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Special Support Assistant

Rossendale SchoolLancashire

Rossendale School, Bamford Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 0RT

Hours:40 hours per week (08:30am - 17:00pm)

Rossendale School are seeking a Special Support Assistant to join their team.  Our school is expanding and this post will be for a September start.  The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Assistant Headteacher.  This role is full time to provide specific learning support for children aged 8 - 18 years who have complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties with associated autism spectrum conditions.

The role will involve:

  • Ensuring that pupils’ special educational needs are being addressed, having due regard for the School's philosophy and policies
  • Meeting individual needs and ensuring that all pupils achieve their academic potential.

Rossendale School has an excellent staff team who are enthusiastic and supportive.  If you have experience of working with young people in a school setting, are flexible, imaginative and enthusiastic we would be pleased to hear from you.  Experience of working in a specialist school is not essential as the school runs its own extensive training programme.

The post holder will need to have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.

Any candidates shortlisted will be invited to attend a informal interview day on 21st June and if successful at this stage, a formal interview will be held on 22nd June.

Your Benefits

  • A competitive salary
  • Enhanced disclosure cost coverage
  • Online benefits and cash back rewards
  • SMART Pension
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to continual professional development option and more.

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for commissioners across the UK.  With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

Rossendale School was judged to be 'Outstanding' in all areas by Ofsted.  Rossendale School caters for the needs of pupils who display social, emotional and mental health difficulties and whose learning disability may be affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  All pupils have a draft or final Education, Health and Care Plan.

The School provides education for young people aged from 7 – 18 years of age.  Key stages 2, 3 and 4 are based on the main school site, whilst Key stage 5 have a specialist sixth form building based in the local community. At Key stage 4 and 5 we offer a wide range of GCSE subjects, BTEC Awards, Functional Skills, ASDAN and Entry Level qualifications. We are currently wanting to expand A level courses at the sixth form provision. Given the disrupted nature of our pupils’ education, prior to their admission to Rossendale, we have had some outstanding examination results.  The school admits boys and girls on both daily and residential placements. 


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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