Learning Support Assistant x2 vacancy at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Salary: £12,295.95 - £12,541.87
Job Type: Part Time
Contact Name: Mrs N Metcalfe
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 05/09/2022 10:00
Email: recruitment@halfpenny.org.uk

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 12/09/2022
Start Date: 10/10/2022
Contracted Term: TTO Plus - Term time only plus weeks
Contracted Hours: 27.50
Contracted Weeks: 43.900
Department: Learning Support
Pay Grade: Grade 4, Scale Range 5 - 6

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0182


Required for as soon as possible


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

We are seeking to appoint two enthusiastic, hardworking and committed Learning Support Assistants to join the team at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School. The candidates will work collaboratively with teaching and other support staff to enhance the development and education of pupils. They will monitor the behaviour of pupils whilst they are undertaking their work to ensure a constructive environment.


Both roles are 27.5 hours per week, term time plus two, permanent contracts, equating to 192 working days per annum.


The Trust can offer:


  • hard working and highly committed staff.
  • a supportive Trust as your employer.
  • motivated, well behaved pupils.


We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person who:


  • has a passion for helping pupils thrive and meet their full potential.
  • has a friendly manner and can communicate effectively with staff and pupils.
  • can work effectively as part of a team but can also work independently using their own initiative.
  • has experience of working in a similar specialist area.

To apply for this vacancy or view a job description please visit www.pontefractacademiestrust.org.uk/vacancies.


For more information or to discuss or arrange a potential visit please contact the school on 01977 703270 or via email at admin@halfpenny.patrust.org.uk.


Completed application forms should be returned via the Face-Ed system no later than 10am on Monday 5th September 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 a self-declaration form.


File Attachments

File Name Description
Learning Support Assistant JD & PS (2021_09_20 V1).pdf Learning Support Assistant 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
4 or more GCSE's at Grade C/4 or higher, including English and Maths (or equivalent grades/qualifications)


Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy qualifications or English and Maths Grade C/4 or equivalent qualification
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)
Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection issues
Understanding the purpose and role of learning support
Personal Qualities
Commitment to personal development and learning
Respect confidentiality
Reliability, integrity and stamina
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 young people
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 basic technology, PC, internet, MS Office packages
Experience of working with, or caring for, children or young people of relevant age
Experience of working in a school environment