Speech & Language Therapist, West Heath School, Kent

Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1SR

Speech & Language Therapist

Full time role but part time candidates will be considered. Term Time only (39 weeks) 8.30am-4.00pm
To start asap
Salary £25-£35k p/a depending on experience

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.

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 mainstream 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.

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
  • Employee Assist Support Line Service

To find out more about the role please contact the HR Department on whs.hrdepartment@westheathschool.com

Closing date: 16th April 2021

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 (including an Enhanced DBS check)