Lead Teacher, Clay Hill School, Hampshire

Lead Teacher

Reference: PRI23930

Location: Clay Hill School, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7DE

Priory Group Division: Education & Children’s Services

Vacancy Type: Permanent – Full Time

Salary: Leadership scale 1 – 3 (£39,374 – £41,368)

Hours: full-time

Closing Date: 2 January 2019

Priory Blandford CAMHS education unit is a satellite provision of Priory Lyndhurst.  The unit provides education to young people aged 12-18 whilst they are inpatients of the Priory Blandford CAMHS provision.  We offer quality education for young people who are unable to access their own school for medical or psychological reasons.

Young people join us following a referral supported by medical evidence.  The Priory CAMHS education unit within Blandfrod Forum will work closely with young people’s mainstream schools and is committed to creating links to promote educational inclusion.  Our role is to support, nurture, educate and enable young people to return to their home school when, and if, it is appropriate.

Each young person has a personalised timetable which includes access to both core and foundation subjects.  We also offer a range of accreditation and a therapeutic curriculum.  Individual timetables are designed to meet young people’s academic needs, whilst taking account of health and emotional factors.

We work in consultation with the families / carers, medical and nursing staff.  The school operates within a multi-disciplinary framework; working closely with a range of professionals including consultant doctors, mental health professionals, occupational therapists, speech therapists, fitness instructors and other agencies.

High aspirations? Looking for an exciting new challenge? Ready to make a real difference?

Due to expansion Priory Lyndhurst are seeking to recruit a Lead General Teacher for our inpatient CAMHS unit based within our CAMHS department within Blandford Forum.

All of the young people aged 12-18 have mental health needs and therefore they need teachers with up-to-date subject knowledge, excellent teaching practices and above all the enthusiasm, positivity, passion, energy and most importantly the resilience, to deliver engaging and bespoke lessons on our “Return to Learn” programme.

We require an experienced Lead Teacher to join the CAMHS education unit. This role requires excellent communications skills, high levels of self-motivation and the necessary drive and commitment to support our young people to achieve. In return we offer highly competitive packages, professional support and opportunities to progress in a hard working, thriving environment set in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

Are you:

  • A passionate and innovative teacher who can quickly and effectively engage their students?
  • A consistently ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ teacher, with the results to prove it?
  • An outward looking and highly motivated teacher who can lead in their area and share best practice?
  • An enthusiastic and well-organised team player?
  • Particularly interested in how ASC / Attachment disorders impact learning at a range of ages?

We welcome applications from teachers of all specialisms with ideas, enthusiasm and proven outstanding teaching ability, who can work within the diverse demands of the School whilst developing its recognised strengths and attributes. In return we offer a highly competitive package working for one of largest specialist educational  providers in the UK as part of The Priory Group and excellent induction and CPD.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all our employees to share in this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us
From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.