Ellen Tinkham School is part of the Learn to Live Federation and is a successful special school catering for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties, from the age of 3 up to 19.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Everyone will be the best that they can be
Everyone has a voice
No one is excluded

Our current vacancies are detailed below.  All vacancies advertised require a DBS disclosure, and require the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.  We will also carry out an online check of publicly available information to assess shortlisted candidates’ suitability to work children.

If you are interested in any of the roles detailed below, please complete an Application form and email this to

Current Vacancies 

PA to Executive Head

An exciting, permanent opportunity has arisen to provide high level PA support to the Executive Head and wider Senior Leadership team across the Learn to Live Federation.

This exciting and fast-paced role supporting the Executive Head and wider Senior Leadership team across our vibrant and innovative federation of special schools would suit a highly experienced Personal Assistant who is keen to deliver an exceptional standard of professional support with the ability to manage multiple changing priorities.  This role will be based at Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter; however, the successful candidate will be expected to work across all three sites (one being in Dartington) supporting the delivery of the Federation strategy and the effective day-to-day running of the organisation. (Mileage will be paid above your home to work commute).

We are looking for someone to:

  • Support the Executive Head to strategically manage her time and prioritise workload through expert, proactive diary management.
  • Be the initial point of contact for the Federation and able to communicate with stakeholders at all levels
  • Have experience of line managing administrative staff
  • Have excellent administrative and IT skills.

In this rewarding and interesting role, you will be expected to exercise judgement to manage competing priorities in a busy working environment.  An understanding of how to deal with sensitive and confidential information, excellent team working, as well as the possession of excellent written and inter-personal skills, is absolutely essential.

In return we can offer:

  • Bespoke training
  • Access to Health and Wellbeing services
  • A collaborative working environment
  • Opportunities to engage with and support our children, young people and their families
  • Opportunities to innovate to make a difference.

Visits to any of our sites are most welcome and encouraged.

The hours will be Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 5.00 pm (40 hours a week, 39 weeks per year, term time only).

Salary range = £24,186 to £27,014 (Grade E)

We would like the successful candidate to join us as soon as possible.

Closing Date for Applications: 30th September 2023

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

To apply for this post, please click on the links below and send your completed application form to

Job Description / Application Form / Safeguarding Policy

Teaching Assistants

Required to commence as soon as possible.

Ellen Tinkham School is looking to appoint Teaching Assistants to work in our vibrant and innovative special school in Exeter.

These positions would suit intelligent, caring and resilient people who will keep the school ethos in the centre of everything they do. The successful candidates will inspire our young people and be part of a dedicated team creating a stimulating and person-centred learning environment. The school caters for students and young people from 3 years to 19 years. We currently have vacancies across the school and college. The successful applicants would need to be flexible in their approach and willing to work across all age groups, when required.

This role requires a DBS disclosure and the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

The salary range at C Grade (based on 5 days per week), Monday to Friday 9 am – 3.30 pm (1200 hours per annum), term time only, starts at £14,957 rising to £15,507.

We offer a range of staff benefits:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • Excellent employee assistance programme which includes physiotherapy, counselling, wellbeing and access to private healthcare if applicable;
  • Staff discounts;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Wide range of staff training and development opportunities including work based teacher training.
  • Amazing students, fantastic supportive colleagues.

The successful candidates will be required to commence as soon as possible.  To apply for this post, please read the job description and complete the application form.

Job Description / Application Form / Safeguarding Policy

Completed applications should be returned to

Learn to Live Federation Governors

If you are interested in joining our Governing Body, please email Katy Young, our Clerk to Governors via

Everyone will be the best they can be; Everyone has a voice; No-one is excluded.