Pilgrim Primary Academy


Reach South Academy Trust is seeking an exceptional SENDCo to join the educational team at Pilgrim Primary Academy in Plymouth

Post:                           SENDCo

Start Date:                  1 September 2019

Location:                    Pilgrim Primary Academy, Plymouth

Salary Range:            MPS/UPS plus TLR2a

Hours/Contract:         Permanent, full time

Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 13 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.

The Role: We are looking for a SENDCo who will co-ordinate and support the provision for the children in our classes throughout school who have a diverse range of special needs and who can deliver quality intervention across the school for our SEND pupils.  This will involve working very closely and effectively with school-based colleagues, parents and carers and a wide range of other professionals and agencies and also leading a small SEND specialist team in school.


Our new SENDCo will be someone who is able to work within, contribute to and continually shape our fully inclusive approach to education. Our pupils are fantastic learners who deserve the best possible education every day. Our school is a happy, supportive environment with a lovely site which is well resourced. Being close to the City Centre means we can readily access many educational facilities and activities which are right on our doorstep to provide an experience-rich curriculum experience for our learners.

Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

The appointed teacher would need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be an outstanding teacher dedicated to inclusion

  • National SENDCo award and/or experience as a school SENDCo and a willingness to undertake the National SENDCo Award training

  • Be familiar with the SEN code of practice and the new EHC plans

  • Have a working understanding of specific strategies to support children with ASC

  • Work alongside teachers, parents and outside agencies to support children’s learning and progress

  • Be familiar with the EHAT process, leading meeting and completing related paperwork

  • Be efficient in time management and working to deadlines

  • Be prepared to continue their professional development and contribute to the ongoing development of the school


There will be an opportunity for a comprehensive handover from the current SENDCo to ensure continuity for children. We would strongly encourage all potential applicants to come and visit and get a feel for the school and what we can offer.  Please telephone our Office Manager to book a visit, details below.

Further Information: For further information about Pilgrim Primary Academy please visit the school website at


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to the school at 


Closing date for applications is Monday 25 March 2019 (12 noon)


Interview Date:  Provisional interviews will be held at the school on Tuesday 2 April 2019.


Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.



Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form separately with their application.


Telephone: 01752 987060



Reach South Academy Trust

c/o UTC Plymouth

Park Avenue




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Reach South Academy Trust is an exempt charity in England and Wales. Company number: 10151730