Dovecote Autism Resource Provision Teaching Assistant - BYA112

Bishop Young C of E Academy is a thriving and highly successful 11-16 Church of England convertor Academy which serves communities right across the city of Leeds. We are part of Abbey Multi Academy Trust and share in the Trust mission to work In Partnership to 'Educate, Nurture and Empower'.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our Dovecote Team and would welcome applications from individuals who can rise to the challenge and can demonstrate impact and improvements in their current role.

We are looking for:

  • A highly motivated and hard-working person with the capacity to contribute to the on-going development of the schools Resource Provision.
  • A colleague looking to develop your career within a supportive team
  • Able to encourage and enthuse students with complex communication needs including Autism, to achieve their full potential
  • Inspirational to colleagues and students – sharing best practice
  • A team-player who can develop positive relationships with children, families and colleagues
  • Someone who will support the Christian ethos of the school

We can offer you:

  • A school that values and invests in the continuing professional development of all staff
  • A fantastic team of dedicated and committed staff based in an excellent learning environment
  • A vibrant, happy and incredibly rewarding environment in which to work
  • Additional recruitment and retention allowance may be available for an exceptional candidate plus access to an individually tailored CPD package

Bishop Young is a welcoming, caring, calm, disciplined, inspiring and purposeful environment. One of the greatest strengths of the academy is our focus on quality teaching and we are committed to ensuring that all our students achieve outstanding results.

We have high expectations of all of our students and aim to equip them with the knowledge, skills and self-confidence they need to achieve life-long success. Our dedicated and forward-thinking staff focus on our culture of challenging and inspiring students, in an environment of mutual respect where each child is recognised as unique and special.

At Bishop Young we have provided young people and their families with a therapeutic, nurturing, and academically rigorous learning environment.

Behaviour is good at Bishop Young Academy. During an external review in July 2019, led by Dr Michael Maddison (former HMI), he reported that “It is abundantly clear that staff at all levels have contributed to creating an increasingly calm and harmonious environment at the academy. Pupils are polite, courteous and welcoming, and they are positive about the academy and the way in which it is being transformed”

Through a bespoke and tailored Character Education Programme, “The BISHOP Character”, we are committed to ensuring that our students are given opportunities to develop ‘soft skills’ such as perseverance and integrity, so that they are able to sustain success when they leave us and move on to Higher Education or work.

We prioritise support for staff and students around SEMH and wellbeing; please follow the social media links below to see examples of this. As such, our staff and students feel valued and loved. Our stand-out provision for staff and student wellbeing has received local and national acclaim, featuring on BBC Look North and National BBC Breakfast. “Teachers want to work at the academy and greatly appreciate the overt focus upon their wellbeing.” External Review July 2019

Since opening as a new academy in 2017, we have made exceptional progress. In 2019, we saw a 0.5 improvement in our Progress 8 score, ensuring that we are one of the most improved schools in the region. Pleasingly, our disadvantaged students and those with SEND improved at an even more rapid rate, ensuring that the progress gap between both groups and the rest of our students disappeared in 2019.

Bishop Young is achieving great things and we are looking for someone with a caring and nurturing ethos to be part of our team.

Bishop Young on Twitter

Bishop Young on Facebook

Bishop Young Website

Abbey Multi Academy Trust Website

Candidates who have the motivation to work with a vibrant team and the passion to work with children in a supportive and rapidly evolving environment, are encouraged to apply.

We would welcome applications from individuals who can rise to the challenge and can demonstrate impact and improvements in their current role.

Given the current situation with the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the inability of us to arrange site visits, we would strongly recommend visiting our website to take the ‘virtual tour’. The Executive Headteacher and Principal are also able to speak with you over the phone and, if requested, we can provide an opportunity for you to meet the Senior Leadership Team via ZOOM. This can be arranged by contacting the Recruitment Team at

The closing date for applications is 12pm Friday 3rd December 2021

Interview date: to follow shortly after

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds.

Name & Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552