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More House School

Speech and Language Therapist (Band 5)

Full time (full-time equivalent job share considered), permanent, non-residential position, Sept 2021 start 

We are looking for 2 newly or recently qualified speech and language therapist to join our dynamic team in September 2021.   We offer excellent training and support working in a friendly and professional environment.

About the school 

Nationally celebrated, More House School provides an exceptional, mainstream education for boys with Specific Learning Difficulties.  Providing a transformative education repeatedly recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over more than a decade, we offer a specialised learning environment for 490 day and boarding boys from Year 4 to Year 13.  Our pupils are taught to recognise their strengths and develop their self-belief so that they achieve independence and extraordinary results at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, above the national averages.

Delivering a mainstream independent-school experience, both academically and socially, the very broad curriculum affords all pupils the opportunity to discover their strengths, challenging them to fulfil their academic and extra-curricular potential.  All boys who attend More House are individually timetabled, with many receiving support through the on-site Learning Development Centre and its qualified therapeutic staff.  Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last five school inspections, our most recent inspection (March 2019) graded More House School ‘Outstanding’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in each of the sub-sections of the report.  More House is CReSTeD approved, listed in their Specialist Schools category, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Boarding Schools’ Association.

The school is set on a wooded hillside in nearly thirty acres of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Hampshire/Surrey border, and attractive modern facilities lie above the playing fields.  London Waterloo is one hour away by train from close-by Farnham railway station, and there is easy access to the M25, M3 and A3 major routes.  Guildford is twenty minutes’ drive away.

In recent years, the school has refurbished and extended its boarding facilities, refurbished its eight Science laboratories, built its School of Engineering and CAD facilities, and opened a new Humanities block and school Chapel.  Autumn 2017 witnessed the completion of our brand new library and Media Studies centre, and growth in learning support facilities.  2018 saw the expansion of the site and the conversion of a large domestic building into our new Sixth Form centre, which was opened in January 2019, improving further the facilities for both teaching, and independent study.

Therapeutic staff join the school from a variety of backgrounds and a number have had experience in other educational provisions and/or the National Health Service.  Some have worked at More House for many years, although the school has supported many newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists to complete their competencies.  The school provides a high level of support and training for all teaching and therapy staff, affording the development of confidence and skill in helping pupils to overcome the potential barriers to achievement posed by their difficulties.

About the department 

The role will be based in the Learning Development Centre (LDC) which houses a supportive team of 11 Speech and Language Therapists, 6 Occupational Therapists, and 10 literacy/numeracy tutors. The department has a growing national reputation and strong links with universities, regularly providing educational placements for Speech and Language Therapy students from the University of Reading. We have recently introduced a sensory integration facility and actively encourage multidisciplinary working and communication between teachers and LDC Staff. More House is an inclusive environment and LDC Staff frequently have opportunities to attend school trips, enabling them to gain a holistic picture of the students and to get to know them better. There are also opportunities to attend residential trips; recent trips have included Ypres, the New Forest, a water sports centre in Wales, and ski trips to Italy.

The school is committed to professional development and training is provided within school during our comprehensive in-service training programme and regularly throughout the term. Attendance of relevant external training courses or central excellence networks (CENs) is encouraged.

About this post 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable therapist to join our department. You must be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and be registered with HCPC and RCSLT. The post will involve managing and delivering therapy to a varied caseload. Therapy staff meet regularly for CPD and supervision and support is provided both formally and informally. This post would suit a newly qualified therapist or a therapist returning to practice. Although advertised as a full-time position, we would be happy to consider a job-share. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the post further.

Full-time contract with generous school holidays amounting to approximately 13 weeks of paid holiday per year. A comprehensive induction programme is offered, and ongoing professional development is supported through INSET days and training opportunities.

The above list of duties is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to perform such other duties as may be, from time to time, deemed necessary by the Headmaster.  This is a non-residential post.

