Job Ref No. ECC8827001-121S Position Type: Teacher Pay Range: Qualified Teacher plus SEN1
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 08/05/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: 16 May 2024  

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Qualified Teacher plus 1 SEN Point.

Kingsdown is an exciting, vibrant and over subscribed Special School for pupils aged between 3 - 14 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, and associated physical difficulties. The majority of our pupils also have communication difficulties. Our Mission Statement is 'Be happy, communicate, learn and achieve.' Kingsdown was inspected by Ofsted in March 2022 and was 'good' and considered to be possibly outstanding so will be re-visited soon.

Kingsdown School is part of the SEN Trust Southend, Multi-Academy Trust, a partnership of the four special schools in Southend-on-Sea, who work very closely together to meet the diverse needs of pupils from across Southend and some areas of surrounding Essex.

We are looking to appoint a Class Teacher to start in September 2024.

As a Class Teacher, you will be expected to take a creative approach to teaching pupils according to their educational needs, ensuring delivery of the school curriculum in a way that maximises pupil's achievement and ability to develop.

This is a great opportunity for a Class Teacher who wants to spend time developing creative learning opportunities for pupils with varied and complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and you will be working in a school where we maintain a strong safeguarding culture, where pupils are listened to, respected and involved in as many decisions as possible.

When it comes to looking after our pupils, we never settle for second best. We are looking for a Class Teacher who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEND environment would be desirable, excellent teaching skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, positive, reliable and hard working class teacher who has an excellent knowledge of the primary curriculum. A good understanding of special needs is desirable. High energy levels are essential.

The successful candidate must have very good interpersonal skills as the role involves managing, leading and motivating a class team which includes three or four Special Support Assistants (SSAs) and a Midday Assistant (MDA).

Kingsdown School is committed to safer recruitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of our pupils, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Applicants will be required to undertake pre-employment checks which will include References, Health, Right to Work in UK, DBS check.

ECTs are welcome to apply.

Visits are encouraged, please telephone to make an appointment.

For more information, please visit the school's website on or contact the recently appointed Headteacher for September 2024, Lisa Stroud, on 01702 527486 or email Visits to the school are strongly encouraged and may also be organised by contacting Lisa Stroud.

Your completed application form should be returned to:

Tracy Summerhill

Kingsdown School

Snakes Lane

Southend on Sea



Or by email to

Closing date: 8 May 2024

Interview date: 16 May 2024

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Tracy Summerhill
Snakes Lane, Southend-on-Sea
Essex, SS2 6XT
Telephone: 01702 527486

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