Teaching Assistant

Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££ £13,896 per annum (£10.24 per
Contact name: Special Partnership Account Manager

Contact email: specialpartnership@opus-abc.uk
Job ref: 52180
Published: 16 days ago
Startdate: 29/07/2022

Opus Education Recruitment, the South West’s leading Education Recruitment Agency, is working in partnership with Special Partnership Trust to find a Teaching Assistant for Pencalenick School.


Pencalenick School are looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to join our team of dedicated support staff. As a Teaching Assistant at Pencalenick School you can expect to be part of a vibrant and innovative centre for learning committed to specialist SEN provision.

The Historic Pencalenick  site is located in the Parish of St Clement on the outskirts of Truro, overlooking a tributary of the River Fal hidden amongst stunning woodland. The name itself is derived from the Cornish ‘Penkileyneyk’ meaning ‘the end of the place where the holly trees grow’. Whilst Pencalenick started as a residential home, back in the 1800’s it has been a school since 1952 and celebrates 70 years this year. Despite having been a school longer than it was a home, Pencalenick’s homely and nurturing feel has remained giving every student the opportunity to thrive at Pencalenick and beyond.

Your Opportunity

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate a caring yet professional demeanour, excellent time management and a commitment to student welfare and progression. As a key member of staff they will take a pro-active role in the support of the educational and physical needs of the pupils with a focus on an individual’s support.


Main Purpose of Job:


  • Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on supporting pupils.
  • Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs, the workforce, and towards parents, governors and local community.
  • Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity
  • Sustain knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally and pursue continuous professional development.
  • To support the educational, social and physical needs of pupils including those with severe physical, learning and complex behavioural difficulties, supporting the curriculum and school through the provision of assistance to the Teacher.

As an employee of Special Partnership trust you can expect:

  • A competitive salary 
  • Attractive terms and conditions including holidays
  • Eligibility to join the local government pension scheme/Teachers pension scheme  ∙ Family friendly policies 
  • Local and national discount schemes and initiatives 
  • Continued professional development support
  • Flexibility to work across the Special Partnership Trust, the largest SEN provider in the county
  • Support for the wellbeing of staff


Supporting Documents

Full Application Pack

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Application process

We have very useful websites for the school www.pencalenick.org and Special Partnership Trust www.specialpartnership.org which will help provide further information. We look forward to receiving