Specialist Occupational Therapist

(Actual Salary: £14,528 – £22,233 per annum (FTE £27,146 - £41,543 per annum) depending on experience Salary Scale: Spine R5-8. Scale Point 27-54)
Location: Brantridge School, Haywards Heath, RH17 6EQ Hours: 22.5 hours per week, Term Time Only (potentially increasing to 36hrs)

Closing Date: 29/10/2021


Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and resilient Occupational Therapist interested in a career in paediatric Mental Health to join our school to provide intensive specialist support for pupils. We seek a therapist who wants to develop their skills and knowledge in a specialist educational setting from Key Stage 1 and 2. Confidence and experience of working with children with complex Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs is essential.

You will

  • • Be able to provide 1:1, paired and group interventions both in and outside of the classroom setting, in order to meet provision outlined on pupil’s Education, Health and Care Plans
  • • Support the pupils with specific areas of difficulty, and have specific knowledge and experience in developing interventions to target social and psychological needs
  • • Be confident in implementing strategies to manage pupils’ emotional regulation, to increase engagement in learning and develop pupils’ self-esteem
  • • Support in the development and coordination of a new sensory room within the school
  • • Attend multi-displinary meetings and provide training for the Education team, Pupil Support team, Safeguarding team and Therapy team to provide updates on pupil progress, encourage effective sharing of research and knowledge and to develop sound understanding of the needs of the pupils
  • • Be able to advise parents and carers with the management of students’ emotional regulation and sensory needs at home
  • • Maintain succinct clinical notes, complete relevant assessments highlighting issues of concern to the teams around the pupils and track progress, to ensure pupil data is available to inform future planning.

Occupational Therapist – JD PS – Sept 2021

Further Information

This is a unique opportunity to develop specialist clinical skills within an educational environment, offering the chance to work collaboratively with a range of professionals and to use therapeutic skills creatively to meet the needs of pupils and students. In return we offer excellent support from colleagues and staff, commitment to CPD, access to internal and external training.

If you believe you can help our pupils to fulfil their potential at school, at home and in their communities and are looking for a fresh challenge, then this role may be just what you are looking for.

Brantridge School is a special academy located in Staplefield, near Haywards Heath, designed to meet the educational, behavioural and therapeutic needs of boys (age 5-11 years). Our children have a range of special needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

The School is part of Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust and it has established a strong reputation with children, parents and professionals alike in educating and caring for pupils with challenging behaviour and associated learning difficulties. Our Therapy team consists of a Speech and Language Therapist, Art Therapist and Therapy Assistant and you will help play a critical role in ensuring our pupils achieve their full potential.

Application Guidance

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Amy Morrison on 01444 400228.

To apply for the role, please click here. You will be redirected to apply via our online TES portal.

Closing date: 29th October 2021

Interview date: W/C 1st November 2021

Brantridge School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointments made are subject to 6 months probationary period and an enhanced DBS check.

Please note that we start screening applications and often interviewing candidates from the start of a campaign. A successful candidate could progress to offer before the advertised closing date. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you are interested in this role.

It took us two years to find a SEN school for our son. He has been going to Brantridge School since February and he has come on leaps and bounds. - Parent

The School is fantastic, with wonderful staff and facilities. - Parent

From my experience working with the school I have found them to have always been child focused and willing to adapt their provision to meet a child's specific needs. - Parent

My son started in September 2021 and he is very settled and understood by Brantridge School. - Parent

My son currently attends Brantridge School and is in your Year 5. He has progressed massively since starting here 2 1/2 years ago. - Parent

My son has done amazingly well since attending Brantridge. He has improved academically and grown in confidence. I could not have wished for a better school for him. - Parent

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