Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENCO)

Pay Range: MPR/UPR + TLR 1B
Start Date: January 2023
Contract Type: Full time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 03/10/2022

Pay Range:                 MPR/UPR + TLR 1B

Position Start Date:  January 2023

Contract Type:           Full-time
Contract Term:           Permanent

Application Close:      Monday 3rd October


As the new Orsett Heath Academy enters 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 Academy opened in 2020 with 120 Year 7 Pupils. We are oversubscribed all three current year groups. During the 2023/24 academic year we will move to our new school building. The school is currently located in purpose built accommodation at Thurrock Rugby Club, adjacent to the final school site. The school will grow to be a large community 11-16 school with 1200 pupils. We have assembled a highly motivated and able staff team and are looking for people who share our values to help us grow.



This is an exciting time to join SWECET as the Trust has recently grown to 6 schools. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.


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

  • 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 salaries;
  • A two week October half term; and
  • Reduced gym membership at a Trust school.


If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Head of School or Executive Headteacher, please email recruitment@swecet.org.


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.

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