The positive impact you can have on a young person’s life is most likely the reason you got into teaching in the first place. At Queensmead House School in Windsor, that impact will be greater than you could have imagined.
As part of the Witherslack Group, we provide outstanding schooling for young people with a range of complex educational needs. For instance, some function at an incredibly high level but may have ADHD, social communication difficulties or autism and struggle to maintain concentration, whilst others may need emotional support to help them achieve their potential. Each young person’s set of needs requires a unique approach. Our teachers are there to channel their individual capabilities into academic success, as part of a holistic and uniquely attentive educational strategy – and all of this from a setting that is truly inspiring to both pupils and teachers.
Parts of our large, picturesque school overlook Windsor Castle and the school building itself is breath-taking. Add to the fact that we’ve installed amazing new learning spaces and a great supporting team and it all adds up to a truly uplifting teaching environment.
This is going to be an investigative role for you, which is what makes it so exciting. It’s all about learning what each pupil is particularly interested in and how they learn and are motivated. Then channeling those factors into the way you teach each of the subjects so that every pupil gets the most out of them. The role is to teach a Year 7 group based on the nurture principles. The successful candidate will feel confident teaching a range of subjects including English, Maths, Humanities and PSHE to Key Stage 3. The vacancy would also be suitable for an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher wishing to teach up to Key Stage 3.
One challenge in particular will be how you overcome the aversion some of our pupils have to writing. How will you enable them to engage with English, Maths, Humanities and PHSE in pictorial, tactile and activity-based ways that will bring the subjects to life and allow them to express their understanding? The support you’ll receive in meeting that challenge is what separates Witherslack Group from everyday schooling. It’s about much more than instilling pupils with the knowledge to get them through the exam. Of course, you’ll be their go-to person when it comes to exam arrangements and helping with presentations but your impact on the moral, emotional and even spiritual development will be just as profound. By inspiring and engaging our young people, you’ll facilitate the kind of learning that continues after the bell goes and stays with them throughout life.
You’ll be working with young people at Key Stage 3. It will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but whether you’ve given a particularly inspiring lesson or helped a pupil with a presentation or exam arrangements, you can expect to take home a sense of having done something amazing every single day. As all teachers know, some of those days may be harder than others but, at Witherslack Group, you’re never alone. You’ll work as part of a collaborative team, not just with other teachers across the school and Group but with our in-house psychologists, family liaison officers and therapy professionals. All pulling together to create the best possible outcomes for our pupils.
We’re looking for a Teacher with a vision. The kind of person who wants to make a difference and knows the pathway that will allow them to do so. Someone who also wants to be part of the conversation when it comes to group decisions on how we, as a Group, best meet the needs of each child with regard to training, support and annual reviews.
Aware of the standards that Ofsted look out for and always conscious to exceed them, you’ll be the kind of teacher who is never anything but engaged and engaging. What’s more, you’ll be excited by the prospect of our small class sizes of 8 pupils or less, (with at least one Teaching Assistant) and will seize upon this as an opportunity to tailor learning to individuals and build stronger, more insightful teacher/pupil relationships. Empathetic and passionate, you’ll understand that our pupils’ journeys aren’t necessarily linear. If you haven’t worked in SEN before, but are enthusiastic and motivated to make the move, we’ll give you all the additional training and support you require.
The benefit of doing a role like this is it feels good. Every day brings a sense of hard-won achievement and progress. There are also some outstanding rewards – in fact, our salary and benefits package is one of the best in the sector. It includes:
- A highly competitive salary
- Full school holidays
- Teacher pension scheme or a range of flexible pension options to suit personal circumstances (where applicable)
- A comprehensive, market-leading induction and ongoing training
- Extensive Group staff benefits, such as a Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme
- Free lunches
- Free DBS Enhanced checks for all new employees
We strongly believe that people should have choice and flexibility when it comes to saving for future. As such we offer membership of the Teachers Pensions Scheme if you are eligible to join the scheme. We also offer a flexible alternative option to the Teachers Pension Scheme that allows you to opt out and receive an allowance of 15% of your base salary and free life insurance. If you take this option you are also able to join our Scottish Widows Group Pension Scheme where your employee contributions are matched up to 5%.
To find out more please contact the Senior Administrator on 01753 989100.
Interview Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Closing date: Friday, 17 September 2021, 23:59
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.
For a full job description and person specification, please see the attached document.
Queensmead House School
- Special needs with independent funding
- Students of mixed gender, age 5 - 16 years
About Queensmead House School
The stunning Queensmead House School is on the same site as the former Queensmead School, which has wonderful views of Windsor Castle and offers a truly inspirational environment for our young people. Queensmead House Sc...