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Oak and the Owls

By All, Oak

Oak and the Owls

Oak really enjoyed a visit from Happisburgh Owls today as part of their Outdoor Learning experience. Pupils were able to hold the birds and enjoyed learning lots of facts about them.

Car Wash

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Car Wash

Pupils will be running a car wash on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th June as part of work experience.  Car washes are strictly by booking only.


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Running a cafe for a day, including:

Preparing products to sell

Setting up and serve customers

Handling sales and calculating change

Working as a team to clear up


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Sessions to explore the uses of STEM in everyday activities and the world of work.

Sessions to find out where our food comes from.

Work Experience

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Some of our work experiences...

Film Industry/Media Work Experience:

In these sessions we will be looking at job roles within the film industry.  Mr Anderson managed to get a call sheet from an ex colleague who is an Executive Producer  at a film production company in London. Knowing that he is a  Liverpool fan he sent over a Pepsi commercial featuring Mo Salah that he produced in 2022.
From Directors to runners to make up artists to art directors we will look at jobs that may interest us and skills that we have already acquired that could help in the profession. We will watch and analyse the commercial and see some behind the scenes footage.

Fig Gardening

By All, Fig

Fig Gardening

Fig class has been enjoying the sunshine, taking cuttings of mint and replanting them as well as helping clear the Outdoor Area. The class hopes to start sowing seeds this week so watch this space.

Mrs Steph Harvey
Class teacher

Hybrid Animals

By All, Oak

Hybrid Animals

Oak have been busy in Art creating hybrid animals – complete with their own habitats! Pupils chose two animals, considered how they might merge together and then decided where they would most like to live.
The hybrid animals include a Pow (pig + cow) Flamindog (flamingo + dog) Cog (cat + dog) to a Sea Pig (seahorse + pig). Oak have shown real imagination in designing these funny animals.

Vacancy for Residential Childcare Officer

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Residential Childcare Officer – GR1398
Scale E point 7-11 – Permanent £20,802 – £22,245 per annum

Hourly Rate £12.59 – £13.46 (£24,294 – £25,979 FTE)

37 hours a week term time + 1 week

Required for Sept 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a residential team, providing high quality care for pupils. The residential provision is on the site of Sidestrand Hall School, which provides 4 nights residence, (Monday to Thursday inclusive), term time only. Sidestrand Hall School is a Complex Needs school providing education to pupils aged 7-19 years.

Job Role: Supporting young people with complex needs in a nurturing residential environment.

Shift patterns – Morning Shift: 7:30am-9:30am (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) Afternoon/Evening Shift: 2:30pm-10pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Your working pattern will be a combination of these shifts, to make up your required weekly working hours, and will be discussed at interview. We welcome applications for those wishing to work on a part time basis. NB Some aspect of the job description may change slightly depending on number of part time hours worked.

Pupil Profile: Varied, including speech and communication difficulties, autistic spectrum condition, social and emotional mental health needs, and learning difficulties. Some pupils board several nights a week.


  • Work mornings and / or evenings with boarders to support their learning through a 24-hour curriculum.
  • Depending on hours per week worked, there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will eventually join in the sleep in rota. Sleep-in allowance is £40.76 per night
  • Provide guidance, support, and care to our pupils as part of a team.
  • Assist in developing independence in young people.

Candidate Profile:

  • Confident, self-motivated, and well organised.
  • Patient, committed, and compassionate.
  • Will hold Level 3 Diploma in Residential Child Care or have a willingness to complete the qualification.

Learn More: Visit for additional information on activities and experiences.

As an employer, we offer the following benefits

  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Access to an employee assistance programme who provide counselling and advice
  • Access to musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation service
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Ongoing CPD

Before you apply – please see the full job description and person specification in the below link – this will help you to shape your application to demonstrate how you meet the criteria for the role.

RCCO-Job Description and Person Specification DOWNLOAD 

Experience is not essential, as we will provide a full induction and on-going training.  If you feel you have the qualities needed, we look forward to hearing from you. Pre application visits are encouraged, please contact Simon at for details

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To this end, you will be required to undergo pre-employment checks.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced DBS check with barred list.  If you have information to declare, it may be protected under the Exceptions Orders and you may not be required to declare it. You will be asked to make a criminal conviction declaration if you are shortlisted for the post. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.  An online search will be carried out on shortlisted candidates.

Closing date: 24th June 2024           Interview date: 5th July 2024

Due to the nature of the role, a Warner Interview will take place with shortlisted candidates.

Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by email.

Information and Downloads

To apply for one of our current vacancies, please complete the application form and  the following forms and email to

Application Form

Diversity Declaration

Evidence of Entitlement to Work in the UK


By All, Oak


Oak class have been learning all about plate tectonics and earthquakes which led onto some interesting questions about volcanoes so we made our own! The class loves seeing the ‘lava’ bubble up and flow down the volcano.

Fig Art

By All, Fig

Fig Art

Fig class made the most of the sunshine today and used what they had learnt on perspective and drawing, to draw the school buildings.

Mrs Steph Harvey
Class teacher

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Red Nose Day- Basketball Challenge

By All, PE

Red Nose Day- Basketball Challenge

A massive well done to all the students that took part in the Basketball challenge for Red Nose Day. Here were the results….

4th place= Yellow House 149 points

3rd place= Green House 162 points

2nd place= Red House 164 points

1st place= Blue House 180 points

Blue House win the Basketball Shield for 2024!

-Mr Wright

PE during Spring 2

By All, PE

PE during Spring 2

This term the students have tried a variety of sports including Badminton, Tennis and Gymnastics. Students have been learning different shot techniques and how to serve in Badminton and Tennis. Year 8 and below have been able to experience some Gymnastics by jumping from different apparatus performing shapes such as the tuck,straddle or pike jump, they also got to use the climbing frame and show their strength in using different points of contact. Well done to all for their efforts and for trying some new things this term. We look forward to the Summer term and getting outside even more!

-Mr. Wright

Cross Country Competition

By All, PE

Annual Eastern Region Special Schools Cross Country Competition

On the 14th of March was the Annual Eastern Region Special Schools Cross Country Competition. Sidestrand took around 45 students who had enjoyed and done well during their Cross Country lessons during the Spring 1 term. The event takes place at Langley Prep School and we thank them for allowing us to use their amazing grounds. Team Sidestrand were brilliant and overall we came 1st and won the competition. We are very proud of all the students who represented the school and did their bit to help us win overall.

Special thanks to Mrs Beane for running the competition and all the staff from Sidestrand who helped, especially Mr Hale for these brilliant photographs of the students when they zoomed past.

Star of the Week 11.03.24

By All, Fig

Our Star of the Week this week is George. As Star of the week he gets a special  hair to sit on, gets double stamps on  his reward card and a prize from the ox! His classmates and I, also give him compliments as well as him describing himself. Listen to them here

Star of the Week 04.03.24

By All, Fig

Our Star of the Week this week is Faith. As Star of the week she gets a special chair to sit on, gets double stamps on her reward card and a prize from the box! Her classmates and I, also give her compliments as well as her describing herself. Listen to them here

Meet our new friend

By All, Fig

Meet Our New Friend!

Fig class has enjoyed getting to know their new class member Little My. She has settled in well and has enjoyed taking part in activities such as Maths and Animal Care with other classes. Fig class has learnt how to hold her and are learning how to look after her. She has been amusing us with her antics, moving her house and rearranging her bedroom. Come back to see how she is doing next term!

Mrs Steph Harvey

Class teacher
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