to keep going at difficult times and to ask for support if needed.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and computer literacy is required.  You will need a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or a willingness to complete this qualification (fully funded and supported by the school).

Please see the application pack to complete the online application form

Contact the HR for any further information or if you require the application form in an alternative format 01959 567841 or email

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy, interview and appoint earlier if we receive sufficient applications for this role

 Valence School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every student and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We value diversity and promote equality for all.

References will be taken up before interview and online checks undertaken for shortlisted candidates.  The successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check (this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act).