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Residential Childcare Worker

Mary Hare School
Newbury, Berkshire
Up to £26,405.90 / Term Time of 37 weeks / 41 hours per week ( £28,814.50 FTE)
Closing date
9 Aug 2024

Job Details

​If you would like an informal conversation with one of the Care Leadership Team to discuss any role you are interested in please contact Ros Congden on 01635 244312.

Do you currently work in a children’s home and unhappy with the long hours and intense shifts?

We are looking for dedicated childcare staff to work in our residential houses with our amazing young people, term time only, 8 hour shifts. We have both full and part time hours available.

About Us:

Mary Hare educates 240 profoundly deaf children at its residential school in Berkshire, and we pride ourselves on our pupils’ achievements at GCSE, A Level as well as B Tech and Vocational Courses. We offer the opportunity to teach highly motivated children, in small classes, where you can make a real difference at this national centre of excellence for deaf education. No knowledge of sign language is required, as we follow an auditory/oral philosophy.

The school offers a holistic approach to care, and this involves carrying schoolwork into out-of-school life.  This involves communication with all professionals that work within both the senior and primary schools.  These can be teachers, classroom assistants, audiologists, nurses, speech therapists and specialists from cochlear implant teams, social workers etc. but most importantly care staff will have a good communication link with parents, especially those of their key children.

The Role:

We employ professional care staff to care for children and young people outside the school day. As a residential school, we believe that Mary Hare should be a caring community meeting the various needs of the young people in our care.  All staff have a shared responsibility for the safeguarding, wellbeing, and education of the pupils.

Care staff must seek to develop a good relationship with all pupils in their care, however challenging. They should work together to create an environment which is safe, secure, stimulating and which supports their learning. Staff should also aim to prepare young people for the next stage in their lives, whether that is a change of residential house or leaving school.

Care staff must be prepared to undertake shift, sleep in duties and weekend work. Care Staff are required to work on the days that pupils return to the houses. Extra payment is made for sleeping-in duties and overtime.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To provide care and support for pupils with assistance and mobility, personal care, communication and social interaction
  • To liaise with the school SENDCO, Learning Support Assistants, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to identify and support the writing of personal care plans and procedures.
  • To oversee the physical and emotional care of the pupils, including but not limited to, consideration of pupil’s health, diet, clothing, hygiene, safety, and emotional welfare, working with other staff where necessary
  • To support daily physiotherapy and exercise programs
  • To encourage social communication between peers and participation within shared games and activities.

Person Specification:


  • English and Maths GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification
  • Diploma Level 3 in Childcare or willingness to work toward
  • Ability to communicate well with young people and their parents/carers
  • Understands the importance of Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Data Protection


  • Experience of working within a residential care environment
  • Understands the importance of Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Data Protection


As well as an inclusive and supportive work environment, and a stunning location, benefits also include: school holidays/term time only working, free meals whilst at work, free on-site parking, generous pension scheme and 24/7 Employee Assistance Program.

How to Apply!

To apply, please click the ‘Apply on Website’ box 

For more information, please download the Job Description and Application Form below.

Please note that Mary Hare adheres to Safer Recruitment Standards and as such all applications must be made via the Mary Hare website and using the Mary Hare Application Form.  Applications will only be considered via a completed Application Form; CV’s cannot be accepted.

Mary Hare | Arlington Manor | Snelsmore Common | Newbury | Berkshire | RG14 3BQ

This School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal records self-disclosure form and successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks. We are committed to securing genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities as an employer and education provider. The role you are applying for is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Supporting Documents for Residential Childcare Worker


Mary Hare School is the largest school for profoundly and severely deaf children in the UK. Mary Hare teaches using an auditory oral approach, so that children learn though spoken and written English – no sign language is used in teaching. The school has maintained a high standard, with over 85% of pupils gaining 5 or more GCSEs for the last 5 years and 95 % pass rate at A level. Nearly all leavers go on to further education. 

The school is part of a large national charity and benefits from the additional activities of the Mary Hare Charity. An active fundraising department and various trading activities generate funds to support the development of the school. The Training Division provides opportunities for teachers to attend national and international conferences organised on site. The Training Division also offers post-graduate courses including the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf and the MSc in Educational Audiology and MA in Special Education (Hearing Impairment). 

Mary Hare also has an Arts Centre on site, which houses the school’s music and performing arts department, but also offers a programme of arts events including music, theatre dance and comedy. 

For further information please visit our website:

Company info
Mary Hare School
Arlington Manor
Snelsmore Common
RG14 3BQ
United Kingdom

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