Learning Support Assistant – Harleston Sancroft Academy


Posted on: Monday 4 September 2023 | Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust

Harleston Sancroft Academy, Wilderness Ln, Harleston IP20 9DD

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join The Harleston Sancroft Academy secondary phase as a Learning Support Assistant.

Trust: St Benet’s MAT

Academy Name: The Harleston Sancroft Academy

Vacancy Job Title: Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Pay Scale: Scale D (SCP 5-6)

Annual Value: £21,575 – 21,968

Pro-Rata Value:  £16,231 – 16,527

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time (8:30am to 3:30pm)

(part time days considered, this would be full days 8:30am-3:30pm but the number of days worked could be flexible)

Hours per week: 32.5

Term Time: 38 weeks  +  1 week per year

Start Date: As soon as possible

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to join The Harleston Sancroft Academy secondary phase. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and experienced Learning Support Assistants as well as those who are in the early stages of their career. This post would be ideal for a graduate interested in teaching and requiring experience in a school before applying for teaching training. This is an incredibly exciting time for Harleston and the community we serve, as we enter a new phase in our educational provision. The Harleston Sancroft Adademy (as 3-16 Church of England School) opened on 1st September 2022, providing an all through school offer for the children and young people of the town and its surrounding areas.

We are extremely proud of our ethos and the very positive relationships which exist at our school. The Harleston Sancroft Academy, part of the St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust, is an oversubscribed, inclusive and very successful 3-16 Church of England school in South Norfolk where children thrive and achieve very well. Children are supported to flourish and grow with responsibility and resilience. The primary and secondary phases are located approximately half a mile apart.

Under the supervision of the class teacher you will play a vital role in the children’s education and well-being. The role also includes break and lunch time supervision on a rota.

You should:

  • Ideally have relevant experience of working with children across the KS3/4 age range, and in particular with pupils who have Special Educational Needs. However, if you feel you have transferable skills and are looking for a new challenge then please tell us these in the personal statement of your application
  • Have good literacy and numeracy skills, and a relevant qualification (Level 2 minimum)
  • Be able to establish positive and supportive relations with all pupils and their parents and carers
  • Be able to use your initiative to support learning
  • Be able to work with flexibility, autonomy and as part of a team
  • Have energy, drive and enthusiasm

We offer:

  • A great working relationship with staff and students
  • An extensive ‘in house’ CPD programme
  • The support of an informed and active Local Governing Committee and Trust
  • A very supportive and encouraging Senior Leadership Team
  • Close collaboration throughout the Multi Academy Trust
  • An opportunity to work in a good location where the cost of housing is attractive
  • Membership of Health Shield health care plan

“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Sancroft as a Church of England school are outstanding.”  Church Schools Inspection 2017

“The SLT at this school lead with an extremely strong sense of passion and belief in what they are doing and why. The school fosters a great sense of community and it is clear that the SLT has the student’s needs at the heart of every decision. It is a great place to work and the students are fab!” (Recent staff survey, 2021)

“The school has evolved to where it is today with dignity, strength and kindness at its heart” (Recent parent survey, 2021)

“Wellbeing of all staff is put first, especially in the current climate which we have all struggled with. All staff work incredibly hard, which makes Sancroft a special, caring, working environment that it has been and is today!” (Staff survey, 2022)

Closing date: Monday 16 October 2023

How to apply

Harleston, LSA, JD, Sep 23Completed application form to be emailed to; Emma Johnson, School Business Manager at ejohnson@sancroft.stbenets.org

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the close date if sufficient applications have been received.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 16th October

References may be requested prior to interview and may be contacted on receipt of your application form.  Please contact us to discuss this further if you have any queries.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school office to book an appointment or speak with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

St Benet’s MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments will be subject to full safeguarding checks as well as satisfactory references.

The Trust’s safeguarding policy can be found on our website.

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.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced DBS check with barred list. If you have information to declare it may be protected under the Exceptions Orders and you may not be required to declare it. You will be asked to make a criminal conviction declaration if you are shortlisted for the post.

Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.


The safety and well-being of children is central to our ethos, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to provide references and undertake the Independent Safeguarding Authority checks including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and comply with the Safeguarding Policy and child protection practices of the Trust.


St Benet’s MAT has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its academies and in the employment of people. The post holder will ensure that the St Benet’s MAT meets its statutory obligations in relation to all aspects of equalities legislation. This post involves regular travel around the Diocese and maybe some evening and weekend work. This job description is not an exhaustive document. It reflects the duties and responsibilities applicable at the time of issue. Details and emphasis are subject to amendment and revision in the light of the changing needs of St Benet’s MAT .

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