April 2, 2024
Job Type
Short Summary
Snowfields Academy has a fantastic opportunity for a committed and motivated Horticulture Technician
Actual salary £14,231 pa (£21,293 full time equivalent)
Working Pattern
28.75 hours per week, Term Time plus one week inset
Closing Date
April 22, 2024


Please be aware that this role is based at the Bearsted campus

Snowfields Academy has a fantastic opportunity for a committed and motivated Horticulture Technician to join our and collaborative team as soon as possible. The successful candidate will have responsibility for the setting up, cultivation and maintenance of our horticulture area, support our teaching staff with horticulture lessons and will work alongside our students.

The key purpose of this job is to provide plants with the appropriate seasonal care they require to remain healthy. To do so, the technician requires a knowledge of plant reproduction, transplantation and cultivation techniques (e.g. for lawns, hedges, shrubs and ornamental plants). The technician should also be able to recognise pests and parasites and other common plant illnesses and take appropriate control measures, using equipment and chemical or natural products, where necessary.

Empathy and the ability to understand and work with secondary aged students with special needs in an educational setting is essential.

This is a permanent role offering an actual salary of £14,231 pepa (£21,293 full time equivalent) based on 28.75 hours per week, Term Time plus one week inset.

Working with us at Snowfields Academy: Snowfields Academy opened in September 2020 as a new secondary provision for students with ASD. When full we will offer 140 places across year groups 7-13 for young people who are working at or close to age-related expectations. Class sizes are small with 12/13  in each class, supported by 2-3 teaching assistants according to need. We offer a range of GCSEs and other qualifications for young people on a blend of academic and vocational pathways.

The academy benefits from being a brand new school with a design tailored to the students it provides for, carefully considered to make the most of both its inside and outside environments in order to enhance the learning of its students. The environment supports specialisms in horticulture and catering with a purpose-designed teaching kitchen, servery and cafe, and internal and external horticulture facilities supporting our students into employment. We will work closely with local businesses to offer an outstanding range of work experience opportunities and supported internships.

At Snowfields Academy we:

  • Inspire and engage our children so they develop a lifelong love of learning, working towards the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Key Stage 3.
  • Deliver a quality, inclusive education so all children are able to achieve to their full potential.
  • Create a learning environment where barriers to learning are overcome and students feel safe and happy and are ready to learn.
  • Ensure that all children feel valued and celebrate their individuality and success at every opportunity.
  • Always work within a multi-disciplinary framework alongside families and other professionals.
  • Use personalised approaches to manage behaviour and reduce anxieties.
  • Ensure safeguarding, pastoral support and embedding British Values are at the heart of all we do.
  • Create a culture where staff work collaboratively as part of the wider team, sharing ideas and good practice and offering support to each other.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1 April 2024, our Trust comprises 32 geographically organised academies (16 secondaries, 14 primaries and two special) educating more than 20,000 students and employing 3,000 talented staff. Nearly 40% of our academies are judged outstanding overall by Ofsted, versus 15% nationally. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates - you can read more about this in our Recruitment Guidance. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible.  Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
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