Why Work At St Mark’s School?
St Mark’s School is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive school where students thrive and reach their full academic and personal potential through the combination of a personalised, dynamic curriculum, quality teaching, enriching opportunities and high expectations.
The staff at St Mark’s School are integral towards achieving our vision of inspiring students for future success. We are looking for committed, talented and passionate individuals to join our team, who will thrive on the prospect of developing confident, independent-minded learners with a spirit of ambition and adventure.
We encourage personal creativity and welcome innovative, forward-thinking ideas from staff. Teamwork is also at the heart of everything we do and by working together we aim to secure a successful future for all our students.
Joining our team: what St Mark’s has to offer
Professional development opportunities
Professional development opportunities are important to us and ensure we can provide the best possible education to our students. We value every member of staff and believe there is always room for personal development and growth; therefore, we encourage all members of staff to continue to challenge themselves and make the most of the opportunities we can offer.
All new staff can expect a thorough induction programme upon joining the school where you are introduced to the school and team, policies and procedures are shared and training needs and development opportunities are identified. As part of our team you will receive ongoing support and development at every stage of your career as we provide regular opportunities for staff to grow and develop with tailored trainings.
Personalised learning environment
Our small class sizes mean all students have the opportunity for unrivalled mentoring and individual support to enhance personal development.
Excellent location and culture
Situated in Bath there are many benefits to the location of the school. St Mark’s School is based in one of the most unique and desirable places to live in the UK; with Roman Heritage, Georgian architecture, excellent shopping and well-established transport links to both inner-city London and rural countryside in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire; giving the best of both worlds.
Other transport benefits include:
- Trains running to London every 15 minutes
- Bristol International Airport is a short drive away with flights to many European cities
- Easy access to motorway networks M5 and M4
We are currently recruiting for the following position:
Head of Learning Support (SENDCO)
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St Mark’s School, Bath, has a long standing and excellent reputation for SEND provision. Due to the pending retirement of our existing SENDCO, we now seek to appoint an ambitious and visionary leader who will enrich and further develop this area of the school as it enters a new, exciting phase of growth and innovation. Our school lies at the heart of its community. As a result of high expectations, enthusiastic teaching and very positive relationships, students enjoy school and want to do well.
As Head of Learning Support and SENDCO you will:
- Be an excellent communicator and be driven to take responsibility for the leadership and development of this key area of school.
- Have focus on the vision, policy (including the delivery of the statutory requirements of the SEND Code of Practice) and oversee the provision for all SEND students.
- Develop the culture of the department and the quality of educational experience offered to students and further establish the department within the whole school community.
- Be a motivational leader responsible for the personal and professional welfare of staff within the department.
- Lead the team, supporting students and staff to achieve their best by removing the barriers to learning.
The successful candidate would ideally have:
- Qualified teacher status with the knowledge and experience of teaching students with SEND
- Experience of developing and delivering programmes for students with SEND
- Experience of leading and managing staff in developing and implementing effective provision for vulnerable students
- An understanding of methods and good practice in reviewing and evaluating teaching & learning
- Evidence of knowledge and understanding of effective record keeping, and its use to promote the educational and personal development of all children
- An understanding of national developments in the area of social inclusion and SEND
- Knowledge of the National Curriculum, including Programmes of Study and national strategies related to teaching pupils with SEND
- Knowledge of a range of accreditation available to students
- An understanding of behaviour management strategies
- Ability to build effective working relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders.
- Ability to motivate colleagues and students through a positive and professional attitude
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
- Excellent behaviour management skills based on a firm but empathetic approach with students
- National Award for Special Educational Need Coordination or a commitment to gain the qualification
- Have good literacy and mathematical skills
- Be hard working and adaptable to change
- Have a secure understanding and knowledge of observing children’s learning
We would like to appoint an outstanding secondary teacher and leader to the role of SENDCO and are looking for someone who can drive forward the strategic direction of the SEND department, ensuring outstanding performance of this area. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person – if you have evidence of successful teaching in SEND in secondary education, ideally including SENDCO experience, and feel you have the character and moral purpose to really improve children’s futures please consider applying for this role.
St Mark’s, Bath are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of our students and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service is required for all successful applicants.