Full time (Full-time equivalent job share considered), maternity cover, non-residential position.
Our therapeutic staff are inspiring and creative, transforming the futures of intelligent pupils with literacy and language-related additional challenges, by empowering them.
Nationally celebrated, More House School provides an exceptional, mainstream education for boys with Specific Learning Difficulties. Providing a transformative education repeatedly recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over more than a decade, we offer a specialised learning environment for 470 day and boarding boys from Year 4 to Year 13. Our pupils are taught to recognise their strengths and develop their self-belief so that they achieve independence and extraordinary results at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, above the national averages.
Delivering a mainstream independent-school experience, both academically and socially, the very broad curriculum affords all pupils the opportunity to discover their strengths, challenging them to fulfil their academic and extra-curricular potential. All boys who attend More House are individually timetabled, with many receiving support through the on-site Learning Development Centre and its qualified therapeutic staff. Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last five school inspections, our most recent inspection (March 2019) graded More House School ‘Outstanding’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in each of the sub-sections of the report. More House is CReSTeD approved, listed in their Specialist Schools category, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Boarding Schools’ Association.
The school is set on a wooded hillside in nearly thirty acres on the Hampshire/Surrey border, and attractive modern facilities lie above the playing fields. London Waterloo is one hour away by train from close-by Farnham railway station, and there is easy access to the M25, M3 and A3 major routes. Guildford is twenty minutes’ drive away.
About the department:
The role will be based in the Learning Development Centre (LDC) which houses a supportive team of 11 Speech and Language Therapists, 5 Occupational Therapists, and 8 literacy/numeracy tutors. The department has a growing national reputation and strong links with universities, regularly providing educational placements for both SLT and OT students. We have recently introduced a Sensory Integration facility and actively encourage multidisciplinary working and communication between teachers and LDC Staff.
More House is an inclusive environment and LDC Staff frequently have opportunities to attend school trips, enabling them to gain a holistic picture of the students and to get to know them better. There are also opportunities to attend residential trips; recent trips have included Ypres, the New Forest, a water sports centre in Wales, and ski trips to the Italy.
The school is committed to professional development and training is provided within school during our comprehensive in-service training programme and regularly throughout the term. Attendance of relevant external training courses or central excellence networks (CENs) is encouraged.
About this post:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable therapist to join our department. You must be a qualified Occupational Therapist and be registered with HCPC and RCOT. The post will involve managing and delivering therapy to a varied caseload. Therapy staff meet regularly for CPD and supervision and support is provided both formally and informally. This post would suit a newly qualified therapist, a therapist returning to practice, or a therapist with some experience. Although advertised as a full-time position, we would be happy to consider a job-share. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the post further.
Full-time contract with generous school holidays amounting to approximately 13 weeks of paid holiday per year. A comprehensive induction programme is offered, and ongoing professional development is supported through INSET days and training opportunities.
The above list of duties is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to perform such other duties as may be, from time to time, deemed necessary by the Headmaster. This is a non-residential post.
All school employees benefit from free on-site parking, and excellent lunchtime meals in the school’s refectory, at no cost. School terms are shorter than in the state-maintained sector, with an average of eighteen school-holiday weeks per year. In addition to the very generous, full-time salary, many of the school’s therapists choose to take on additional work outside of the school’s term-times, taking advantage of the long holiday periods.