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Senco - Fixed Term - Special Needs Position

St Laurence in Thanet CE Junior Academy, Ramsgate

  • Ref:KCC886-2014-83T
  • Posted:28/03/2023
  • Pay:UPS
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:20/04/2023 at 15:00
  • Interviews:Friday, 28th April 2023


Due to the retirement of our long standing SENCO, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated SENCO to join our team. We are looking for someone with a passion for working with vulnerable children to ensure they receive the very best education they deserve.

Here at St Laurence we work hard to enable all children to achieve and succeed. We aim to instil a belief in our children that they can achieve great things and be proud of the who they are and the great person they are going to grow in to.  We build on each child’s uniqueness, inspiring and empowering them to forever grow with confidence and resilience in an ever-changing world.

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

Applicants should possess excellent communication and organisational skills, be hardworking, dedicated and professional.  They should have high expectations of students, colleagues and self, displaying energy and enthusiasm and be able to contribute to the school’s overall success.

No day is ever the same for our SENCO, so the successful candidate will be adaptable, flexible, resourceful and passionate, enabling our children to be the best they can be.


The successful candidate will:

  • Hold QTS
  • Hold the National Award for SENCO qualification or be willing to complete this
  • Be a strong leader, who is committed to providing the highest standards of provision for SEND students
  • Be fully committed to our school and our ethos
  • Have an excellent understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and procedures
  • Be an excellent practitioner with high expectations and a commitment to raising standards
  • Have up-to-date knowledge of current teaching practices and safeguarding legislation
  • Have the ability to support and overview the work of teaching assistants working with SEN children
  • Be able to demonstrate effective communication skills with all members of the school community
  • Be a skilled and experienced teacher with exemplary classroom practice, and the skills to be able to coach and develop this within others
  • Be able to lead, motivate and inspire others to achieve excellence
  • Have some teaching responsibility and take on subject leadership
  • Have the ability to manage any instances of challenging behaviour
  • Be our Designated Safeguarding Lead


We will offer you:

  • A happy, supportive and friendly team
  • A supportive SLT who are forward thinking and welcome new ideas
  • A strong, clear vision and engaging curriculum which develops and celebrates the potential of each child
  • A friendly and supportive environment
  • Committed and hardworking staff
  • A dedicated SENCO office
  • Predominantly well behaved and positive pupils
  • A commitment to manageable workload and staff well-being

 This position is a fixed term full time contract for 2 years (to be reviewed). 

We encourage visits to our school, and would love for you to come and meet our wonderful children and staff and see us in action.  To arrange this and a further discussion about the role please contact the school office on 01843 592257 or email office@stlaurencejuniors.co.uk

Information about the school

St Laurence CE Junior Academy has 182 pupils and is a two from entry junior school with a distinctive Christian character. Our schools vision:

Our school offers a supportive, inclusive, nurturing and inspiring learning environment, where each member is known, loved and empowered to reach their full potential. Children are encouraged through an aspirational and engaging curriculum to develop their knowledge, skills and character so that they can truly flourish, both now and into the future. We are a school which has very recently joined the Aquila MAT and these are exciting times for us. New opportunities and a network of support are just part of what we can offer you.

We promote a values-led, nurture based education which means that we provide a high level of pastoral care to ensure that all our children achieve well. Our children come from all sorts of different backgrounds. Our parents, friends, Governors and local church provide support and we collaborate with local schools very successfully. Pupils are encouraged to be aspirational, to develop a lifelong love of learning, and to become well-rounded, happy children. The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs which provides our children with additional experiences. St Laurence provides a network of support for families that need it and it is praised in the community for being a caring school.

St Laurence CE Junior Academy is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other relevant employment checks, online recruitment checks and overseas criminal background checks, where applicable. All new trustees, employees and volunteers will be required to undertake safeguarding training on induction which will be regularly updated in line with statutory guidance.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01843 589273


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.