20 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    7 October 2021 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    10 September 2021

Job details

Job role
Teaching assistant
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Will consider full-time, term time
36 hours per week. Monday to Friday. 8.30 - 4.12
Contract type
Annual or full-time equivalent (FTE) salary
Grade D (FTE £19,698 - £20,092)
Actual salary
Pro Rata Actual £17,017 -£17-357

Job summary

The Governing Body of this expanding school are looking to appoint well qualified, highly motivated, enthusiastic and innovative Teaching Assistants who will have a significant impact on learning and who are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

The persons appointed will be required to be flexible around the needs of the school. Some of these posts are to work one to one with some of our most vulnerable learners and some are as a result of opening new base classrooms.

You will:

 Be able to support teaching and learning across KS2, 3 and 4 in more than one subject
 Be a committed Teaching Assistant and work in line with the schools new behaviour regulation system
 Be able to 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.

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 the school on 0151 652 7093.

Based on the quantity of applications received, we reserve the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

Completed application forms and supporting letter (no longer than 2 x A4 sides) detailing your knowledge, skills and experience should be submitted via email to Paula Evans, School Business Manager at recruitment@theobservatoryschool.wirral.sch.uk no later than 12 Noon on Monday 4th October 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, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before taking up the post.

Supporting documents

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

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 state of the art classrooms, to a Forest School, sports pitches and highly specialist social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Nurture Bases.

We aim to develop happy, confident and well-rounded individuals that aspire to be more than they thought they could be. We have a proven track record of turning around some of the most vulnerable groups of learners in the area.

The progress that the children make both in school and through our extraordinary experiences outside the classroom is exceptional. These experiences are bespoke and unique to our school

School location

Bidston Village Road, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT

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