Role: SENDCo – (Maternity Cover)

Location: Wessex Lodge School, Frome, Somerset

Salary: From £32,000.00 per annum

Hours: Monday to Friday

Are you looking for an opportunity to be a part of something amazing?

About us – Wessex Lodge School is growing!

Wessex Lodge School currently comprises of two sites: Wessex Lodge School located in Frome, and Newmead Farm, located in Maiden Bradley. Both sites allow students the opportunity to explore the curriculum alongside a range of subject paths, including the likes of, animal care, horticulture, DT, and forest school, as well as sporting activities.

Our students are aged between 8 and 18 years old. Each student has individual needs and, supported by the THRIVE approach, through a proven range of practitioner-led services and our talented staff, we can help to improve life outcomes for every student.

The established staff team come from a variety of previous occupations and have a vast range of individual skills, which can be utilised, within this school. So, if you have an interest and/or qualifications in animal care, horticulture, construction, outdoor education, forestry or any other specific trade or hobby, we would love to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development, implementation, and review of the SEN policy and provision in line with statutory requirements and best practice.
  • Coordinate the identification, assessment, and provision of support for students with special educational needs, ensuring their individual needs are met effectively.
  • Provide guidance, training, and support to staff to enhance their understanding of SEN principles and best practices.
  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and external agencies to develop and implement personalized learning plans for students with SEN.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of SEN provision, identifying areas for improvement and implementing strategies to enhance outcomes for students.


  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, with a recognized SENCo qualification.
  • Proven experience working as a SENCo or in a similar SEN leadership role within a school or college setting.
  • Strong understanding of SEN legislation, policies, and best practices.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, parents, and external agencies to support the diverse needs of learners.

Why join Acorn Education? 


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the pupils and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people. All applicants will be subject to social media checks and successful applicants to a fully enhanced DBS.

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy. 


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