Speech and Language Therapist, FRENSHAM

Greater London, South East England
Contract type:
Full time, Part time / Job share
NHS band:
Band 5
Specialist areas:
Education, Paediatric, Mainstream and special schools
Start Date:
September 2020
More House School
Job Ref:

Nationally celebrated, More House School provides an exceptional, mainstream education for boys with Specific Learning Difficulties. Wellbeing and promoting positive mental health are a priority. Providing a transformative education repeatedly recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted over more than a decade, we offer a specialised learning environment for 480 day and boarding boys from Year 4 to Year 13. Our pupils are taught to recognise their strengths and develop their self-belief so that they achieve independence and extraordinary results at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, above the national averages.
Delivering a mainstream independent-school experience, both academically and socially, the very broad curriculum affords all pupils the opportunity to discover their strengths, challenging them to fulfil their academic and extra-curricular potential. All boys who attend More House are individually timetabled, with many receiving support through the on-site Learning Development Centre and its qualified therapeutic staff. Judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last five school inspections, our most recent inspection (March 2019) graded More House School ‘Outstanding’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ in each of the six sub-sections of the report. More House is CReSTeD approved, listed in their Specialist Schools category, and is a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Boarding Schools’ Association.

Therapeutic staff join the school from a variety of backgrounds and a number have had experience in other educational provisions and/or the National Health Service. Some have worked at More House for many years, although the school has supported many newly qualified Speech and Language Therapists to complete their competencies.

About the department:

The role will be based in the Learning Development Centre (LDC) which houses a supportive team of 11 Speech and Language Therapists, 5 Occupational Therapists, and 8 literacy/numeracy tutors. The department has a growing national reputation and strong links with universities, regularly providing educational placements for Speech and Language Therapy students from the University of Reading. We have recently introduced a sensory integration facility and actively encourage multidisciplinary working and communication between teachers and Staff. More House is an inclusive environment and LDC Staff frequently have opportunities to attend school trips, enabling them to gain a holistic picture of the students and to get to know them better. There are also opportunities to attend residential trips; recent trips have included Ypres, the New Forest, a water sports centre in Wales, and ski trips to Italy.

Job Description

The above list of duties is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to perform such other duties as may be, from time to time, deemed necessary by the Headmaster. This is a non-residential post.

The role and responsibilities include:

• to assess pupils’ needs for Speech and Language Therapy;
• to develop and implement specialist Speech and Language Therapy for pupils and to evaluate the outcomes of the intervention;
• to provide advice and support to other staff members regarding the management of communication difficulties;
• to enable pupils to access the full curriculum by providing support within the classroom as necessary;
• to liaise with other staff as required; to provide support and development for examinations
• to explain the role of Speech and Language Therapist to visitors, students, volunteers and other professionals;
• to prepare reports and data analyses;
• to prepare suitable materials to support therapy;
• to attend school functions as requested.


The post-holder is responsible to the Headmaster in all matters, is supported by the Lead Speech and Language Therapists and reports to the Head of the Learning Development Centre.

The successful applicant must also interact effectively on a professional level with colleagues, and seek to establish and maintain productive relationships with all.

Person specification:


Degree in Speech and Language Therapy
Membership of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


Attendance at relevant training courses HCPC Registration

Skills and Experience


• An ability to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the HCPC standards of proficiency for Speech and Language.
• Therapists and the HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
• An ability, with guidance, to assess pupils’ needs for Speech and Language Therapy.
• An ability to develop and implement specialist Speech and Language Therapy for pupils and to evaluate the outcomes of the intervention.
• An ability to make effective use of strategies to motivate and engage pupils in therapy and to promote good student relationships.
• An ability to communicate effectively with pupils, parents and staff.
• Relevant work experience/university placement experience.
• A good understanding of the principles of supportive behavior management.
• Evidence of commitment to own professional development.
• Strong commitment to the values and ethos of the school
• Confidence using IT to communicate.
• An ability to keep accurate and contemporaneous records.
• Excellent standard of written English and attention to detail.


• A willingness to engage in activities in the wider school activities in the wider school community as described on the school website.
• Recent professional development relevant to Speech and Language Therapy in educational settings.
• Proficient skills with Microsoft. Experience of using a school focused management information system.
• Personal Attributes
• Sense of humor and a positive outlook on life.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills demonstrating an understanding of and commitment to professionalism.
• Understanding of own strengths and areas for development.
• An ability to demonstrate sensitivity and an awareness and understanding of other’s needs and perspectives.
• An ability to demonstrate self-motivation and meet objectives on own initiative.
• An ability to demonstrate flexibility and to respond positively to change.
• An ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Excellent time management skills and prioritisation skills and ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.
Full time hours are 8.20am until 4.30pm five days a week during term-time and 8.20am until 5.30pm one day a week during term time. (Note: academic terms are typically shorter than those in the state-maintained sector, and school holidays are therefore significantly longer).

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
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