Graduate Learning Support Assistant - Fixed term, Chobham, Surrey

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Wishmore Cross AcademyChobham, Surrey

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Start date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £16,504 to £19,335 (actual salary)
Contract term: Fixed Term

37.5 hours per week 39 weeks per year 

Wishmore Cross Academy, part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), is a residential special school in Chobham, Surrey, for boys aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We can admit up to 80 boys and can offer up to 14 residential places (including extended days) on a flexible basis for up to 4 nights per week. We are situated within easy reach of the M25 and M3 and, although in Surrey, is very close to Berkshire and Hampshire.

We are looking for a Graduate who is interested in gaining experience within a school setting as a Learning Support Assistant with a view to progressing onto a teacher training position via the Schools Direct Programme. 

The ideal candidate must be passionate, motivated and dedicated and be able to work in partnership with teaching and other educational support staff.  You will provide learning support for pupils, working with them both as directed by teaching staff within a structured teaching situation or on a one to one basis in accordance with academy policies and procedures. This position will require some travelling and so candidates must have a full and clean drivers licence.

The successful candidate will have a good standard of education and will have experience of working with children.  Some knowledge of specific learning difficulties and a variety of strategies to support children would be an advantage.

We provide a highly effective and individual package of education, care and pastoral support to young people who may have had only negative experiences of school. A safe, caring environment supported by high levels of staffing ensures each pupil has the opportunity to make progress and achieve their full potential.  We are a good school with outstanding features and we invest, not only in our students, but also our staff by providing regular CPD opportunities.  

All applicants are encouraged to visit the academy prior to making an application. Please contact Greg Moss at

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme and childcare vouchers.

This is a fixed term position until July 2018 and is required as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled to take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.  All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV's. 

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

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AET is recruiting for School Direct placements.  Please visit our website for further details.

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More about Wishmore Cross Academy
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Alpha Road, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, GU24 8NE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1276 857 555
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Welcome to Wishmore Cross Academy and thank you for your interest in our Academy. Wishmore Cross Academy is based in Chobham, located close to both the M3 and M25 Motorways, in the north-west corner of Surrey.  The Academy draws pupils from a ra...