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Valence School

Student Support Assistant


Full Time - 40 hours per week -School Term Time only - Permanent

£9.86 per hour - £17,923 to £19,811 actual p.a. for 39 working weeks and 6.4 weeks paid holiday.  Hours worked on set shifts between 7am and 10pm.  Benefits include a generous pension scheme & life cover, retail discounts, well-being sessions, subsidised meals, free on site parking.

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 day and residential school for children and young people with physical disabilities and complex medical needs from age 4 to 19.  We are a KCC Foundation Special School and part of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KsENT).  Our students make good progress thanks to the high quality teaching and learning and multi-disciplinary working alongside our teams of nursing, therapy, pastoral and residential staff. 

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.

Typical set weekly shifts include two early shifts from 7.00am to 2.00pm, two late shifts from 12.30pm to 10.00pm and a day shift from 8.30am to 4.30pm.   In addition, if agreed you can work eight weekend (Saturday or Sunday) 12-hour shifts per year with an enhanced shift allowance of £8 per hour payable.

Please see the application pack to complete the online application form by Sunday 5 September 2021.  Interviews will be held week commencing 13 September.

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