40 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    31 August 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    17 May 2024

Job details

Job role

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Working pattern

Part time: Term time only – no weekends, Part- time roles available (various hours will be considered - up to and including 30hrs available)

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£23,114 to £23,893

Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for

St John’s Catholic Specialist School is a school for young people up to 19 years with special educational needs. Our mission is to support our students to gain the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in adult life.

We are looking for caring individuals to join a team of experienced and supportive colleagues working with St John’s students at school or college. Every day is different and staff work with pupils with a range of different needs, which include sensory impairments, communication and learning challenges or autism. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing the very best life chances for our students. We also support young people by promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Our residential care team support young people outside the school day and a typical shift would be 2pm-11pm with an overnight sleep-in for which an additional allowance is paid. Staff would normally do two shifts per week.

The role includes:

  • Supporting students in a wide range of leisure activities
  • Developing our young people’s independence and their skills in meal planning, cooking and general organisation skills.
  • Supporting students’ health and well-being as well as giving medication
  • Enhancing pupils’ communication skills
  • Promoting pupils’ self-esteem, independence and participation within the school and wider community

Our ideal candidate will be someone who is compassionate but purposeful, focussing on maximising pupils’ progress someone who works well in a team and is open to developing new skills. We are looking for people who want to make a positive difference every day and are committed to helping all our young people feel respected and valued.

What the school offers its staff

  • Comprehensive training including achieving NVQ 3 child care
  • Coaching from knowledgeable and experienced colleagues
  • A school which actively promotes the well-being of staff
  • A school culture that encourages everyone to achieve their best

Further details about the role

If you would like to know more about St John’s, we would be happy to arrange a visit so you can see for yourself what a rewarding and enjoyable role this is. For further details and an application pack contact Mrs K Holt - karen.holt@stjohns.org.uk (01937 842144). Closing Date 31st August 2024

St John’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All staff are expected to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and references regarding your suitability to work with children. We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

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 St John's Catholic Specialist School, Boston Spa

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
75 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Phone number
01937 842144

St John’s is a specialist residential and day school for students up to 19 years old with a range of special needs including hearing impairment, autism, language impairments and learning difficulties. We have a strong focus on developing spoken and written communication skills and signing is not used to deliver the curriculum.

The school prioritises mental health and wellbeing and we have been particularly successful reintegrating pupils who have been out of education for some time.

Arranging a visit to St John's Catholic Specialist School, Boston Spa

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email karen.holt@stjohns.org.uk.

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