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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 – Temporary in the first instance

32.5 hours per week 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 looking to appoint teaching assistants due to an increase of students to the Federation. We are looking for 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: Thursday 5 December 2019
Shortlisting date: Friday 6 December 2019
Interview date: Thursday 12 December 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 at the end of December 2020.

To apply, please follow the link here.

Elmwood & Penrose Federation, Hamp Avenue, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AW

Tel: 01278 456243     Email:

Age range: 4-19

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.

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