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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    1 February 2023 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    19 January 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale


Additional allowances

TLR 2B £5,019 and SEN1 allowance (£2269)

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and innovative leader of English, with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to achieving high standards within a thriving department. The successful candidate will have a strong academic background, be an excellent classroom practitioner who is capable of inspiring and motivating students and have experience of working with children with special educational needs (please note this does not need to be within a special school setting). They will lead on our whole school approach to reading and oversee the use of phonics across the curriculum, working closely with our well-established interventions team and SENDCo. A good knowledge of phonics is therefore essential for this role.

The successful candidate will continue to drive improvement in the department through leading the department’s subject planning and development time to further develop the curriculum and its implementation. They will be a member of the school’s Curriculum Group led by the Deputy Head Teacher and will also be part of the schools extended Senior Leadership Team. This post would therefore suit candidates who are looking to make the move into senior leadership in the future.

We welcome applications from both primary and secondary qualified teachers. We have a great mixture of both within our school - something that greatly enhances our curriculum offer! The majority of our students are working at a KS1 and KS2 level with a small number studying GCSEs in English, Maths and Art.

Working in a special school is extremely rewarding and our students continue to amaze us on a daily basis with their attitudes, achievements and behaviour. We welcome you to come and meet us and see our fantastic students and staff in action prior to placing your application.

What the school offers its staff

  • Amazing students who want to learn
  • A brand new, state of the art, English classroom
  • Excellent IT facilities in a modern school fit for 21st century teaching
  • A range of CPD opportunities to support professional development inside and outside the classroom.
  • A range of evidence-informed strategies to support teaching and learning inside the classroom.
  • A consistent approach to behaviour which ensures learning is not disrupted.
  • A welcoming and supportive staff community.
  • Opportunities to collaborate across a range of mainstream and specialist provision schools within the Weydon MAT.
  • External leadership/NPQ opportunities, including supporting masters’ applications and aspiring senior leader’s development programme
  • On site car parking
  • Westfield Health Cash Plan


Commitment to safeguarding

The Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS, Children’s Barred List and Right to work in the UK checks are required for all posts. further details including relevant policies are available on the school website: https://www.abbey.surrey.sch.uk/1209/key-information/category/42/safeguarding-and-esafety
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About The Abbey School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
School size
133 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01252 725059

Located in south Farnham, The Abbey is an outstanding secondary special school with just over 130 students who have learning and additional needs (LAN). About 40% of our students have autism or other social communication difficulties, a quarter have speech and language needs and others have physical challenges or complex health care needs. Expectations for student outcomes are high, but helping them overcome barriers to learning is an equally important part of our role. The school has been part of the Weydon MAT since 2018. Over the next 2 years The Abbey will be undergoing significant investment as we expand from a 2 to 3 form entry school to support Surrey County Council’s SEND Sufficiency Strategy 2020 – 2025. Our staff are our greatest asset and we are extremely proud of our whole school ethos. Our 20 teachers and 35 associate staff are highly motivated, mutually supportive and come from all walks of life.

Arranging a visit to The Abbey School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@abbey.surry.sch.uk.

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