Community & Sport

Learning Support Assistant

Full Time

What a heart-warming feeling it is to bring a smile to another’s face. But do you know what lasts longer than a smile? The feeling of supporting and empowering people with learning disabilities and autism to live a life that makes sense to them.

Seeing the difference that YOU can make as a Learning Support Assistant (Teaching Assistant). Now that IS rewarding….

We are recruiting additional Learning Support Assistants in Wingrave. The roles are term-time only 38.5 hours per week (41 weeks a year).


You’ll join the team at MacIntyre School, a vibrant residential school for children with autism and severe learning disabilities. We’re located in the pretty village of Wingrave, between Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. You don’t need experience, just patience, warmth and the ability to learn. Of course any experience working with young people with learning disabilities would also stand you in good stead too.

You’ll be a Learning Support Assistant (Teaching Assistant) working with students aged 10 – 19 who have complex learning disabilities. You’ll provide learning support to students and the class teacher, both in the classroom and during off-site activities. Classes are made up of 6 students but you will be working on an individual 1:1 basis. On site we offer excellent facilities for our students and a dedicated team of education, social, health and therapy professionals to cater for their needs.

Who are we?

MacIntyre School offers an innovative and challenging curriculum individually tailored to provide each student with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes. It is focused on developing communication, functional skills and independence in context. Learning takes place throughout the waking day whether at school, in the residential houses or out in the community, where we provide an exciting range of off-site learning activities.

Learning activities may include; life skills (e.g using public transport, shopping, cooking and cleaning), physical exercise (e.g. climbing, swimming, walking, water sports), work experience (e.g. on a farm), community access (e.g. in shops or cafes) or class based activities (e.g. music and dance & creative arts). Please note, some of our students require assistance with personal care.

Awarded “Good” at our Ofsted inspection in January 2020, here are some of the reasons you’ll enjoy joining our team:

‘Adults never stop wanting the best for the pupils. They see what each pupil might be capable of and work patiently and determinedly towards it. This is a school of aspiration and positivity.’

‘Leaders know their school well and have a deep understanding of the complex context. The strong leadership from senior leaders has already resulted in much success. Staff are extremely proud to work at this school, and rightly so.’

Some things you need to know

  • Students can present with behaviour that is challenging – we’ll give you specialist training to help our students manage their behaviour
  • You will need to provide personal care
  • It would be helpful if you have a driving licence to drive school vehicles and your own transport, as the school is in a rural location
  • Interest in outdoor learning and physical activity desirable.

Pay and Rewards

MacIntyre provides a full induction and ongoing training. We also offer a range of benefits which include:

  • 30 days holiday (including statutory public holidays) pro rata for part time staff
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • MacIntyre pays for your DBS check
  • Employee Assistance scheme to support your health and wellbeing
  • MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
  • Cashplan which provides money back on core health treatments such as: optical, dental, physiotherapy, chiropody
  • MacIntyre Rewards Scheme
  • MacIntyre Perks which offers up to 6% discount off leading retailers including Tesco, Curry/PC World, Costa and many more

Salaries are dependent on relevant qualifications. The annual salary range quoted above is the actual range for this term-time role.

Next Steps

If this job sounds like the right fit for you, click on the green Apply button on the MacIntyre website, complete some brief details and upload your CV.

Alternatively if you would prefer to complete a manual application form, you can either download from the attachments on our website advert or phone the Admin office at the school on and we will send an application form to you.

Please note: we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don’t delay, apply today.

Safer Recruitment Statement

MacIntyre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Therefore we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate checks prior to joining.

Empowering people with a learning disability to live a life that makes sense to them

Contact in case of query. Registered Charity No. 250840

Employment Type: Permanent