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City of Birmingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Join our team

City of Birmingham School has eight specialised teaching centres across the City offering personalised educational programmes along with commissioned places for KS4 pupils in Alternative Provision. We also offer high quality outreach support for schools and settings on a traded basis. We work with the Birmingham Family of Schools, and schools and settings beyond Birmingham.

Why work at COBS?

Hi there!

Here’s everything you need to know about working for City of Birmingham School! What you can expect from us and what we expect from you!

What you can expect from us!

  • Free car parking – free parking is available on site for all our employees
  • Great Learning and Development Opportunities – staff are encouraged to learn and develop.  This is facilitated through a variety of internal and external training courses plus mentoring programmes and secondments opportunities.
  • Progression and career development opportunities
  • Structured and focused Induction process
  • Team spirit and collaborative working
  • Equal Opportunities – COBs is committed to achieving fairness and equality in employment.  The aim of our policy is to ensure that no employee, or potential employee, received less favourable treatment or is disadvantaged on the grounds of disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or any other justifiable case not specified.
  • Occupational Health Services
  • The Childcare Voucher Scheme, provided for Birmingham City Council by Sodexo Motivation Solutions UK, is a government approved, tax efficient way of paying for childcare and can be used for a wide range of care and activities. Parents currently in the Childcare Voucher Scheme can remain in the scheme and continue to benefit from the savings until:
    • their child reaches 16
    • they change employer
    • their employer ceases to offer the scheme
    • they don’t take an unpaid career break of longer than a year
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing support through ‘help’, Employee Assistance and ‘Staff Care’. This service can help school staff with:
    • Work-life balance
    • Managing stress and pressure
    • Dealing with difficult people
    • Handling conflict situations
    • Improving confidence and self-esteem
    • Developing and using assertive behaviours
    • Managing workplace situations
    • Building resilience

  • Local Government Pension Scheme (Support Staff)
  • The new scheme (LGPS 2014) will apply to pensionable service from 1 April 2014. Employees who are paying into LGPS now will be in the new scheme automatically from 1 April 2014.
  • When an employee retires, the pension will be calculated as a total of benefits built up before 1st April 2014 and benefits built up from that date.
  • Teachers Pensions - https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/

What we expect from you!

At City of Birmingham School, we are passionate about our commitment to the pupils and staff and the high level of education support and opportunities we provide them.  We value every individual, respecting them for who they are and for their uniqueness where recognising they are a part of our strength. We are open and honest in our relationships and in varying types of commutation. The staff here at COBS work as one school, (not eight distinct sites). The school leaders are willing to make brave decisions, to take on big challenges and see them through to fruition.  COBS has a culture of inclusivity, honesty, trust, support and teamwork.  Our ethos, vision and values of Ready, Respectful, and Responsible are embedded in all our working practices by pupils and staff alike

Candidates who apply to work at COBS should be:


  • Be passionate about working with and making difference for pupils who have behavioural and emotional needs
  • Be eager to implement positive change; actively seeking opportunities to make a difference in our pupils lives
  • Be excited by the opportunities to get involved with new projects and expanding his/her knowledge
  • Making a strong impression on others by consistently displaying a positive and upbeat attitude; enthuses others
  • Speaks proudly of COBS and wanting to promote the schools ethos, vision and values
  • Seeks opportunities for positive change to support pupils to achieve and succeed


  • Polite and professional at all times; well-mannered and approachable
  • Empower others by encourage them to contribute to the best of their abilities
  • Demonstrate diplomacy within communications
  • Show respect for management decisions
  • Constructive when challenging others’ ideas or decisions
  • Show awareness of other’s ways of working and adapt style to suit situations
  • Champion openness in communications through own approach
  • Act with integrity and ensure the confidentially and sensitive information.


  • Actively seek to understand priorities and direction of other areas of the school
  • Balance the needs of own area with that of other functions across the school
  • Work collaboratively with other across the school
  • Consider the impact of actions on their areas and create an inclusive approach to change
  • Take responsibility for decisions/recommendations they have made
  • Apply common sense, logical thinking and relevant information when seeking a solution
  • Makes decisions based on evidence; adopt a methodical and objective approach to problem solving.


Click here for information on our vacancies

Birmingham City Councils - Job page

Please do not send a CV. Instead, use the relevant application form available to download from the links below and follow the instructions for submission of your application

For further information please contact our HR department who will be happy to assist on Tel: 0121 303 0272

Please see our Safe Recruitment Policy which will provide you with information and guidance on all our recruitment and selection procedures


City of Birmingham School is a great place to work and we are a committed staff team. There are many different roles within our school each one supports our vision of ensuring positive outcomes for our pupils.

Support Staff

COBS supports a culture of inclusivity and a supportive team spirit, it is a place where pupils who have behavioural or emotional issued comes to thrive, achieve and succeed. 

If you feel, you have the right skills and experience to provide these pupils with the necessary tools to succeed in the future please see our current vacancies and apply to become a member of City of Birmingham School and support!

Applicant Information Pack

Teachers Application Form

Support Staff Application Form

Volunteer Handbook