Speech & Language Therapist, West Heath School, Kent

WEST HEATH SCHOOL, Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1SR
‘Rebuilding lives through education’
OFSTED outstanding March 2017

Speech & Language Therapist
Full Time / Part Time- Term Time only (39 weeks) 8.30am-4.00pm
To start as soon as possible

We are looking for an experienced Speech and Language Therapist to join our well established Therapy team. West Heath School supports pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, the successful candidate will be required to provide assessment, planning and intervention in a flexible manner. This active department receives excellent support from school staff and senior management and provides opportunities for working with students of whom the majority have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Key Requirements:

  • RCSLT Qualified and HCPC Registered
  • Sound understanding of Speech & Language assessment and intervention
  • Confidence delivering therapeutic intervention in 1:1 or group sessions
  • Understanding of SEN teaching strategies and ability to advise/train staff regarding use of these in classroom or 1:1 settings
  • Strong verbal, written and computer skills for detailed note taking and report writing
  • Familiarity administering a variety of SaLT assessments and using tools/interventions such as Makaton and Widget desirable
  • Experience of working in schools (preferably SEN) and familiarity with ECHPs desirable
  • Fresh ideas and a good insight into how to support teachers
  • Committed to own personal and professional development
  • Emotionally robust and resilient
  • Flexible, creative, engaging and adaptable


  • Part of multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Counsellors and Educational Psychologist
  • Regular mentoring and coaching
  • Regular training from internal and external experts
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted venue hire for parties/weddings
  • Free lunch and refreshments as well as free parking onsite

West Heath School is an Independent SEN residential school with charity status. We provide a therapeutically informed learning environment for children aged 10-19 who have suffered some form of trauma and are unable to access main stream education. As a Social, Emotional and Mental Health specialist setting, we believe in ‘rebuilding lives through education’, developing life skills and encouraging students to enjoy social activities.

“A fun place to work where social development is valued as much as education”
“The support you receive from the moment you arrive at West Heath School is excellent…”
“Two days are never the same at West Heath School and this certainly keeps you on your toes!”
“The students at West Heath School have so much to offer … you’re constantly learning”

To apply – visit our vacancies page on www.westheathschool.com or email HR@westheathschool.com for an application pack.

Closing date: 11th February 2019

Working at West Heath School involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children and as such is a regulated activity. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post.