Learning Support Assistant

Parkfield School


Parkfield School, Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Learning Support Assistant to join the School as soon as possible.

Post:                           Learning Support Assistant

Location:                    Parkfield School, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6DF

Salary:                        Grade 3, £18,933 rising to a maximum of £19,698 pro-rata, per annum

Actual Salary:           £14,341.13 rising to a maximum of £15,331.14 per annum

Hours/Contract:       Term-time only, Part-time, 32.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Start Date:                 As Soon As Possible


The Role:  We are seeking to appoint an excellent Learning Support Assistant. If you have a passion for working and enabling with young people with autism to achieve their potential, then we have the children for you!

The Person: The position of LSA is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and compassionate individual to lead lessons, interventions and support our learners in a wide range of subjects across the curriculum. We are looking for people who have the following experience and qualities:
• Good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need
• Good knowledge and understanding of social, emotional & mental health needs and cognitive needs that affect children and young people’s development
• Excellent listening skills
• Ability to build strong, trusting relationships
• Resilience and ability to take regular responsibility for agreed learning
• Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning activities
• Use positive and personalised behaviour management strategies

School Background: Parkfield School is an all-through (age 4 to 16) co-educational school offering a fresh approach and choice that allows pupils to discover learning, unlock their potential, find their place in their community and play their part in society.

Parkfield School offers a positive, safe learning environment for its community, in which everyone has equal and individual recognition and respect. We celebrate success and are committed to the continuous improvement and fulfilment of potential in every student regardless of their ability.

We encourage increasing independence and self-discipline amongst the students helping them to develop the skills that they need to become lifelong learners. Everyone within the school has an important role to play in sharing responsibility for the development of positive behaviour and attitudes.

We will prepare them for a successful transition into further education, training or employment when they leave school. The school has a PAN of 784.

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 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 workforce. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation. 


Those we recruit are able to demonstrate that they share our values, are highly motivated to work with colleagues, within and beyond their school, to continuously develop their skills and pursue professional excellence.

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 Kim Taylor on 01202 592530 or email at k.taylor@parkfield.bournemouth.sch.uk

Job Description: Learning Support Assistant - Job Description

Person Specification: Learning Support Assistant - Person Specification


Closing Date: Tuesday 15 December 2020 at midnight.


Interview Date: Interviews will take place on Friday 18 December 2020.

To apply: Please send a completed application form (below) to recruitment@reachsouth.org


Opportunities and Benefits:  We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities, access to our Employee Assistance Programme 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 the online Equal Opportunities Monitoring section of the application.