Job Description

  • The Bridge Special School, Ipswich IP8 3ND
  • £24,266 – £28,926 per annum for 39 weeks, £25,354 – £30,223 per annum for 41 weeks (£28,370 – £33,819 pro rata)
  • 37 hours per week, 39 or 41 weeks per year
  • Permanent
  • Reference: 8294
  • Required May 2023

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly improving special school, which joined Unity Schools Partnership multi-academy trust in June 2019.The Bridge Special School is a popular school educating children and young people between the ages of 5-16 who have a wide range of communication, physical, and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of the pupils are on the Autistic Spectrum. The school serves a catchment area that covers Ipswich and surrounding areas of Suffolk.

Key elements of this important role are:
To assist the school leadership and classroom teachers in creating a safe environment where all pupils can thrive, be happy and make progress and one which supports families and carers. The position would suit someone with Police, Social Work, Teaching or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) experience.You will work as part of a team and will take lead responsibility for welfare, safeguarding and child protection across the school. You will take part in strategy discussions and inter-agency meetings and contribute to the welfare assessments of children. You will advise and support other members of staff on child welfare and child protection matters, and liaise with relevant agencies such as the local authority and police.The school is part of a collaborative, forward thinking Academy Trust of 32 schools. Unity Schools Partnership will be creating a network of special schools working together as we have recently been approved to open a new special school in Romford, as well as already having special schools in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Haverhill.You will be supported in your role by experienced special education leaders who will be available to offer advice and guidance as the school moves forward under their leadership. Significant training and development is available through opportunities for professional development, research, teacher training and collaboration between schools and across phases.

To find out more:
For more information, to arrange a visit or an informal discussion about the role please email Tina Sharman, Deputy Headteacher on: or call us on: (01473) 556200

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Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.

Closing date: 9am, 17 April 2023.

Interview date: 18 April 2023.In line with safer recruitment, we are unable to accept CVs. Failure to complete an application form satisfactorily may result in not being shortlisted for the post.Unity Schools Partnership is committed to safer recruitment, equal opportunities, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.We care deeply about inclusive working practices and diverse teams. If you would prefer to work part-time or as a job-share, we will facilitate this wherever we can – whether to help you meet other commitments or to help you strike a great work-life balance. We are keen to ensure we are designing an organisation that works for everyone, so we particularly encourage applications from different under-represented groups.Unity Schools Partnership, welcoming diversity.


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