Link School, Sunderland

Headteacher: Mrs Donna Walker BSc (Hons)

Springwell Dene, Swindon Road, Sunderland SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Pallion Centre, Waverley Terrace, Sunderland SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777

The Link School is recognised nationally as one of the leading schools in Alternative Provision.

Children often display inappropriate behavioural difficulties for a variety of reasons. Behavioural difficulties do not necessarily mean that a child or young person has a possible mental health problem or a special educational need (SEN). Negative experiences or distressing life events can affect mental health in a way that brings about temporary change in a person’s behaviour. A pupil that experiences frequent and persistent difficulties with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties can significantly affect their learning experience and that of their peers.

To support children and schools in Sunderland, Together for Children (TFC) have introduced assessment hubs and alternative provision that may support during an assessment process or during a young person’s current circumstances. The Link School is recognised nationally as one of the leading schools in Alternative Provision. It supports the diverse needs of young people in Sunderland many of whom are extremely vulnerable and challenging. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and suitably qualified member of staff who has the commitment to improve the academic outcomes of our young learners, as well as seeking to support them in understanding their own emotions and consequences of their behaviour. The school offers a supportive working environment, a strong commitment to CPD and career opportunities. We are a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion, and a Platinum Anti-Bullying School and we have been graded as a Good school by Ofsted.

Applications are welcomed for the following posts:-

Secondary Teaching Assistant

Fixed term contract until Summer 2025

Grade 4 (SCP 12-17) £26,421 – £28,770 pro rata to weeks worked

Full time – Term Time plus three weeks

Required for September 2024

We are recruiting for an enthusiastic and dedicated teaching assistant who will support in a range of lessons within school.

The successful teaching assistant will;

  • Support teachers and HLTAs in the planning, preparing and teaching of lessons, supporting learner’s educational needs, making reference to prior attainment and special educational needs.
  • Support in lessons across the age and ability range in school, challenging and inspiring students of all abilities.
  • Be able to undertake activities with either individuals or groups of children.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the curriculum.
  • Set high behaviour expectations, establishing and maintaining a good standard of discipline through positive and productive relationships with learners.
  • Have an interest in Outdoor Education.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a professional team; and carrying out roles effectively, knowing when to seek help and advice from colleagues.
  • Build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, parents/carers and staff.
  • Be committed to contribute to the wider life of the school.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Headteacher to discuss the post further and to arrange an informal visit. Please ring 0191 561 4777 and ask for Anita Blakeman to arrange a visit.


The school is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. As part of our due diligence and to comply with our obligations in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education, an online search of publicly available information will be undertaken for all shortlisted candidates. The successful applicant will be subject to provide an enhanced DBS disclosure


Applications to be requested from Anita Blakeman and returned to Anita by e mail or post.


Closing date: Friday 28th June 2024 Noon

Shortlisting date: To Be Confirmed

Interviews: To Be Confirmed




Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777



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