Assistant Head Teacher, Wakefield

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Meadowcroft SchoolWakefield

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £38,000 - £42,000 dependent on experience
Contract term: Permanent

Assistant Headteacher

Meadowcroft School, Wakefield 

£38,000 - £42,000 dependent on experience

Closing Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019

We have a fantastic opportunity for an innovative and inspiring Assistant Headteacher to help grow Meadowcroft School. We are an independent special educational needs day school for 96 pupils aged 5-19 located across a three sites in Wakefield. 

You will assist the Headteacher and the Deputy Headteacher in leading and managing the school, as well as a nurturing and therapeutic environment to meet a range of needs including social, emotional, behavioural, communication and learning difficulties. Your school will be outstanding and a leading light for our young people and their families.

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the NFA Group, the Education division is growing strongly, both organically and by acquisition and is one of the largest providers in the country for the provision of care and education with positive regulatory outcomes.

Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the Role

We are looking for a dynamic, passionate and committed Assistant Headteacher to join our school Senior Leadership Team and support the Leadership & Management, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development  of our the pupils. The Assistant Headteacher will focus on the positive outcomes of our children and take responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with young people with a range of complex learning needs. You will be able to demonstrate a working understanding of how these needs impact upon learning and behaviour in the classroom. You may have specialist knowledge and experience of working with autistic spectrum disorder or children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Or you may have experience of working across both specialisms. 

As Assistant Headteacher you will initially have a mixture of management and teaching responsibilities with a focus on achieving positive outcomes for young people. You will be expected to contribute to the organisation, management and supervision of school routines and curriculum. It is important to consider that the individual pupil’s learning and effective progression of achievement are provided through the development of the curriculum and policies of the school.

We would welcome applications from individuals with specific experience in one or a number of the named areas above.

Who we are looking for?

We are looking to hear from dynamic and passionate individuals with extensive high quality teaching experience. If you know how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils and their families, this is the role for you. The successful candidate will have experience of the Education Inspection Framework.

An excellent communicator, you will act as an ambassador for Meadowcroft School, and will have demonstrable experience of working in partnership with parents, local authorities and other stakeholders. If you are a highly motivated and forward-thinking manager, with the energy and dedication to change lives coupled with proven of experience of improving learning outcomes through coaching and mentoring teachers, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.

In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities, access to a network of great senior colleagues within the Acorn Care and Education Group and the chance to shape the future and ongoing development of the school.

This position is due to commence in September 2019 (subject to approved reference/DBS checks). Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email

We will be holding a site visits at Meadowcroft School on Monday 1st and 2nd April, to book onto an open day please contact Ann Cleasby;

Interview date will commence the week commencing 29th April 2019

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 an Enhanced DBS Check


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More about Meadowcroft School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 19 years
Address: 24 Bar Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4AD, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1924 366242
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Meadowcroft School is a unique special educational needs provision dedicated to ensuring successful outcomes for the most reluctant & troubled learners. The dedicated staff team work tirelessly with pupils who arrive with a distorted view of...