Mary Hare is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure along with other relevant employment checks.

Mary Hare is a registered charity: 1048386

Mary Hare School

Mary Hare is a special school for deaf children. Because of the low incidence of profound deafness, our students come from all over the UK and further afield, so we have a boarding provision, which is set in beautiful grounds next to Snelsmore Common, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The school has a team of fully qualified care staff to look after the children in residence. Benefits of working at Mary Hare include small teaching groups, pupils who value help and support and a close and supportive teaching staff.

Mary Hare educates 250 profoundly deaf children and we pride ourselves on our excellent achievements at both GCSE and A Level (pass rate 97% grades A-E). We offer the opportunity to teach highly motivated children, in small classes, where you can make a real difference at this national centre of excellence for deaf education. No knowledge of sign language is required, as we follow an auditory/oral philosophy.

Applications for teaching roles are welcomed from both teachers of the deaf and teachers of hearing children who would be interested in this unique opportunity to teach deaf children. Teachers without a formal qualification to teach deaf children would be required to qualify through in-service training within three years of appointment. SEN point 2 would be awarded on completion of this training. The opportunity to study for a Master’s Degree is available. Funding for these courses will be borne fully by the school.

Application forms are available using the links below. Please scroll down to access all forms and job descriptions.

Clerk to the Board of Governors

An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a highly motivated and efficient Clerk to the Board of Governors on a self-employed basis for immediate start. Mary Hare is a residential secondary school in Newbury, Berkshire, for academically able, hearing-impaired children and is the largest school for the deaf in the UK.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong administrative, IT and organisational abilities
  • A proactive approach and a clear communicator
  • A flexible approach with the ability to use initiative
  • A high degree of diplomacy, confidentiality and tact
  • An interest in education
  • The ability to travel to the meetings (an average of 18 per year)
  • The ability to maintain accurate minutes and list of Committee Membership at each meeting
  • The ability to prepare agendas and associates papers

The role does not include direct work with children, however you will be requried to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate.

The post:

  • 200 hours per year paid at an hourly rate of £13-15 per hour depending on experience
  • Average 18 meetings per year, board and committee at variable times
  • Home based with attendance at meetings

Closing date: 22nd May 2017    Please scroll down this page to find an application form and job description.

For further information contact Andria Thomas:

Domestic Assistants

We require Domestic Assistants for an evening shift working term time only. The hours for this post are 17.30-20.30 Monday – Thursday, Friday 16.30 – 19.30.

Uniform is provided. Subject to shift start/end time transport may be available. Travel allowance is paid to staff using their own transport.

Hourly rate £7.70 .

For more information please contact Housekeeping on 01635 244217.

Child Care Staff

We need resourceful, caring and committed people in a variety of roles to work with teenage deaf children in their social time at this school for hearing impaired children. It would suit qualified and experienced care workers or those who are well educated, articulate, willing to train and be part of a whole school approach to care. We would prefer applicants to have a full clean driving licence.  Candidates do not need to have experience of deafness or sign language as we communicate through spoken English. However, an enjoyment of working with young people is essential.

Full Time Child Carestaff

With the addition of other allowances such as sleep ins, special school allowance, qualification allowance and living out allowance, actual salary would be estimated to be around £20,000-£21,500 paid in equal monthly installments.

The hours of work are shift work to include mornings, evenings, weekends and sleeping in duties when working.

For further information please contact Ruth Taylor on 01635 244275.

Completed application forms should be emailed to