Member of the Learning Support Team, Oxfordshire

Closing date:Expiring soon

Bruern Abbey SchoolOxfordshire

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020 (or earlier for the right candidate)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Contract term: Permanent

Bruern Abbey School believes learning difficulties should not preclude academic success. Bruern is traditional, country prep school situated in 27 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside. The school is truly unique in that it prepares boys with learning difficulties for Common Entrance and other entrance examinations for mainstream schools.

We would like to hear from applicants who believe they would be able to support our pupils with in-class support, in one-to-one interventions, and with any administration linked to the role. Experience working with pupils with learning difficulties  is essential. You may be:

  • an experienced learning support assistant;
  • a qualified SENDCo;
  • a teacher, looking to move into a learning support role.

The successful applicant will be energetic and positive, and willing to help with pastoral welfare. You may also pursue any other interests by taking activities, such as games or extra-curricular clubs.  Boarding duties may be available for candidates (there is no accommodation available with this role). 


  • Full annual salary (negotiable due to experience)
  • Pension
  • Working 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm Friday during term time. You can expect about 18 weeks of holiday per year.
  • CPD support given
  • Superb location outside Bicester, 20 mins from Oxford
  • Wonderful colleagues and charming boys!

Bruern Abbey

Bruern Abbey is a preparatory boarding school, for 160 boys, which specialises in learning difficulties such as dyslexia. We were Tatler’s Prep School of the Year in 2015 and are proud of our ethos to think differently and have fun. 

At Bruern we make every effort to give the boys an action-packed time – be it musical, theatrical, cultural or sporting. Bruern has a few fundamental differences to other prep schools, which allow our boys to succeed at their senior school and in later life:

  • We have twice as many English and Maths lessons as a standard prep school would, and there are two teachers in each class for these key subjects;
  • Reading is taught as a distinct curriculum subject;
  • Laptops are used in most lessons;
  • All classes have a maximum of twelve pupils – allowing boys more individual attention in class;
  • Please take a look at our website,, for more information.

What others say?

As well as the Good Schools Guide write-up on Bruern, Tatler hit the nail on the head when they wrote,

This scruffiest of country preps (think dogs, mud, piles of Beanos) looks after boys with dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia (often refugees from high-powered places where they have been neglected) and prepares them for CE. Boys flourish and leave for Marlborough, Rugby and Bryanston. The majority weekly board in this mini stately with 30 wooded acres, and are occupied with fly-fishing, clay-pigeon shooting and woodwork. The polo team made the nationals and even some of the youngest boys went on a 260-mile cycle ride to France. Food is a big deal, and with it manners, whether it's the twice-weekly candlelit dinners (parents can come too), plucking partridges or trying bouillabaisse in Oyster Club. Head John Floyd (dyslexic himself) and his wife Hen look after these boys with great care and gusto. We just wish there was a Bruern for girls too.

Apply now

To apply, please send a completed application form and a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster (no more than 700 words) outlining why you wish to join Bruern and what skills and experience you will bring to the school to

Should you have any questions, please ring William Walker (Second Master) on 07732 604809.

The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020 at midnight, but applications will be considered as they are received.  Bruern Abbey reserves the right to make an appointment before the closing date. 

Bruern Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. A copy of the School's Safeguarding Policy can be found at 

More about Bruern Abbey School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 8 - 13 years
Address: Chesterton Manor, Chesterton, Oxfordshire, OX26 1UY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1869 242448
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Located just over an hour from London and 15 minutes from Oxford, Bruern Abbey is the only preparatory school in the country to have as its main purpose the preparation of boys with learning difficulties for Common Entrance and other entrance examina...