Overview

Linden Bridge School is a special school in Worcester Park, Surrey for children and young people with complex communication and interaction needs. The school operates across 3 departments from ages 4 to 19, with a Residential provision and a swimming pool

About Us

"Lessons are exciting. Teachers promote a calm and productive atmosphere and provide challenging tasks that fully engage pupils in learning and inspire their interests" OFSTED 2013  Lower School ranges from Year 2 to 6 (Primary) and Years 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3). Children are grouped according to ages, but also according to learning needs and styles.We follow an adapted and differentiated  National Curriculum to ensure entitlement for all learners. The curriculum is underpinned by specialist strategies and teaching approaches and therapies to overcome barriers to learning. Individual education plans focus on outcomes for each child and to insure that their individual needs are met.Staff work closely with parents as partners in their child's learning. There is a strong emphasis on social communication and emotional wellbeing. Our aim is that the pupils will: Develop social communication skills to enable them to communicate in a form that is meaningful to each individual Learn at their own pace with a stimulating, challenging and engaging curriculum, that builds on strengths and interests Foster a love of learning and enquiry, developing independent learning skills and resilience Engage with technology to enhance learning opportunities and prepare them for life in the modern world Experience a rich and creative curriculum, including the expressive arts, sports, humanities and religious and cultural experiences Develop social skills and have friendships Learn to manage their emotions and to express their feelings and needs, to ensure their wellbeing Learn to make healthy and informed choices as they grow and develop

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CURRENT OPENINGS



  • Job Title

    Residential Part Time Child Care Officer

  • Location

    Worcester Park

  • Posted

    4th August 2022

  • Salary

    £12.50 per hour

  • Hours

    Part Time

  • Description

    Shifts Are Available Between 7.30am-9.15am And 3.00pm-8.30pm. This Is An Indication Of The Work Pattern But This Will Be Dependent On The Needs Of Particular Children. Mainly Cove ...

  • Job Title

    Special Needs Assistant

  • Location

    Worcester Park

  • Posted

    4th August 2022

  • Salary

    £18,013 - £18,957pa FTE

  • Hours

    Part Time

  • Description

    We are looking for enthusiastic Special Needs Assistants to work in class alongside a Teacher and Teaching Assistant where there is an identified need for additional pupil support ...

  • Job Title

    Community Centre Assistant

  • Location

    Worcester Park

  • Posted

    4th August 2022

  • Salary

    £10.67 per hour claims paid

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Working Pattern: Ad Hoc. This Position Will Involve Working Evenings And Weekends. We have an exciting opportunity for Community Centre Assistants to join the team at Linden Bridg ...

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Headteacher Profile

Name:
Ms. Rachel Watt 

Qualifications:

  • B.Ed Hons in the Education of Pupils with Learning Difficulties, with Biology  
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship - NQPH 
  • National Leader of Education (NLE)

Born:
1967

Family History: 
I was born and raised in Swindon, Wiltshire - the daughter of a dairy farmer and an office manager. I developed a passion for working with special children while doing my Duke of Edinburgh Award at school. I went on to study Special Education at Bristol Teacher Training College. I got my first teaching job in an SLD school in London. I was a family link respite carer for 10 years.
I now live with my Partner in the Epsom area. He is also a Special Needs Teacher and we have two lovely, lively daughters.

Educational history:

My degree and Teacher Training very much focused on SEN education. I have gone on to learn so much about Autism in my time at Linden Bridge and I continue to learn.

I am a TEACCH trainer and work annually with the Ashville TEACCH team to deliver training to Surrey Professionals in this specialist approach to education for pupils with ASD. I have undertaken a professional study visit to work with the TEACCH team in Ashville on assessment of children with ASD.  

I participated in a study visit to the USA in 2010 to look at employment programmes for young people with Autism and am committed to developing a similar programme for our students.

I completed my National Professional Qualification for Headship with the National College for School Leadership in 2010.

This year I trained with the National College of School Leadership. I am the Lead Facilitator for the Surrey SEN cluster on the National College Middle Leadership Development Programme. This supports the development of leadership skills for teachers to enable them to lead on improving teaching and learning.

Employment history and main interests:
I have worked in the SLD and LD sectors.  I participated in a year's Teaching Exchange to Australia in 1997, where I taught Personal Development education across the school, which was a wonderful experience on a personal and professional level.   

I  started at Linden Bridge School as Head of Secondary, then briefly worked as Head of FE, before being promoted to Deputy and then to Headteacher.

My particular interests are in specialist teaching strategies to maximise learning for pupils with ASD. I am particularly interested in personal, social and vocational education and promoting pupil emotional wellbeing, which I believe is essential to their success.

In 2008 I project led the school's successful application to become a "Specialist School" in the SEN specialism - cognition and learning. 

We are fortunate to be part of the Surrey Special School's network SPAN (SLD, PMLD and ASD network of 11 schools), which meets regularly to focus on improving practice and outcomes for SEN pupils, across Surrey. We are an affiliated networked learning community, which conducts assessment moderation with Assessment Leaders from each school, runs research groups to inform practice in our schools and develops and delivers training and development for staff in and beyond our schools.

Recently I have begun working as part of a collaboration of Special School Headteachers, lead by Westhill School, to develop a "Teaching School Alliance". The main aims of this are to support initial teacher training with local universities, promote leadership development and staff professional development, to develop research based practice, and support school improvement.

Outside interests:
I enjoy an active family life, which involves swimming, gym and regular camping trips. I enjoy cycling and recently completed the London to Southampton cycle ride. I like to entertain and socialise with family and friends. I enjoy cinema and theatre. I also support the hobbies of my children, which currently involves spectating at cheerleader competitions and belly dancing shows!


My Values and Intentions:
I believe that education for our young people is about preparation for life. I am committed to collaborative working to maximise life chances for our young people with ASD. I promote the professional development of our school staff and professionals across our wider partnerships to enable them to aspire to provide the best education and support that they can for pupils with ASD. I value partnership with parents and invest in support and training opportunities for parents and carers. I am committed to our outreach team, which provides a highly valued service to support the inclusion of many young people, across Surrey mainstream schools and units.

I want children to enjoy their education at Linden Bridge, so that they engage with learning. I believe that with the right  interventions and support all young people can overcome barriers to learning and fulfil their potential.

I feel very privileged to be the new Headteacher of such an amazing school and part of a community, which is committed wholeheartedly to achieving the best outcomes possible for our children and young people.

Rachel