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Second in Charge - English - Full-time

Snowfields Academy , Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7006-88T
  • Posted:23/05/2023
  • Pay:MPS/UPS + TLR commensurate with experience + £2000
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:12/06/2023 at 23:00
  • Interviews:TBC


​​​​​​​Please be aware that this role is based at the Bearsted campus.

We know that exceptional English Teachers are in high demand which is why we are offering a recruitment and retention bonus of £2,000 for the right candidate (£1,000 payable upon joining, and £1,000 payable after 1 year's service).​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Snowfields Academy has a truly fantastic opportunity to appoint a Second in Charge - English, joining us from September 2023. This is an exciting and rare chance to join our team and play a pivotal role in its success and development, laying the path for future years. Our successful candidate will be an experienced teacher keen to work in our ASD setting who can make a real impact on the students in our care.

Our teaching staff at Snowfields Academy will provide outstanding educational opportunities for all of our pupils in order to ensure every student reaches their full potential. We are looking for outstanding practitioners who are creative and imaginative teachers with the ability to plan highly effective learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students. Excellent classroom management skills and high expectations of all pupils are essential as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the curriculum and new assessment framework. As a specialist ASD provision we will be looking for teachers who have a real passion for, and understanding of, meeting the complex and holistic needs of young people with ASD.

We are looking for teachers who:

  • Are graduates with QTS
  • Have evidence of outstanding practice with students with additional needs and ASD
  • Are an expert teacher within their subject specialism 
  • Ideally, you will have worked within an SEN setting or with discrete ASD groups of students in  a mainstream environment 
  • Have the highest expectations of pupils and themselves with a desire to professionally develop
  • Are enthusiastic, flexible, imaginative and forward thinking
  • Have the ability to nurture, inspire, motivate and engage students with ASD to achieve and succeed
  • Are able to form positive relationships with students, staff, parents and governor
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and organisational skills

In return, our successful candidates will receive:

  • The opportunity to help shape our future by joining a LAT academy
  • A school community committed to nurturing young people with ASD alongside raising achievement and attainment
  • A stunning environment with modern building, excellent resources and facilities, purpose built for students with ASD
  • A strong commitment to support professional development opportunities
  • A supportive Governing Body and Leadership Team dedicated to exceptional outcomes within a happy environment which nurtures and supports all staff and students.​​​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​Experience in an exceptional, purpose designed environment which is very well resourced to meet the needs of our learners.

This is a permanent opportunity offering MPS/UPS commensurate with experience + TLR2a. For those interested in visiting the academy, please contact talent@latrust.org.uk in the first instance. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Information about the school

Snowfields Academy is an 11-18 special school for students with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and an Education, Health and Care Plan with this as the primary need. Students will usually be working at, or close to, age expected attainment levels. We opened at Bearsted in September 2020 following approval by the Department for Education = in Wave 12 of the Free Schools programme.

Snowfields Academy offers the very best personalised approaches within an inspiring learning environment. Our students are taught and supported by exceptional staff who offer care, challenge and support. Every student has a personalised transition from their starting point into our Academy and we work closely with other providers to streamline this process and smooth out any challenges along the way. Snowfields Academy brings our values to life: Be Kind, Work Hard, Communicate, Stay Safe and Be Happy. These values permeate our building, our curriculum, our aims and our ethos and we work hard every day to ensure we bring our motto, Where Nurture Meets Aspiration, to life, and help our students to thrive.

In September 2022 we extended our offer into the Cranbrook area of Kent, 14 miles from our Bearsted campus. Snowfields Cranbrook College opened with Years 7, 8 and 9, just as Snowfields Bearsted College opened in September 2020. When full with all year groups on both sites we will be able to offer places for 280 students from Years 7-13 in total.

Our Values Charter diagram We are extremely fortunate to have exceptional buildings at both Bearsted and Cranbrook. On both sites we offer outstanding educational settings which both inspire young people and support their often complex needs. Careful consideration has been given to all aspects of the design at both sites to promote wellbeing and achievement. Although not identical, they both offer exceptional vocational learning opportunities with a community café at Bearsted and a working farm at Cranbrook. We have also provided a range of breakout spaces for movement breaks at both sites.

Our curriculum reflects the full range of pupil needs. Specialisms in horticulture, catering and land based studies, will enable young people to gain real-life experiences and qualifications leading to the very best employment opportunities. We are forging partnerships with local businesses to offer work experience to facilitate this, and so provide every student with the skills necessary to confidently transition from school onto their next steps.

Snowfields Academy leads the way in offering support for young people’s wellbeing through a team of highly trained specialists who will work collaboratively with families and young people to meet a wide range of complex needs.

I welcome your interest in Snowfields Academy, whether you are a student, parent, carer or other family member, a professional or member of the local community. Please do contact me if you would like any further information or would like to register your interest.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Olivia Couzins
  • Address:Gidds Pond Way, Off Newnham Court Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5FT
  • Telephone: 01634 412240
  • Email: talent@latrust.org.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 Education.