Child Care Officer (Wells Park School)

Post responsible to: Head of Care

School: Wells Park School

Type of school: Residential Special Educational Needs School

Age range: Primary

Grade: Scale 5

Hours: Shifts between 7.30am - 21.00pm Monday to Friday.  Term time plus INSET days

Contract: Fixed Term until 31 August 2025 with a view to make permanent

London Local Authority: Essex

Closing Date: Ongoing until sufficient shortlist has been established

Interview Date: TBC

Start Date: As soon as possible

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and energetic Care Officer to join the staff team at our Primary Residential SEMH School, designated by Ofsted as Outstanding.

Applicants must be enthusiastic, with an understanding of and commitment to children with severe behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. The successful applicant will receive the relevant training and support required to become part of our dedicated and innovative team. You will need to be flexible, working shifts between the hours 07:30 - 21:00, Monday to Friday, term time plus 5 CPD days. 

An example shift could be:

Monday 14:00 - 21:00

Tuesday 07:30 - 09:30 / 12:00 - 21:00 with a break included

Wednesday 07:30 - 09:30 / 14:30 - 21:00 

Thursday 07:30- 09:30 / 14:30 - 21:00

Friday 07:30- 15:00 

Salary is based on annualised hours for 52.14 weeks per year.

Visits to the school are positively encouraged.

Information about the School

Wells Park is an Ofsted rated outstanding Residential Special Educational Needs School. We care for children aged between 5 and 11 years who have a range of complex needs associated with SEMH. At Wells Park we pride ourselves on providing a warm, homely and happy environment for all.

We are pleased to announce that as an outstanding school seeking to establish closer ties with similar settings, we are currently in the process of academisation with The Beckmead Trust.

The Beckmead Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people so expect all staff and volunteers, as well as those who work on the premises, to share this commitment. As part of our safeguarding commitment, appointment to any post is subject to receipt of satisfactory references, medical clearance to include the ability to participate in Physical Intervention and a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check as well as evidence of the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.  We will also carry out an online search on shortlisted candidates to help identify any incidents or issues that are publicly available online.

All applications should be submitted on The Beckmead Trust Application form.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. All enquiries and completed applications should be sent to