"I'm leaving Cressey as I'm getting married and moving house, but I'm so sorry to go.
It's been an amazing experience. I'm all choked up ..."
Teaching Assistant, July 2017
"In my time at Cressey I've been blessed to work with some amazing people and build fantastic relationships. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable and enriching experience"
Teaching Assistant, August 2018
Opportunities for Teachers and Teaching Assistants
We're a growing school, so we want to recruit more Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teachers. These are all full-time roles, not part-time. Normal working hours are 0820 - 1600. The starting salary for TAs is currently £17k (for 39 weeks / yr) increasing automatically to £18k in Jan 2021. There are many opportunities to be paid more, for various extra duties.
Our staff teams succeed where other schools have been unable, in spite of behaviour that can at times be particularly challenging. Joining the Cressey team means you’ll have some difficult days, but if you’re the right person for us, you’ll love it. Because at Cressey we transform childrens’ lives – and that's immensely satisfying.
Training, Qualifications and Career Progression Opportunities
There will be opportunities for personal development, for those who have the required motivation. Not all of our staff have teaching qualifications when they join; but if you don’t then we would support you to gain qualifications. Previous teaching experience is advantageous, but is not essential.
We will also provide all the specialist training you need, including how to manage challenging behaviour, how to resolve conflicts, and how to communicate effectively. You will learn how to manage social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and about syndromes and impairments such as ASD, ADHD and many others.
For those who have the commitment and aptitude, there will also be opportunities to take greater responsibility, to progress into leadership and management roles, and to get paid more. We are always looking for committed TAs who want to progress, and opportunities include a Level 3 Qualification in Education & Training, our Class Leader's Development programme, our Management Development (click here) and our Teacher Training (click here) programmes. Of course you will need to prove yourself first; but the opportunities are certainly there!
Quotations from current TAs at Cressey (Dec 2019 Staff Survey)
"Since starting at Cressey the staff have made me feel very welcome … everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to … and the students feel a sense of loving and belonging at Cressey."
"I enjoy working at Cressey because I am valued, respected and supported."
“It's the best job of a lifetime ... great feeling of self-actualisation!”
"I enjoy working for Cressey and would love to continue for the next 10 years and beyond!"
"Working at Cressey has been the biggest challenge of my career, and I've loved every minute of it. I'm just starting my 3rd year and have progressed from being a Teaching Assistant with very little experience to an Assistant Senior Teacher. I've also completed my Level 3 Education and Training, all funded by Cressey. The potential to progress within this company is amazing.”
Job vacancies (Mar 2020)
- Teaching Assistants' JD - click here
- Qualified Teachers' JD - click here
- Speech & Lang Therapist - click here
- Occupational Therapist - click here
To apply for an Interview
Complete an Application Form (click here to download) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to Cressey College (School Office), Coombe Cliff, Coombe Rd, Croydon CR0 5SP. If you have any questions please call Meliha on 07495 012 356.
Please also download and read the relevant Job Description (JD). For jobs as Teaching Assistants, previous TA experience is welcomed, but is not essential.
Then please call us!
If you've not heard from us within a week of sending your Application, then please call Meliha on 020 8655 2798 (then Option 1 for the School Office). We have quick interview dates available; and we'll also arrange a trial day for you, so you can see what you think.
Note that all roles are full-time, not part time; except for the S & L therapist and OT, for which we will consider full and part-time applicants.
Not sure whether to apply?
Please call Amy on 07495 012 356, for an informal chat, and she will answer any questions you may have, and tell you more about the job.
Please note that Cressey College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any post at Cressey College is subject to checks with the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and with previous employers, before a confirmed offer of employment is made to successful applicants.
"All pupils have experienced significant trauma and negative educational experiences prior to starting this school. The high adult-to-pupil ratio enables staff to provide intensive support for pupils, while simultaneously building strong and trusting relationships.”'
Ofsted Report, March 2018