SEND Assistant, Croydon

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Coombe Wood SchoolCroydon

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Spine point 18-25, Grade 4/5
Contract term: Permanent

Career Opportunity

An opening has arisen for a dedicated, efficient and practical person interested in supporting student learning in our new school. Currently, with only Year 7 onsite - to be joined by a further 180 students in September - we have worked hard to ensure that our core values are practised in the classroom to promote a calm environment where learning is encouraged and students take pride in their progress. Your role will be dedicated to supporting specific students and offers a varied range of responsibilities for which we are seeking at least A level standard of education.  Initially based in specially adapted temporary accommodation, the career prospects have significant potential as the school grows rapidly and moves to the planned, adjacent, brand new permanent building. 

Combining traditional and cutting edge teaching methods, Coombe Wood uses effective models of in-class support that enable students to be as independent as possible, while receiving the scaffolding they need to encourage achievement. Teaching Assistants need to communicate closely with the subject teachers so that they gain a sound grasp of lesson content and can confidently support students in their care. They may also withdraw groups for specialist intervention work and experience of some Special Educational Needs support would be an advantage.

As with all roles that support learning, staff are required to be flexible so the remit includes both group support and individual work with some of our students; we all encourage a tidy, smart working environment that promotes a pride in the school. If you are an enthusiastic team player ready to join us on this journey, please access further details of the duties which are listed in the Job Description in the Candidate Pack available for download on 

This role has the potential to be refined and more specialised as the school grows towards its 1680 student roll capacity. * hours to be confirmed with the successful candidate.


Our ethos derives from the theoretical and practical nature of sport with TEAMWORK, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT, DISCIPLINE and SPORTSMANSHIP as its core values. All staff are expected to demonstrate and support these in their everyday work. Coombe Wood School teaching and non-teaching staff will work closely together across many different areas of the school to ensure the best possible learning experiences for our students.

Coombe Wood School is part of Folio Education Trust: This is a local collaboration of schools, with future possibilities of shared training or working at more than one school, so by becoming part of the team at Coombe Wood School, your career will experience wider benefits.


This is a new secondary fully-inclusive co-educational school, serving the communities of South and Central Croydon, established to meet an urgent rising local demand. Initially housed in temporary accommodation, the site for the ‘new build’ school is opposite Lloyd Park in South Croydon, with an excellent Tramlink service to and from East Croydon station (just 5 minutes’ journey-time away) and a short walk from several bus routes. Over £35 million is being invested in building a state-of-the-art school which will include enhanced sports facilities, comprising a competition-sized sports hall, a full-size 3G artificial surface and aspirations to include a closed circuit cycle track (CRC) and 8-lane athletics track. 

Application Procedure

If you have any queries please email Folio’s HR Trust Lead, Mrs J Baker

Please download the application form from  or  . Please note that to comply with Safer Recruitment guidelines CVs cannot be accepted as a valid form of application.

The completed forms should be emailed to 

Closing Date: 9am Tuesday 25th June

Interviews: Wednesday 3rd July

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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More about Coombe Wood School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 30 Melville Avenue, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 7HY, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 203 011 2762
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