The Iffley Academy
April 26, 2021
Job Type
Short Summary
The Iffley Academy is Oxfordshire’s largest Special School, and caters for pupils up to the age of 18 with a diverse range of SEN
TMS/UPS plus SEN allowance (SEN 1 moving to SEN 2)
Working Pattern
Full time
Closing Date
May 17, 2021


September 2021 or flexible to suit the successful candidate

If you are committed to enriching and improving the lives of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, if you would like to join a team which delivers an exciting and diverse curriculum which is not driven by the National Curriculum or exam outcomes, and if you want to work in a vibrant and Outstanding Special Academy – we want to hear from you.

The Iffley Academy is Oxfordshire’s largest Special School, and caters for pupils up to the age of 18 with a diverse range of SEN, including Moderate Cognition and Learning Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. We have high expectations of our students, and are dedicated to removing the barriers to learning so students can achieve their full potential.

Students are taught through a differentiated and bespoke curriculum designed to enhance academic and social development, with a strong emphasis on independence skills. The curriculum delivers a thematic, cyclical approach to provide a meaningful and interesting context for the development of basic skills, knowledge and understanding while providing the relevant National Curriculum requirements. Classes are grouped into stage, not age, allowing for innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning and are taught predominantly by one class teacher, supported by additional class adults. The Academy provides support for the social and emotional needs of students through a qualified and skilled therapeutic team, underpinned by a pastoral support team. The offer to students is enhanced by additional specialist therapies and interventions.

Our focus is to recruit teachers who are keen to grasp the possibilities offered by the Academy where practice is based on SEN pedagogy and evidence: who would relish getting involved in exciting national professional development projects, and who want to work as part of a multi-disciplinary and specialist team.

In return for your determination to make a difference to the lives of our learners, we can offer you the opportunity to work in new state-of-the-art buildings and become part of our inclusive and supportive community.

Our unique features include:

  • A curriculum model which is designed around our children.
  • Individual learning pathways which teach the way our students learn and moves away from the “one size fits all” approach.
  • An ethos of Restorative Approaches, mutual respect, and social responsibility which creates an inclusive and nurturing community.
  • The teaching of functional skills for life and vocational options and the chance to support students in achieving accreditation which prepares them for the workplace.
  • A flexible, innovative and student-centred approach, which supports not only excellent teaching and learning, but also the emotional and mental wellbeing of students and their individual needs.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 17 May 2021.

Interview date: Wednesday 19 May 2021.

Please ensure you detail any gaps in employment and use the selection criteria which is contained in the job pack when you prepare your application, as shortlisting for interview will be based on how closely you demonstrate your ability to fulfil the essential criteria. We do not accept CVs. If you are shortlisted, we will take up written references before your interview so please provide permission for this and provide accurate phone and email contact details for your referees. One of your referees must be your current or last employer, and if you are employed in a school, must include your current Head Teacher.

The Gallery Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any offer of employment with The Gallery Trust is subject to verification of ID and qualifications, satisfactory evidence of the right to work in the UK, health clearance, NCTL and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check. The Gallery Trust is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from candidates from all ethnic and community backgrounds.

The Gallery Trust Iffley Turn, Oxford OX4 4DU • Tel: 01865 747606

The Gallery Trust is an exempt charity. Company registration No. 08334718 Registered in England and Wales

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