Job description

During this exciting period of growth at Abbey School. We now require an additional member to join our Residential Team. We are a bespoke independent special school based in Chester city centre and we encourage suitable individuals with a passion for SEND who align with our values and vision to contact us.

Responsibilities and Role

The main focus is to create a safe, caring and nurturing environment for resident young people which promotes the school’s focus on enhancing Quality of Life through the Abbey School BAGS model (Belonging and connection, Autonomy and control, Gifts and talents, Speaking listening and sense of self). You will lead the residential staff team to have a specific focus on preparing young people for adult life and will work closely with parents and families to ensure that each young person’s support needs are fully met. As a waking watch you will play a role in the establishment, maintenance and development of the environment and climate of the Home, thus providing young people with a calm and relaxed living experience. Our aim to give our young people the best quality of life experiences and support them to be emotionally secure, happy and positive outcomes. 
During your induction you will become fully conversant with the Abbey School/ Abbey Greens Common philosophy and policies. To respect and maintain the confidential nature of the work. Team Leaders will actively lead in planning and participating in the homes recreational and social program and engage individuals, and will be responsible for the record keeping in line with the National minimum Care standards for Residential special Schools and the social care Inspection framework.  

Application form

Completed application forms should be returned with a covering letter addressed to the Principal, Dr Katy Lee.

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Recruitment pack

For further information please download the recruitment pack below which contains a detailed job description and person specification.

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How to apply?

If you feel as though you have the right qualities to join our exciting, innovative and exceptional school then please read our recruitment pack which includes a detailed job description and person specification, and complete the school application form, available to download above.

Please complete an application form as soon as possible. Completed application forms should be returned to recruitment@abbeyschool.com with a covering letter addressed to the Principal, Dr Katy Lee. Alternatively, application forms with covering letters can be sent by post to Abbey School, 10-11 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU. Please be advised that we only accept fully completed application forms.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be asked to complete a written task as part of the interview process.

Additional notes

The School will complete an online search for all shortlisted candidates. If any incidents or issues have happened that are publicly available online, the school may wish to explore this at interview.

Abbey School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Child safer recruitment procedures operate and the post is subject to references and an Enhanced DBS disclosure with barred list checks.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are ‘spent’ unless ‘protected’ under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marriage/civil partnerships, religion/belief, or sexual orientation.

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