This job expired on 16 June 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    16 June 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    24 May 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

UNQ1 - 6 (£19,340 - 30,172)

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Forest School Lead role will include leading timetabled sessions with students to deliver outstanding Forest School sessions both on the school site and at other locations. You will be responsible for leading the outdoor curriculum and having the opportunity to help shape the Hamilton School approach to outdoor education.

As the DofE co-ordinator you will also perform a vital role on behalf of the charity. To ensure that the Award is operated in accordance with the terms of the License agreement and support the DofE’s mission. You will develop, support and promote the delivery of the DofE within the remit of their Licensed Organisation.

You will need to demonstrate the following

  • Level 3 Forest Schools Programme Leadership Certificate (or be willing to undertake the training
  • A good undergraduate degree in chosen subject (Desirable)
  • UK schools experience in planning, delivering, monitoring and evaluating lessons
  • Experience in working with pupils who have SEMH
  • Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of Forest Schools provision for children aged between 11-18
  • Ability to create a safe and secure learning environment
  • Ability to break down barriers to learning
  • Be creative in approach to teaching, utilising pupils’ interests to hook them in and engage them
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to create a fun, challenging learning environment
  • Be highly organised
  • Caring, sensitive and responsive to the needs of our pupils
  • Full driving licence

You will hold a deep passion for transforming the lives of young people and understand inclusive practices to support learning of pupils experiencing Emotional, Behavioural and Social Difficulties. Applications from candidates with primary experience with SEMH are welcomed.

What the school offers its staff

In January 2020 Hamilton School joined the Maiden Erlegh Trust family of schools, whose motto is “schools for the community, schools as a community”. The aim for every school in the Trust, whilst espousing their values and ethos, and having a core of common policies and procedures, will serve its own community’s needs in a bespoke way and also create a feeling of community within its own school. In that way all the potential and talents of every child and every member of staff will be nurtured.

Being part of the Maiden Erlegh Trust also offers a range of career opportunities across our schools. For our teaching team we offer a flexible CPD programme which staff can tailor to their own needs which includes coaching and training for new entrants to the profession and to support career returners.

We have a proven track record of supporting ambitious staff in to middle and senior leadership posts and can offer opportunities to broaden your impact on the sector through the work of the Maiden Erlegh Institute. We are very happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, including part-time working and job-sharing

Maiden Erlegh Trust is committed to safeguarding, equality and promoting the welfare of children and staff. We are also committed to being ambitious for all and supporting everyone to reach their full potential. All employees of the Trust are expected to share these commitments. All posts require satisfactory employment checks and references and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check

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About Hamilton School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
School size
51 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Hamilton School is special school based in Reading, catering for children in years 7-13 with SEMH.

Arranging a visit to Hamilton School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email n.morgan@maidenerleghtrust.org.

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