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Job Ref No. ECC8826001-25S Position Type: School and Child Safety Pay Range: £12,480
Position Start Date: 04/09/2024 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 27/06/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: As soon as possible  

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We wish to appoint a Minibus Driver to safely transport children to and from School, collecting and dropping off at various points on a given route between Leigh-on-Sea and Thorpe Bay. You will need to be available Monday to Friday during the school term time to work in the morning and in the afternoon. Flexibility to undertake additional, ad hoc driving work during the School day for fixtures, trips and other purposes is an advantage.


  • Morning - collect the minibus from School and drive a pre-determined route to pick up pupils in time for the start of the school day.
  • Afternoon - collect the minibus from School and drive the same pre-determined route to drop off pupils after school ends
  • Complete daily minibus checks and complete routine paperwork.
  • Ensure that pupils are accounted for
  • Liaise with parents as required
  • Wash and clean the minibus on a weekly basis and carry out minor maintenance tasks as required

The successful candidates will be expected to drive the minibus in a responsible and competent manner, ensuring the safety of the passengers, other road users, members of the public and yourself at all times. They will have at least two year's driving experience and a clean driving licence, with D1 on the licence. They will be required to attend a MIDAS training course, funded by the School.

Alongside driving a minibus, the successful candidate will undertake other duties such as vehicle checks and refuelling, as well offering first aid to students with minor injuries in line with school policy.

This is a permanent contract for 25 hours per week and includes 5.6 weeks holiday pay. The contract is for 25 hours per week, 41.6 weeks per year (term time only) with a salary of £12,480 per year paid in 12 monthly instalments, plus any overtime on an ad hoc basis. The opportunity to work on School trips and fixtures may arise and payment for these will be submitted via a timesheet.


All staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students at Thorpe Hall School by ensuring compliance with the School's Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy at all times. It is a requirement of all staff to report any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of students to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

All employees are expected to show a responsible attitude to health and safety issues and have due regard for their personal safety and that of others.

Support, uphold and contribute to the development of the school's equal rights policies and practices in respect of both employment issues and the delivery of services to the community.

To ensure compliance of GDPR at all times.


Please complete the online application form via My New Term will not accept standalone CVs. The application form must be fully completed.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to interview and appoint earlier than the stated closing date should there be a good response to the advert.

Thorpe Hall School is committed to the safeguarding of children and successful candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment checks which include References, Health, Right to Work in UK, Enhanced DBS, online search and a Declaration that they are not a disqualified person under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2018.

Information about the School

A fully inclusive, co-educational, independent day school for children aged 2 – 16, Thorpe Hall School offers small class sizes, excellent facilities and outstanding results at Key Stage 2, at 11+, and at GCSE.

Our pupils have a happy and positive school life, rich in variety and with a wealth of opportunity for them to be challenged and to achieve. At the core of our success is a strong and focused pastoral and wellbeing programme. Here, children of all ages are nurtured and supported to develop their confidence, social skills and friendships, and their love of learning and taking part.

We encourage intellectual risk-taking and create an environment where students are free to question, free to discover, free to try, and free to succeed. Although every student has different abilities and talents, we believe they all have a unique contribution to make, and we enthusiastically celebrate their successes.

Founded in 1925, Thorpe Hall is a forward-thinking school that retains the traditional values of hard work, respect, fairness and good manners. In addition, we aim to foster confidence, perseverance, tolerance, and integrity; to enhance communication skills; to embrace creativity; to encourage teamwork and promote an open-minded and outward-looking philosophy.

We are committed to providing a broad and varied life beyond lessons so that our students not only have the pleasure of trying many new activities when they are young but also find and develop essential skills that will form a vital part of their adult lives. The co-curricular programme at Thorpe Hall School is rich and diverse and enables pupils to explore their potential and discover new interests and passions.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Helen Hargreaves
Wakering Road, Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS1 3RD
Telephone: 01702 582340

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