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Oaklands is an excellent special school based in Isleworth and serving the London Borough of Hounslow. Oaklands pupils aged 11 – 19, have severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple difficulties and autism.

Oaklands is at an exciting point in its development; we are currently working towards expansion and full school relocation to a purpose built new school in Hounslow for September 2018. The schools will be based on two sites and will consist of the current secondary school (High Oaks) along with a new primary school (New Oaks) and an independent post 19 college (Great Oaks) opening September 2018.

Our student numbers are rapidly expanding and as a result we are looking to appoint apprentice teaching assistants to work within our class teams. We believe that all of our students are capable of making outstanding progress and we want to appoint individuals who share our belief.

Apprentices support the teacher and teaching assistants in delivering education to a small group of pupils with severe learning and physical disabilities. They will work towards NVQ level 2 in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools during their first year and can then progress onto the advanced apprenticeship to achieve NVQ Level 3. Apprentices are required to attend West Thames College as required, which will include evening classes.

You will have good basic education skills and a strong desire to develop their skills working with young people who have learning difficulties.  Applicants must be physically fit and willing to undertake personal care including toileting and feeding.

We offer a comprehensive induction and Inset programme for our staff, a pension scheme and employee assistance programme.

Oaklands is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work at the school is expected to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory fully enhanced DBS check, medical clearance and references being received. All positions are subject to the satisfactory completion of a 26 working week probation period.

Visits to the school are welcome. Please contact Lindsey Banks, HR Officer for an appointment on 0208 560 3569.

To apply, please complete and email the application form to

Please ensure that you explain clearly in your application how you meet the person specification.


CV’s will not be accepted.

Closing Date:            9am on 27th June 2018       

Interview Date:        3rd July 2018

Start Date:             1st September 2018

Pay Scale:              £10530 per annum (£7.50 per hour) in year one, rising to National Minimum Wage  in 2nd year of apprenticeship      


Hours of work:       36 hours per week, 39 weeks a year. (Term time only plus INSET days)

                             8.45am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday in school plus 6 hours paid study time

Contract:                Apprenticeship contract. Fixed Term until 31st August 2019 initially