This job expired on 17 January 2024

  • Start date details

    Easter Term

  • Closing date

    17 January 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    27 November 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

M1 to UPS3

Additional allowances

SEN Allowance to be considered depending on experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

We currently have a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic person to join the Birch Wood team.

It is an exciting time at Birch Wood Special School, a place where the best teachers can make a huge difference to the outcomes of our students.

Birch Wood Area Special School is a dual site school with a strong vision for achieving the best outcomes possible for children with a range of special educational needs. Students range from early years to year 13 with special educational needs including; learning and cognition needs; Moderate-Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students may have a diagnosis of Autism and or ADHD.

We are a caring school community with high aspirations for all our learners with currently 225 students on roll. We provide a broad, enriched and expanding curriculum which is based on National Curriculum guidelines. Outcomes for all pupils are consistently high. Due to the range of students we work with there are always opportunities for committed teaching professionals to expand their experiences.

The successful candidate will teach students with a range of needs alongside a team of highly motivated support staff.

About You:

  • Dedicated to getting the best from young people, who at times may present as challenging and complex.
  • Have high expectations and enjoy the challenges associated with working in an environment where you can inspire young people to progress and reach their full potential
  • Committed to inclusive practice and the belief that all pupils can achieve and learn, whatever their SEND
  • May have experience and/or knowledge of working with children who have Special Educational Needs
  • Have a flexible approach to working with others whilst forming relationships with young people

What the school offers its staff

We offer:

  • That every day you will get the opportunity to inspire young people and use your skills to give something back.
  • Our students are amazing… that is a promise!
  • You will work alongside a team of highly motivated support staff
  • We will support you professionally and personally by providing excellent professional development within our supportive community.
  • You will be welcomed into working in our calm, child-centred, supportive and well-resourced environment

Further details about the role

We warmly welcome an informal visit or a conversation prior to application which can be arranged by contacting the school office on 01664 483340.

Please send your completed application form and covering letter addressed to Rosalind Hopkins -Executive Headteacher, care of Amy Fairchild: fairchilda@birchwoodschool.co.uk

Closing date: Wednesday 17th January midnight

Interviews will take place: W/c 29th January 2024

CVs alone are not accepted

Birch Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.

Commitment to safeguarding

Birch Wood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.

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About Birch Wood (Melton Area Special School)

School type
Special school, ages 4 to 19
School size
224 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19
Phone number
01664 483340

Birch Wood Area Special School consists of two successful and vibrant special schools- Birch Wood Grange Drive (age 4-19 years) and Birch Wood Vale (age 11-19 years) which includes Ashton House a secondary specialist autism provision and our newly formed Birch Wood College Post 16.

Across all our sites our ENABLES ethos underpins our teaching and learning to help develop confident and happy young adults ready for their next steps in learning and life.

E Empowering students for independent lives
N Nurture
A Aspire and Achieve
B Belonging
L Love of learning grows
E Engage and interact
S Safe and happy

All students who attend the school have a Statement of Special Educational Need. In order to address the pupils special educational needs. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum and equals schemes of work.

We are an outward looking maintained school, committed to our community in Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas in Leicestershire. Birch Wood provides a highly specialised and completely unique learning environment, which aims to meet our pupils at their point of need to enable their success. We share a culture which is ambitious without limits for our children and young people and aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement.

At Birch Wood students are taught in smaller groups, with more than one member of staff in attendance so that we can nurture, challenge and inspire them through to success. We are a well-resourced school with many in house specialists including our own commissioned Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapists. We also offer a range of other therapies and additional support services including Music Therapy, Rebound Therapy and School Councillor.

Grange Drive
At Grange Drive we offer a tailored curriculum that is designed to meet the individual needs of each pupil. We cater to students with a wide range of needs, including those with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, and physical disabilities. More information can be found: https://birchwoodschool.co.uk/birch-wood

Birch Wood Vale
Birch Wood Vale caters for students aged 11-19 with learning and cognition needs including autism. We offer a mainstream style curriculum, which is broad and balanced providing students with the opportunity to take a range of qualifications including GCSEs. More information can be found:

Ashton House
Ashton House is integrated into Birch Wood Vale School, ensuring students have opportunities to develop positive relationships with peers and skilful staff alike, as well as benefit from a wide range of specialist facilities through the Birch Wood Schools. More information can be found:

Working for Us
Our teaching and support staff community has an unwavering passion and determination to continuously improve our school to provide the best outcomes for every pupil. In essence we are a reflective learning community, with the highest standards for our pupil’s care and education. We take great pride in our school and our ability to work together with parents and professionals to provide students with opportunities to progress and achieve, both academically and socially.

Arranging a visit to Birch Wood (Melton Area Special School)

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email fairchilda@birchwoodschool.co.uk.

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