Ruskin Mill Trust Grace Gardens: Learning Assistant- Farm and Garden

Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture – Trainee positions 2024
23rd October 2023
Full-time School Market Gardener – biodynamic environment
6th November 2023
Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture – Trainee positions 2024
23rd October 2023
Full-time School Market Gardener – biodynamic environment
6th November 2023

Grace Garden School is a new, exciting and innovative provision which will offer full time education to children from 9-16 years who have significant/complex social, emotional or educational difficulties. We are part of the Ruskin Mill Trust. For over 30 years, Ruskin Mill Trust has provided Specialist Independent Education to children and adults with complex needs including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities. Our provisions offer both day and residential placements and applications. Inspired by Aonghus Gordon using the insights of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris, Ruskin Mill Trust works with hand, head, heart and place to provide students with the tools to transform material and in doing so transform themselves
The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and
expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Level Disclosure.

Learning Assistant- Farm and Garden
Salary Range: £21,680.96 – £26,867.02  depending on experience and qualifications
40 hrs per week, 52 weeks per year

We are seeking to appoint a Learning Assistant, Farm and Garden at Grace Garden School to offer specific and
specialist educational support to the Land Tutor in the delivery of a therapeutic education programme to a number
of students using methods in line with the Trust’s Steiner principles. You will also be required to support the Land
Manager in the day-to-day running of the land, to support the animal husbandry and landscaping activities. You will organise and give guidance on appropriate work for students using biodynamic agriculture principles and

The successful candidate will role model the interaction with nature, the land, the animals, the farm, students, staff
and parents. They will prepare the garden for use as an educational facility and manage projects in a market garden, in collaboration with the teachers and teaching assistants.
Some evening and weekend working would be required on rotation to support the Land Team with animal and
garden tasks. You will also be required to occasionally work at Grace Garden Lower School (Stoke Bishop) as required.

Main Duties:
• To assist the Land Tutor in planning sessions to differentiate for the range of students under the tutor’s
remit in order to progress each student educationally as well as to mitigate safeguarding risk.
• Work closely with Land Tutor and Land Manager in planning timetables around the care of animals so the
post holder is able to support the planning of lessons around this.
• To assist with the day-to-day running of the garden and farm
• To communicate consistently, openly and frequently with relevant parties in helping students to progress educationally towards their targets

Working at Grace Garden School is rewarding and in return, we offer competitive salaries with progression in
pay once qualified. In addition, staff receive:
• A comprehensive induction, an excellent personal development plan and extensive training to include
Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE), CPI Safety Intervention training and more
• A beautiful location
• Free Lunch during term time
• Cycle to Work Scheme
• Free employee assistance programme with BHS

For further information and to apply visit or email the recruiter

The Trust is committed to becoming an equal opportunities employer