Main Scale Teacher

Alderwasley Hall SchoolDerbyshire

Salary – Main Scale up to M6– dependent on experience PLUS an additional SEN point

• 1 Full Time Permanent Position commencing September 2021 

• 2 Full time 1 Year fixed term contracts commencing September 2021 

Due to an increase in the student population forecast for the remainder of the academic year, we have a rare opportunity to join one of the country’s largest Special Schools for young people with a diagnosis of Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Speech and Language Disorders.  The split site school is located in the Derbyshire countryside.

The School’s most recent integrated OFSTED inspection in July 2018 graded the school as Outstanding for the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare with Good for Overall Effectiveness. The residential element of the school is also graded as Good with Outstanding features by OFSTED. External Challenge Partner Reviews in 2019 and 2020 graded the overall education provision at their top grade of Leading in all categories. As a school, we are firmly on the cusp of becoming an Outstanding provider. 

We are looking to increase our teaching capacity with the appointment of suitably qualified and experienced teachers from September 2021. We would welcome candidates who are NQTs/ECTs for the permanent position in particular. We demand high expectations in all we do; flexibility, integrity, hard work, resilience and a deep desire to educate young people. In return you will receive fantastic support and training, incredible career development opportunities, and an impressive team working approach to education to make a real difference each day to the lives of some very unique individuals. As a general principle, we hold equal value with subject specialism and the character of the applicant as we appreciate that teaching is demanding in any school, and this is no different in our school.  We offer a broad curriculum and therefore cater for a wide variety of teaching specialisms within school. The school prides itself on a flexible and innovative curriculum which, in terms of staffing, means we can recruit from a wide variety of backgrounds and phases. We have a history of recruiting high quality teachers from the mainstream or SEND sector.

Full Time Permanent Position: We are looking for a suitably trained colleague who can teach across the breadth of the Key Stage 3 or 4 curriculum. A specific subject specialism(s) can also be accommodated and would be welcomed. There would be a pastoral element to this role too. This role is open to fully qualified teachers and may be suitable for NQTs/ECTs or experienced colleagues. A breadth of experiences within SEND or mainstream schools would be favourable.

Fixed Term Positions: We are looking for colleagues who have the experience or potential to teach a range of subjects to our students. The ability to offer one or more subjects to GCSE or BTEC level 2 to our older students would be favourable. Alternatively, someone who could offer a breadth of subjects across Key Stage 3/4 with or without a specific subject specialism could be accommodated. We could also consider a primary trained colleague who could deliver to our youngest students within our onsite Primary provision. There would be a pastoral element to both these roles. The roles are open to fully qualified teachers and may be suitable for NQTs/ECTs or experienced colleagues. A breadth of experiences within SEND or mainstream schools would be favourable.

We have a strong focus on developing strategies to effectively teach our young people. With the vast array of needs to cater for, a high focus on Teaching and Learning Strategies, Therapeutic support, and Research Informed Practice is delivered through a comprehensive CPD programme.

The successful candidate will work within a small but experienced teaching staff team, supported by a large and dedicated LSW (Learning Support Worker) team. There will also be an expectation to work alongside a team of dedicated and highly specialised Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists.  This whole team approach is key to our excellent provision.

If you are an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher and you want to make a significant difference to the lives of young people then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Paul Burrows, Deputy Headteacher on 01629 822586, or .

 Please visit  for more details and to complete an online application. Please contact Sharon Harrison on 01629 821410 for information by post.

Application Timelines

 Informal discussions regarding the school and the role (via Microsoft Teams) Please contact Paul Burrows as above

 Closing Date for all applications Friday 14th May 2021

12pm prompt

 Shortlisting of applicants Friday 14th May 2021

Interview Date

Wednesday 19th May 2021

The SENAD Group is dedicated to equality of opportunity in all areas of work, education and care. We are also committed to safeguarding those in our care – all successful candidates will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS check and will be subject to thorough background checks.

The School is committed to Safer Recruitment Practice.

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