Autism Support Worker

Springfields South


Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint two exceptional Autism Support Workers to join the school as soon as possible.

Post:                           Autism Support Worker - 2 Posts

Start Date:                  As Soon as Possible

Location:                    Springfields South, Westwood Road, Salisbury, SP2 9HS

Salary Range:            Grade F, £20,903 rising to a maximum of £22,183, pro-rata per annum

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, part-time, Permanent (Named Pupil Contract): 31.25 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: We are looking for two Autism Support Workers (ASW) to work alongside the Teacher to deliver a personalised autism-friendly academic and social skills curriculum, as well as to support the families to implement functional skills within the home and community. In September 2022, we will open a new 150 place Free School in Salisbury and move our current provision (for 40 pupils) at the Sarum Academy site into this larger and more purpose equipped facility. This role will be a part of that transfer process. The successful applicants will be part of the team who will make that move a success.

The Person: The position of Autism Support Worker (ASW) is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and compassionate individual to lead lessons, interventions and support our learners with autism. Some key skills we are looking for are:

  • To have a good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need e.g. TEACCH

  • To have knowledge and understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs and cognitive needs, that affect children and young people’s development.

  • Excellent listening skills

  • An ability to build strong, trusting relationships

  • To be resilient and able to take regular responsibility for agreed learning / activities

  • Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning and social skills activities

  • To use positive and personalised anxiety management strategies

School Background: The Springfields Academy is a Reach South Academy for young people aged 5-19 with autism. We have 150 pupils attending our Calne site and 40 pupils at our Satellite provision in Salisbury.  Our goal is to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement.

Springfields is a fantastic, vibrant and caring community that engages pupils and develops positive attitudes to learning. Our autism approach is accessed by all our pupils and is personalised to meet specific needs. All our pupils have an education, health and care plan.

Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.


Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by calling Sam Cottrell on 01722 443430 or email at for further information.


Job Description:  Autism Support Worker Job Description

Person Specification: Autism Support Worker Person Specification


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to 


Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 8 November 2020 at Midnight. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification. It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on Wednesday 18 November 2020.


Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.



Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only.

Telephone: 01752 987060



Reach South Academy Trust

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Reach South Academy Trust is an exempt charity in England and Wales. Company number: 10151730