Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENCO)

Pay Range: MPR/UPR (Fringe) + TLR 1B
Start Date: 1st September 2023 (or earlier)
Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 03/02/2023

As the new Orsett Heath Academy is in its third year and continues to grow, we are looking to recruit a talented and ambitious teacher to lead our SEND work. This is a unique opportunity to further develop and shape SEND provision in a new school. You will be working closely with the Senior Leadership Team to develop and implement the whole school strategy, shape and manage provision in the school, lead the learning support team and provide support, guidance and training to teachers.

The successful applicant will be passionate about removing barriers to learning for SEND pupils. They will be able to work in partnership with parents, teachers and external agencies where necessary and will regularly review the appropriateness and accessibility of our curriculum offer.

We welcome applications from existing SENCOs who would relish the opportunity to develop whole school provision in a new school as well as experienced teachers who wish to train to become a qualified SENCO and who have the relevant skills and attributes to be successful in the role.

If you have energy and passion in abundance and would like to join a unique school with a dynamic and collaborative team, then we look forward to hearing from you.


Why Orsett Heath Academy?

Orsett Heath is a relatively new thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. As a new school, we opened our doors to welcome our first pupils in 2020. Since then the school has proved popular with parents and pupils and we are oversubscribed in all three current year groups. We have created a successful school which pupils and staff are incredibly proud of. In the summer of 2024 we move into our new £37m school building adjacent to our current purpose built accommodation at Thurrock Rugby Club. When full, the new building will have 1200 pupils and be amongst the largest in Thurrock. We are looking for highly motivated, talented and ambitious staff who share our inclusive ethos and who want to help us grow over the coming years.



We are a Multi Academy Trust who wish to ensure our profession remains supportive and exciting. We believe that every young person in our community needs and deserves an education that will maximise their future life chances.

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

  • The support of an experienced Executive Headteacher;
  • A supportive and friendly work environment;
  • Becoming part of a growing organisation;
  • Full and comprehensive induction with training and tailored pathways for individual career progression;
  • Competitive salary and relocation packages with a defined benefits pension scheme
  • Attractive benefits package


If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Head of School or Executive Headteacher, please email [email protected].

Please return your letter of application and completed form to:

 HR Department


C/o William Edwards School

Stifford Clays Road


Essex, RM16 3NJ


South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring service.