Current Vacancies

Special Support Assistant – Key Worker


Grade LG4 (SCP 5-6)

 32.5 or 37 hrs per week

Term Time  - 193 days

Start date


Apply by

12pm Monday 20th March 2023

A warm welcome to Norham High School:

Norham High School is a GOOD school in all areas OFSTED 2022

Over the last 2 years, Norham High School has "transformed from its former self", indeed, it was described in our recent inspection as "unrecognisable". This is in part due to our motto which we execute with precision every day with all expected to demonstrate "Pride, Determination, Strength."

In our recent inspection, the impact of our pastoral strength was recognised - Ofsted quoted:

"Pupils are passionate about their school... Warm, genuine, friendly interactions between pupils and their friends or teachers are commonplace; pupils hold open doors for others, smile and nod when walking by and engage in joyful banter at every opportunity."

This description of our school is not one that happens by accident, but through the consistent, persistent and ambitious challenge we all set our pupils - it is the pastoral team that makes this possible through binding our approaches together. 

Critically, while behaviour was recognised as exceptional, Ofsted recognised the impact of strong Leadership and Management on our curriculum and achievement stating:

 "Leaders and staff have worked diligently to ensure pupils’ learning is well thought through... Leaders have created a new curriculum from scratch, across all subjects. Teachers have a stronger understanding of what to teach and when to teach it. Pupils are making up for lost time. They achieve well from their different starting points."

CPD and welfare was also recognised as a significant strength:

"Teachers in the early stages of their career receive excellent support. Leaders act as mentors..." and (Staff) appreciate that leaders are considerate of their well-being and workload."

As such, candidates can see the school has made significant and sustained progress in all that it does for children and the community we serve, this is recognised by a wide range of partners and stakeholders. 

The SEND team:

You will join an enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary team who provide high quality and effective support for pupils with a range of additional educational needs in a department with strong leadership.  Our support ranges from pupils with language and communication difficulties, including pupils on the autistic spectrum, to pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, learning difficulties or physical difficulties.  You will have a keen interest in working with pupils with additional needs to achieve positive outcomes in this inclusive environment.  Knowledge and understanding of behaviour management and how to use scaffolding and visual strategies in class to support pupils is essential.

Your role:

The majority of your support will be directly supporting pupils, in classrooms, across our mainstream provision. You will also become the key worker for a number of pupils with additional needs. You will support them to access their academic curriculum and the wider school community. This will include developing effective working relationships with parents/carers and additional agencies, promoting a multi-agency approach to pupil support. 

Additional information: 

We have invested in Norham High School, this includes Chromebooks and equipment for all pupils, refurbished classrooms / social areas, new technology for classrooms, and a personalised blend of welfare support that promotes a positive work-life balance - colleagues' efforts are genuinely recognised and rewarded in unique ways.

We have a wide and growing intake resulting in the school increasing in size, this is in part due to the shift in culture and reputation but also because we are proud to be a genuine comprehensive school that serves all abilities, supporting every individual pupil to excel from their starting point. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and well thought out supporting all pupils.

We are committed to improving life chances and we have a strong sense of social justice. In joining us, you too will enjoy both the challenge and reward of serving our community - all children deserve the best and we really are making a difference to children’s lives. 

Applications for this permanent post are invited from people who are keen to join an organisation that is recognised for the high quality care and support it provides for its pupils and staff, its committed staff team and the drive to raise standards at all levels. 


If you would like further information, please contact Nikki Heron, SENCo, on (0191) 814 3890 or e-mail


Norham High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As such an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other checks deemed appropriate

The deadline for applications is 12pm Monday 20th March 2023. 

Applications should be submitted via email to or sent via post/in person to Norham High School.  

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