Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

Pay Range: MPR/UPR plus TLR 1B = £10,204
Start Date: September 2022
Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 23/05/2022

As the new Orsett Heath Academy continues to grow, are looking to recruit a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and inspirational Special Educational Needs Coordinator. The successful candidate will be someone who believes, as we do, that our students will thrive when given the right support to access our broad and aspirational curriculum. This is a key middle leadership role with responsibility for ensuring that our Inclusion team continues to develop and grow.

As SENCo, the post holder will be responsible for cultivating an inclusive learning environment throughout Orsett Heath Academy. The post holder will develop the graduated response to SEND needs at a whole school level, to support students with particular learning needs and lead staff in best practice, enabling every Orsett Heath Academy student to achieve their full potential, along with a responsibility for safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all students.


Why Orsett Heath Academy?

Orsett Heath Academy opened in 2020 with 120 Year 7 Pupils. We are oversubscribed in both Year 7 and Year 8. During 2022/23 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:

  • Competitive salaries with a defined benefit pension scheme
  • Personalised CPD plan supporting your professional development and career progression in an expanding Trust.
  • Reduced gym membership at a Trust school
  • Relocation package including up to 6 months’ free accommodation
  • Two week October half term


If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Head of School or Executive Headteacher or visit the school, 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.