We’re hiring

Residential care workers

Salary range for 42 hours per week, term time, £21,790 – 27,863pa*

*The minimum salary for this role with no sleep-in rate applied is £21,790pa (April 2024). The salary including sleep-ins may be up to £26,410pa (or £27,863 for those at top of the pay scale).

Join our award-winning team

  • Are you passionate about wanting to make a difference to young people’s lives?
  • Do you want a job that is varied and rewarding, where you’ll also be getting out and about planning and organising social activities locally and further afield?
  • No experience is necessary. We’ll provide full training, including British Sign Language (BSL) training.

We’re seeking enthusiastic and committed Residential Care Workers to join us at the Deaf Academy.  Be part of an inspiring team supporting our students (aged 9-25) to develop their independent living skills, whilst supporting their education.

Every day as a Residential Care Worker is different. You’ll be supporting our young people who live in our Academy Residential Home to develop their independent living skills, as well as organising social activities, for example, activities in the local community, trips to the beach, cinema or bowling, as well as watching games at Exeter City or Exeter Chiefs and trips to Thorpe Park and other attractions.

Working with us you can be certain that you are part of a team that does its utmost to inspire and enable our young people to thrive.

We may close applications if we receive sufficient applications for interview. 

Students and staff on Exmouth beach

Details of shift patterns

These are term time roles, supporting our young people whilst they are in our residential flats on site at the academy, or at our Adult Residential and Learning Centre just up the road from our main academy site that is opening in September 2023.

There are therefore 3 teams that you may be placed in, details of which can be discussed further at interview:

  • 2 teams that share the rota of 24/7 cover including weekends (working some evenings including sleep-ins, and 1 in every 2 weekends during the term)
  • a team that work Monday to Friday across morning and afternoon/evening hours.

All teams are supported by our Shift Leaders, and Residential Care Managers.

Meet our staff

Jess, Tony, Gareth, Erin and Calum share their stories of why they joined us, what they enjoy the most about working here and how rewarding it is working and living with our students.

No two days are the same and Erin says: “I love the variety of my job and the shift pattern works so well for me, giving me freedom in the day to do things, such as go to the gym, walks along the beach, before starting my shift again in the afternoon.”


Jess Residential Care Worker
Tony Residential Care Worker
Gareth Residential Care Worker
Erin Residential Care Worker
Residential care staff at the deaf academy sitting and talking on a sofa
Calum Residential Care Worker

About you

You will be a dynamic and self-motivated person who is resilient and who also enjoys working as part of a team.

You will have the opportunity to develop your career and have the opportunity to achieve a Level 3 qualification in BSL and undertake the Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma.

Previous experience of working in residential care is not essential as full training will be provided.

Why work for us

Fantastic benefits
  • Term time working of approximately 38 weeks
  • Outside of term time the option to work additional hours at our Children’s Home, if that is something of interest
  • Free onsite parking and free meals when on shift
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Support with travel expenses, via a season ticket loan scheme for public transport use
  • Refer a friend scheme – earn up to £500
  • Work in a modern state-of-the art building, a short walk to the beach and town
  • Full sponsorship and support in completing British Sign Language qualifications, up to Level 3
  • Opportunity to undertake Level 3 Children and Young People’s Diploma
  • Group Personal Pension including 8% employer contribution
  • Life Assurance scheme x 3 of the employee’s salary
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.

About us

We are an award-winning Academy, providing school and a further education college for Deaf young people, aged 9-25, many who are also living with additional needs.

We currently have 61 students at the Academy, with nearly half of our students living in our modern purpose-built residential home on-site.

Join us and we’ll support you all the way in the next step of your career.

Find out more

To find out more: 

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adult, as such an enhanced DBS check is required.

The Academy is a Disability Committed Employer in promoting diversity and inclusion for all its students and staff. The Academy is also signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in supporting ex-service personnel in recognising their skills and experience.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).

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