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Student Support Assistant

Deanfield Avenue, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1UH
The Henley College
Term Time
£20,178.00 up to £22,056.00 per annum
28th June 2022
Start Date
5th September 2022
16th July 2022 12:00 AM
Contract Type
Job ID
Start date
5th September 2022
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • NQTs Considered:
  • Job ID: 1253903


Post title: Student Support Assistant

Grade: Scale 4 (Scale Points 15 to 18)

Reporting to: Curriculum Leader Pathways

Our Mission

‘Come questioning, go seeking, grow’

The Post

Do you like a challenge, are you a team player, can you use your initiative, do you like working with

young people? We are a busy, lively department for teenagers with learning difficulties and

disabilities. The post holder will work with a team of teaching and support staff concerned with

students who have learning difficulties, physical disabilities and behavioural problems. The post

holder will be working with students who are mainly aged between 16-19 years with severe or

complex learning difficulties and will be required to work on a one to one basis at certain times.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the teachers in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Responsibility for students' personal needs, including, where necessary, toileting and washing, dressing and feeding.
  • Maintenance of equipment and use of IT in making and maintaining teaching materials
  • Assisting with the general running of the department e.g. washing up, laundry etc.
  • Support/supervision of the students concerned both in and out of college buildings.
  • Support/supervision of students during their lunch and coffee breaks.
  • To assist students with transportation for off-site activities.
  • To be flexible and adaptable and be prepared to support/assist students with a wide range of activities e.g. swimming, horse riding, sensory, literacy, numeracy, IT etc.

General Responsibilities

  • Comply with any rules and regulations which the College may from time to time issue, to ensure the efficient operation of its business and the welfare and interest of its employees and learners.
  • Work flexibly and efficiently to maintain the highest professional standards and to promote and implement the policies of the College.
  • To ensure adherence to all College policies and procedures including Staff Code of Conduct, Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education and IT Policy and procedures.
  • To work to the College quality standards and systems within the context of the College quality systems.
  • To ensure continuous professional development (CPD) requirements as specified by the College and that may be identified during college processes, for example Developmental reviews.
  • To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as are appropriate to this level of post.

Essential Criteria

  • Flexible approach
  • Ability to assist/support individual student’s learning
  • Ability to relate to students with severe and complex learning difficulties
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Ability to lift in an emergency situation

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of support in classroom situation
  • Experience of students with severe and complex learning difficulties
  • Experience in the caring field
  • Sense of humour
  • Manual handling skills

Terms of Employment

Tenure of post: Permanent, Term Time Only, 38 weeks a year

Hours of work: 30 hours per week. Monday to Friday 9:00 – 15:30 (30 minutes unpaid break)

Start Date: ASAP

Salary: From £20,178.00 up to £22,056.00 per annum (pro rata for part time positions)

Benefits you can Enjoy

  • Local Government Pension Scheme. This is an employee and employee contributory pension scheme.
  • Amazing range of continued professional development to support your career path including teacher training
  • Free onsite gym
  • Free Car Park on both sites and Good public transport
  • Wellbeing offering to support your physical, mental and financial health through our EAP.


The Henley College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

Please note - Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than stated should we source a suitable candidate before the closing date.

Safeguarding Statement:

The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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