Teaching Assistant Vacancy

The Wherry School

Specialist School for ASD Learners

(Supported by The Wherry School Trust)


1 x Teaching Assistant: 33 hours per week, term time + 1 week – Scale D – Primary (Scale E available to suitably qualified staff)

5 x Teaching Assistants – 33 hours per week, term time + 1 week – Supporting Teaching and Learning Key Stage 3/4 Scale D (Scale E available to suitably qualified staff).

The Wherry School,

Hall Road,


We have been open 2 years and the school is growing again. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the team of The Wherry School to support young people with autism working alongside teachers and staff with the passion to deliver a truly individualised curriculum. You will be joining our school staff in a newly built and resourced specialist setting for children with a diagnosis of autism, our children all possess a mainstream ability profile.

You will provide direct support to the children and young people in their allocated classes (approximately 6 children per class & 2 Teaching Assistants) at Key Stage 1/2 and 3/4 working alongside the classteacher to support the personalisation of the learning for the children to ensure that individual needs are met. The successful candidate will:


  • Take an active role in a wide range of classroom and physical activities throughout the academic year; assisting and working closely with the Class Teacher and other Teaching Assistants to contribute to lessons

  • Support the development of key core subject knowledge including phonics, reading, specific mathematical knowledge and intervention programmes, as appropriate

  • Support the children and young people, alongside colleagues in the classroom, during break periods and at lunch times, this will form part of the contracted hours (all staff will be entitled to a break during the lunchtime period)

  • Under the direction of the Class Teacher, help prepare for lessons, contribute towards and carry out schemes of work and individualized learning plans and support if appropriate, care plans – cover supervisors may teach prepared learning under direction from the Classteacher

  • support all staff to contribute to individual student assessments, including assessments of communication, learning plan targets, curriculum learning and management programmes including support for positive behaviour monitoring and reporting

  • Support the Class Teacher in planning and preparing for educational visits and school journeys and accompany students on such visits

Already working in a school, educational or specialist setting, or with relevant experience of working with children and young people, you have good knowledge of supporting pupils with autism and/or additional needs. The children and young people at the Wherry School need staff who are committed to supporting them to achieve the best possible outcomes and who have the highest aspirations for all. This is a unique opportunity to work with this new specialist Educational Trust with the commitment to provide all staff ongoing training, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction.

If you are interested in these posts please contact either Rachel Quick, Principal of the Wherry School, Rob Speck Vice Principal or Danielle Winteringham Head of Primary at office@thewherryschool.co.uk to find out more about the role (please include a contact number in your email).

You can download the Recruitment Information Pack, including an application form, from our website at www.thewherryschool.co.uk or attachments noted below:

  • Support Staff Recruitment Information which includes

    • Person Specification

    • Support Staff – job description

Please email applications to office@thewherryschool.co.uk

  • Closing date: Wednesday, 26th June – 12.00 noon

  • Interview dates: Session 1 – Discussion and visits to school 1st July 1-4 p.m.

  • Interview dates: Session 2 – Formal interview Friday, 5th July.

The Wherry School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A full DBS check will be required for the successful candidate and all procedures and checks as in the school’s Safeguarding Children Policy will be followed. The Wherry School is an Equal Opportunities Employer. This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

Person Specification – DOC

Application Form – DOC

Recruitment Pack – DOC

Safeguarding Policy – PDF