Psychological Therapist (Art Therapist/Play Therapist)

Post responsible to:  Head of Therapy, Headteacher

School:  Beckmead Park Academy & Chaffinch Brook School

Age range:  KS1 - KS4 

Grade:  Outer London NJC Grade 10 - SCP 36-38

Salary:  £35751 - £37722 FTE

Hours:  3 days per week, 22.5 hours per week, Term time only (plus INSET days)

London Local Authority:  London Borough of Croydon

Closing Date:  12th September 2022 at 9am

Interview Date:  TBC

Start Date:  As soon as possible after confirmation of employment

The Beckmead Trust was formed in April 2019, it’s founding school the Beckmead Family of Schools was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2017.  The school de-amalgamated in September 2021 to form 3 separate Academies. 

The Croydon Hub is made up of Chaffinch Brook School for children with Autism and challenging behaviour; Beckmead Park Academy based across 4 sites for KS1-4 children with SEMH, both in Short- Stay and highly specialised provisions; and Beckmead College a KS4 and 5 specialist and vocational college set over two campus.

Psychological Therapy is a key element of our approach and is well integrated into the school culture. 

We are seeking an arts therapist (music, drama or art) or play therapist to work at Chaffinch Brook School (primary site) 2 days and Beckmead Park Academy (Tharreo House site) 1 day. The post can also be split into two posts, a 2 day post for Chaffinch Brook School and a 1 day post for Beckmead Park Academy. The successful applicant(s) will be an integral part of the therapy team across our school sites, providing individual, possibly group and (dependent on training/ experience) family sessions as well as working to support the therapeutic approach of the schools generally. 

The successful applicant will need a flexible approach and will be passionate about providing an accessible and inclusive service that meets the complex therapeutic needs of our students and their families.  Excellent team work and communication skills are vital. Therapy is a valued part of our approach to working with our students and is well supported by the organisation.

For a brief informal discussion about the post or any further information contact Steve Cobbett, Head of Therapy, on 07702 553709 or 

As part of the Beckmead Trust, our ethos involves close collaboration with specialist and mainstream schools, outside specialist agencies with enhanced knowledge of our children’s needs and the private, voluntary and charity sectors within the communities in which we work. 

If you share our vision of Love, Flourishing, Community and Social Justice. and if you have a desire to make a real difference to the lives of children in Croydon, we would welcome an application from you. 

The Beckmead Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people so expect all staff and volunteers, as well as those who work on the premises, to share this commitment. As part of our safeguarding commitment, appointment to any post is subject to receipt of satisfactory references, medical clearance to include the ability to participate in Physical Intervention and a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check as well as evidence of the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. 

All applications should be submitted on The Beckmead Trust Application form.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. All enquiries and completed applications should be sent to