Coombe Wood SchoolSouth Croydon

Career Opportunity (M2-M6 or UPS1-3 + TLR2b)

Ambitious, forward-thinking, flexible and self-motivated?   If you can combine these attributes with excellent teaching skills and a genuine interest in supporting the growing special needs community within our school, now is the unique time to further your career and join our team. 

The role of SENCo at CWS is an exciting one. Leading the largest department in the school, your role ensures that all students’ needs are being met through quality teaching, support and interventions. Working closely with your team and other professionals to follow the Code of Practise, you help enable all students to reach their full potential. In this growing department there will be management opportunities for developing this provision in terms of roles and new initiatives to enrich the lives of those students in our care. 

With three year groups (Y7-9) currently on role, the commencement of GCSE courses along with the opening of the CWS Sixth Form in September 2021, there is scope to develop this role and department under your leadership. CWS is a school with a growing track record of rewarding outstanding performance amongst current staff via internal promotions. By becoming part of the team at Coombe Wood School, your career will benefit from joining a future-focused group of schools within Folio Education Trust, offering access to high calibre CPD, which contributes to the recognised quality of learning within our schools. 

There is a strong team spirit, which has contributed to a supportive learning environment for both staff and students at Coombe Wood School. Our staff are ready to overcome unexpected challenges, break fresh ground, encourage collaboration and share excellent teaching skills within our hardworking and dedicated group.  

Our SEN department

The SEN Department in September 2021 will comprise a team of 15 led by the SENCo. We aim to be proactive and reactive in supporting the needs of all students and meeting the individual requirements for those on the SEN register. We provide support in lessons and run interventions throughout the year. There is huge potential to introduce new initiatives over the coming years and to work closely with our feeder primary schools.

About us - context, location and facilities

This fully inclusive secondary co-educational school was established to meet an urgent rising local demand. Our vibrant and heavily oversubscribed school (1335 applications for 180 x Y7 places in September 2021) is situated in £35million state-of-the-art, brand new buildings, where we took up occupancy in January 2021. 

The site of our new building and extensive grounds is opposite Lloyd Park in South Croydon, with an excellent Tramlink service to and from East Croydon station (just 5-minute journey-time away,) and a short walk from several bus routes. Our £35 million new building and facilities offer specialist teaching spaces for all subjects including Music, Dance, Drama, Science, Design Technology and Art. In addition, students benefit from indoor and outdoor auditoriums, a brand new Health Related Fitness building offering dedicated health and well-being studios and competition-sized spaces for gymnastics, netball, football and basketball. The school is set in spacious parkland grounds which offer a range of outdoor learning opportunities across all subject areas. 

Advantages Include:

• Network of expertise and CPD support within CWS and Folio

• 9 INSET days per year

• Chance to join an innovative and supportive ground breaking team

• Opportunity of career progression with natural expansion of the school

• Catchment includes many aspirational, supportive families

• Working with students who use MyZone technology to track and improve their fitness, as a result increasing their focus and concentration in class

• Outstanding brand new £35M building, modern facilities and extensive grounds

• Free access to new sports amenities for staff.

Application Procedure

Please download the candidate pack and application form or visit Career Opportunities on our website.  Virtual tours and faculty talks signposted on our website. For enquiries contact Mrs Baker on   or call 07891 671 226 in the first instance.

Please email your completed applications to    in compliance with safer recruitment guidelines CVs will not be accepted.

Closing Date: 9am Monday  24th May

Interviews:                      Friday 28th May

Folio Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The recruitment process will include an enhanced DBS check, medical screening, confirmation of right to work in the UK and all other pre-employment checks in line with safer recruitment requirements.

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