Job Ref No. ECC2105-204 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £21,189 plus OFA pro rata
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Fixed
Application Close: 29/11/2023 Midday Date of Interviews: w/c 4th December  

Job Description

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Learning Support Assistant to join our school. The role will be working closely with a child in Reception with special educational needs.

About us

Larchwood Primary School is a highly successful and popular two-form entry primary school located in Pilgrim's Hatch, Brentwood. Our mission statement is all about 'Achievement and Enjoyment'. We want our children to do well at school, reaching their potential while enjoying their primary years. We firmly believe that if you get this right in Early Years, children will continue to do well. Our children are fab! They are well behaved, enjoy coming to school and are ready and willing to learn, leaving Larchwood ready for secondary school. Our community believes in what we are doing and parents are hugely supportive of the school. Staff are dedicated, skilled, friendly and work well as part of a team.

Larchwood has been part of the academy trust for nine years. The Trust is expanding, currently consisting of two secondary schools and two primary schools.

What we can offer

· Well behaved children that are ready and willing to learn

· Supportive Senior Leadership Team

· Full-time LSA in every class and 6 adults in EYFS

· Great working and learning environment

· Additional facilities in the school

About You

. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes: Good standard of maths and English, both written and spoken (O Level or GCSE grade C or above)

. Should have creative ideas which can be contributed to the planning of activities

. Have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills plus be able to demonstrate high expectations of achievement for all pupils.

. Ability to work as part of a team but to act independently if required.

. Willingness to learn new skills and take on new tasks

. Must have a warm and positive approach towards all children, staff, parents and carers

. Previous experience of working with pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) preferable

. Good sense of humour

Days: Monday to Friday (term time only)

Hours: 8:30am to 12:00pm (17.5 hours)

Annual salary - £21,189 (pro rata- see below) plus £663 Outer Fringe Allowance (OFA)

In real terms: £8,860.62 including OFA

Contract: Fixed term while the child attends Larchwood.

If you are interested, please call the school to speak to our Headteacher, Steve Bowsher, or SENDCO, Dawn Jaycock, for an informal chat.

Application Deadline:Wednesday November 29th2023 (midday)

Shortlisting date - Thursday 30th November (you will be contacted only if you are successful)

Interviews to be held - week commencing 4th December

Position Starts: As soon as practically possible

Still interested?

If the answer is yes, the next step is to contact our Headteacher, Steve Bowsher via phone or email, for an informal chat.

In the meantime, please take a look at our website ( and our Twitter feed to get a good feel for the school (

Our Local School Committee (governing board) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, medical check and an enhanced DBS check.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early upon appointment of a successful applicant.

Your normal place of work is at Larchwood Primary School, however, the Discovery Educational Trust reserves the right to require you to work at any other of its establishments, whether current or future. This may be for a temporary period or on a permanent basis, according to the needs of the employer.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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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Information about the school

Contact Information

Steve Bowsher
Larchwood Gardens
Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood
Essex, CM15 9NG
Telephone: 01277 372450

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