Job Details

Job title:              Assistant Headteacher

Salary:                 Up to £45,000 dependent upon experience

Location:             Westbourne School, Sutton in Ashfield

Hours:                  Full time, Term Time Only 

Contract:             Permanent

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of young children and young people, we have the role for you!

We're looking for an Assistant Headteacher to join our team at Westbourne School, a special educational needs school in Sutton-in-Ashfield. As Assistant Headteacher, you will oversee various departments in line with school and regulatory expectations and support the growth of a nurturing and therapeutic environment to meet a range of needs including social, emotional, mental health, communication and learning difficulties and ASC. You will be an outstanding educationalist and want to ensure the school is leading light for our young people and their families.

We are looking for Assistant Headteachers to cover in the following areas within school: 

  • Curriculum Development
  • Autism Lead 
  • Personal Development 
  • Behaviours and Attitudes

About the School

Westbourne School caters for children aged 11-18 and aims to grow to 49 pupils.  You will be responsible for planning and delivering various subjects across the curriculum. Differentiation and individualised learning strategies are vital skills required to meet the needs of all our pupils who will have had varying degrees of success in their educational lives.

Acorn Care and Education is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education, foster care and residential care for vulnerable children and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our registrations are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

About the Role

The Assistant Headteacher will ensure there is a positive ethos which reflects the school’s commitment to education including the encouragement of all staff and pupils to participate fully in all aspects of school life. This essential role ensures that the school is constantly reviewing its behavioural policies and procedures, identifying trends and patterns and being adaptive to individual needs of pupils.

At a strategic level, you will be responsible for monitoring and tracking all behavioural and attendance data, providing weekly and half termly reports, the creation of action plans and the implementation of initiatives to show constant improvement in all areas. In support of this, you will also monitor exclusions and provide analysis. Operationally, you will line manage and organise the pastoral team as well communicate whole school pastoral expectations, ensuring a positive environment and excellent behaviour for learning across the curriculum. You will also organise the staff and pupil rota for unstructured times and oversee extra-curricular activities during these times, monitoring impact and reviewing half termly.

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for an individual who is educated to degree level or equivalent with Qualified Teacher Status. Experience of working with and managing children with sometimes challenging behaviour is essential.

We are looking for someone who knows how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils and their families. An excellent communicator, you will become an ambassador for Acorn Care and Education, as the role will include working in partnership with parents, local authorities and other stakeholders.

No two days at Westbourne School are the same, so we are looking for an Assistant Headteacher who has a flexible working approach and can use their initiative. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with young people in a calm demeanour and focuses on the positive outcomes of our young people.

In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities, plus access to a network of great leaders within our Group.

Essential criteria:

  • A degree or degree level equivalent qualification
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Experience of working with children with learning disabilities
  • Current full driving licence
  • A commitment to promoting the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people
  • Experience of Leadership and management across a whole school setting
  • Extensive experience of curriculum design, implementation, and quality assurance processes

Why work for us?

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Pension
  • Free School meals on site
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website www.acorncare.co.uk.  If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact 01204 558055.

Acorn care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.  We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.