Elmwood & Penrose are schools which teach students who have additional needs.  We are based in Bridgwater, Somerset.  We are all empathetic and have an awareness of the challenges our students face in their lives.  We have re-organised two special schools onto three sites.  We believe that our students need to experience the rights of passage to different buildings as they get older.  Penrose, the primary school, is based in Albert Street, Bridgwater and is a maintained Trust school.  The secondary school, Elmwood, is co-located with Robert Blake Science College on Hamp Avenue, Bridgwater and is a PFI.  The Jean Rees Centre 16-19 provision is based on the campus of Chilton Trinity.

Are you looking for your next challenging and exciting opportunity?  Our governors wish to recruit to the below vacancies,

You can use the following Application Forms to apply for any Vacancies listed below.

For a Non-Teaching Position Application Form Click Here

For a Teaching Position Application Form Click Here

TEACHING ASSISTANTS required ASAP – Permanent Contracts  

32.5 hours per weekâ¯39 Weeks per year. (Term time plus INSET days) 

Term time hours of work: Monday 08:45 am - 5.00 pm Tuesday - Friday 08:45 am to 3:30 pm.  

Supply positions are available if you are currently unable to commit to a full time position 

Grade 15 SCP 3 - 4 £13,470 - £13,739 Actual annual gross salary   

Grade 14 SCP 4 - 6 £13,739 - £14,294 Actual annual gross salary  

Dependent on experience 

We are seeking positive, enthusiastic and dynamic candidates, able to demonstrate flexibility, empathy and excellent communication skills. In return, the federation is committed to developing the skills of all staff and offer a rich CPD programme. Successful candidates will join a friendly and supportive team of staff who are committed to achieving high standards for all pupils.  

There are two schools within the Federation, Penrose School which is a Primary phase special school and Elmwood School which is a Secondary phase special school. Elmwood School has a separate Post 16 facility, the Jean Rees Centre. The three different sites are situated across Bridgwater.  

You will be expected to demonstrate: 

  • Excellent Communication skills 

  • An understanding of how children and young people learn 

  • An ability to build positive relationships with students, staff and    families 

  • Good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills 

Closing date: Monday 24 June 2019 

Shortlisting date: Tuesday 25 June 2019 

Interview date: Friday 5 July 2019 

This is a very exciting time for the Federation as we are expecting to be moving to a new larger special school within Bridgwater after September 2020.  

Please email application to Sue Pring at the email address below or apply on line at DAS  

Telephone: 01278 445243 


Click here to download/view the Teaching Assistant Job Description


Assistant Headteacher / SENCO

Salary Range: L6 – L10   Start date January 2020 (sooner if possible)

We are seeking a dynamic Assistant Headteacher/ SENCO to join our Senior Leadership Team at Elmwood and Penrose Federation. 

The Assistant Headteacher/ SENCO of the Elmwood & Penrose Federation will:

  • Work with the Deputy Headteacher to oversee, monitor and develop the pastoral work of the Federation.
  • Manage the Pastoral Team and monitor the impact of the work of the Family Team.
  • Manage and develop the work in mental health in conjunction with the Deputy Headteacher.
  • Monitor EHCP’s and Annual reviews and ensure that reviews are person centred.
  • Manage the intervention referral system, including monitoring and reporting on impact.
  • Support the senior leadership team to become outward facing
  • Oversee the work of the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children.
  • Act as a DDSL (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) for the Federation working closely with the Safeguarding team and multi-agencies.
  • Be a member of the Senior Leadership team.
  • Be enthusiastic and energetic and promote the Federation within the community.

In return the Federation can offer you:

  • Rich CPD programme
  • A supportive and passionate leadership team
  •  A fantastic team of staff
  • The opportunity to work with amazing students and be part of their journey.

There will be a teaching commitment to this role of up to 2 days. This will be flexible to meet the needs of the Federation.

Elmwood & Penrose Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This appointment will be subject to enhanced DBS disclosure, medical clearance, proof of the right to work in the UK and satisfactory references.

Closing date:  Monday 1 July

Shortlisting: Tuesday 2 July

Interview date: Wednesday 10 July

For more information, please contact Sue Pring email:

Tel: 01278 456243

Click here to download/view the Assistant Head Job Description

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