Prior’s Court is a residential special school for autistic children and young people with complex needs from ages 5-25.

Are you a music or drama teacher who wants a new challenge?

In the next academic year, Prior’s Court is opening its brand new Performing Arts Centre. This innovative and ground-breaking project will create a bespoke on-site facility to help transform the lives of autistic young people with complex needs and you can play a lead role in making this centre the best it can be.

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For a complete list of responsibilities, please see the job description.

Key job information: 


Dependent on qualification and experience

  • Qualified: £32k - £43k
  • Unqualified: £23k - £30k
  • Instructor: £22.5k - £28k

37.5 hours per week

40 weeks per year (including 2 x 5 day ‘Training Weeks’)

Contract type: Permanent - full time

The role of Teacher - Music & Performing Arts

We are looking for drama or music teachers to join our Ofsted outstanding (OFSTED, May 2022.) You will work with an experienced team, including teachers, therapists, and behaviour support specialists, as well as liaising closely with our Care team.

We are a well-resourced and well-equipped school, set in beautiful grounds in Hermitage, Berkshire. Our vision is for our individual young people to achieve health, happiness, independence, and work skills at the relevant levels.

You will work with amazing autistic children and young people, supportive colleagues, have access to a range of professional development opportunities and have a good work/life balance.

Early Careers Teachers are encouraged to apply, and a full induction is offered.

The successful candidate will have previously planned and delivered sessions to children or adults and celebrated their achievements. They will also be energetic, resilient, organised, flexible and able to work as part of a team.

Job description

Please be aware that applications will be considered upon receipt.

About us

Prior's Court was set up by Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose vision of a centre of excellence for autistic children became reality with the opening of Prior's Court School in 1999. We have since grown to support around 90 young people aged between 5-25 years.

Since opening, our support team has grown from around 20 to 500 and we have built a reputation as a leading edge educational, vocational, and residential facility for autistic young people. We are situated on 50 acres of parkland with various facilities including accommodation for our young people, a school with a wide range of facilities and offices

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  • Experience of teaching autistic children/young adults or with complex additional needs.
  • QTS or QTLS desirable.
  • Early Careers Teachers are encouraged to apply, and a full induction is offered.


We aim to make all staff feel valued and supported with training and a competitive salary along with providing the knowledge and skills needed to do a great job. Find out more about the benefits we offer.

How to apply

Read through the application documents below, then complete a short online application form to apply. You may be required to fill in additional forms depending on the role and will be advised by HR following your application. You can read about our application process in detail here.

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Application links: 
Job description Application form

Recruitment policy Safeguarding statement Equal opportunities statement
Documents to prove eligibility to work in the UK Job applicant privacy notice

Contact us about this role

t: 01635 247202
e: [email protected]

All positions at Prior's Court are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, references and receipt of the appropriate Right to Work documents. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Prior’s Court is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek and embrace differences in thinking, experience, ethnicity, age, gender, faith, personalities and styles.

The different skills, experiences and backgrounds our employees bring to their roles create a workforce as diverse and individual as the young people we support and makes Prior’s Court a special place to work.

We strive for an inclusive environment where employees feel safe, engaged and supported to make a difference.

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