Pastoral Support Worker

The Iffley AcademyOxfordshire

30 hours a week, term time only (38 weeks a year)

Iffley Academy is Oxfordshire’s largest special school, and we are seeking enthusiastic and motivated staff to join our thriving and vibrant community at an exciting time in our development.

Judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015 and 2019, our school community is unique in many ways. Our students have a range of Special Educational Needs, including Cognition and Learning Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. We make respectful relationships with our students through our understanding of their special educational needs, our commitment to restorative approaches, and by providing outstanding teaching and pastoral care. We are a warm and caring community, dedicated to equipping pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to live independent lives. We offer individual learning pathways, vocational opportunities, and specialist therapies and interventions.

The role of the PSW involves setting appropriate boundaries for children, supporting with their education, and liaising with families to get the best possible outcomes. You will have a good understanding of autism and complex barriers to learning, and will demonstrate a resilient and instinctive approach in meeting our pupils’ needs. You will support colleagues within the class environment as well as contributing to specific interventions designed to encourage engagement with learning and development of social and independence skills.

If you share our passion for making a real difference to the lives of children and young people with special needs, this could be the opportunity you are looking for. In return for your contribution to our team, you will work in an environment, which is innovative and well resourced, and in a role which is rewarding and fulfilling. We will provide you with induction and training, and the opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, one of the largest public sector pension schemes in the UK. This is an exciting time to join our team as we have just moved into our fantastic new school rebuild on our site in Iffley.

You can download an application form and job pack from our website: 

Please submit your application form to or by post.

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 19 April 2021.

Interviews will be held: w/c 26 April 2021.

Due to the current exceptional circumstances, it is not possible to arrange school visits before making an application, please feel free to contact us to arrange an informal phone or video call to inform your application. There is also a virtual tour of our school on our website.

Please ensure you detail any gaps in employment, and use the selection criteria which is contained in the job pack when you prepare your application, as shortlisting for interview will be based on how closely you demonstrate your ability to fulfil the essential criteria. We do not accept CVs. If you are shortlisted, we will take up written references before your interview so please provide permission for this and provide accurate phone and email contact details for your referees. One of your referees must be your current or last employer, and if you are employed in a school, must include your current Head Teacher.

Iffley Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health check and a probationary period of 6 months. The Iffley Academy is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from a range of ethnic backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our school community.

The Gallery Trust Iffley Turn, Oxford OX4 4DU • Tel: 01865 747606

The Gallery Trust is an exempt charity. Company registration No. 08334718 Registered in England and Wales

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