At Kedleston Group, our vision is simple, every provision we operate will be recognised as ‘outstanding’ in every way.
We will never be the biggest, but we will lead, and others will follow.
As Head Teacher at Brookways School, you will be pivotal in leading and developing a team of dedicated and experienced professionals who put our children at the heart of everything they do. Your exceptional vision, leadership and management of the school will ensure the highest standards and quality of specialist autism education provision across key stages 2-4, enabling the school to build on its Ofsted ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding Features’ judgment achieved in 2018.
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 28 September 2022
The role will commence in January 2023 (or sooner if possible). The selection process will run between 3 – 14 October 2022, and, depending on applicant numbers may involve up to two stages, one of which may be conducted virtually. To arrange an informal visit to Brookways School prior to application please contact the school office on 0208 641 9191.
Leading by example comes naturally to you. Your knowledge, experience and unpretentious, can-do approach enables you to build credible, lasting and productive relationships with staff, children, parents, corporate colleagues and external stakeholders with ease. Resilience is a key item in your professional toolkit and you are unafraid to challenge the status quo where warranted if this will enable you to innovate and bring about a positive impact on quality and/or standards for the school community. You will be confident in building a high quality provision balanced with the need to maintain a commercial approach.
As well as being an ardent advocate for our children, you will be highly experienced in working with children with SEN and leading, supporting, developing and championing teams to succeed. You will be enthusiastic and sensitive, with the ability to keep calm in challenging situations in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for the Brookways team and the wider community ensuring the ethos and values of the school are promoted at all times.
You will hold:
- NPQH (or a willingness to work towards this which we will support you with)
- Qualification in SEND (desirable)
In addition, you will have substantial, demonstrable leadership and management experience in an SEN school. You will also be able to evidence solid teaching experience with children with autism spectrum condition and associated special emotional and mental health needs. You will have had involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning, and you will be able to demonstrate your experience of successful line management and staff development along with your experience of working with therapeutic teams and developing a relevant curriculum.
You will have day to day support from your Regional Director (Education), and also year round support from the wider Kedleston Group corporate professional team of safeguarding, HR, finance and H&S experts. You will also have the opportunity to network regularly and share ideas and learning with your peers from our other 12 schools across the Group.
As well as a competitive salary and discretionary, performance related bonus scheme, we offer a comprehensive induction programme so you can hit the ground running. As a qualified teacher, you will be eligible to join the enhanced pension scheme and we will invest in you and your development through a personalised development programme which may include, for example, coaching, online, face to face learning, special interest/project groups, networking opportunities and professional development days. Additional perks include access to a benefits platform, salary sacrifice schemes (cycle to work, technology loans), birthday treats, long service awards, life assurance, counselling, health and wellbeing support services.
Brookways School, part of Kedleston Group, is an independent specialist day school in North Cheam, for children aged between the ages of 7 and 16. We provide a safe learning environment for pupils living with autism (ASC), mainly Asperger’s Syndrome and higher functioning autism, who also face other challenges such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and pathological demand avoidance (PDA).
We look for people to join our staff team who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people. We would love to hear from you if you share our passion and commitment to developing confident and capable young people by meeting their educational, health and social care needs in structured, nurturing school and home provisions.
Kedleston Group Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its children and young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. You will be expected to engage in annual safeguarding training, be familiar with key policies and ensure you know the steps to take should you be made aware of a safeguarding or child protection concern. You will remain vigilant and act swiftly if you have concerns about a child and be an appropriate role model for both children and colleagues at all times.
The successful candidate is required to provide references and will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.