Ellen Tinkham School is part of the Learn to Live Federation and is an “Outstanding” special school catering for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties, from the age of 3 up to 25.  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.  Click here for information about our school and here to read our Safeguarding  policy.

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

Current Vacancies 


Do you love working outdoors?  Do you want to have a positive impact on children and young people with SEND?  Ellen Tinkham School is seeking to appoint a confident, flexible and energetic Rural Skills Assistant (Grade D) to join our Rural Skills team on a part time basis, 3 days a week during term time.

Through our Rural Skills sessions, we work to engage students in meaningful learning outside of the traditional classroom setting, providing a wide range of practical activities.  Examples include woodcraft, forest skills, bush craft techniques, outdoor cookery, pottery, horticulture and animal care.

If you have the relevant skills and knowledge to expand on our current repertoire that will enable us to increase the experiences and opportunities for the learning and development of our students, then we would love to hear from you.

The successful applicant will be motivated, practically minded and have a working knowledge around safe and appropriate use of hand tools and must be willing to assist in practical site works when not working with pupils (small animal care, splitting wood, cutting grass, moving materials etc.). Flexibility and an ability to adapt to changing priorities is essential.

Starting salary will be £8,658 per annum (Grade D).

Hours of work
3 days per week 9.00 am  – 3.30 pm (720 hours per annum), term time only.

Closing date
Thursday 26th May 2022

Application Form / Job Description


We are seeking to appoint Teaching Assistants to work in our vibrant and innovative “outstanding” special school in Exeter. A sound knowledge and understanding of Special Educational Needs is essential.

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 / college. The successful applicants would need to be flexible in their approach and willing to work across all age groups, when required.

The successful candidates will be required to commence as soon as possible.

Starting salary will be £13,598 per annum (Grade C) for 5 days per week.

Hours of work
Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 3.30 pm (1200 hours per annum), term time only.

There maybe an opportunity for part time work (2, 3 or 4 days per week) for the right candidate.

Application Form / Job Description

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