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Valence School

Children's Residential Unit Assistant Manager


Full Time - School Term Time Only - Permanent - £24,556 - £25,156 actual p.a. for 40 hours per week plus 10 x 7.5hr weekend shifts per academic year for 39 working weeks and 5.85 weeks paid holiday.  Set shifts between 7am and 10pm.  Generous pension scheme & life cover, retail discounts, well-being sessions, training opportunities, free evening meal on late shift and free on site parking

Due to continued growth and development, we are recruiting this new role to join our friendly 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 have a large, dedicated staff team of over 200 people providing specialist teaching, social care, therapies and nursing care to an exceptionally high standard.

In this role you will work in the Residential Education Provision and will assist the Children’s Residential Unit Manager in accordance with the ethos of Valence School, to ensure the highest standards of young person centred support is delivered and maintained and will involve:

  • managing resources - both physical and staffing;
  • supporting young people (including keyworking) in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure a consistent, holistic and effective working approach is maintained;
  • ensuring excellent communication with students, staff and parents/carers.

Successful candidates will be qualified to at least Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare and have relevant experience in a residential educational or care setting with children and young people.  Experience of working with young people who have complex physical and medical needs is desirable and an aspiration to enable students to learn and achieve meaningful independence is essential.

We offer a supportive, friendly working environment in a country school setting along with continuous training opportunities.  You will have the chance to make a real and positive impact on the lives of our fantastic students.

To apply please read the application pack for a detailed job description and person specification then complete the online application form.  Please email the HR team at for any further information.  

Closing date for applications: 6 September 2020

Online interview to be held wee commencing 21 September

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.  References will be taken up before interview and the successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check.