Special Support Assistant

Hours: 30.5 per week, term time only

Salary: WSCC Grade 6 £25,119 (To be pro rated)

Contract Type: Permanent, Part time, Term time only

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

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

As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

As a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • a competitive salary
  • an excellent local government pension scheme
  • generous holiday entitlement of between 25 and 31 days, depending on job title and length of service
  • option to buy up to 3 additional annual leave days
  • a range of flexible working options, depending on your job role
  • maternity, paternity, dependency and adoption leave
  • volunteering opportunities
  • training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • a range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers; groceries, travel, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities, high street retailers and the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform (see our Staff discounts page if you are a business looking to offer a discount)
  • discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • access to our staff groups
  • a range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives
  • health and wellbeing benefits including access to our Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and Voluntary Health Cash Plans
  • salary finance schemes
  • working for a veteran-friendly employer.

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: Thursday 20th June 2024 at 12pm
Interviews: Wedfensday 26th June 2024

To apply, please complete the application form and Shortlisted Candidate Information Form 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

Shortlisted Candidate Information Form