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Special Needs Teacher

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone, Kent

Job details

Job role Teacher
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary MPS/UPS

Job summary

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent. We are one of the largest special schools in the country with 610 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs.

Our ‘Outstanding’ school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of ‘Only the best will do’ for all our students and staff. We are a Teaching School and part of a collaborative alliance with other special schools. We have been awarded ‘Investors in People - Gold award’ standard, the first school the assessor has awarded this standard at first application in 20 years. This demonstrates we really value our people and want to work with them to fulfil their career ambitions.

We require teachers to join our fabulous, dynamic, creative school. We are looking for drive, enthusiasm and potential to join our friendly, positive and professional school.

The successful candidates will either be experienced and successful SEN teachers who enjoy team working and taking responsibility or mainstream teachers who have a desire and passion to move to special needs teaching. We have a history of successful development of both categories. You will benefit from opportunities for further professional development and career progression as we value and support staff in all aspects of school life.

We have a comprehensive induction programme for all staff, you will be assigned a buddy and a mentor. We have a very supportive leadership team. Culture is vital to us, it’s not only what we do but how we do it that matters to us, relationships across the whole school staff team are positive, inclusive and helpful.

To find out what our current teachers think about working at Five Acre Wood please see the attached link. Sometimes words cannot explain how something really is, we would encourage you to view the 2 links below.

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I

(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video))


For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk.

We will be holding an open morning should you wish to see us prior to application.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Employee benefits

SEN allowance

Applying for the job

Please apply using the following link:

https://www.kent-teach.com/Recruitment/Vacancy/VacancyDetails.aspx?VacancyId=82893

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Special school
Education phase
School size 551 pupils enrolled
Age range 2 to 19
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Five Acre Wood School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email ndevereux@five-acre.kent.sch.uk
Contact phone number 01622743925

About Five Acre Wood School

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent.

We currently have 610 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs, we are one of the largest special needs schools in the country. We have 370 employees. Our "Outstanding" school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of "Only the best will do" for all our students. Our achievements include Investors in People (Gold) and the WAS Wellbeing Award, which recognises how look after employees and pupils. We are a very supportive school, we offer opportunities for further professional development and career development.

For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils and employees, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I

(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video)

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Arranging a visit to Five Acre Wood School

We are not currently accepting visits to school due to the Covid 19 situation but if you would like further information, please contact Nicola Devereux on 01622 743925.

School location

Boughton Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QF

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