104 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    1 August 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    19 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£20,258.00 - £22,766.00 Annually (FTE) 32.5 hours per week, term time plus INSET days (39 weeks) Working pattern: 8.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Salary: Bucks Pay Range 2 (actual £15,092 - £16,960) dependent on experience

Learning Support Assistant job summary

About us

CHA is an Ofsted ‘good’ school - not only do we have great students, we have a truly dedicated staff body with an immense team spirit. We are going through a period of change and want you to be part of building a solid foundation from which to help make that difference to the outcomes & life chances of our community’s young people.

The years of Covid lockdowns have affected our children’s wellbeing on a mammoth scale. We need to build our children up to be the resilient young adults they deserve to be. Emotional intelligence/resilience is a key marker of academic success.

We want you to apply if you are as keen to learn as our young people, have a sense of humour and a commitment to support our students to the best of your ability, to ensure that they can be the best of theirs. Every day is a learning opportunity for students & adults alike. The learning is definitely not a one-way street! We are the best at building effective relationships with our students at CHA, it’s not always easy, we don’t always get it right, but our perseverance and commitment is second to none. Come for yourself and see what we are about.

About you

We are delighted that you are considering applying for a role within the Learning Support Department at Chiltern Hills Academy. We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic and committed Learning Support Assistants to join us.

SEND students are at the heart of our academy and this role is integral to helping some of our most vulnerable students to progress and succeed.

Do you have:

  • A passion for education and for lifelong learning?
  • The ability to relate to young people, to support their increasing resilience & inspire them to become independent, enthusiastic learners?
  • Excellent communication skills, a flexible approach & a sense of humour?
  • Empathy, patience & understanding?

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who may be considering a career supporting academic and pastoral progress. You may also be interested in progressing to a career in teaching but looking to first gain experience in a school environment. Training will be provided so no prior experience is necessary within a school setting, although this would be advantageous.

About the role

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the learning of our students and therefore must have a minimum of GCSE Grade 5/C in Maths and English.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting SEND students in class according to need
  • Involvement in dedicated SEND interventions
  • Knowledge that we are sponsored by the Oxford Diocese. We look to our staff to hold our CHA values to heart and to be positive role models for our students to do the same. Great values for general conduct & citizenship – Honesty, Respect, Compassion, Forgiveness, Love, Self-discipline and Hope
  • Working proactively with the rest of the SEND Team in relation to individual students, monitoring their progress, liaising and advising where appropriate
  • Helping to develop positive relationships, promoting self-esteem and resilience
  • Acting as a key worker for identified individuals
  • To support with exam access arrangements
  • To undertake relevant professional studies to ensure current working practices are relevant and effective
  • To be involved in maintaining records and being up to date with identified student’s needs
  • Ensure inclusive practice and equality for all

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All staff appointments are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check

The school reserves the right to close the advert early if the right candidate is found.

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 may be 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 Chiltern Hills Academy

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1107 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Chiltern Hills Academy is a Church of England, co-educational secondary school in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. There are circa 1025 students on the school roll, approximately 100 of whom study in the sixth form. Chiltern Hills Academy converted to academy status in 2011 and is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Oxford and Buckinghamshire County Council.

We are situated in the market town of Chesham, Buckinghamshire in the Chiltern Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated close to the M40 and the M25, Chesham is on the end of Metropolitan line of the London Underground and is 28 miles north-west of London. There is ample parking on-site. Renting here is cheaper than in central London and if you enjoy travelling, it takes about 40 minutes by car to Heathrow.

The Elgiva Theatre, Lowndes Park and an open-air heated swimming pool are just some of the many public amenities available in the town. Chesham is renowned for its community spirit and there are many recreational and community groups catering for the diverse and active population.

Chiltern Hills Academy aims to provide an environment that excites, motivates and challenges students, encouraging lifelong learning and an interest in the world around them. The secondary school is founded on Christian values and principles, with an ethos that promotes personal responsibility, self-respect, respect for the beliefs and views of others, self-confidence and a commitment to success and achievement.


Kevin Patrick

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