SEN General Teaching Assistant

The Forest School, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0DQ

10 days remaining to apply

  • Application deadline

    6 June 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    11 May 2022

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£15,058 - £15,667 actual per annum

SEN General Teaching Assistant job summary

Wellspring Academy Trust

Post Title: SEN General Teaching Assistant

Academy: The Forest School

Reporting to: Senior Leadership Team

Salary: FTE £20,043.00

Wellspring is an established and growing Multi-Academy Trust with a difference. We operate Primary, Secondary, Special and Alternative Academies across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Humber. We are committed to making a difference to the lives and life chances of the young people and the communities we serve.

As the Trust continues to grow our roles offer pathways for ambitious and dynamic individuals who are determined to make a difference. We value our people; collegial working at all levels is central to our culture. High quality induction training and ongoing professional development support are guaranteed. There will be a broad range of opportunities for you to realise your professional vision and ambitions within the Trust.

We are interested in hearing from people who:

● Are self-motivated, customer-focused and organised.

● Enjoy working as part of an inclusive team.

● Have a commitment to supporting the work of education leaders and who are passionate about learning.

The Forest School has always been a very special school – our children are amazing and they teach us something new every day and this is a really exciting time to join us as we have only recently joined Wellspring Academy Trust.

We currently have vacancies for General Teaching Assistants to support our children who all have special educational needs.

If you would like a role where every day is different, where the opportunity to make a difference to the life of our young people is appealing to you and if you would like to join a team of inspirational practitioners, then we would like to hear from you.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The school contact details are: - Jayne Owen, Office Manager, The Forest School, Park Lane, Knaresborough HG5 0DQ, Tel 01423 864583.

Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. References will be taken up prior to interview.

We are committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity. We want our people to reflect the diversity of our communities, and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

If you are currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal records check from the country/countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

All applicants need to complete the Equal Opportunities form. Please click link for further details

Reporting to Lisa Frankland & Paul James, Interim Co-Headteachers

Duration of Post Permanent

Work Commitment Term Time only (39 weeks)

Hours /Weeks 32.5 hours per week

Salary Grade E, SCP 6-8 £15,058 -£15,667 (actual)

Start date As soon as possible

Closing date 9am Monday 6th June 2022

Shortlisting Wednesday 8th June 2022

Interview date Thursday 16th June 2022

Applications By post to The Forest School, Park Lane, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0DQ or by Email to

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About The Forest School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 16
Education phase
School size
133 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 16

Welcome to our school website. Thank you for taking the time to look at what we do to support the learning of pupils with a Education and Health Care Plan from Early Years to Year 11 (3-16 years old).
Pupils join our school with a wide range of challenges in their lives.

Presently we have children with …

Moderate Learning Difficulties
Severe Learning Difficulties
Complex Medical Difficulties
Downs Syndrome
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Physical Difficulties
Hearing Impairment
… and 94% of our school population have Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

No two individuals are the same and at our school we make no judgements about the young people we work with. We invite them to come on a learning journey with us. We help them to arrive at a place where they are more comfortable with themselves, they are happy at home and society understands them and their needs.

Our aim is that the pupils become confident as individuals, responsible as citizens and successful as learners.

The school is a Specialist College for Communication and Interaction and this is a key aspect of the work we do.

We create a family type atmosphere in which everyone knows, respects and is tolerant of everyone else. Friendship, respect and excellence are at the heart of all that we do. We help young people to develop lasting friendships with their peers whilst sharing their learning journeys. We encourage all of our pupils to respect themselves and others as they strive for excellence in all that they do both academically and personally.

The sky is the limit for our pupils in terms of what they can achieve and the school does all that it can to enable everyone to reach their full potential.

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