Midday Supervisory Assistant Vacancy

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Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) / Relief Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

Casual Contract

Required as soon as possible

Salary – Grade 1 (£8.50 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.

There may also be opportunity for additional hours as a Relief Learning Support Assistant and you will be required to attend some training sessions and/or meetings after school and on P.D. Days, which are not part of the contracted hours; for these occasions you would also claim additional hours.


We are looking to appoint a 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 Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The age range is 2 ½ to 19 years.

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.

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

The staff are friendly and supportive and diversity is at our core.  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: 92


We actively encourage you to see our school in action before applying.  To arrange a visit, or if you have any questions about the post, please contact Michelle Kelly, Headteacher, by email to: head@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk detailing which post you are interested in.

If this post is of interest to you and you want to make a real contribution to our school, we would welcome a visit and an application from you. All applications must be made on an official application form (see below) and signed by the applicant. Please send your application form for the attention of Emma Thake, Business Manager to admin@hillside.suffolk.sch.uk or in the post to Hillside Special School, Hitchcock Place, Sudbury, CO10 1NN.   


Closing date: Friday 18 January 2019


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the school.



Midday Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) Job Description 

MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (Word document)

MDSA & Relief LSA Application Form (PDF Document)

Support Staff Application Form Guidance Notes

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