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We are a Special Educational Needs school that is dedicated to providing the best possible education and care for our learners. We believe that every student has unique abilities and potential, and we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment where they can thrive.

Our team is made up of dedicated and compassionate individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of our learners. We offer a variety of opportunities for career growth, and we are always looking for individuals who share our passion for helping students reach their full potential. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, we would love to hear from you.

Our Salary and Benefits Package

Salary & Benefits

Excellent base salary in line with TES, upper quartile salary structures, and a sector leading benefits package.

Bike2Work Scheme

Improve your fitness, avoid a stressful commute, and save up to 42% on the cost of bikes and equipment.

Introduce a Friend

Earn a bonus by recommending someone who would like to a start a career in teaching or would like to join our team.

Attendance Reward

We want to recognise and reward those members of staff who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their job.

Wellbeing Fund

Our staff can request a £100.00 contribution to learn a new skill or to support their wellbeing or personal development.

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Current and Future Opportunities

We are always looking for passionate Teachers, Tutors, Instructors and Learning Support professionals to join our friendly team. We offer full training packages for successful candidates, therefore, experience and/or qualifications are not essential. If you would like to register your interest for current or future opportunities, please submit your details below.

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    Staff Development Case Studies

    We are absolutely committed to supporting our staff to achieve their career progression goals and aspirations and are pleased to share some of their success stories here.

    Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer started with Orchard in December 2019 having had no previous experience working in education, let alone in the SEND sector.

    Tom was a semi-professional footballer who had recently completed a personal training qualification, and joined the school initially as a temporary member of staff in the role of Learning Support.

    Tom’s natural ability to connect with learners, quickly became apparent and he was soon confidently working with some of our harder to reach learners. Tom’s natural composure and calm nature meant he was soon offered a permanent position at the school. He has always shown an interest in the learning hub and centre management and has a real flair for engaging learners and deescalating any potential physical intervention situations.

    From the start, Tom was keen to develop his skills and to take on additional responsibility.  His career aspirations are to progress as far as he can within the organisation, and his commitment to the school and enthusiasm for helping learners have been rewarded already.

    Tom quickly undertook his Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification, funded by the school. He was the first in his cohort to complete the course, and immediately wanted to progress to Level 3.

    Recently Tom has progressed into a Tutor role after an internal opportunity became available and he is now undertaking his teaching qualification which, once again, is fully funded by the school, instead of the L3 Teaching Assistant  qualification he had originally intended to study.

    We know Tom will continue to go from strength to strength, and he will of course be supported to fulfil his ambition to progress as far as he can!

    Charlotte Kerr

    Charlotte Kerr started her journey at The Orchard as an agency worker at our Laceby Road site. Charlotte was supported by our Tutor Champion and worked in the nurture base with the largest class of mixed ability learners and despite being new to education, soon discovered a passion for working with children with SEN.

    Since joining us, Charlotte has been trained in Team Teach, ESP’s, Daily Logs, transport, ILJ’s and the relevance of Education Health and Care Plans. Keen to widen her role, Charlotte also now takes responsibility for the weekly kitchen checks, fridge and equipment checks. Charlotte is currently undertaking her Level 2 Teaching Assistant course, which is being funded by the school, and she also has the support of other members of staff who have done or are currently studying for the same qualification.

    Charlotte’s confidence is growing all the time and her ability to support our young people is fantastic. She has great relationships with all the learners and staff across the site. Charlotte has progressed to being a ‘safe face’ for some of the learners at our Roberts Street site, and uses strategies form ESP’s to encourage, engage and motivate the learners.