Job details

Job Salary
Grade 3 £23,500 to £23,893 pro-rata
Seven Hills School
Job Reference
Hours per week
34.5 hours per week full time
Contract Type
Closing date

Seven Hills School is a Co-educational Secondary Special School co-located with a good Catholic High School near the centre of the city. We cater for pupils from 11 to 19 years of age. All pupils have learning difficulties, and many have other associated difficulties relating to communication, sensory, physical and/or medical disabilities. In common with many other special schools, pupils admitted have increasingly complex needs.  

Seven Hills School is an inspirational community, which nurtures talents, shares learning and celebrates life. The Seven Hills community is a strong and resourceful one with a central commitment to provide outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for all our students. Students are challenged to achieve their full potential. Teaching is designed to inspire and create activity, curiosity and engagement. We pride ourselves on helping to influence and shape future citizens who can contribute to their own well being and that of others and who can achieve in their own individual goals and aspirations.

We are looking to appoint enthusiastic and committed individuals who are able to relate well to young people with a range of complex needs including severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, communication difficulties and social, emotional and behavioural needs.  

The successful candidates must:

•    Be able to work collaboratively within a staff team and with visiting therapists. 
•    Provide high quality support for the learning, personal care, communication and physical needs of students, working across a range of ages and abilities.  
•    Have a high level of communication skills and the ability to relate positively to young people and adults
•    Develop positive relationships with students, parents and staff
•    Be able to adapt to changing situations 
•    Be flexible in order to respond to the needs of the students
•    Have experience of managing students with challenging behaviour, be Team Teach trained and have a willingness to develop this further

The school has a large post 16 provision based at The Bridge, this is a joint provision, providing post 16 education for Talbot and Seven Hills students in preparation for them moving on to further education settings. The Bridge is situated on the Newfield/Talbot site (S8) area) in a separate building to Talbot school. The successful applicants may be required to work in either phase 1, phase 2 or phase 3 and on either of our sites. This will be dependent on the skills and experience of the applicant. It would be helpful to know if you have a preference to which site you would prefer to be located at, please state this on you application form.

Teaching Assistants also contribute towards students’ formal and informal assessment and help build effective relationships between home and school.

All Teaching Assistants are required to be proficient in Safe Moving and Handling techniques and Team Teach.  Training will be provided as necessary. A knowledge of Makaton, basic ICT skills and experience of working with students with disabilities, learning difficulties, and communication difficulties would be an advantage but professionals with a positive attitude who are committed to their own professional development will also be considered.

The selection process involves shortlisting candidates through the matching of information from the application form and accompanying letter/statement to the person specification.
Please return your completed application form to the Schools Human Resources Manager Tracy Mycroft by email or by post to Seven Hills School, Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RJ.

These roles are 34.5 hours per week full time Monday to Thursday 8:30 to 4:00, Friday 8:30 to 3:30

Part time hours will be considered, please state your preferred days / hours on your application form.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  All successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. We welcome applications from everyone.  Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

The Council is not responsible or accepts liability to the reader, for information included in this job advert. If you have any queries or concerns, please speak to the school.