Vacancies at Wilds Lodge Therapeutic School

Wilds Lodge is a boarding school for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.  Our OFSTED report in January 2018 said that the school was ‘Outstanding’.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory DBS check.

There are currently vacancies available


We are looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working individual to join our housekeeping team. Wilds Lodge School is split between 3 sites, so a driving licence will be required to enable you to travel to the site in which you are required at.

  • Working days Monday to Friday

  • 8 hours per day (40 hours per week)

  • Flexible hours/start times

  • £8.00 per hour

  • 4 weeks annual leave, plus bank holidays

Your duties will include:

  • Maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the premises to a high standard

  • Bed changes

  • Serving lunch and clearing away

  • General housekeeping duties in areas such as houses, classrooms, toilets, sports hall, theatre and workshop

Person specification:

  • Must hold a full driving licence

  • Have an understanding of housekeeping duties

  • Be adaptable

  • The ability to work both in a team and individually using their own initiative

  • Have an awareness of health and safety requirements

  • Have good communication skills

  • Experience is preferred however not essential as full training will be given

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £8.00 /hour

Reception/EYFS Teacher

Wilds Lodge School is looking to recruit a dedicated, inspiring and hardworking reception teacher to join our growing Nurture team. The successful candidate will work in a full time nurture group for students who experience a range of needs including, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Moderate Learning Difficulties. You will have a sound understanding of the curriculum and classroom practice in Early Years. Knowledge and experience of teaching in EYFS/KS1 is essential.

Working Hours: 8.15am to 4.30pm

Days: Monday - Friday (term time)

Accountable to: Nurture Group Coordinator

Key skills and responsibilities:

  • You will work with children aged 5-7.

  • Your aim is to motivate children and imaginatively use resources to help them learn.

  • You'll provide a safe and secure environment for them to develop their social and communication skills, while recording observations and summarising their achievements.

  • You will plan and deliver appropriate, broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated and challenging lessons to all pupils appropriate to their needs.

  • You will deliver a consistently high standard of lessons to pupils

  • Marking, assessing and reporting on the progress of pupils

  • Attend EHCP reviews/meetings with other external professionals

You will deliver outstanding learning experiences relevant to the nurture groups six principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally

  • The classroom offers a safe base

  • Nurture is important for the development of well-being

  • Language is understood as a vital means of communication

  • All behaviour is communication

  • Transitions are significant in the lives of children

A passion for a nurturing approach, and a commitment to a child-centred nurturing ethos is essential.

Post holders will be expected to:

  • Provide support for a specific group of children, via a carefully planned and structured timetable, that places an equal emphasis on the educational, social and psychological development of our students, in a home-like environment.

  • Monitor, track and review progress of students regularly via the Boxall Profile system, to ensure our students targets are being met and progress is being made.

  • Establish secure and trusting relationships with students in order to facilitate their learning and development, whilst maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

  • Be an integral part of the nurture team and to work extremely closely with the Nurture Group Coordinator, Educational Psychologist and Therapy team to provide care and support for children with a range of social, emotional and mental health difficulties, within EYFS/KS1.

  • Work positively in partnership with the child’s parents/carers and external agencies as appropriate to support students social, emotional and academic development.

Professional Knowledge and Understanding:

The following would be beneficial, but not essential as training will be given:

  • To have knowledge and understanding of nurture groups/nurturing provisions.

  • To be familiar with the six principles of nurture.

  • To have completed the ‘Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups’ 3 day course.

  • To have knowledge of a nurturing curriculum.

  • To have knowledge of a nurturing curriculum.

Professional Skills:

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to motivate students and colleagues to recognise and respond to the diverse needs of the children

  • Ability to communicate effectively with children whom have SEMH.

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Personal Attributes:

  • Energy, enthusiasm, determination and an ability to meet high standards.

  • A sense of humour and resilience

  • Passionate, imaginative and self-motivated teacher.

  • Strong communicator and role model to young children.

