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Borrow Wood Primary School – Part of Odyssey Collaborative Trust

Job vacancy details for


Age Range:

3yrs  – 11yrs,  317 on roll including nursery

Starting date:

1st February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter


Teachers Main Pay Scale/UPS + SEND Allowance


0.5 (Flexible across days on negotiation)

Contract Type:


Application closing date:

Thursday 17th November at 12:00 noon

Interview date:

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Summary Description

Borrow Wood Primary School is part of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust (OCT). OCT is a local Derby City trust currently consisting of 7 schools. The trust was formed in March 2019 by the head teachers of the 6 founding schools, who share a strong ethical vision based on retaining the identity and ethos of each individual school, whilst working together to promote and maximize opportunities to provide the best possible education for all children across the Trust.

Therefore, we are not managed and controlled remotely by a large Multi-Academy Trust. Nor do we have a corporate image.  We are proud of being Borrow Wood Primary School with our own individual ethos of:


  • Challenge…   where we have a go, make mistakes and try again.
  • Honesty…      where we always tell the truth.
  • Ownership… where we take responsibility for our behaviours, learning and environment.
  • Inclusive…     where we accept and respect everyone.
  • Care…            where we look after ourselves and others.
  • Excellence… where we bring out the best in ourselves.

Governors are looking to appoint a SENCo, who is committed, dedicated, determined and resilient - an individual who is knowledgeable about a broad range of special educational needs and is themselves an effective classroom practitioner.

It is envisaged that the appointed person will form part of the school’s Senior Leadership Team.

Borrow Wood was last inspected in March 2017 and although the overall judgement was requires improvement, most recent external monitoring indicates that we have made significant progress towards being a ‘good’ school.

You will need to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a keenness to continually develop knowledge, skills and understanding of children with special educational needs.
  2. Be able to support and advise colleagues to meet the needs of a wide range of learners through effective classroom practice.
  3. Show a high level of organisational skills in managing a complex and diverse workload – including prioritising and meeting deadlines; completing applications for support and EHCPs; liaising with parents/carers and other agencies (see the job description for further examples)
  4. Be an effective team player.
  5. Promote best inclusive practice and contribute to the aims and ethos of the school.
  6. Monitor the impact of provision and outcomes of children with SEND.
  7. Believe that ALL children should be the best they can be


In return, we provide the opportunity to work with polite and well-mannered children, who have positive attitudes to their learning and want to do well and to be part of a staffing team that works together and supports one another.

We also encourage our staff to be open minded to all learning opportunities for themselves and therefore place high value on CPD to keep our staff up to date with skills and knowledge. 

Borrow Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  As this post is regulated activity, successful appointments are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and relevant recruitment checks that comply with guidance in the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education.  We are committed to equality of opportunity in employment and services.  Borrow Wood Primary School is part of the Odyssey Collaborative Trust


We strongly encourage visits to school, which can be arranged by contacting, the School Business Manager, Mrs Nicola Molloy, on 01332 662826.

Please complete an Odyssey Collaborative Trust Application Form, which is available below as a download or contact school for an application pack.  Email the completed application, together with a covering letter taking account of the job description, person specification and the 7 points above, to

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 17th November 2022 at 12:00 noon

INTERVIEWS: Wednesday 23rd November 2022