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SENCO - Full-time

Thistle Hill Academy, Sheerness

  • Ref:KCC886-2034-75L
  • Posted:20/09/2019
  • Pay:UPS
  • Start Date:January 2020
  • App Close Date:11/10/2019 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBD


Thistle Hill Academy are looking to appoint a SENCo to start in January 2020. The successful applicant would also have initial oversight of our Specialist Resourced Provision until September 2020 (currently 2 children).


We are looking for applicants with previous experience working as a SENCo and who have already completed the National Award for SEN Coordination. They should also have demonstrated outstanding practice when in role as a classroom teacher with experience of working with children with SEMH needs. However, we will also consider applicants who are currently still working towards the National Award or experienced teachers who wish to start this.

The successful candidate will benefit from working collaboratively with the other Special Educational Needs Coordinators that work within the Trust and be part of an inspirational and creative team working within Thistle Hill Academy.

This strategic role will include leading, developing and supporting effective practice for children with special and additional needs. There will be a heavy focus on developing teachers to provide ‘quality first’ teaching, supporting class teachers to remove barriers to learning and early identification of special need.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • An understanding of how emotional well-being impacts on achievement
  • Have high standards and expectations of all
  • Good team player with a positive outlook
  • Energy, enthusiasm and a pro-active nature
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Willingness to try out new approaches and embrace changes
  • Be able to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Demonstrates superb interpersonal, communication skills
  • Be innovative, creative and a strategic thinker
  • Be able to analyse data effectively to identify and track the progress of vulnerable groups/children

In our SRP we aim to equip pupils with the skills that they require to function successfully in a mainstream class. The SENCo will work closely with the SRP Teacher and outside agencies to ensure the most effective provision for each individual child.

In addition to the oversight of the day to day running and organisation of the SRP, the SENCo will have responsibility for leading on Annual Review meetings and statutory EHCP paperwork.

Visits to the school encouraged. Please telephone 01795 899119 to arrange a date and time.

For more information about Thistle Hill Academy please visit the website and facebook page:




Information about the school

Thistle Hill Academy is a new Primary School in Minster on the Isle of Sheppey. The school opened in 2015 and has been under the leadership of The Stour Academy Trust since 2017.

Being part of a Trust provides the opportunity to work in a collaborative model. Thistle Hill is part of the Swale Hub of the Trust, joining two further Swale schools, Richmond Academy and Lansdowne Primary School. All Academies in the Trust share the same core values and ethos; raise standards and address under performance whilst making sure that the children are at the heart of every decision. Through the effective use of Hubs, the is able to "support staff well to continually develop their practice".

The Trust’s aim and ambition is to create a network of outstanding schools that thrive through collaboration and interaction.

We can offer all successful applicants: • A permanent contract • Opportunity to move to other schools within the Trust • Full induction process • Ever evolving work-life balance package • Support from a network of experienced staff • Excellent career development opportunities

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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.