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  • Earliest start date

    1 September 2024

  • Latest start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    1 July 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    13 June 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: 27.5 hours per week

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover - September 2024 - May 2025 (2.5 terms)

Pay scale

M1 to M6

Additional allowances

SEN £2,539

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for a 2 ½-term full-time maternity cover teacher to join our dynamic team in September 2024.

We would be interested in hearing from you if you have experience of teaching students with:

  • ASD / Challenging behaviours, and/or
  • Complex or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, and/or
  • Complex sensory needs

It is important that the successful candidate:-

  • Is an excellent practitioner within the classroom and is committed to raising pupils’ attainment through the use of a wide range of skilled and creative teaching techniques.
  • Has experience in the field of SEN / Special Schools
  • Can be adaptable to meet the diverse needs of our students.
  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and can demonstrate these when dealing with parents, colleagues and additional stakeholders.
  • Is a team player both within the classroom and across the wider school environment.
  • Is a hard worker with high expectations of themselves.
  • Can demonstrate the ability to motivate those with whom they work to share their high standards.

What the school offers its staff

Oakfield Park is a Wakefield L.A. secondary school for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and ASD aged 11 – 19. We are a happy, friendly and successful school which has maintained its “Outstanding” status following our last inspection by Ofsted in November 2019. For more information regarding school please visit our website at: www.oakfieldpark.wakefield.sch.uk

Commitment to safeguarding

Oakfield Park is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Governing Body has a duty of care to students and all members of the school community. There is a comprehensive Safeguarding policy in place which, along with a policy for Health and Safety, is regularly reviewed by the Governing Body.

Our Safeguarding policy can be found on the school website under the Policies section and is also available upon request from the school office.

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About Oakfield Park School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 19
School size
162 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Oakfield Park School is a Local Authority maintained school situated in the pleasant village of Ackworth, near Pontefract. We provide a high level of specialised education for young people aged 11 to 19 years who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have additional complex needs including ASDs, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour and physical difficulties. We provide high-quality specialist resources across the school, including a hydrotherapy pool, a sensory room, activity and soft play area, a food tech room, and a variety of outdoor resources.

We aim for all our students to develop a ‘voice’, to be as independent, social, and healthy as possible, enabling them to become citizens who engage positively with society while leading happy and fulfilled lives.

In October 2019 we received our second consecutive Ofsted judgement of “Outstanding”. The inspectors found that:

• The quality of education at Oakfield Park is outstanding.
• Oakfield Park is a remarkably friendly and welcoming school.
• Pupils work hard and achieve highly at Oakfield Park.
• Pupils say they love coming to school
• They (pupils) feel happy and safe because they know that adults care about them.
• By the time students leave school, they are exceedingly well prepared for adult life.
• Sixth form students get precisely the right support to help them to get ready for when they leave school.
• [There are] exceptionally strong relationships between pupils and staff

Pupils attend from across the Wakefield Metropolitan District. The school is well equipped providing excellent accommodation for pupils with disabilities including those with physical and complex needs. It is a single-storey construction allowing access for wheelchairs. We have:

- A heated hydrotherapy pool which is used by school pupils and hired out for community use.
- Activity soft play room
- Sensory Room
- ICT Suite
- Specialist Food Technology Room
- Independent Living flat
- Adventure playground
- Horticulture area including a large poly-tunnel
- Sensory garden
- Large wildlife area
- Spacious playing fields
- Well resourced specialist classrooms
- 3 adapted minibuses and a people carrier

Our Aims

We are a school which provides a centre of excellence through:

• Working in partnership with parents, families, staff, governors and other professionals to ensure the right of every person who has special educational needs to access the quality of education to which they are entitled.
• A shared commitment to building on knowledge and skills to develop independence in preparation for lifelong learning.
• Having high expectations of pupil standards, achievements and behaviour.
• Ensuring the care, safety and welfare of all of its pupils.
• Valuing every member of the school community.
• Providing a highly trained, professional staff team who are committed to delivering quality learning experiences that are challenging and rewarding.
• Celebrating progress, success and achievement through building on ability rather than disability.
• Being inclusive and promoting equal opportunity for all.

“All Different, All Valued, All Equal”

Arranging a visit to Oakfield Park School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email ebrogan@oakfieldpark.wakefield.sch.uk.

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