Cherry Garden School

41 Bellenden Road, London SE15 5BB
020 7237 4050
Headteacher – Kelly Hawker
School Opening Hours:
9.30am – 3.30pm for pupils
8.00am – 4.30pm office hours

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Our admissions are arranged by the Local Authority, if you would like to arrange a visit to the school, please contact us via phone or


You can find our admissions policy here.

Current Vacancies


Salary: Inner London MPS/UPS and SEND Allowance
Suitable for ECTs – Yes

  • Are you passionate about children’s learning?
  • Do you have high expectations for every child?
  • Are you able to work collaboratively as part of a dedicated team?
  • Do you want to be part of an exciting, talented team leading change in a forward thinking school?
  • Are you enthusiastic and flexible?

Cherry Garden is an outstanding community special school that meets the needs of a range of children (aged between 2-11 years who have) with severe and complex learning differences. We are in a new state of the art building with excellent facilities and extensive grounds and it goes without saying the children are ‘amazing’. Please check out our Twitter account @CherryGdnSchool and our Instagram @cherrygardensch to see them in action!

The Headteacher and the Governing body are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and passionate teacher from January 2025 or sooner who is keen to develop their knowledge and skills in working with pupils with complex needs. We provide extensive support to our mainstream primary and early years partners and work closely with the Teaching Schools Alliance on Leadership CPD programmes.

Early Career Teachers, Primary/Early Years teachers new to special needs are very welcome to apply, as well as those who have more experience. We can offer you bespoke professional development and support in a vibrant and fun working environment. We have a ‘can do’ culture where innovation and creativity is within our DNA.

Cherry Garden is located in vibrant Peckham, Zone 2 (5 min. walk from Peckham Rye Station). There are a multitude of shops, cafés, leisure facilities and open spaces on our doorstep as well as excellent transport links.

Previous experience within a special needs setting is desirable but not essential. Visits during the school day are actively encouraged. For informal discussions/visits please contact the school via email or call 020 7237 4050.

All Southwark schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to pre-employment checks, references will be sought and successful candidates will need to undertake an enhanced DBS check and have the right to work in the UK.

An application pack can be found on our website or may be requested from Sabrina Prempeh, School Administration Officer at Applications should be submitted to this email address or posted to Cherry Garden School, 41 Bellenden Road, London SE15 5BB.

Closing Date:  9.00am, Monday, 30th September 2024
Interview:        Monday, 7th October 2024

Cherry Garden School will be closed for the Summer break from Thursday, 25th July. We will respond to any requests for a school tour after Monday, 2nd September when we return.

Please note: CVs are not acceptable – only applications on the official form will be considered for shortlisting.