Learning Support Assistant (SEND) vacancy at Orchard Head Junior and Infant School

Salary: £13,413.76 - £13,682.04
Job Type: Full Time
Contact Name: Mrs K Stevenson
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 08/07/2022 10:00
Email: recruitment@orchardhead.patrust.org.uk

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 15/07/2022
Start Date: 07/09/2022
Contracted Term: TTO Plus - Term time only plus weeks
Contracted Hours: 30.00
Contracted Weeks: 38.40
Department: Learning Support
Pay Grade: Grade 4, Scale Range 5-6

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0161

Required for September 2022


Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools, six primaries and two 11 - 16 secondary schools. The Trust is a medium sized family of schools all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. Pupils are drawn from the local community that includes a mix of different catchment areas. 


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking and committed Learning Support Assistant (SEND) to join Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School. The candidate will be responsible for working collaboratively with teaching staff and other support staff to enhance the development and education of pupils. They will be directed to meet the specific needs of individual pupils, in line with their statement of Special Educational Needs.


This is a fixed term, 30 hours per week, term time plus two days contract, equating to 192 working days per year. The end date of this contract is August 2023.


The school can offer:


  • hard-working and highly committed staff who share a common sense of purpose and high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
  • a supportive Trust as your employer that are strongly committed to providing high quality CPD and career progression.
  • significant opportunities to work in collaboration with colleagues in this school and across the Trust.
  • the opportunity to work with ambitious and inspirational leaders.


We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person who:


  • has a friendly manner and can communicate effectively with staff and pupils.
  • will make a difference in changing children’s life chances.
  • has the skills and abilities to support children of all abilities and personal needs.
  • can work effectively as part of a team but can also work independently using their own initiative.
  • has the ability to form effective relationships with pupils and parents/carers.

For further information regarding this role, or to arrange a visit to the school (depending on current Covid-19 restrictions) please contact 01977 723495.


Completed application forms should be submitted on the system by the closing date of 10:00am on Friday 8th July 2022.


We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from everyone. The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide criminal conviction information.

File Attachments

File Name Description
Learning Support Assistant SEN (2021_09_20 V1).pdf Learning Support Assistant (SEND) Job Description
PAT Careers Prospectus.pdf Working for Us Booklet

Safeguarding Information

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Pontefract Academies Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Qualification Title Grade
Level 2 Numeracy/Literacy Qualifications Grade C/4 or higher


Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy qualifications or English and Maths Grade C/4 or equivalent qualification
Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection issues
Understanding the purpose and role of learning support
Qualification in supporting pupils in a school setting - Level 2 or Level 3
4 or more GCSE's at Grade 4/C or higher (or equivalent grades/qualifications)
Personal Qualities
Reliability, integrity and stamina
An excellent record of attendance and punctuality
Respect confidentiality
Commitment to personal development and learning
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
Ability to seek support, when required
High personal standards
Initiative to support learning, with some guidance and support from the teacher
Ability to communicate effectively with young people and adults
Ability to organise self to plan and complete tasks
Ability to set up basic, and routinely use, equipment and resources under the instruction of the teacher
Ability to apply written and verbal instructions
Ability to relate well to children and adults
Work as an effective team member and apply directions/instructions
Experience of dealing with the behaviours not conducive to learning, and ability to deal with a variety of situations
Understanding of first aid
Experience of working in a school environment
Experience of working with, or caring for, children or young people of relevant age
Experience of basic technology, PC, internet, MS Office packages