We are currently looking for a teacher who has experience of teaching pupils with more significant learning difficulties and who are generally working within P levels and KS1 expectations. At AKS, although the majority of our pupils follow a mainstream model while in KS3 and KS4 with specialist teachers and specialist rooms, the pupils with higher level of need tend to follow a more primary based model. Therefore you will need to have a good knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum and be able to teach a wider range of subjects confidently and competently and if teaching KS4 pupils be able to plan and deliver a range of accreditations.
Alderman Knight Special School is an ‘Outstanding’ (2014) school catering for children between 5 and 19 who have moderate and additional complex learning needs. This includes children with Autism, social communication, emotional and speech and language needs. A small minority have more severe learning difficulties. Pupils’ have a wide attainment range. In the primary phase the majority of the pupils are working within P levels and KS 1 expectations. However, across the secondary phase, attainment can range from Y1 to KS3 expectations and pupils achieve a wide range of accreditations including Entry Level, Level 1 and 2 qualifications and GCSEs. Some students in KS5 have the opportunity to study Level 3 qualifications within the neighbouring secondary school. Unlike the majority of special schools, we can offer a mainstream model in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 with state-of-the-art specialist classrooms. Our Post-16 provision is a recent addition to the school, starting in September 2016.
What We Can Offer
The school is located just off Junction 9 of the M5. Both the main school building and the Post-16 Centre are new, attractive and spacious buildings being built in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The learning and working environments are second to none. In addition, the school can offer:
- Local authority pension
- Access to an on-site gym
- Mentoring for new/existing teachers
- Extensive CPD opportunities
- Opportunities for development and progression
- A challenging but positive and enormously rewarding work place
What We Are Looking For
With a dynamic and varied pupil base, we are looking to add to our committed staff with an individual that can demonstrate a desire to work within SEND, and, most importantly, SEND at Alderman Knight. Although special school experience is not essential, candidates will need to persuade us why they want to work in this area. Our staff are asked to work positively and flexibly to meet the needs of the pupils and to contribute towards delivering consistently high quality lessons, whilst becoming involved in all aspects of school life.
If you decide to apply for the post we would like you to complete the standard TES application form and Supporting Statement. Please follow the online instructions. Please note Alderman Knight is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts will be subject to a DBS check, and receipt of two references prior to interview. For further details please see school website www.aldermanknight.gloucs.sch.uk and/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org