Deadline is tomorrow

  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    23 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    12 January 2024

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£20,598 - £41,333 FTE

What skills and experience we're looking for

Are you passionate about teaching our children about the very Earth we live on?

Do you have a background in military, gardening, agriculture, machinery, mechanical engineering or have strong technical skills?

Do you have a passion for supporting children with disadvantaged backgrounds and additional needs?

If so, please read the below and apply today!

Teaching students the importance of knowing where their food comes from and how to maintain natural spaces is a very important part of learning and maturing into adulthood.

Forest School is an outdoor education delivery model in which our students learn about our natural spaces and learn personal, social, and technical skills.

At St Lukes, we thrive on mentoring our students with a fun, approachable and skills-based learning platform, with skills which will stay with our student for life.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and leading engaging forest-based activities;
  • Facilitating outdoor learning experience to enhance SEMH student's well-being;
  • Collaborating with the wider school community to integrate forest education into the curriculum.

What the school offers its staff

Vacancy Details

St. Luke's Academy, rated 'Good' (Ofsted, 2022) is a vibrant, thriving and rapidly improving specialist school in Swindon, providing education for secondary-aged children with social, emotional and mental health needs. We have small class sizes, of between 4-8 students – very different to a mainstream school – but our students are worth it – and we are committed to helping each of our students reach their full potential.

We have a very motivated staff, who create an inspirational learning environment and we now have an exciting opportunity for an adventurous individual, who is passionate about working outside of the conventional classroom and embracing outdoor learning, to join our team as an Instructor of Forest School.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, so we want you to know that you will be well supported by a brilliant Pastoral Support team and Specialist Teaching Assistants.

Do you think you have what it takes to make a real, positive difference?! We have fun while we work, so a good sense of humour is important!

If you are not already Team Teach qualified, you will benefit from receiving this training. In addition to this, you will be kept up to date with the latest educational initiatives and benefit from a strong induction and support programme.

You will be passionate, inspiring and:

  • Able to lead groups of students in forest school activities;
  • Ideally, hold a relevant qualification;
  • Able to plan and teach well-structured lessons;
  • Possess excellent communications skills;
  • Be experienced in working with children/young people, ideally with those who display challenging behaviours;
  • Be ready to get involved and get stuck in;
  • You will set high expectations for all

Why Work for us?

We think you will love working with us and here are some of the reasons why:

  • We are a welcoming and supportive school with strong values and a caring ethos.
  • Our staff are a hardworking team dedicated to helping children succeed.
  • Our children are engaged and eager to learn.
  • We have a supportive leadership team and wider school community.
  • As part of The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust, we benefit from their support, encouragement, shared resources and outstanding CPD opportunities.

Why not come and see for yourself? We would love to welcome you to our school and show you around so that you can better understand our school environment. Please get in touch with the school office to arrange.

The White Horse Federation is a large Multi-Academy Trust in South West and South East England, committed to providing the very best education for our students. We believe in empowering our staff to be the very best they can be, and that is why you will find a wide range of professional development opportunities available to you when you join us.


We believe in valuing our staff, and one of the ways we can do that is by offering a range of benefits to our staff:

  • Car Purchase Scheme
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Reward Gateway Discounts
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Excellent Pension Scheme

Applying for the job

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About St Luke's Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
School size
78 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01793 705566

Secondary Special School

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