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Valence School

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Student Support Assistant


Full Time - School Term Time only - Permanent

40 hours per week - Monday to Friday - Hours worked on set shifts between 7am and 10pm

Pattern 1: Monday (12.30-10pm), Tuesday (12.30-10pm), Wednesday (7am-2.30pm), Thursday (7am-2.30pm), Friday (7am-3.30pm)

Pattern 2: Monday (7am-2.30pm/8am-3.30pm), Tuesday (7am-2.30pm), Wednesday (12.30-10pm), Thursday (12.30-10pm), Friday (7am-3.30pm)

£11.79 per hour - £21,415 actual p.a. for 39 working weeks and 6.4 weeks paid holiday

Benefits include a generous pension scheme & life cover, retail discounts, well-being sessions, subsidised meals, free on site parking, staff accommodation available for those working a 10pm late shift followed by a 7am early shift

You can make a difference! You will be responsible for enabling our students to learn, promote their independence and help them to achieve.

Valence School is a KCC Foundation day and residential Special School for children and young people aged from 4 to 19, with physical disabilities, complex medical needs and associated learning difficulties.  We are part of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KsENT).

As a Student Support Assistant you will

· support students within the learning and residential environments in order to promote their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development;

· promote a caring environment and provide a high standard of care including washing, toileting, bathing and mealtime assistance;

· ensure that communication with students, staff and other departments is effective and contributes to our high standards of care and personal development for students;

· maintain excellent standards of safety and good practice in relation to safeguarding, health and safety issues, implementing students’ care plans and appropriately using the recording and reporting processes

The role will include a substantial amount of moving and handling and personal care.  Although experience of complex physical and medical needs is not essential, as we provide comprehensive training, an aspiration to enable students to learn and achieve meaningful independence is.  The successful candidate will be supported to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare, if not already achieved. We also offer a friendly, supportive working environment in a country school setting on the outskirts of Westerham. 

Please see the application pack to complete the online application form.

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

If you have any questions please contact the HR team :

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).  

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