Special Support Assistant (Temporary post)

Special Support Assistant (Temporary post)

Hours: 30.50 per week, term time only

Salary: Grade 6 £19,430 (pro rated approx £14,572)

When: ASAP

Job Specification

Fordwater is a special school for children age 2-19 years with a range of special educational and complex learning needs including PMLD, SLD, and ASC.

We are looking for Special Support Assistants who:

• are caring and understanding of children’s needs
• have high expectations of children’s behaviour and attainment
• are very well organised & efficient
• are able to work as part of a team
• has experience of directly working with children with SEN
• has at least NVQ level 3 or equivalent

We can offer you:
•    a happy, positive, vibrant working environment
•    an inclusive school with a wide and diverse community
•    talented, enthusiastic and supportive colleagues who are committed to continuous improvement
•    A highly specialist teaching and learning environment
•    Excellent opportunities for CPD
•    A warm positive working environment where everyone is valued

Fordwater is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and two references, including one from their most recent employer.

Job Description, Person Specification and Application Forms are available at the bottom of this web page.

Closing date: Friday 26th January 2018, 12 noon
Interviews: Week beginning 29th January 2018

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form and safe recruiting sheet below and email this to:

Unfortunately we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually. We would therefore like to thank you for your application and interest in Fordwater School.

Fordwater School is committed to safe recruiting, all posts are subject to a D.B.S. check.


Special Support Assistant - Job Description

Special Support Assistant - Person Specification

 Special Support Assistant - Job Application Form

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Posted on: 13/11/2017

Autumn Term - Second Half 2017

AUTUMN TERM PART 2   Two weeks in and I would like to welcome everyone back to school. I hope you all had a good half term holiday.    I feel that I’m now getting to know the school, the pupils and staff and I am looking forward to a very busy half term with many things happening during November and December, not least the school Christmas Plays.   Since the start of the new academic year we have already taken part in some general activities and fundraising that have been very well received, for example, on 6th October the whole school celebrated Harvest Festival.  This was a huge success and it was fantastic to see the children celebrating in the community.  All contributions were donated to Stonepillow and were very gratefully received – a big thank you to everyone that sent something in. Swiftly following was ‘National Outdoor Learning Day’ on 12th October which was led by Dan Knapp our Forest Schools Co-ordinator and was hugely enjoy by the pupils. Two of our SSA’s Tina Murch and Liz Meek walked the Great Wall of China during the half term holiday in aid of the British Heart Foundation and the pupils also raised over £250 through scaling our own Great Wall of China and making Mooncakes for the British Heart Foundation – everyone’s generosity has been amazing.   The PTFA has met to plan the year’s events including the Christmas Fair which is being held on 5th December between 10am and 12pm. New members are always welcome and if you would like to join or would like to know more then please contact either Ros Gentle on or Tina Hall on   We are hoping to get involved in Tesco Counters at the main Chichester store to help towards providing us with new playground equipment so please keep an eye out for that.   Our Christmas Carol Service is taking place on 6th December at St Pauls Church, Chichester and further details will be sent home shortly.   We have processed the first data analysis of our pupils’ progress and we are really pleased that pupils are making such good and outstanding progress.  Updated details will shortly appear on our website.   This half term we are trialling split assemblies.  Early Years to Key Stage 4 will have their assembly at 9.30am to 10am in the school hall whilst the 6th Form will have a full assembly 9.10am in their department.   Finally, I have already been busy showing prospective pupils and parents/carers for next year’s intake around the school!   I look forward to seeing you all through the festive period which is a very busy period for the School.
Posted on: 5/09/2017

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Term at Fordwater Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope you have had an enjoyable summer! I am delighted to now be fully in post and am very excited to embark on new adventures with Fordwater school. I have been so impressed with the staff team,  their enthusiasm, dedication and their commitment to providing the best for our pupils. We have started the autumn term with two INSET training days where staff were trained in a range of important topics including safeguarding, E-safety and health care. Staff were also given the opportunity to develop their understanding of the importance of their own well being in the workplace.  I am delighted to introduce Kathryn Crosby who has been appointed as our interim Assistant Headteacher. Kathryn will be in post until, at least, Christmas whilst we work together to formulate the shape of the leadership team going forward into the future. My main priority this term is to maintain stability for the school as there has obviously been a big change in the leadership team due to Sue and Pete’s retirement. I look forward to familiarising myself with daily life at Fordwater whilst establishing plans to continue the schools development. I plan to start by spending time in classes and experiencing life within the school. I am really looking forward to getting to know the pupils.  The autumn term is always my favourite in school with lots of festivities on the horizon as summer fades and the evenings draw in. As soon as I have my feet under the table I will update the latest news with plans for activities and events for the term along with achievements and headlines as they happen. I am committed to doing my best for Fordwater and taking the school from strength to strength, building on the great work that has gone before.  Please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to meeting you all in due course.
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