Teaching Assistant

The Wherry School

Specialist School for ASD Learners

(Supported by The Wherry School Trust)


Teaching Assistants – 8 posts in total: 33 hours per week, term time + 1 week

Teaching Assistant – Supporting Teaching and Learning at Key Stage 2-3 –

  • 2 posts: Scale D 14-17 – Key Stage 2 (Year 3-5)
  • 4 posts; Scale D 14-17 – Key Stage 3
  • 2 posts: Scale E 18-21 – Key Stage 3

The Wherry School,

Hall Road,



For September 2018 onwards

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the team of The Wherry School to support young people with autism working alongside teachers and staff with the passion to deliver a truly individualised curriculum. You will be joining our school staff in a newly built and resourced specialist setting for children with a diagnosis of autism and who all possess a mainstream ability profile.

The Wherry School opened in September 2017 with 48 learners, initially in Years 1 to 8, and within four years will grow to its full capacity of 100 students across the 4-19 age range. It has been established to meet a clear educational need in the area and is supported by a Trust and educational partners, all of whom are successfully providing outstanding education and/or support to children and young people in Norfolk.

You will provide direct support to the children and young people in their allocated classes (approximately 6 children per class & 2 Teaching Assistants) at Key Stage 2 or 3 working alongside the classteacher to support the personalisation of the learning for the children to ensure that individual needs are met. The successful candidate will:


  • Take an active role in a wide range of classroom and physical activities throughout the academic year; assisting and working closely with the Class Teacher and other Teaching Assistants to contribute to lessons

  • Support the development of key core subject knowledge including phonics, reading, specific mathematical knowledge and intervention programmes, as appropriate

  • Support the children and young people, alongside colleagues in the classroom, during break periods and at lunch times, this will form part of the contracted hours (all staff will be entitled to a break during the lunchtime period)

  • support all staff to contribute to individual student assessments, including assessments of communication, learning plan targets, curriculum learning and management programmes including support for positive behaviour monitoring and reporting

  • Grade E Teaching Assistants would be required to take on cover supervisory roles within the classes in Key Stage 3 – see Job description/Job spec.

Already working in a school, educational or specialist setting, or with relevant experience of working with children and young people, you have good knowledge of supporting pupils with autism and/or additional needs. The children and young people at the Wherry School need staff who are committed to supporting them to achieve the best possible outcomes and who have the highest aspirations for all. This is a unique opportunity to work with this new specialist Educational Trust with the commitment to provide all staff ongoing training, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction.

If you are interested in this post please contact either Rachel Quick, Principal of the Wherry School, or Robert Speck, Vice-principal at office@thewherryschool.co.uk to find out more about the role (please include a contact number in your email).

You can download the Recruitment Information Pack, including an application form, from our website at www.thewherryschool.co.uk or attachments noted below:

  • Support Staff Recruitment Information which includes

    • Person Specification

    • Support Staff – job description

    • Support Staff application form

Please email applications to office@thewherryschool.co.uk

  • Closing date: Thursday, 21st June, 2018 – 12.00 noon

  • Assessment Activity Day: Tuesday 26th June – am Primary, pm Secondary

  • Interview date: Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018.

The Wherry School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A full DBS check will be required for the successful candidate and all procedures and checks as in the school’s Safeguarding Children Policy will be followed. The Wherry School is an Equal Opportunities Employer. This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

Person Specification – PDF

Information Pack – PDF

Application Form – Docx

Admissions for September 2018

Information regarding admissions for September 2018 will follow shortly – for any other information regarding admissions please contact your child’s Education Health and Care Plan Coordinator for advice.

Wherry School Opening Date Confirmed

We are pleased to announce the opening date for The Wherry School will be September 2017 and will be built on land of the Hewett Academy school site. Further details will follow soon.