Director of Learning Support and EAL, Bristol, City of

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Colston's SchoolBristol, City of

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Start date: Autumn Term 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive pay scale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

This is a fantastic opportunity to take on an important leadership role in a thriving, co-educational independent day school on the outskirts of Bristol. We are looking for a dynamic and highly capable Director of Learning Support and EAL to lead the Learning Support Faculty across both our Lower and Upper Schools (3-18 years old).

Whilst Colston’s is a selective school, we are deliberately inclusive and accept pupils across a relatively wide ability range. A number of our pupils have learning difficulties, but make excellent progress as a result of the support we put in place for them, both within and outside the classroom.  The school supports a number of pupils for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL), including a number of Chinese and French nationals who start at the school with low levels of English.  Colston’s is proud of its reputation for its strong pastoral care and its' culture of inclusivity.

We wish to appoint a dynamic and enterprising colleague who will lead the provision for pupils with SEND and EAL across the school.  This is a strategically important role and the successful candidate will have a proven ability to teach children with learning difficulties and be appropriately qualified to lead the provision of the school’s SEND provision, including examination access arrangements.  Experience in supporting EAL pupils would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be supported by a highly effective team, including the Lower School Learning Support Coordinator, Head of EAL (Upper School) and a team of highly experienced Teaching Assistants across the Upper and Lower Schools. 

Colston’s occupies a stunning thirty acre campus and has all of its facilities on-site. We are easily accessible from the motorway network and provide an outstanding holistic education for students aged from 3 to 18. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and other benefits including free school lunches during term time, free on-site parking and use of the school’s gym facilities. The school also offers a discount on school fees for staff at the school.

A willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of this holistic school will be advantageous. Applicants are requested to make clear within the supporting statement of their application their co-curricular interests and additional hobbies or experiences that would enhance the experience they bring to the school.

Closing date for applications:  Sunday 24th March 2019

Interviews will take place on Friday 29th March 2019.

Colston’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Bell Hill, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1BJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 117 9655207
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