Happy New Year

Posted by: | Posted on: January 3, 2018

Term starts tomorrow ( January 4th) for all our pupils. We hope you have all had a great holiday and are full of energy for the new Spring Term.

See you tomorrow!

Winter Fun

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2017

As we are heading into the winter months, it’s good to have something to look forward to. On Thursday November 30th we are planning a theatre trip to see ‘Awful Aunty’ at Theatr Hafren – Newtown.

The trip will run from 9.20am – approx. 12.30pm. We will be transporting pupils to and from the theatre.

In addition, we will be hosting a short afternoon of Christmas songs and readings on Monday 18th December starting at 1.30 pm. You are very welcome to join us, and if you wish to transport your young person home with you, please just let the transport operator know.
Tuesday 19th will be WHOLE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS LUNCH. Yum!
Wednesday 20th will be the last day and there will be SOME off timetable opportunities for fun and games but also quiet space and routine for those who find it difficult.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Yours Sincerely

The Lifehouse Team


Posted by: | Posted on: October 16, 2017

There is a new opportunity to join The Lifehouse! This time round we are looking for an ADMINISTRATIVE GENIUS who has something really special to bring to the team. The successful applicant will have oodles of energy, unquestionable moral responsibility to the role and totally prepared to be dynamic in a challenging and expanding business.
Working primarily as PA to the director and front of house, your interpersonal skills will be exceptional. You will be expected to manage and multi task a wide variety of administrative duties. You will have an extensive knowledge and experience of finance packages and the ability to set up and establish an accounting and budgeting system with appropriate software.
Your IT skills will be highly proficient and you will have confidence in producing reports and business documentation. Knowledge of good HR practice would be beneficial. Your literacy, numeracy and communication skills will be outstanding.
Equally important is that your character is bright, cheerful and ever optimistic! You will be fit as a fiddle and ready for anything! Being part of the team will enhance your enjoyment of the job.
If you think you have the skills needed to meet this demanding role then please do get in touch. It is a salaried position for 52 weeks with 8 weeks annual leave. Starting salary £20K with annual increments and opportunity for career development. Job is entirely new so starting date can be flexible but must be in place by January 1st. Working hours would be Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30 as core hours but some flexibility around that on a day to day basis. Work pension scheme is in place.
Please apply by email to kay@bettwslifehouse.org.uk. Sell your skills and your personality in what you write, attach a CV and make sure that what you’ve said means we will want to meet you! Closing date for applications is strictly Tuesday 31st October.


Posted by: | Posted on: August 1, 2017


A vacancy has arisen (due to a change in circumstance) for a very special kind of person! This post is to work mainly with a very challenging young person (aged 11) who is on the autistic spectrum. You would be team teaching alongside another experienced member of The Lifehouse. However, you would be expected to take the lead in planning activities, using your imagination and energy to capture the young persons interest and engagement. Ideally suited to someone with teaching experience although we can see a scenario where formal qualification is not the priority. The successful candidate would need to have the resilience to cope when planned activities are rejected, and challenging behaviour pushes boundaries. You will be able to manage a budget and resource objective led planning.

Initially the post is for 1 ½ days per week (term time) but this could quickly extend if the candidate proves to be particularly skillful.
Salary according to experience.

If you think you are (or know) this unique individual then please do get in touch ASAP. Post to start in September. Please feel free to share.

Safe Internet Use

Posted by: | Posted on: June 21, 2017

Internet use is always high on our agenda at The Lifehouse and we are proud to be working within the guidelines required by government bodies. However, its not always easy to mange this within your own home and some helpful advice may be found on this web page https://www.saferinternetday.org


You can also find great advice on https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/



SPECIAL VACANCY!! Can you fill these shoes?

Posted by: | Posted on: May 10, 2017

Hello everyone! We had some sad news over Easter that our MUCH LOVED and very special Aunty Bumble ( Bee) is going to be leaving the good ship Lifehouse in the summer. She has been an AWESOME member of staff since we opened back in 2007 and has seen a host of children through their time here. Her contribution to success has been immense and I know that many of you might want to send in personal messages for her. Please feel free to post a card to her here, or write an email (via me). Bee is leaving to develop her Holiday Retreat and AirBnB, alongside husband Roger.  We wish them both every success. This does, however, create a MASSIVE gap in the staff team and so please find below the advert for the vacancy should you know anyone who thinks this might be just up their street. Its a big ask, but mighty rewarding!!


