7 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    28 January 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    11 January 2022

Job details

Job role
Teaching assistant
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Part time
35 hours per week, 39 weeks per year
Contract type
Annual or full time equivalent (FTE) salary
£18,332 - £20,043 per annum
Actual salary
£14,720 - £16,091 per annum

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly improving special school, which joined Unity Schools Partnership multi-academy trust in June 2019.

At this exciting time for the school, we are looking for individuals with a passion for SEN to join our friendly, hardworking team and make an impact on the learning of our students. The successful applicant will need to be flexible and prepared to assist pupils on a one to one basis as well as in small groups and whole class settings.

The Bridge Special School is a popular school educating children and young people between the ages of 3 - 16 who have a wide range of communication, physical, and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of the pupils are on the Autistic Spectrum. The school serves a catchment area that covers Ipswich and surrounding areas of Suffolk. The whole school is based on one campus with the newest part of the building having opened in September 2020.

The school is part of a collaborative, forward thinking Academy Trust of 30 schools. Unity Schools Partnership will be creating a network of special schools working together as we have recently been approved to open new special schools in Bury St Edmunds and Romford, as well as already having special schools in Ipswich and Haverhill.

You will be supported in your role by experienced special education leaders who will be available to offer advice and guidance as the school moves forward under their leadership. Significant training and development is available through opportunities for professional development, research, teacher training and collaboration between schools and across phases.

For more information, to arrange a visit or an informal discussion about the role please contact Tina Sharman, Deputy Headteacher by email tina.sharman@thebridgeschool.org.uk or phone 01473 556200.

Closing Date: 09:00am, Friday 28th January 2022

Interviews: Monday 31st January 2022, however, applicants may be called to interview before the closing date

Please note, we reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the advertised date.

Unity Schools Partnership is committed to safer recruitment, equal opportunities, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

Unity Schools Partnership, welcoming diversity.

Applying for the job

To apply, please visit https://candidate.unitysp-careers.co.uk/159058TVS

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 16
Education phase
School size
151 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 16
Contact phone number
01473 556200

About The Bridge School

Our mission is to help pupils thrive, to achieve the very best they can and to be happy. Our pupils are challenged via a personalised curriculum to achieve their full potential socially, academically, emotionally and vocationally. We value every pupil, celebrate their unique abilities, recognise every achievement and our aim is to help them graduate and go on to be as independent as possible and live safe, fulfilling and enjoyable lives.

Our mission statement is underpinned by our core values and these drive our approach to the curriculum. Our objective is to ensure, using a range of strategies including that the pupils in our care become as independent as possible, able to communicate with the world around them. Our core values of Respect, Kindness, Positivity, Courage, Inclusion and Independence are embedded into our learning programmes and school routines. We are committed to making the pupils in our care feel valued, valuable and secure.

Arranging a visit to The Bridge School

For more information, to arrange a visit or an informal discussion about the role please contact Tina Sharman, Deputy Headteacher by email tina.sharman@thebridgeschool.org.uk or phone 01473 556200.

School location

Sprites Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3ND

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