Alderman Knight Special School is an ‘Outstanding’ (2014) school catering for children between 5 and 19 who have moderate and additional complex learning needs. This includes children with Autism, social communication, emotional and speech and language needs. A small minority have more severe learning difficulties. Pupils’ have a wide attainment range. In the primary phase the majority of the pupils are working within P levels and KS 1 expectations. However, across the secondary phase, attainment can range from Y1 to KS3 expectations and pupils achieve a wide range of accreditations including Entry Level, Level 1 and 2 qualifications and GCSEs. Some students in KS5 have the opportunity to study Level 3 qualifications within the neighbouring secondary school. Unlike the majority of special schools, we can offer a mainstream model in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 with state-of-the-art specialist classrooms. Our Post-16 provision is a recent addition to the school, starting in September 2016.
What We Can Offer
The school is located just off Junction 9 of the M5. Both the main school building and the Post-16 Centre are new, attractive and spacious buildings being built in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The learning and working environments are second to none. In addition, the school can offer:
- Local authority pension
- Access to a small on-site gym
- Mentoring for new/existing teachers
- Extensive CPD opportunities
- Opportunities for development and progression
- A challenging but positive and enormously rewarding work place
What We Are Looking For
Applications are invited from positive, solution focussed, driven candidates to join AKS as its first Well-Being Co-ordinator. With the introduction of this exciting new post, we are looking to add to our committed staff and Pastoral Team with an individual that can support our pupils with any physical or mental health issues. The successful candidate will have:
• A qualification or extensive training/ experience of working with children and young people with a range of complex needs including social emotional difficulties and poor mental health
• have an appreciation and understating of multi-disciplinary working practices and how to implement appropriate interventions at the point of need
• be able to demonstrate a high level of professional technical knowledge in promoting well-being
• be passionate about improving outcomes for all young people and be tenacious in setting and achieving high standards
• communicate and relate effectively with pupil, students and their families to enable you to build effective working relationships
This is an exciting new post and is designed to bridge the gap between school and external support services in order to provide rapid support for pupils and students between the ages of 4 and 19. As the school’s Well-Being Co-ordinator, you will give support to children across the school on a one-to-one or group basis. You will work in partnership with all staff, families and other relevant agencies to meet the needs of individual pupils as well as deliver parent/ carer information workshops and staff training as needed. We will look to you to assess pupils, assist in the design of activities and carry out support programmes in line with school policies and standards.
If you decide to apply for the post we would like you to complete the standard TES application form and Supporting Statement. Please follow the online instructions. Please note Alderman Knight is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All posts will be subject to a DBS check, and receipt of two references prior to interview. For further details please see school website www.aldermanknight.gloucs.sch.uk and/ or email email@example.com