Support Worker, Orchard Manor, Meldreth, Nr Royston, South Cambs / North Herts

Closing date:

Aurora Meldreth Manor SchoolMeldreth, Nr Royston, South Cambs / North Herts

Date posted:
Start date: ASAP
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £8.41 - £8.70 per hour (£17,062 - £17,643 FTE) rising to £9.06 - £9.39 per hour (£18,373 - £19,043 FTE) for candidates with relevant QCF Level 3 qualification. £15 waking night allowance.
Contract term: Permanent

Location: Meldreth, Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border

Hours: Full (average of 39 hours per week) and part time hours available. Shift patterns available include: Full time: Day/Night, Nights only, Part Time: Afternoon/Twilight  

Closing date: Due to site expansion - ongoing recruitment

Orchard Manor provides education, care and therapeutic support for young people with severe and profound communication difficulties associated with conditions like cerebral palsy, autism, brain injury and degenerative disorders. They may have complex health and sensory needs and associated difficulties that require specialist support to enable them to access a bespoke curriculum.  It is one of the few transition service for young adults in the country that offers this level of highly specialist support.   

We have one aim; to empower children and young people to develop and grow in their own unique and inspiring way.

The site is currently undergoing significant redevelopment that will provide contemporary living and learning environments for young people with complex needs.  Located in 16-acres of grounds in the village of Meldreth, our school provides a wonderful working environment, supportive and friendly teams and training – all of which offers a fantastic and rewarding career opportunity for those wanting to make a real difference to others.

Our passionate and committed team are looking for like-minded people to join them.  If you’re someone who believes in giving children and young people with disabilities the best opportunities to succeed in life, we’d like to hear from you.

  • “Your role is to come in and make that person’s life awesome. Now that’s a pretty good job. It’s a great job!” - Shelley, Support Worker

By becoming an Aurora Support Worker, you’ll be choosing a truly rewarding career and, with development plans for both Aurora and Orchard Manor, you too can make someone’s life awesome. 

Your role is to support young people to live happy and fulfilled lives, as independently as possible. 

Key responsibilities:

To provide the highest level of care for the young person you are working with, which includes:

  • Personal care needs, (washing dressing, moving and positioning, continence care, support with eating and drinking etc.).
  • Social care needs (supporting them to engage in activities they like, either solely or with their peers).
  • Supporting young people to attend day activities (skills centre, outings etc.). Ensure individuals, spiritual, cultural and religious choices are met and that they have opportunities to participate in and access community facilities.
  • To work appropriately and effectively with other external agencies, family members, friends and advocates.
  • To communicate at all times in a polite and professional manner.
  • Support and facilitate learning and independence to help children and young people achieve continuous development and growth
  • Provide support for a safe, homely environment which reflects the ages and interests of children and young people
  • Work with the education team in creating a whole school environment which supports learning from school and into the residential children’s home
  • Contribute to planning, implementation and evaluation of care programmes and plans
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with colleagues and others including parents, guardians, social workers and other professionals and agencies as required.


  • No qualifications required although Level 3 Diploma in Childcare or equivalent an advantage

Requirements of the role:

  • Experience of children or adults with learning or physical difficulties which could be from a previous job or from your own personal experiences with family or friends with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare or equivalent is desirable
  • Experience of working within a support or care role is desirable
  • Understanding of the safeguarding principles and importance of child protection
  • Experience and/or understanding of working within a multi-cultural, inclusive environment
  • Basic First Aid knowledge
  • Experience of working with a range of approaches to manage behaviour is advantageous.


Be part of our successful team and benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Life assurance
  • Pension plan
  • High street discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Paid holiday
  • Training and Development


If you’d like an informal discussion or a full job description before applying, please contact our HR Team on 01763 268000 or email

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment safeguarding checks including an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

The Aurora Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young adults in our care

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More about Aurora Meldreth Manor School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 9 - 19 years
Address: Fenny Lane, Meldreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6LG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1763 268000
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About our School

Meldreth Manor supports children and young people age 6-19 years who have highly complex learning difficulties and is one of the few schools in the country that also supports young people with complex health needs and associated diff...