The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist College in Godstone, Surrey. We focus on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and make dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives. 

Set up by musician and songwriter Sir Richard Stilgoe, Orpheus offers learning, supported housing and personal care all on the same site in Godstone, Surrey.  We showcase what Orpheus students can offer in the workplace and we challenge the barriers to employment faced by some disabled people.

Our core values are to be joyful, bold, inclusive, resilient and determined.  These core values are the foundations for all our work and are what the organisation stands for.

We are currently seeking a self-motivated, skilled and experienced Team Leader to line manage support staff and oversee the smooth running of the team, in and out of the classroom at our SEN College.

35 hours a week / 44 weeks per year. Following a two-week rota system incorporating early and late shift patterns including some weekend working.

Please note that this is a term time only contract for 44 weeks a year, 38 of which are term weeks, plus 6 weeks of admin, rehearsals, training – to be worked as required by the organisation 

Salary: £27,052.95 per annum pro rata

Excellent benefits including enhanced employer pension contributions, Employment Assistant Program (EAP), paid days off for dependants, bereavement leave, death in service, free staff lunches and training and development opportunities.

Essential qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Good level of Maths, English 
  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working with young people or adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Experienced in providing personal care for individuals
  • Have an understanding of the range of different types of learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Willingness to maintain and update personal specialist skills and knowledge through engaging with appropriate professional development activities and training
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of students with personal care and medical needs
  • Good computer and IT skills are essential for this role
  • Good administrative skills
  • Innovative and creative
  • Sense of humour
  • Caring and patient attitude
  • Excellent people skills
  • Ability to work well in a team and foster good relationships within a multidisciplinary work force.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with other professionals, colleagues, students and families/carers.

Orpheus is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of all service users. As part of our safer recruitment process and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, online searches will form part of this process. We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.


This post is classed as having a high degree of contact with vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. It is therefore subject to an Enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure Barring Service.

In order to be considered you must be eligible to work in the UK.

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The Orpheus Centre is proud to be a disability confident employer.

We have made a positive commitment to employing disabled people. Reasonable adjustments will be made to the recruitment procedure as required in consultation with the applicant to ensure no-one is disadvantaged because of their disability. If a disabled person is selected for a position, reasonable adjustments will be made to the workplace, including premises and equipment, work duties and practices or policies, as appropriate. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role as set out in the role profile and person specification will be guaranteed an interview.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are:

  • Challenging attitudes towards disability
  • Increasing understanding of disability
  • Removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions

Ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspiration

Applications will be reviewed as we receive them and if a suitable candidate is identified, we reserve the right to close our advert sooner.

No agencies please.