The Ascent Academies’ Trust is a small but growing partnership of Special Academies in the North East which aims to develop special needs provision across the region. The Trust has a high focus on providing high quality professional development opportunities for all staff.


Swimming Instructor (Casual) – Portland Academy


Swimming Instructor (casual)


Portland Academy


Grade F (SCP10 – SCP14) (£10.76 – £11.64 per hour)

Hours/ weeks:

As and when required

Responsible to:

Head of Academy

Closing date:

Monday 25th November 2019 @ 9.00am

Portland Academy is a successful secondary special academy for students aged 11-19. The population is predominantly students with severe or profound learning difficulties and those with associated autism. It is part of the Ascent Academies Trust, comprising four special academies across the region. As part of the staff team, you will play a key role in the achievement of small groups of students.

Further information about Portland Academy can be seen on their website –

The successful candidate will be required to teach swimming to pupils with a range of SEND within the secondary and post 16 age ranges so experience in this area is essential. The post holder will also lead hydro sessions as required. Candidates will possess GCSE A*-C or equivalent in Maths and English, ASA Swimming Teachers Qualification Level 2 and NRASTC or equivalent. Experience of teaching to the National Learn to Swim Plan is desirable.

To apply for this position, please click on the link below and follow the instructions on how to apply:

If you require an application form in an alternative format, please email

Interview date: Friday 6th December 2019

Candidates who have not been contacted by the interview date can assume they have been unsuccessful.


The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people with Special Needs and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Trust safeguards and protects its students and staff by being committed to respond in accordance with Sunderland Local Safeguarding Board Procedures.