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SENCO - Full-time

Woodchurch CEP School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-3145-136L
  • Posted:18/03/2023
  • Pay:MPS/UPS
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:20/04/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated SENCO to join our Senior Leadership Team, with a passion for working with vulnerable children to ensure they receive the education they deserve.

You will bring an innovative and creative approach to supporting the strategic direction and development of SEN provision across our school, whilst effectively managing and developing the progress and achievement of our pupils.

Our current SENCO works across the two schools in our federation, High Halden and Woodchurch. Spending 2 days at High Halden and 3 days at Woodchurch.

The successful candidate will have

  • An awareness of how young children learn best and can skilfully use the children's interests to plan their next steps
  • The National Award for SEN Co-ordination or be willing to work towards it
  • Experience of working with children with Special Needs
  • Thorough knowledge of the new SEND Code of Practice
  • The ability to lead staff in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with SEN children
  • Experience of working with pupils with a range of different abilities and needs – SEND, Pupil Premium, EAL, GRT.
  • The ability to support and line manage our team of support staff
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to work within a team
  • Good management and organisational skills
  • The necessary communication skills enabling liaison with a variety of external agencies
  • Experience or willingness to undertake a DSL role alongside other members of our SLT.

Ideally, we would like the successful candidate to start in September 2023, but would strongly welcome a thorough handover during term 6 (July 2023).

We can offer you an excellent working school environment where staff are committed and positive. There is a dedicated SENCO office and we are well resourced and have highly effective and well established intervention strategies. We have a strong and clear vision with an engaging curriculum which develops and celebrates the potential of each child.

We can assure you that working at High Halden and Woodchurch will be exciting and fun. Have a look at our website to get a feel of what we are about www.high-halden.kent.sch.uk and www.woodchurch.kent.sch.uk

Person specifications/Job Descriptions are attached. Please feel free to email the Executive Headteacher, Kelly Burlton with any queries: exechead@ftf.kent.sch.uk  and to arrange an informal visit prior to application.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils and staff. We expect all applicants to share this commitment and the post will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application. Please note, we may carry out an online search on candidates shortlisted for interview, including checks on their social media.


Information about the school

Woodchurch Church of England Primary School has 163 children on roll and is situated in the heart of the Kent countryside in the village of Woodchurch, 6 miles from Ashford and 4 miles from Tenterden. We are a school at the heart of the community, that puts children at the heart of everything we do. Our site consists of a mixture of Victorian and modern buildings.

Woodchurch CE Primary School plays a central role within a close-knit village community. We enjoy a well-established relationship with the wider parish. We are proud of our inclusive, Christian ethos and benefit from strong, mutually supportive links with the local community, church and parents.

As a school we value each individual child and strive to provide a stimulating, learning experience for all our children. We are committed to ensuring that each child achieves their very best whilst in our care.

Our confident and engaging children are key to the welcoming family atmosphere you will find here at our amazing school. Our parents care about their children’s education, and we have a very active parent and friends association. You will be supported by a great Governing Body. We have strong links with our collaboration, Tenterden Rural Alliance made up other schools, including primary and secondary schools.

To find out more about us visit our fantastic school website.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Kelly Burlton and Mrs Jen Dawes
  • Address:Bethersden Road, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3QJ
  • Telephone: (01233) 860232
  • Email: office@woodchurch.kent.sch.uk

Fax: (01233) 860804


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.