6 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    7 December 2021 at 3:00pm

  • Date listed

    9 November 2021

Job details

Job role
Key stage
Working pattern
Full time
32.50 Full Time
Contract type

Job summary

Following the expansion of provision at the school, the Headteacher and Governing Body are looking to appoint well qualified, highly motivated, enthusiastic and innovative SEND classroom practitioners who will have a significant impact on learning and who are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for pupils with special educational needs, including social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

You will be joining an established specialist team who are working together to change children’s lives. It is desirable that you will already have a proven track record with significant specialist experience. But we are happy to accept applications from newly qualified teachers who are committed to excellence in the education of the whole child and who can demonstrate an understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and trauma informed approaches.

If you are successful, you will embark on an intensive programme of induction and personalised professional development.

The persons appointed will:

• Understand the SEND COP
• Be able to successfully lead a classroom for children with a diverse range of needs, planning and delivering lessons in line with the school’s curriculum intent, whist keeping children safe and regulated.
• Be able to teach in at least one of the admission phases of the school – That is KS2, 3 and 4 (It is desirable if you are able to work across all phases)
• Be able to teach in more than one subject
• Be in a position to:
 Take a lead in running one of our Nurture Bases and/or coordinate a subject area
• Be committed to inclusive practice
• Be committed to trauma informed practice
• Be open minded to new ways of working
• Be able to manage and modify challenging behaviour in a firm but supportive manner.
• Be child centred.
• Be flexible with a good sense of humour.

As The Observatory School grows, we are creating a team which has high expectations and sets high standards for both pupils and colleagues. If you believe that you fit this description we would like to hear from you.

Additional allowances


Applying for the job

Application forms are available online at www.wirral.gov.uk and also from the school office. For further details please contact Paula Evans, School Business Manager at the school on 0151 652 7093.

Completed application forms and supporting letter (no longer than 2 x A4 sides) detailing your knowledge, skills and experience should be submitted to recruitment@theobservatoryschool.wirral.sch.uk no later than 1500 hours on 7th December 2021.

The school is an Equal Opportunities Employer and positively welcomes applications from all individuals regardless of their sex, gender identity, creed, marital status, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

The Observatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before taking up the post.

School overview

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
90 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number

About The Observatory School

Founded in 2007, The Observatory School is nestled in the village of Bidston at the foot of the historic Bidston Hill. The school is set in several acres of leafy grounds and we are bound by forests and greenbelt land. Everything that our children need is on-site, from the state of the art classrooms to sports pitches, sensory play areas and highly specialist social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Nurture Bases.

We support children who are experiencing or at risk of social, emotional mental health and our aim is to develop happy, confident, and well-rounded individuals that aspire to be more than they thought they could be.

Our pupils experience a highly supportive and nurturing curriculum, develop leadership skills, and a lifelong love of learning. Our happy, nurturing environment gives every single pupil the confidence to strive for the best and work together with our staff and other children to realise their full potential

School location

Bidston Village Road, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT

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