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Speech and Language Therapist - Term Time

Grange Park School, Wrotham

  • Ref:KCC886-7052-303S
  • Posted:10/06/2024
  • Pay:Kent Range 8-9 (Equivalent to NHS band 5/6)
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:12/07/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


  • Are you interested in making a difference to young people’s lives?
  • Do you want to be part of an award winning team (Kent Messenger team of the year)?
  • Do you want to go to work and each day be a new challenge?
  • Do you want to work in a supportive and collaborative school?
  • Does working term time only appeal to you?


Grange Park School is looking to recruit an individual who is enthusiastic, committed, able to work well in a team and who wants to make a difference every day. This post would be suitable for a newly qualified therapist, or therapist with some experience looking to develop a specialism in autism. The therapy team are highly valued by the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, and are fully integrated within the school. The team consists of senior speech and language therapists (SALT), senior occupational therapists (OT), clinical psychologist, art therapist and therapy assistants. Multidisciplinary team working is essential to the role, with regular opportunities to learn from experienced SALT and OT colleagues. Excellent CPD and supervision opportunities are available from internal and external providers.

At Grange Park School, we aim to deliver ‘personalised pathways for all’, emphasising the importance of staff knowing individual pupil preferences, strengths and needs. Unlike other SALT roles where much time is spent on assessment and report writing, we focus on delivering a flexible service, which responds to the needs of individual pupils, staff, families, the school as a whole and our wider community. We believe in neuroaffirmative practice, using a strengths-based approach to support our pupils to develop their communication skills, confidence, ability to self-advocate and wellbeing. As part of the innovative and forward-thinking therapy team at Grange Park, you will have the opportunity to deliver training, support with key stage transitions and work with parents/carers. Interventions we currently provide include; the Zones of Regulation, Interoception, Attention Autism, Understanding Me, Lego Therapy.

Each day is a new challenge and you will make a difference to the lives of our pupils.  There is free tea and coffee, free parking, focus on wellbeing including a daily morning walk for all pupils and staff, excellent CPD available as well as scones on a Friday made by the senior leadership team.

Visits to the school prior to interview are strongly encouraged. Please contact our therapy team lead using the contact details below to arrange.

  • Name: Mrs Hannah Mellor
  • Address: Borough Green Road, Wrotham, Kent, TN15 7RD
  • Telephone:01732 882111
  • Email:mellor@grangepark.kent.sch.uk

Information about the school

Our School

Grange Park School is an autism specific provision for children aged 11 to 19 located in a purpose built school in Wrotham and for children aged 8-11 located in Stansted village 3 miles from the main school site. The school also operates a post16 provision in partnership with a local college in Maidstone and Medway. All of our pupils have educational heath care plans.

All of our pupils are expected to sit GCSE’s and transition into adulthood with the skills to be successful. Class sizes at the Stansted and Wrotham sites are between 11-13 pupils with a teacher and 1-2 learning mentors. At the partnership college, learning mentors are supporting individual students or small groups of students aged 16-19 years in the college tutor groups / classrooms and out in the community.

Currently judged as “good” by Ofsted. We are committed to providing our pupils with the best possible learning opportunities and supporting them in their development.

The school has achieved a number of external awards including • Advanced NAS status • UNICEF rights respecting (Gold) • Wellbeing award for schools • IQM Flagship School • IQM Inclusive School • National online Safety • Leading Parent Partnership Award • Kent Messenger Team of the year (2021) • Kent Messenger Headteacher of the year (2022) • Kent Messenger Science Teacher of the year (2023)

Grange Park is part of KSENT a collaboration of 26 special schools in Kent. This creates numerous training and development opportunities, shared working practices and career progression.

The successful candidate will embrace the special ethos of the School, and the role will provide an opportunity to take Grange Park School into this next exciting phase and beyond.

All references will be taken up before interview.

Grange Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children and other relevant pre-employment checks.

Please note as part of Keeping Children Safe In Education requirements, Grange Park will carry out online searches for all shortlisted candidates

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01732) 882111

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.