Deputy Principal, Reading

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Thames Valley SchoolReading

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £49,937 - £56,434 per annum
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Who we are

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. We are proud of the difference we make.

Thames Valley School is a specialist School, transforming the lives of young people on the autism spectrum. We are creating a true community school which is linked with, community groups, parents, local authorities, and other schools in the region.

We aim to deliver the highest level of education. Together, we will create a safe, positive and structured environment in which every young person is respected and encouraged to achieve independence (through academic, employment and personal skills development).

Who we are looking for

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of developing the school further,  as Deputy Principal, you will be working closely with the Executive Principal, Head Teacher and the Local Governing Body and be a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team. We are looking for someone who can support the Head Teacher to create a distinctive ethos and philosophy so that from the moment a person enters the building they will know this is a school where students are respected, achieve beyond what is expected, are empowered to make positive choices about their own lives and have rich and varied experiences.

To be considered for this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities (including those of innovation and vision), as well as demonstrating specialist ASD knowledge (through experience and practice).

If this is an opportunity you have been looking for, please contact the school on 01189424750 or email Rachel Barnard, Business & Finance Manager at to add your name to the list.

Hours of work

210 days inclusive of 10 non student training days (1 week autism specific and 1 week INSET). Normal hours may be varied to meet the changing needs of the school. There may be occasions when additional hours are necessary to meet specific or special requirements.

What we can offer you

•Excellent induction, training and development programme including Autism specific interventions and NAS conference opportunities

•Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching

•24 hour access to online training

•Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits(e.g. childcare voucher and cycle to work schemes)

•Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme

•Pension scheme

•Career progression opportunities

How to apply 

•To apply for this role, please use the link below.

•When completing the supporting statement, please refer to the job description and person specification and highlight any information that shows your suitability for the role.

•For more information about this job please email

Closing date: 19/04/2020

Interview date: w/c 27/04/2020

Applications for this job are sought from anyone who is suitably qualified and experienced for the role but particularly welcome from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

The NAS and NAS ACADEMIES TRUST are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and adults who use our services and as such expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks. 

Charity number 269425 (England and Wales); SC039427 (Scotland)

NAS ACADEMIES TRUST Company number 7954396 (A charity by statute)

We are an equal opportunities employer.

More about Thames Valley School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 16 years
Address: Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4BZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 942 4750
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Thames Valley School is part of the network of free schools and academies owned and operated by the NAS Academies Trust, a company limited by guarantee in England (No 7954396