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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    22 September 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    8 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Part time: 29.42 hours per week - Monday to Friday 2 permanent 1 fixed term

Contract type


Pay scale

Grade 5 SCP 7-12

What skills and experience we're looking for

The overall purpose of the post is to provide support for individual pupils and/or small groups of pupils with special educational needs, under the supervision of your class teacher/HLTA, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities. Your day-to-day duties will include:

- Assist pupils in accesing education;

- Assist with the personal needs of pupils, including positioning, feeding, and toileting;

- Prepare the classroom and clear up afterwards as directed by the class teacher/HLTA;

- Assist with carrying out medical procedures as necessary and under the supervison of on-site nurses;

- Assist with behaviour management under the direction of the class teacher and headteacher;

- Contribute as directed to pupils’ behaviour/education plans;

- Undertake routine clerical tasks, e.g. photocopying of classroom resources etc;

- Liaise with parents/carers as requested by classroom teacher and/or members of the SLT;

- Assist with supervision of pupils outside of class time and on school visits and trips.

- Other duties commensurate with your grade and under the direction of your line manager/SLT.

What the school offers its staff

Oakfield Park School is a Local Authority maintained school providing high quality education for young people aged 11 to 19 years who have severe and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Pupils attend from across the Wakefield Metropolitan District. Many of our pupils have additional complex needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorders, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour and physical difficulties. The school is well equipped, providing excellent facilities and resources for all pupils. In November 2019 we were delighted to receive our second consecutive “Outstanding” grade from Ofsted.

As a Teaching Assistant at Oakfield Park School, you will be joining a large but close-knit team of dedicated professionals. We expect the highest standards of professionalism and commitment to the well-being of all our students. This, along with full training and support from a strong leadership team, helps to create an environment where students and staff alike are able to thrive.

Commitment to safeguarding

Oakfield Park is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Governing Body has a duty of care to students and all members of the school community. There is a comprehensive Safeguarding policy in place which, along with a policy for Health and Safety, is regularly reviewed by the Governing Body.

Our Safeguarding policy can be found on the school website under the Policies section and is also available upon request from the school office.

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About Oakfield Park School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 19
School size
162 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Oakfield Park School is a Local Authority maintained school situated in the pleasant village of Ackworth, near Pontefract. We provide a high level of specialised education for young people aged 11 to 19 years who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have additional complex needs including ASDs, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour and physical difficulties. We provide high-quality specialist resources across the school, including a hydrotherapy pool, a sensory room, activity and soft play area, a food tech room, and a variety of outdoor resources.

We aim for all our students to develop a ‘voice’, to be as independent, social, and healthy as possible, enabling them to become citizens who engage positively with society while leading happy and fulfilled lives.

In October 2019 we received our second consecutive Ofsted judgement of “Outstanding”. The inspectors found that:

• The quality of education at Oakfield Park is outstanding.
• Oakfield Park is a remarkably friendly and welcoming school.
• Pupils work hard and achieve highly at Oakfield Park.
• Pupils say they love coming to school
• They (pupils) feel happy and safe because they know that adults care about them.
• By the time students leave school, they are exceedingly well prepared for adult life.
• Sixth form students get precisely the right support to help them to get ready for when they leave school.
• [There are] exceptionally strong relationships between pupils and staff

Pupils attend from across the Wakefield Metropolitan District. The school is well equipped providing excellent accommodation for pupils with disabilities including those with physical and complex needs. It is a single-storey construction allowing access for wheelchairs. We have:

- A heated hydrotherapy pool which is used by school pupils and hired out for community use.
- Activity soft play room
- Sensory Room
- ICT Suite
- Specialist Food Technology Room
- Independent Living flat
- Adventure playground
- Horticulture area including a large poly-tunnel
- Sensory garden
- Large wildlife area
- Spacious playing fields
- Well resourced specialist classrooms
- 3 adapted minibuses and a people carrier

Our Aims

We are a school which provides a centre of excellence through:

• Working in partnership with parents, families, staff, governors and other professionals to ensure the right of every person who has special educational needs to access the quality of education to which they are entitled.
• A shared commitment to building on knowledge and skills to develop independence in preparation for lifelong learning.
• Having high expectations of pupil standards, achievements and behaviour.
• Ensuring the care, safety and welfare of all of its pupils.
• Valuing every member of the school community.
• Providing a highly trained, professional staff team who are committed to delivering quality learning experiences that are challenging and rewarding.
• Celebrating progress, success and achievement through building on ability rather than disability.
• Being inclusive and promoting equal opportunity for all.

“All Different, All Valued, All Equal”

Arranging a visit to Oakfield Park School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email ebrogan@oakfieldpark.wakefield.sch.uk.

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