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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    21 September 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    8 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Part time: 25.5

Contract type


Actual salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

Downlands Community School is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Forest School Assistant. The role will involve supporting our Forest School teacher with the delivery of Forest Schools as well as supporting the SEND department as a Teaching Assistant.

The aims of the Forest Schools Course are:

  • To encourage and inspire through positive experiences and participation in engaging and motivating achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment
  • To help develop personal, social and emotional skills, for example independence, self-discovery, confidence, communication skills and raise self-esteem
  • To learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others
  • To be a stepping stone for further study or careers in the Landbased industry

There will be an opportunity for the successful candidate to complete a Level 2 Forest School leadership qualification.

What the school offers its staff

We offer a fantastic Private Healthcare package with Benenden Health, and can access a 30% discount on memberships at Freedom Leisure. Additionally, all members of staff are entitled to a Wellbeing Day each academic year.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment are subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Downlands Community School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1255 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Downlands Community School is a thriving, 11-16, mixed, Local Authority, comprehensive school, set in a beautiful location at the foot of the South Downs and only 6 miles north of Brighton with an enviable reputation for success with pupils of all abilities and from all social backgrounds.

Downlands is a very inclusive school and we are proud of the pastoral support and guidance we are able to offer our young people.

Arranging a visit to Downlands Community School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sjohnson@downlands.org.

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