Therapy Assistant, St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Cranleigh, Surrey

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Cranleigh, Surrey

Therapy Assistant

36 hours per week, term time only (including 5 in-service training days)

Actual salary range £18,105 – £19,886 pa dependent on experience

(FTE £21,695 – £23,830 based on 37 hours / 52 weeks)

With an additional £1,000 Retention Bonus**

We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join us as a Therapy Assistant in our Therapy Team, comprising Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Therapy Assistants and specialist Drama, Art and Music Therapists.  Working 36 hours a week over 39 weeks (term time) the role is to commence as soon as possible (following successful interview and completion of pre-start compliance and training).

At St Joseph’s, we deliver a pioneering embedded therapies approach with our therapy team working in the classroom alongside our education staff. This enables both teams to plan together and share best practice for the benefit of our students. It creates a unique working environment and the opportunity to gain invaluable therapy experience.  Working under the direction of the class teacher and allocated therapist, you will be required to deliver and support individual, large group or whole class therapeutic activities.   Some of our students are non-verbal and communicate using, for example, iPads, now and next boards and Makaton.

Supporting our students can sometimes be challenging. They may get frustrated, anxious and emotional. Physical and mental resilience is crucial, you need empathy and compassion and should possess the drive to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.  You will have the ongoing support of a skilled and dedicated team. Comprehensive training and mentoring includes learning about safeguarding, autism and positive behaviour support are provided.

Your working week is 35 ½ hours (08:30 – 16:00 on Monday, 08:30 – 16:15 on Tuesday to Thursday and 08:30 – 15:45 Friday) each week during term time and on In-Service training days plus 30 minutes per week that can be worked flexibly to suit operational needs.

No prior experience is necessary as full training will be given but a positive “can do” attitude, along with physical and mental resilience is essential.  This role might suit someone who has recently finished their degree or has been working as a TA or LSA and is considering a move into therapies or an SEN environment.  Starting salary is based on previous experience.

Why St Joseph’s?

**£1,000 Retention bonus – £250 after 1 month, £250 after 1 year, £500 after 18 months at Trust

  • Team Teach positive behaviour support training, refreshed every two years, with ongoing assistance from on site Team Teach tutors within our Inclusion Team
  • Personalised approach to CPD, including training courses paid for by the Trust and regular 1:1 line management support with online appraisals
  • Free hot lunch during term time
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • Induction programme
  • Employee assistance service (confidential, professional wellbeing and counselling 24/7 service for you and your family members)
  • Excellent network of support across the organisation including a team of Adult Mental Health First Aid and Occupational Health
  • Cranleigh Leisure Centre discount on gym, swim and fitness classes
  • Based on a beautiful 23 acre site in a semi-rural area on the edge of the Surrey Hills (own transport is desirable)

By joining St Joseph’s you become a key worker.

Karen May, Director of Therapies, is available to discuss the role (please email in and we will put you in touch with her)

How to apply

We are happy to consider a CV initially, however shortlisting for interview is based only on a fully completed application form. For an application pack (including form, job profile and person specification) or further information please email the Recruitment Team at

recruitment@st-josephscranleigh.surrey.sch.uk or call on 01483 272449 and ask for recruitment, who will be able to assist.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 9am on Friday January 21st, 2022. 

See our website  https://st-josephscranleigh.surrey.sch.uk/recruitment/ for further details of the Trust and the recruitment tab for details of the role and also a link to the electronic application form.

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.