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Support Worker, Teaching Assistant

Salary: £20,000 - £23,500 per annum (actual £15,569 - £18,528)
Contract type: Permanent
Working pattern: Full time

Closing date: Saturday 1 October 2022
Interview date: TBC

Who to contact if you have a query: Please email mworman@headstartschool.co.uk (HR & Administration Manager) and dhoyland@headstartschool.co.uk (Assistant Head Teacher) should you require any further details.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, calm and caring Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant/Support Worker to join our supportive team as soon as possible. This post will be based at either our Golden Cross site or our Ninfield site. We are looking for someone who likes working outdoors. This job will cover a great variety of land based activities, sporting and construction with the children. Experience of working in the special educational needs sector is desirable but not essential.

Our set up in Headstart is very unique. Our grounds are surrounded by a variety of animals that the children like to look after and learn through the activities planned with them. This person would share our passion for supporting our students in the outdoor environment as well as in the classroom. This person will work for young people with a range of significant barriers to learning including autism, attachment disorder, communication difficulties and sensory processing disorders. The young people currently learn through an early year’s style curriculum provision which caters for their individual needs.

Headstart School is an independent special needs school which was established in 1999. It has a proven track record of success with learners on the Autistic Spectrum including those with complex needs. Places are available for students from age 5 to 16 and following onto our Post 16 courses up to the age of 21.

Headstart School has the benefit of two sites: both situated in the East Sussex countryside, one on the outskirts of the village of Ninfield and the other at Golden Cross. The school admits up to fifty students across both sites complemented by a large qualified experienced staff team. This high ratio of qualified staff to student and our unique approach is what we believe to be our strength and the main reason for our success with students who have struggled in other academic environments.

Headstart School is committed to providing considered and carefully developed individual and personalised education to students who have found conventional learning a challenge. Headstart School uses innovative methods of teaching across a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on outdoor learning enabling students to identify and work to their own potential with enthusiasm, in a safe and happy learning environment.

Suitable candidates will be interviewed on receipt of their application as part of an ongoing recruitment programme, therefore prompt application is advised.

Should the post be filled earlier than expected, this advert will be removed.

Website: www.headstartschool.co.uk

Please note, only application forms will be taken into consideration for shortlisting.

Please email mworman@headstartschool.co.uk (HR & Administration Manager) and dhoyland@headstartschool.co.uk (Assistant Head Teacher) should you require any further details.

Safeguarding Statement

Headstart School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Employment is subject to enhanced DBS check and a barred list check along other procedures and checks as part of our safeguarding procedures. This post comes under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations. References with specific safeguarding questions will be requested. We are committed to ensuring the very highest possible standards of care to our young people and as such require all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The school is an equal opportunities employer.

Additional Information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.


  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/175895/26468

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Battle

  • Salary
  • £20,000 - £23,500 per annum (actual £15,569 to £18,528)

  • Closing date
  • 01/10/2022

  • Organisation
  • Headstart School

  • Contract type
  • Term Time - Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Full Time

  • Hours
  • 37.5

  • Job type
  • Education and Learning