Chef/catering tutor & Kitchen Manager

An opportunity has arisen to become a very important member of the Lifehouse team as a catering manager at Bettws Lifehouse, an Independent Special School for children with EBD, ASD and MLD. The post is a FULL TIME contract, for a two year period initially, starting September 2017, and salaried per annum according to experience and abilities (£21 to £25K per annum).

The successful applicant will be an exceptionally skilled team player, ideally with experience of not only working in a busy kitchen under pressure, but also with some knowledge of the challenges presented by Special Educational Needs. We are particularly looking for someone who is capable of organising and managing all elements of the kitchen independently, to deliver
• Tasty, healthy lunches for approx. 25 pupils per day during term time
• Healthy snacks throughout the day
• Outstanding hygiene records and EHO compliance
• Knowledge of dietary requirements and allergy control
• Financial budget responsibility, Shopping and stock control

IDEALLY, the ultimate candidate would be prepared to have pupils working alongside them, to learn cooking and catering skills, and a fundamental, basic understanding of cooking for life in a healthy and sustainable way.

The ability to work independently, think on your feet and immerse yourself in the needs of the children will be paramount. … the kitchen is the heart of our school! We promote a child-centred approach in a nurture setting and a strong motivation to be an important contribution to a place that can make a difference for children will be central to your desire to work here. Opportunity for professional development will be actively encouraged.

The Lifehouse is very proud of its strong, skilled staff team and this position will be a key role within that team.

Applications are invited in writing (email or post) accompanied by a full CV to include references by Monday 5h June. Interviews will take place between Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st June.

Interested candidates are welcome to visit The Lifehouse by appointment.

Bettws Lifehouse, Bettws Cedewain, Newtown, Powys SY16 3DS
01686 651166

Bettws Lifehouse Severe Weather Policy

Posted by: | Posted on: January 10, 2017

January 9th 2017

Dear parents / carers and drivers,

With snow forecast for some of us over the next 10 days, please see below our expectations and procedures for severe weather conditions.

1. Whenever there is severe weather or a severe weather warning we DO NOT ASK OR EXPECT TAXI DRIVERS TO TAKE ANY RISKS driving in any conditions in which they feel it is unsafe to complete the journey.

2. Reasonable efforts will be made to keep school open on days when some pupils can travel safely to and from school.

3. School will be closed if it is unsafe for a significant number of staff members to complete the journey to school safely.

4. Whenever a decision to close the school for reasons of severe weather is taken prior to the start of the school day, the Senior Leadership Team will endeavour to contact all parents / carers of school students by 7.30 am to advise of this. If such a decision is made after the school day has begun, parents / carers will be informed, as will the relevant Transport authorities, in order to ensure that all children will arrive home safely and with somebody to meet them.

As always we hope that our pupils’ education will not be disrupted, but there are occasions when this is unavoidable in order to maintain safety.

If in any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email


Posted by: | Posted on: January 2, 2017

THANK YOU everyone for the interest shown.  We are now shortlisting and so the application process is now closed.  14th January 2017


Career opportunity for someone who is highly motivated and focused on making a real difference. The opportunity has arisen to work in a highly experienced team, committed to improving life experience and chances for the young people who attend our school. We are looking for key workers to build strong relationships with children who have not been successful in their previous schools. We are proud of our pupils and their achievements. Please visit our website at www.bettwslifehouse.org.uk The Lifehouse; an Independent Specialist School for children with ASD, MLD and EBD. We are situated on the welsh border, and hours of work are within normal school term times. Salary dependent on experience. Please contact Kay on kay@bettwslifehouse.org.uk


Posted by: | Posted on: January 2, 2017

School starts again on WEDNESDAY 4th January 2017! Cant wait to see everyone :-)


Posted by: | Posted on: November 4, 2016

Well!! A MASSIVE shout out to TWO Lifehouse people today. FIRSTLY …Jamie Noel for making the most wonderful nomination for a Best teacher award….. and to Kieran King for BEING that teacher!! So PROUD of both of these guys!!! A team that includes staff AND pupils! Have a great weekend you SUPERHEROES!


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