This job expired on 5 June 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    5 June 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    17 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • SENDCo (special educational needs and disabilities coordinator)

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Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Actual Salary Range: £24,251 - £28,813

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and solution focused Assistant SENDCo to join our exceptional SEND Team at Penrice Academy. This exciting opportunity will see the successful candidate play a vital role in implementing our SEND strategy and advocating for our young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This position would be suitable for a Qualified Teacher or an Unqualified Teacher with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of the role.

As an integral member of the team, key duties will include identifying and supporting students who are experiencing barriers to learning and maintaining our SEND Record of Need through the careful analysis of data. The Assistant SENDCo will contribute to the management and support of students with SEND by establishing and maintaining exceptional relationships with both support and teaching staff at the school.

The successful candidate will support the line management of a team of SEND Support specialists under the direction of SENDCO. Other duties include supporting students with an EHCP and those identified as SEN Support through key transition points. As the Assistant SENDCo, you will be available to support students and parents on Information and Parents Evenings as calendared through the academic year. The Assistant SENDCo will also be part of the Safeguarding Team at Penrice.

What the school offers its staff

At Penrice Academy, you will work in an exciting, fast-paced and highly motivated, yet supportive environment. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards for behaviour, engagement and academic outcomes. Penrice is the top performing school in the South West, supported as part of Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT), a family of Cornish Primary and Secondary Schools, with a strategic vision to ‘learn together to help every child achieve more’. This is an exciting time to join our large, dynamic Trust, which is responsible for educating learners across four secondary schools, one junior school and eight primary schools. There are extensive opportunities to work collaboratively with experienced professionals and leaders across the Trust, with unparalleled CPD and career development prospects for all.

Further details about the role

If you are interested in applying for this position and wish to have an informal conversation about the role, please contact Mike Merelie, SENDCo, via email: mmerelie@penrice.org.uk

Applications by CV, letter or social media alone will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: 9.00am, Monday 5th June 2023

Interviews to be held: Week commencing 12th June 2023

Commitment to safeguarding

Cornwall Education Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and, where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants.

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About Penrice Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1428 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Welcome to Penrice Academy

Penrice is a fantastic school with a well-deserved reputation for the highest of standards. In 2023, Penrice was recognised as the top-performing Cornish state secondary school for Progress 8 and Attainment 8. But more importantly, our students are happy, they feel they belong here, they feel safe and achieve many successes in all kinds of fields - we are immensely proud of them! Staff and students nurture wonderful relationships that help students to achieve.

At Penrice, every child matters. We seek to work with students and parents to ensure that each individual achieves their full potential. We want all our students to feel challenged, but supported. Our aim is to guide all students so that they gain qualifications, life experiences and the tools to prosper beyond Penrice.

School should be about opportunities, new experiences and special memories!

Penrice Academy is a part of Cornwall Education Learning Trust and is an Ofsted Outstanding school (last assessed in 2014).
“I have never felt more at home anywhere that I’ve worked before. The support, the personal development, the passion - there’s nowhere like it”

Why Work at Penrice?
Penrice Academy is a fast-paced, driven and forward-thinking school, with a determination to give our students the best possible life chances. We have the highest expectations of our students’ behaviour, engagement and academic outcomes. Our students come to school ready and excited to learn. We offer unparalleled career development opportunities for all.
Our enthusiastic and dedicated team of teaching staff, support staff, leadership staff and our trainees come together every day of the academic year with one collective mission; to help every one of our students enjoy and thrive at their school.

Our Students
The opportunities on offer at Penrice are incredible; multiple sports teams, annual drama productions, termly music celebrations. We have superstars in catering, enterprising, media and technology. The list is endless, the results are fantastic and something we are all extremely proud of.

All students have the chance to take part, whatever their level. We also offer trips abroad to France and Spain to help the learning of a modern language, London to soak up the cosmopolitan culture or opportunities to go white water rafting, snowboarding or, closer to home, climbing, surfing and exploring our beautiful county.

We believe this balance of academic study and life experience is integral to getting the most out of school.
“Penrice Academy has opened doors for me that I never knew existed.”

Our Staff
Our teachers, support staff and governors play a huge part in our community here at Penrice. Each and every one of them helps in daily support, encouragement, teaching and development of each and every one of our students.

Our Governors
Penrice Academy has its own Local Governing Body who are responsible for:
· Setting the ethos and character of the Academy
· Interacting with students, staff and parents on Academy performance, curriculum, the conduct of students and admissions
· Holding the staff of the academy to account for standards
“It is all about the students for me - I feel totally inspired to be here every day, because of them.”

Investing in Your Career Development
Penrice Academy is committed to developing all staff and providing career opportunities and pathways. It is vital that we encourage staff to be reflective and then assist them in becoming outstanding practitioners.
Staff are encouraged to undertake internal targeted CPD, external courses focusing on Teaching and Learning such as ‘Outstanding Teaching and Coaching’, ‘Good to Outstanding’ and subject specific development. Penrice also provides extensive opportunities for non-teaching staff such as training in digital design, Human Resources, Forest School, SIMS, IT, Child Protection and many, many more. We want to be an outstanding employer.

On top of all of this, there are also regular Teach Meet workshops and the increasingly-popular Penrice CPD Podcast – Penrice Talks, which launched in November 2021.

“Constantly improving and developing myself as a teacher is really important to me. Penrice encourages this - every day.”

What do Parents say?
We always seek to be open and transparent with our whole school community. This is all part of being a successful school that strives for continuous improvement.

Every year we run a Parent Voice Survey. The full results of the 2022 Parent Voice Survey can be found here (PDF: 884kb), including all actions in response to feedback.

We Have a School Farm!
Need to wind down during a break or free lesson? - You can pet our animals on the farm!

We are very lucky here at Penrice Academy to have our own farm. The farm was opened in 2019 and has proven to be a fabulous addition to the school.

Our farm animals have all been specially chosen for their gentle temperaments and are a great way of building confidence and self-esteem in our students. Animals are a great form of therapy and our farm animals provide emotional support through calm interactions to students that need it.

The animals we have on our farm are:
2 Cats
2 Golden Guernsey goats
1 North Ronaldsay sheep
1 miniature Shetland pony
2 Kune Kune pigs
4 guinea pigs
2 rabbits
2 degus
1 hamster
1 bearded dragon
A variety of chickens, including 10 ex caged hens that we have rescued.
We also have our own visiting farm dog - Delphi.

Partnership Challenge
Leadership is the key to any organisation; identifying, nurturing and encouraging leaders to be the very best allows Penrice to be the very best.

National courses such as NPQML, NPQSL, local middle leader training, females into leadership and NPQH allow staff to go from their NQT year to leading the school. All ECT's and new leaders are provided with a mentor, to ask those daft questions that sometimes you don’t want to ask. Opportunities to progress and improve are constant and create a real buzz and drive around the school.

Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT)
As part of an Academy Trust, we are proud to work together with local schools, sharing teaching, learning and support resources.
The Cornwall Education Learning Trust sees professionals such as teaching, IT and Finance staff acting as support across the communities. This enables us to share good practice and ideas, challenge each other to do better and work together to further improve quality of teaching and learning.

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