Teaching Assistant


We are looking for new permanent teaching assistants to join our excellent school!

Highshore is a mixed 11-19 school for pupils with complex mixed needs. We have 152 pupils on roll who have a variety of needs including Down’s syndrome, Autism, ADHD and complex medical needs. Many have significant learning difficulties. The majority of our pupils have speech and language difficulties. A large number of pupils need support with activities of daily living. We use Makaton signing in many of our classes to facilitate communication. We are a happy and creative school.

The aims of Highshore are for pupils to develop their: Communication, self – help skills and independence.

This is a very exciting time for Highshore School. Our roll has changed over the past nine years and become increasingly complex. Our sixth form is expanding and now comprises over fifty pupils. We are oversubscribed and there is high demand for places here.

The majority of our pupils are from Southwark LA but we also have pupils from other boroughs. All our pupils have an EHCp plan / statement of SEN. Classes are usually made up of 8 or 9 pupils and are supported by between one and three teaching assistants depending on the needs of the pupils.

Our most recent OFSTED report February 23 recognised that Highshore is a good school. We believe that we are an excellent school, which provides opportunities for every pupil to become healthy, happy and confident individuals.  We want colleagues to join us who are passionate about working with young people with learning disabilities and who are committed to help us continue to improve. We have a passionate and creative staff and there are many opportunities here to innovate and to lead.

Please look at our website www.highshoreschool.co.uk, our prospectus which is available to download on the website and our two Twitter feeds:

@HighshoreSchool, @MadeatHighshore

The successful candidate will


  • To promote pupils’ educational, physical, cultural, emotional and social wellbeing.
  • To provide appropriate support for the development of communication and independence in preparation for adult life.
  • To supervise and assist pupils (1:1 or in groups) usually with a teacher present across a wide range of activities.
  • A small number of specified posts also have responsibility for driving the mini-bus


We offer

  • Excellent prospects for career progression and continuing professional development
  • A leadership team to support your development in our school


The successful candidates must

  • Have experience of work with students with special educational needs, exhibited as challenging behaviour


Further information about this post can be made by contacting the Headteacher, Eileen Ollieuz, via nclark@highshore.southwark.sch.uk or 0207 708 6790.




No agencies and C.V.’s are not accepted

Highshore School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our recruitment processes follow the guidance in the DfE document, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021. All posts are subject to pre-employment checks, references will be sought and successful candidates will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check.   Highshore School is an equal opportunities employer.



Associated documents:

Application Form

Highshore school Job Context

TA Advert April 23

TA JD SP April 23