All school employees benefit from free on-site parking, and excellent lunchtime meals in the school’s refectory, at no cost.  School terms are shorter than in the state-maintained sector, with an average of eighteen school-holiday weeks per year.  In addition to the very generous, full-time salary, many of the school’s therapists choose to take on additional work outside of the school’s term-times, taking advantage of the long holiday periods.

Please note that during the present COVID-19 risk-control measures, school staff are not being provided with a meal and have agreed to provide their own packed-lunch daily.  We look forward to reverting to our normal, generous arrangements, providing an excellent lunch daily to employees as soon as the current restrictions are lifted.

The role and responsibilities include:

  • to assess pupils’ needs for Speech and Language Therapy;
  • to develop and implement specialist Speech and Language Therapy for pupils and to evaluate the outcomes of the intervention;
  • to provide advice and support to other staff members regarding the management of communication difficulties;
  • to enable pupils to access the full curriculum by providing support within the classroom as necessary;
  • to liaise with other staff as required;
  • to provide support and development for examinations;
  • to explain the role of Speech and Language Therapist to visitors, students, volunteers and other professionals;
  • to prepare reports and data analyses;
  • to prepare suitable materials to support therapy;
  • to attend school functions as requested.

 

This list of duties is not exhaustive, and as with all roles in the school, the position includes any other duties, from time to time, deemed appropriate or necessary by the headmaster.

Relationships:

  • The post-holder is responsible to the Headmaster in all matters, is supported by the Lead Speech and Language Therapists and reports to the Head of the Learning Development Centre.
  • The successful applicant must also interact effectively on a professional level with colleagues, and seek to establish and maintain productive relationships with all.

 

Person specification:

                                    Essential                                                                   Desirable

Qualifications

Degree in Speech and Language Therapy

Attendance at relevant training courses.

HCPC Registration

 

Membership of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

 

Skills and Experience

An ability to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the HCPC standards of proficiency for Speech and Language Therapists and the HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

 

An ability, with guidance, to assess pupils’ needs for Speech and Language Therapy.

 

An ability to develop and implement specialist Speech and Language Therapy for pupils and to evaluate the outcomes of the intervention.

 

An ability to make effective use of strategies to motivate and engage pupils in therapy and to promote good student relationships.

 

An ability to communicate effectively with pupils, parents and staff.

 

Relevant work experience/university placement experience.

 

A good understanding of the principles of supportive behaviour management.

 

Evidence of commitment to own professional development.

Recent professional development relevant to Speech and Language Therapy in educational settings.

Strong commitment to the values and ethos of the school as described on the school website.

A willingness to engage in activities in the wider school community.

Confidence using IT to communicate.

Proficient skills with Microsoft. Experience of using a school focused management information system.

An ability to keep accurate and contemporaneous records.

 

Excellent standard of written English and attention to detail.

 

Personal Attributes

Sense of humour and a positive outlook on life.

 

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to professionalism.

Understanding of own strengths and areas for development.

An ability to demonstrate sensitivity and an awareness and understanding of other’s needs and perspectives.

 

An ability to demonstrate self-motivation and meet objectives on own initiative.

 

An ability to demonstrate flexibility and to respond positively to change.

 

An ability to work independently and as part of a team.

 

Excellent time management skills and prioritisation skills and ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.

Perseverance

 

Hours:

Full time hours are 8.20am until 4.30pm five days a week during term-time and 8.20am until 5.30pm one day a week during term time.  (Note: academic terms are typically shorter than those in the state-maintained sector, and school holidays are therefore significantly longer). Part time hours may be discussed at interview, although it will be helpful for applicants to make clear within their applications an indication of the number of hours preferred.

Attendance at school events outside these hours from time to time, as well as INSET days towards the beginning or end of school holidays.

Salary: Extremely competitive, and in accordance with qualifications and experience.

Closing date 5pm Wednesday 26th May

Please note, we do not accept CVs. If you require further information regarding the role, please do not hesitate to email us. 

More House School

Moons Hill, Frensham,
Farnham, Surrey,
GU10 3AP.

T: 01252 792303
E: schooloffice@morehouseschool.co.uk