1:1 Learning Support Assistant
Required for February 2022
(Part-time, Fixed Term Contract)
"Solefield is nurturing, academic and welcoming with excellent pastoral care." Parent
We are a small, successful, boys’ Prep School in central Sevenoaks. This new position will support a boy, currently in lower Key Stage 2, with Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD.
This is a term-time only position for 10 hours per week, Monday - Friday with some flexibility required on days with trips etc. Support is required in English and Maths lessons.
Applicants will be expected to be caring, enthusiastic team players with good communication skills. You should have experience of supporting pupils with ASC and ADHD, in addition to appropriate qualifications however training can be provided.
Pay: £15.53 per hour. Refreshments are provided.
The application form can be found here and the full job description / person specification here. For further information, or to arrange a visit or discussion prior to making an application, please contact Barbara, Lindsay or Justine on 01732 452142, or email [email protected].
Closing date: 31st January, although early applications will be welcome
Interviews: 4th February onwards
Solefield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. This is a ‘regulated activity’ role and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Read on to find out from our Head of English, Mrs Snow, her experience of working at Solefield School.
Working at Solefield School by Mrs Snow, Head of English
From the moment I entered the old school building on my first visit, I felt the warmth and care that is such an integral part of Solefield School. Not only was I greeted with welcoming smiles, my visit had been planned with great thought and consideration (including a sign with my name on placed in my temporary parking space). Consequently, my impression of the school was that it is an institution that cares about people, staff and pupils alike. As is often the case with first impressions, this has proven to be true and it is the administration’s emphasis on caring for people that is the reason I have ended up being so happy to work in the school.
‘Academic Success - Small Class Sizes – Happy Boys’ are used to summarise the school’s goals and ethos. Although (due to the nature of a preparatory school) academic success is one of the main areas of focus, and small class sizes enable us to achieve our goal, I think it is the part about ‘Happy Boys’ that is actually paramount at the school. Whether it be through drama, sport, music or participation in one of the many clubs, each student has reason to enjoy school and form memories that will stay with them forever. The pastoral care system is exemplary and, as a result, each boy is supported and nurtured; making the school a ‘home away from home’.
If you are looking for a job where you can purely focus on your subject and not have time taken up nurturing the students in your form, then this is not the job for you. However, if you enjoy playing a role in your students’ lives and ensuring they are supported and encouraged, then you can find nowhere better to work. The positive relationships between students and teachers is one of the many reasons I have found it such a rewarding experience to work at Solefield School. The boys not only like their teachers, but respect them, and thank them at the end of each lesson. With kindness and respect being core values, there are very few behaviour issues at the school, which makes teaching a pleasure.
The emphasis on being ‘happy’ is not only applied to the students; the well-being of teachers is also given great importance. Solefield School is a supportive environment where teachers are not stressed or overloaded with lessons, chores or responsibilities. It is an environment full of self-motivated professionals who are committed to their job and are friendly and supportive to all the other colleagues. Any extra effort given is mentioned by the headmistress in the weekly staff meeting and it is partly due to this acknowledgment, encouragement and praise that the school also has ‘Happy Teachers’.