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Learning Support Assistants (in school known as Student Support Worker)

Temporary - from 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2023. Term Time Only plus 5 INSET Days

Monday to Friday 37 hours per week . Monday – Thursday 08:30 – 16:30 and Friday 08:30 – 16:00 (incl. 30 mins lunch unpaid). JG4 SCP7 £20,444 – SCP11 £22,129 pa pro rata. Actual salary £17,879 pa - £19,352  Plus a ‘golden hello’ of £1,200 (pro-rata) and contributory pension

The Role

The successful candidate will join an experienced, supportive and highly proactive team, to provide outstanding in-class support to a range of students who have learning differences. You will be working under the direction of the class teacher, in liaison with the SENDCO and Student Support team to provide high quality support in the classroom.

To be considered for this position you will have experience working closely with vulnerable young people and you will be able to demonstrate that you are a strong advocate. You must be passionate about finding ways to support inclusion and increase independence for individuals within the school community. You must be able to demonstrate resilience and strength, balanced with a caring approach for young people to support them towards their individual outcomes, and help to them to celebrate each step of success.

Gordano School offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), discounted on-site gym membership and on-site parking. This post attracts a ‘golden hello’ payment of £1200 for new Lighthouse School Partnership appointees (£600 in the first month’s salary and £600 on successful completion of 6-month probation period).

The School

Gordano School is a large and highly successful 11-18 comprehensive secondary school approximately eight miles outside Bristol. This includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 350 students that is strongly integrated into the school and offers significant opportunities for Post-16 teaching in over 30 courses. We are the sole secondary school serving the popular town of Portishead, and benefit greatly from being a central part of our community.

We view education as something bigger than just academic achievement. We have a record of considerable academic success, but believe that an education should be about preparing young people for their future lives in a complete sense. As well as consistently positive Progress 8 and Level 3 Value Added outcomes at GCSE and A Level respectively we place great emphasis on student leadership, an unparalleled extra-curricular programme and student progression to their next steps in a wide range of academic and vocational routes.

We pride ourselves on the very high quality support for colleagues at all stages of their career through internal and external CPD, including our membership of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership’s Centre of Professional Development, with staff involved across all levels of NPQ programmes. We maintain significant involvement in Initial Teacher Training and deliver comprehensive ECT induction in association with the Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance and Ambition Institute. Our very large staff body allows regular opportunities for progression into leadership roles at all levels.

We were judged Outstanding in all categories in our last Ofsted inspection, but, just as importantly, seek to be a very happy school community with a big heart. This has never been more evident than in the last year, where we have been incredibly proud of the response from our brilliant staff, children and families to the Covid pandemic.

Please email a completed application form with a covering letter (curriculum vitae optional to

Closing Date: 9am on Friday 2 September 2022

Interviews: TBC

Gordano School reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date of the advertisement, should the School be able to appoint an appropriate candidate.

Gordano School supports Equal Opportunities Employment.

Gordano School is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils and expects all staff to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.