Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy

Please read below the full details of the post and the application process, then click on the links at the bottom of the page to download the application pack documents (job description, application form, application form guidance notes, our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and our Safer Recruitment Policy).


Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA)

Permanent Contract (subject to a six-month probationary period)

Required as soon as possible, or after February Half Term 2022.

Salary – Grade 1 (£9.25 per hour)

6 hours 40 minutes per week, 38 weeks per year, term time only. 
This is broken down as 1 hour 20 minutes each day (12:00 – 13:20) Monday to Friday.

You will be required to attend some training sessions and/or meetings after school and on P.D. Days; for these occasions you would also claim additional hours.

There may also be opportunity for additional hours on an ad-hoc basis as a Relief Learning Support Assistant (Casual Contract).


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and well-motivated person with a warm personality, to join the team at our all age special school. You will be working with pupils with a wide range of complex needs including Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autism (ASD). The age range is 2 ½ to 19 years.

You may have skills already, or be keen to develop skills, in working with pupils with complex needs, including Autism.  You will be expected to be very flexible and must have a truly positive approach to the strategies used to develop practice in schools and settings for our pupils.

Midday Supervisory Assistants work as part of the staff team under the direction of class teachers and may be required to work with pupils of any age and ability. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work co-operatively and to develop positive relationships are essential for this role. 

Midday Supervisory Assistants need to be enthusiastic in supporting pupils to develop eating and play skills. Emotional and physical resilience, the ability to stay calm in challenging situations, patience and a good sense of humour are all very important.

A commitment to maintaining outstanding levels of Safeguarding for all our pupils and staff is essential.

Hillside is a very successful school that places the pupils at the heart of everything. We retained our “Outstanding” rating, for a fourth consecutive occasion, in a short inspection by Ofsted in March 2018.

The staff are friendly and supportive and as a school, we are passionate about equality and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities, which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.


Pupils on Roll: 84


If you think you have the qualities to fulfil this role and you want to make a real contribution to our school, we would welcome an application from you. All applications must be made on an official application form. CVs cannot be accepted. Please send your completed application form to admin@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk or in the post to Hillside Special School, Hitchcock Place, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1NN.   

We actively encourage applicants to see our school in action (in line with COVID-19 guidelines) before applying for vacancies. If this post is of interest to you and you would like to know more, please contact us, via email to admin@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk including your full name and ‘MDSA Vacancy’ in the subject line. Please also include your phone number in the body of your email and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to visit. 


Closing date: Monday 7th February 2022 at 13:00

Interview date: TBC


This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. It is also subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and children’s barred list check. Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the school.  

We would ask that all applicants read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (below) before applying.



Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) Job Description 

MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (Word document – please ensure you select ‘Enable Editing’ when downloading the document)

MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (PDF Document)

Support Staff Application Form Guidance Notes

Hillside Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Hillside Safer Recruitment Policy

If you are unable to download these documents, please contact us and we will arrange to send them to you.


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