COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.  Download our Covid 19 Action Plan and Safeguarding Addendum.


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Current Job Vacancies

A Special Place to Work

We don’t run ordinary children’s homes. We don’t run ordinary residential special schools. We want extraordinary people to work for us. Do you want the challenge and the privilege of being the positive turning point in a child’s life? We are seeking inspirational adults who are in harmony with our view of learning as a life long issue, who believe in the capacity of children to learn and grow despite their life circumstances, who see learning in its widest sense and can be creative, innovative and think outside the box in order to re-awaken excitement and enthusiasm in children. We want high quality professionals who would bring creative approaches to helping children reconnect with learning and manage their behaviour and are committed to excellence in personalisation. We require people who can connect with our “no limits” philosophy and share our passion, vision and belief about rescuing children and their families. Although the roles use conventional labels we are one integrated team.

Cook/Housekeeper with Specialist Education Services  

Salary £18,795 to £20,344 (depending on experience)

Temporary post for a minimum of 6 months , 37 hours per week with a degree of flexibility.

Turnstone House (near Beccles) is one of two combined residential and educational settings run by Specialist Education Services. Each home can accommodate up to 8 children, all with social, emotional and mental health complexities.

Due to long-term absence we are looking for someone with enthusiasm for working with children to prepare lunch and dinner for approximately 15 people from Monday to Friday.

You should have experience of working in a busy catering environment with knowledge of preparing a variety of meals whilst adhering to hygiene standards.

You should also have proven skills in meal planning and budgeting along with the ability to maintain good records.

An awareness of the requirements of working in a residential care setting would be advantageous.

The person we are looking for will have a warm, caring personality and be sensitive to the needs of our young people.  You should have an even temperament with strength of character and resilience, as the kitchen is usually the hub of activity in our home.

If you are interested in this position please contact Lucy Taylor on 01508 517000/549320, email, or go to our Contact page to request an application pack.

Closing date: 14 Aug 2020

Recruitment packs can be requested via our Contact page.

SES is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Appointments are dependent on a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Informal discussion concerning any post is welcomed by telephoning 01508 549320 (for the Principal at Avocet House) or 01508 517000 (for the Principal at Turnstone House).