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Teaching Assistant/Mentor

Hours of work: 36 hours per week.
Working pattern: Part-time, Term-time only (working for 39 weeks per year plus 7.2 weeks annual leave, which will increase after 5 years' continuous service).
(As the position is part-time/term-time only, the above salary will be pro rata)

Closing date: Friday 30 December 2022

For more information and to apply for the above post, please contact:

Teaching Assistant/Mentor, Reef Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1FB
Phone: 01323 368374
Email: recruitment@beckmeadtrust.org
Website: https://www.beckmeadtrust.org.uk/ropemakers_academy/home/
Please note, we do not accept CVs.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018. 

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision.  Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations. 

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted. 

If you find working with vulnerable children with complex emotional needs highly rewarding, and are looking to work for an innovative school in a brand new purpose built school building, then we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for a number of enthusiastic and committed teaching assistants to be part of an exciting new special school in Hailsham, East Sussex. We have positions starting immediately.

The Ropemakers' Academy delivers provision for 80 children aged between 4 and 16 with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs. The school is part of The Beckmead Trust, who have a proven record of providing outstanding care and support for a range of children with Special Educational Needs.

You will be part of a team resolutely dedicated to providing the very best education for our pupils, using your natural caring and nurturing ethos to allow them to feel safe, valued and trusted.

As a result of their needs, some of our pupils may present with challenging emotional responses, and so you will need to be reflective, adaptive and resilient. We don't judge our pupils on their behaviours and actions, we understand it and support them to change.

If this is you, then in return we will provide you with an excellent and unique opportunity to be part of an organisation where you will work in a brand new building, purpose built to serve the needs of all members of our school community.

We can also offer you a comprehensive CPD package that will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge, whilst being part of a genuinely collaborative team where you will have direct influence and involvement in the evolution of our school and the provision we deliver. We will value your professional judgement and expertise throughout.

Prior to submitting your application, you are encouraged to get in touch with us to arrange for an informal chat with our Headteacher, Simon Hawthorne.

For further details please contact recruitment@beckmeadtrust.org.

Additional Information


Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.

All school based staff have the responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of children.  All school staff should be aware of the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and work in accordance with this document at all times.


  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/228971/27778

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Hailsham

  • Salary
  • £18,516 per annum pro rata

  • Closing date
  • 30/12/2022

  • Organisation
  • The Ropemaker's Academy

  • Contract type
  • Term Time - Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Part Time

  • Hours
  • 36

  • Job type
  • Support Staff - Education