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Current vacancies are detailed at the bottom of this page.


If you wish to discuss our career opportunities please call Rany Kalsi, HR Manager, on 

020 8560 3569 (option 3) 



Careers at Oaklands School


Can you make a difference to children and young people’s lives?


From September 2018 we will have several opportunities for people who wish to develop a career working with students with learning disabilities working in our new purpose built school.

We need to employ many more staff over the coming years and would like to hear from anyone looking to develop a career in special education.

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 a new primary school (New Oaks) opening in Sep 2019, along with the current secondary school (High Oaks) and an independent post 19 college (Great Oaks) opening September 2018.

Oaklands is a specialist educational provision for students aged 3 – 25 who have severe learning difficulties (SLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), or autism (ASD).

Oaklands believes that all of our students are capable of making outstanding progress and we want to appoint individuals who share our belief.




Apprentice Teaching Assistant

  • No experience or qualifications necessary
  • Apprentices work towards NVQ2 & 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools.
  • Most of our apprentices progress to be learning support assistants or teaching assistants.

Relief/Bank Learning Support Assistants

  • Experience working with children or adults with a disability.
  • English qualification at Level 2 (or equivalent)

Learning Support Assistant (LSA)

  • Experience working with pupils with special education needs (SEN)
  • NVQ2 in a relevant subject e.g. Supporting Teaching & Learning, Health & Social Care, Childcare
  • English qualification at level 2 (or equivalent)

Teaching Assistant (TA)

  • Experience working with pupils with SEN
  • NVQ3 in a relevant subject (see above)
  • Maths & English qualification at level 2 (or equivalent)


  • QTS or QTLS (to teach 16-19 or 19-25 age range) and a desire to work within SEN

Lunchtime Assistants

  • No experience necessary but experience working with children/young people is desirable

Relief/Casual Minibus Drivers

  • Clean Category D driving licence
  • Experience driving a minibus
  • MIDAS Accessible certificate (desirable)

   Job descriptions and person specifications can be found for all positions at the bottom of the page along with the application form

   Upon completing their apprenticeship, our staff can progress onto LSA or TA roles.

We offer teacher training sponsorship and are currently sponsoring 4 of our TA’s through teacher training, 3 of whom started their career at Oaklands on our teaching assistant apprenticeship.

We would like to offer work experience placements to students interested in pursuing a career in special education and are always keen to hear from those wanting to volunteer in our school.

We invest in our staff and following is a selection of the training regularly on offer:


Intensive Interaction







Benefits of Working for Oaklands School

  • Membership of Pension Scheme

  • Extensive CPD training programme for all staff

  • Membership of Perkbox

    (eg. discounted shopping/cinema tickets)

  • Employee Assistance Programme (Counselling, information and support)

  • Well-being and medical support

  • Childcare voucher scheme

  • Annual flu jab

If you would like to find out more about working for us, please get in touch with Rany Kalsi on 020 8560 3569 (opt. 3) or email

 If you are interested in working with us, please download an application form and forward it to the above email address stating which positions you are interested in. 



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. All positions are subject to a satisfactory fully enhanced DBS check, references and medical clearance.

All staff appointments at Oaklands School are subject to the employee successfully completing a 26 working week probation period. Our Probation Policy is available under "School Policies".