Job Details


We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to join our team working at Mountfield Heath School as maternity cover.  


About the School

Mountfield Heath School is a new independent special educational needs provision, for 32 pupils aged 5-12.  The successful candidate will support our teachers working alongside other support staff and therapists, to deliver the curriculum and help nurture a therapeutic environment to meet a range of needs including social, emotional, behavioural, communication and learning difficulties.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.



About the role

Working as a Teaching Assistant at Mountfield Heath School you will enhance the learning environment for our pupils, supporting our teachers to promote personal development and well-being for all.  You will help setup the classrooms, lead on small parts of lessons, keep accurate records to track pupil progress and contribute to lesson planning.  It is essential that you are aware of pupil progress and able to flag potential concerns.  Safeguarding the welfare of the young people in our care will be your primary responsibility.  Any experience of teaching would be an advantage but not essential.  


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an individual with high expectations and standards who can offer excellent behavioural management skills.  You will be working with young people who have complex needs and your ability to develop trusting relationships with the young people and staff will be crucial.  You will be able to reliably work to instruction as well as take the initiative when circumstances demand.  An interest in teaching and a desire to improve these students’ lives is essential. 

The ability to contribute to the development of our school is essential and we believe that energy, passion and a commitment to high standards are key characteristics required.  We are looking for a special individual who is able to help inspire and re-engage the young people that we serve.  This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their skills and experience in a challenging, motivating and highly rewarding environment. 


Salary is £14,000 - £16,000 (actual) dependent on qualifications and experience.  This salary is actual and is not pro rata.  Staff are only required to work during term time.


The position is required to be covered as soon as possible (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).  This will be a temporary maternity cover contract, the cover will be required for the duration of the maternity leave, the School will give no less than 8 weeks’ notice of the end of the contract.  If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact us on 01323 914600 or email us at 


Closing Date: Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Interviews Commencing: Week beginning 16th December 2019

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.