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  • Start date details

    April 2023

  • Closing date

    28 March 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 March 2023

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Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Bexley Scale 12.1 to 12.4 £33,915 to £39,510

What skills and experience we're looking for

Working in a school can be one of the most rewarding, exhilarating and exciting experiences. We also recognise that it can be frustrating and hard work! We spend a considerable amount of time at work, so it is vital that we are in a place where we feel supported, fulfilled and can enjoy our working life. We believe we have this at Cleeve Meadow. Cleeve Meadow School is an ambitious and dynamic new SEND school providing a highly specialised education for 120 students between 11 and 19 years of age, who have moderate learning difficulties and may have associated additional needs. Our school is a place where traditional values meet innovation. We have staff who are passionate about the very best education for our young people. We aim to inspire learners to seek what they do not yet know. You will find our school has a thoroughly inclusive approach to all we do, celebrating varied successes of our incredible students. Together, working in partnership with parents and carers, we successfully foster and develop a positive attitude in our young people and a belief in achieving beyond their expectations.

The school is particularly distinctive from existing local provisions as it works in dual partnership with its co-located mainstream school, Cleeve Park, wherever possible to maximise inclusivity of SEN students to mainstream education and providing access to mainstream teaching and shared facilities. Staff also benefit from partnership working, shared professional development and career development opportunities. Cleeve Meadow aims to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to participate fully in society to enhance their life chances. The support and guidance students receive from staff will give them the confidence to learn independently and strive to achieve.

What the school offers its staff

As our Safeguarding Officer you will be working as part of an experienced team who are passionate about ensuring the best possible life chances for our students through exceptional pastoral care. You will be maintaining the excellent relationships we have with our families and implementing an early help model to support those most in need. If you are seeking to be a positive influence on the lives of our young people as they work towards adulthood and a commitment to working with all of the professionals who support children and families, we are interested in hearing from you. We believe in fostering a supportive approach and have an open door policy for all staff. We have a strong commitment to staff wellbeing and see work/life balance as a vital element to a fulfilling career. You will be well supported in your role through TKAT and our SLT with also a weekly supervision session with an experienced mental health/social work professional. You will receive ongoing support and CPD opportunities across the school and wider TKAT family. Cleeve Meadow is an exceptionally happy place to work.


Significant experience of working with children and/or families

5 GCSE grades A-C/5-9, or other relevant qualifications (or equivalent experience/expertise)

Commitment to attend appropriate training and development, taking ownership of personal development and being willing to pursue development opportunities

Experience/working knowledge of child protection/safeguarding of children and young people

Experience/working knowledge of relevant practices/codes of practice/legislation

Experience of working with external agencies to support children and families

Experience of mentoring students and the ability to advocate on their behalf

Experience of supporting families who may be in crisis or need

Experience of successfully working with vulnerable young people and understanding their needs.

Further details about the role


An awareness of policies and procedures relating to health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection

Able to remain calm under pressure

Understanding of effective safeguarding principles and strategies

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to engage with young people, school staff and outside agencies

Ability to produce and maintain accurate and up to date records and reports


Experience of working as a designated safeguarding lead in an educational setting

Level 4 qualification, for example a diploma or degree in safeguarding/social work, or equivalent experience/expertise

Experience of working with young people with SEND

Wider knowledge of related areas e.g: SEND

High-level organisational skills

Ability to understand and analyse data

Competent in the use of standard software applications such as Bromcom, Google Drive and CPOMS

Full driving licence and their own transport

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should we receive a significant number of applications. If you have not had any communication within 10 days of the closing date please take this as confirmation that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Access to interview -should you be selected and invited to interview please let us know if you require us to adapt the interview environment. If we can accommodate practical workplace adjustments to assist, we will.

Commitment to safeguarding

TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Our Commitment - Equal, Inclusive, Diverse

TKAT is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity by encouraging and welcoming differences, listening to individual experiences, aspirations and accomplishments and learning how to grow better together. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic; this includes applicants wishing to work flexibly.

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About Cleeve Meadow School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
School size
108 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
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