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Communications Coordinator - Full-time

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-296S
  • Posted:29/11/2022
  • Pay:KR7
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:13/12/2022 at 17:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Communications Co-Ordinator 

  • Salary:KR7 (FTE: £23,378-£26,466, Pro Rata: £20377.37-£23,069.01)
  • Hours: 30-37 hours per week (potential for flexibility) 
  • Contract: 41 weeks per year (Term time plus 2 weeks in holidays) 
  • Responsibility to: Operations Manager 

Due to the expansion of our Support Services team The Beacon is looking to appoint a dynamic and creative Communications Co-Ordinator. 

This is an important role within our Central Services Management Team, who provide support, lead, develop and coordinate support services, to support outcomes for pupils across our school sites by providing high-quality solutions.

The purpose of the role is to develop and deliver communications for our internal and external audiences, articulating our vision and values through good, effective communication across multiple channels.  

The successful candidate will work with our Operations Manager to develop and deliver communication strategies across the entire spectrum of communication disciplines including: media and public relations, internal comms, parental communication, branding, digital displays and production of materials.

In addition, they will have responsibility for our various social media platforms and their effective use in  community engagement.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop and manage the website, generating content, making improvements to functionality, maximising potential and monitoring performance will be vital.

A relevant and recognised qualification and experience in this field is a must, however previous school experience is not required. Necessary skills include good time management, self motivation and the ability to be flexible in a fast paced environment. Creativity, adapability and a commitment to professional development are key. 

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment and complete all aspects of mandatory training. 

If you would like any further information on this role please contact Katie Lonergan (HR Manager) via HR@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk.

Please note that this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS and receipt of two acceptable references.

Information about the school

The Beacon is a multi-site, all-age school (3-19 years) offering 409 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences. We currently work across four sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone, a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School, Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre and our newest satellite provision in Walmer.

The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.

We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.

The Beacon also hosts a Multi-Agency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. Nothing says this more than our peer to peer reflection and coaching groups that exist throughout the school. This total collaboration and investment from staff drives our teaching and learning to be the best it can be. As we have outlined at the beginning of this narrative, we expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.

If this sounds like the kind of environment in which you would thrive, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Katie Lonergan
  • Address:Park Farm Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5DN
  • Telephone: 01303 847555
  • Email: HR@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.