  • A willingness to learn new skills and approaches and to share the experience with others.

  • Ability to relate to students, parents, carers, colleagues and external agencies.

  • A passion for a nurturing approach, and a commitment to a child-centred nurturing ethos is essential.

  • Be able to work under pressure, prioritise and manage time effectively.

  • An ability to be a reflective practitioner and to make considered judgements.

Other professional requirements:

  • To be able to identify barriers to learning.

  • Develop positive partnerships with parents and carers and support them to develop their child’s learning outside of school.

  • Actively seek opportunities for professional development and engage in personal research to consistently maintain a wise, expert and up to date knowledge base with regards to children with SEMH.

General Duties:

  • Maintain confidentiality and professional conduct at all times.

  • Support, promote and comply with decisions and policies agreed by SLT.

  • Supervise children with vigilance at break times.

  • On an ongoing basis develop own professional knowledge, skills and understanding through active participation at meetings and training.

Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

For any further information regarding the role, please contact Cherida Gibson (Nurture Coordinator) - cgibson@

Children and Young Person’s Support Worker

Children and Young Person's Support Workers are expected to make a real and positive impact to the lives of children who have a range of care needs, as well as life experiences and personalities that makes every day varied and interesting. If you have a caring nature, a natural interest in people and want to make a difference then this just might be the job for you.

Purpose of the post:

  • To be a member of the residential care team of Wilds Lodge School; working on a house group with up to 20 pupils; and having personal support worker responsibilities for up to 5 pupils; as directed by the team leader.

Accountable to:

  • The senior care staff and the principal of Wilds Lodge School.

Working Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 10:00am, returning at 3:30pm to 10:00pm

  • Friday 8:00am to 10:00am, returning at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

  • Sunday 5:30pm to 10:00pm

  • An occasional weekend shift on a rota basis

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To be a member of the care team, involved in all aspects of the effective and safe running of the residential provision of the school.

  • To manage pupil behaviour effectively, under the guidance of the team leaders and in accordance with the schools policies.

  • To provide and supervise activities for pupils outside the school day.

  • To attend care meetings and other whole school staff meetings.

  • To ensure that the best practice, as described by CSCI,HMI and Ofsted, is fully implemented.

  • To attend whole-school training days (6 per year).

  • To attend and contribute to personal supervision sessions.

  • To liaise effectively with teaching, counseling and other care colleagues.

  • To meet the schools requirements for assessment, recording and reporting.

  • To have personal support worker responsibility for up to five pupils.

  • To liaise effectively and regularly with parents.

  • To attend annual reviews of the statement and social services statutory reviews for pupils, as required.

  • To liaise with agents of the pacing authorities, as required by the principal or team leader.

  • To contribute to the writing of house development plans for school budget planning.

  • To contribute induction programs for new staff, as required.

  • To contribute to school self–evaluation.

  • To work within the guidance included in the staff handbook.

  • To carry out other reasonable duties, as directed by the principal, within the level of responsibility and commensurate with the grading of the post.

Desirable Experience/Qualifications:

  • Experience of working with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

  • GCSE/O’level or equivalent.

  • A valid driving licence is required as our school is split between two sites.


  • Training is provided

  • Promotion and Career progression is available

  • Starting salary is £20,000 (to include 14 weeks paid school holidays)

  • £2,000 - £3,000 relocation package available

Person Specification:

  • Manage difficult and challenging behaviour in children and young people.

  • Work closely and cooperatively with colleagues from a variety of professional disciplines.

  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.

  • Work flexibly and to be open to change.

  • Work to agreed quality standards as expected by CSCI,HMI and Ofsted.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to equality for all staff and pupils.

  • Work with information technology.

  • Maintain confidentiality.

  • Work in a challenging environment.

Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

For any further information regarding the role, please contact Kirsty Lamb - klamb@

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £20,000.00/year

Use the application form, and send it completed to or post it to:

Wilds Lodge School, Stamford Road, Empingham, Rutland, LE15 8QQ.

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