Teaching Assistant

The Forest High School

Discover the benefits of joining SGS Academy Trust

Join South Gloucestershire and Stroud Academy Trust and be part of educating the workforce of the future, whilst receiving training and development to support your transition into an exciting new career.

We’re really keen to hear from enthusiastic, committed potential employees of the future. For our part, we will provide you with a rewarding career and the development and support you need to make this transition successful.

You will become part of the SGS family, which includes other schools within the Trust and SGS College.

Many valuable staff benefits. Including:

  • Free Parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted shopping benefits
  • Excellent Pension Schemes: Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for Corporate staff and Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) for academic staff
  • Access to a wide variety of external health and wellbeing resources via SGS College’s occupational health portal.

What support is available to me?

You will be invited to attend our comprehensive induction programme and get up to date with all statutory and mandatory training. You will be entitled to a selection of training and development opportunities to support your professional and personal development.

SGS Academy Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Teaching Assistant at SGS Forest High School.

SGS Academy Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, which was formed in response to the request of the Regional Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter in November 2014.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College sponsor the Trust, and their size and range of expertise forms the basis of the support for schools within the Trust.

There are three schools within the Trust:

SGS Forest High School is situated in Cinderford, Forest of Dean.  Forest High School has engaged with some of the best learning providers in the county to establish a rich, extensive curriculum and to support classroom teaching,   The School is small, intimate and student focused.

SGS Pegasus School opened in September 2017 providing a genuinely innovative school for children and young people with autism.  It is located in Patchway, South Gloucestershire. The School provides a personalised, multi-disciplinary and evidence-based approach to support young people to learn and thrive

SGS Berkeley Green UTC opened in September 2017.  As the first University Technical College (UTC) in Gloucestershire, Berkeley Green aspires to combine outstanding academic and technical education.

SGS Academy Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Teaching Assistant at SGS Forest High School

This is an exciting time to join SGS Forest High School in Cinderford, becoming part of what Ofsted describes as “a skilled and well-motivated staff team” whose “morale is high”.

SGS Forest is undergoing a rapid transformation, to become the secondary school that our fantastic young people deserve.  As part of that, we are looking for a talented and committed Teaching Assistant.

The successful candidate will bring relevant experience and expertise, but will also be willing to grow and develop with excellent support.

Visits from potential candidates prior to application are welcomed and encouraged.

SGSAT and SGS Forest High School are passionate about and committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications from all parts of the community we are an equal opportunities employer.

SGSAT staff enjoy access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme, discounted shopping benefits and a wide variety of health and wellbeing resources.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Act as key worker for identified groups of SEND students, providing all relevant support under the direction of the SENCO and Deputy SENCO.
  • Accountability for ensuring support requirements identified in EHCPs and My Plans are met by the school.
  • Responsibility for updating EHCPs and My Plans, in collaboration with students, families and staff.
  • Planning and delivery of intervention sessions, with support from others

Beneficial Skills & Qualifications

  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalents) at grade C/grade 4 or above
  • Further qualifications related to special educational needs
  • Experience of working with young people, particularly with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Builder and maintainer of positive, professional relationships with all

Why choose SGS Academy Trust?

You will become part of the wider SGS family supporting you with your professional development. SGSAT staff enjoy access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme, discounted shopping benefits, and access to a wide variety of external health and wellbeing resources.

  • Closing Date:  30th October 2023
  • Expected Interview Date:  Week commencing 6 November 2023

SGS College is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and any offer of employment will be subject to a number of conditions including a requirement for providing satisfactory references. In line with KCSIE and having regard to all relevant guidance, a range of checks and online searches will also be conducted for successful candidates, and a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure will need to be obtained as a requirement of the job.

SGS is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. 


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Date Posted: 13/10/2023

Deadline for applications: 30/10/2023

Location: SGS Forest High School, Causeway Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2AZ

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