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Priory Lodge School, Priory Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5JJ

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£44,000 - £49,000


37.5 per week Term time Only

Job Advert Role Description

The Priory Lodge School is a school for young people aged 9-19 with mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and associated learning difficulties. Located in Roehampton, SW London, we aim to deliver the highest level of education and care according to individual needs in a safe, positive and structured environment

We are now looking for a SENDCo to join our ever growing, passionate and dedicated team. This position provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to support Priory Lodge School to deliver an outstanding service to students with a diagnosis of high functioning autism and other Special Educational Needs.

The SENDCo will be a member of our Senior Management Team and will lead skilled Learning Support Staff, working with a team of Teachers who are experienced at teaching children with high functioning autism. The SENDCo will line manage the Therapy Team and will assist in the assessment and support of specific learning difficulties, plan interventions and manage the Learner Support Register.

Whilst the closing date for this post is the end of January we will be interviewing candidates from time to time during this period and candidates should therefore apply as soon as they can.  Priory Lodge School welcomes visits from prospective candidates: please contact  A detailed job description is available.

The school particularly welcomes applications from SENDCos with some experience, preferably including secondary education as most of our students are in KS3-5 and particularly in the areas of assessing and supporting children with specific learning difficulties and carrying out access arrangements assessments for exams.

This is a full time position which will include up to 50% teaching commitment which will encompass the delivery of interventions. 

You will need:

  • Qualified Teacher Status with a record of exemplary practice.
  • The National Award for SEND Co-ordinator is desirable.
  • High expectation of what can be achieved by all groups of children, regardless of challenges faced and a proven track record in raising pupil attainment.
  • An ability to coach, mentor and lead others.
  • The ability to lead staff in developing their knowledge and expertise in working with SEN children.
  • Skill in working with pupils with a range of different abilities and needs.
  • The ability to work effectively with the Head Teacher and SLT to achieve excellence.
  • The ability to support and overview the work of the Learning Support Assistants and HLTAs.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work within a team.
  • Excellent management and organisational skills and experience of leading/managing staff.
  • The necessary communication skills enabling liaising with a variety of external agencies, including parents.
  • Thorough knowledge of the new SEND Code of Practice.

In return we can offer you:

  • A genuine opportunity to lead and make a difference.
  • High quality support and a genuine commitment to your CPD to ensure that you are successful.
  • An experienced, committed and ambitious team to support you.
  • A well resourced school.
  • A fantastic community of parents and children who deserve the best.
  • An excellent working school environment where staff are happy, positive and dedicated to enabling pupils to reach their potential.

Interviews may take place before closing date if suitable candidates apply.

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For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.


About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.



Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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