SENDCo – Dereham CE Junior Academy (DNEAT)


Posted on: Monday 8 February 2021

Dereham CE Junior Academy

Are you an experienced SENDCo seeking a position where making a difference to the SEND pupils across two schools is your primary role; a role without the added responsibility of classroom teaching? If so, we may have the position for you.

Headteacher: Mrs K. Scott
Gilpin’s Ride, Littlefields, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1BJ
Tel: 01362 693876

o Part of the Senior Leadership Team
o Post Grade: MPS/UPR + SEN Allowance of £3000- £4000 depending on experience (pro-rata)
o Designated Teacher for LAC and part of the Safeguarding Team (DJA only)
o Permanent Post
o 0.8 – 4 days a week non-teaching (3 days Dereham Junior and 1 day at Thomas Bullock Primary, Shipdham)
o Required for Easter 2021 or sooner if possible.

Are you an experienced SENDCo seeking a position where making a difference to the SEND pupils across two schools is your primary role; a role without the added responsibility of classroom teaching? If so, we may have the position for you.

If you have previously applied for this position and wish your application to be re-considered, please inform us directly.

Both Dereham Junior Academy and Thomas Bullock Primary Academy in Shipdham, both part of the Diocese of Norwich Education, Academies Trust (DNEAT), are seeking to jointly appoint a SENCO for a total of 4 days a week. This 0.8 post is split between the two schools thus:

  • 3 days a week working at Dereham Junior Academy
  • 1 day a week at Thomas Bullock Primary Academy.

(Your 0.8 contract will be held by Dereham Junior Academy.)

Dereham Junior Academy is a 4 form entry Junior School, in the market town of Dereham. Thomas Bullock Primary Academy is situated only a few miles away in the village of Shipdham and is a single form entry Primary Academy.

The successful applicant will be responsible for leading and developing the SEND provision within the schools and will have a proven record of expertise in special educational needs.

We require some who:

  • Has SENDCo experience and ideally the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co Ordination (if not achieved, has a commitment to undertaking this training and should have a strong understanding of SEND)
  • Has a secure knowledge of the SEN code of practice
  • Is highly motivated and able to effectively manage their timetable across two schools, one of which is very large
  • Is able to lead on SEND across both schools, providing CPD and support for staff where required
  • Is able to build effective working relationships with professionals and families
  • Has a secure grasp of Safeguarding Procedures and some experience of supporting LAC (or a commitment to do so) at Dereham Junior Academy only

*See accompanying Job Description from DJA for a full list of responsibilities.

This is an exciting role and is one which offers ample opportunity to develop your leadership abilities. The successful candidate will work collaboratively as part of two hardworking, caring teams of staff and Governors. You will be part of the Senior Leadership Team within both schools and will work closely alongside the Pastoral Team as well at Dereham Junior Academy.

Above everything else, the biggest ‘pull’ for both our schools are our amazing pupils. They deserve the best. Therefore, it is imperative that you are able to:

  • Build lasting memories for our children
  • Increase their life opportunities and broaden their horizons
  • Forge harmony not just happiness
  • Promote and develop the importance of positive relationships between everyone in and out of the academy
  • Embrace failure as well as success and develop resilience in the face of adversity
  • Challenge as well as support our pupils and help equip them with the attributes needed to embrace an ever-changing future.


Closing date: Monday 22 February 2021

Interviews: Friday 26 February 2021

How to apply

Dereham Church of England Junior Academy and Thomas Bullock Primary Academy are inclusive academies that are part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT). They also support us in ensuring the above points are our priority.

Under normal circumstances we would strongly advise prospective candidates to arrange a visit to see our lovely schools in action. However, with the school working very differently due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is more of a challenge, but in the first instance, please contact the Headteacher at Dereham Junior (Mrs Kelly Scott) via email – or Headteacher at Thomas Bullock (Mrs Shannon O’Sullivan) to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss the role.
In the meantime, we recommend you have a good look at our website and start to think about what you can bring to our fantastic school and help make us even better!
Closing date: Monday 22 February 2021 12 noon
Interview date: Friday 26 February 2021

As this post is affected by the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009, candidates will need to complete a declaration to establish if they are disqualified.

Please use the DNEAT application form and, within the application, state how you feel that you meet the job description. Email completed forms to: Christabel Kiy – School Business Manager –

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This includes obtaining references and ensuring compliance with the DBS process.