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Speech And Language Therapist Lead - Full-time

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-257S
  • Posted:15/07/2020
  • Pay:KR11 - £39,812 - £45,589 (NHS Band 7 equivalent)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:03/08/2020 at 15:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Responsible to: Assistant Head teacher

Location: To work across all sites used by FAW

Hours: 37 per week (either full year with 27 days holiday or term time only)

Salary: KR11 - £39,812 - £45,589 (pro rated if term time only)


Are you adaptable and able to bring out the best in our pupils with special talents, aged 4 – 19, with severe, profound or complex needs?

We are looking for a Speech and Language Therapist Lead to manage the Therapy department which consists of 3 Speech and Language Therapists and 2 Occupational Therapists. You will be required to work Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm (finishing at 4pm one day per week). This can be a full year role (with 27 days annual leave) or term time only.

We are looking for drive, enthusiasm and potential to join our friendly, professional, positive and forward looking school. This is a great opportunity to develop your career by building on your current success.

The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced Speech and Language Therapist. 

 Job Purpose

  • To assess, diagnose, treat and manage own specialist caseload of pupils and maintain associated records
  • To provide specialist intervention and evaluate outcomes
  • To train and support colleagues within school and participate in appropriate specialist training to other colleagues
  • To advise and provide clinical support to other therapists/staff on speech and language therapy issues, across the timetable and across the curriculum
  • To lead and line manage all members of the therapy team.

 You will benefit from opportunities for further professional development and career progression as we value and support staff in all aspects of school life. The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to inclusive principles and be committed to safeguarding children and young people.

You are very welcome to email/ring for an informal conversation. If you are interested, please complete the application form and forward to us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Peggy Murphy, Principal

Five Acre Wood is committed to the safeguarding of all its pupils, you will therefore be subject to an enhanced disclosure process. As part of our responsibility for safeguarding, in addition to the Kent policy of one employment and one personal reference, the school will request additional employment references.

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent.

We currently have 605 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs, we are one of the largest special needs schools in the country. We have 370 employees. Our "Outstanding" school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of "Only the best will do" for all our students. Our achievements include Investors in People (Gold) and the WAS Wellbeing Award, which recognises how look after employees and pupils. We are a very supportive school, we offer opportunities for further professional development and career development.

For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils and employees, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I

(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video)

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01622 744828


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.