We’re Witherslack Group – and we want every child and young person to thrive. At our inspirational schools, we offer outstanding opportunities, experiences and support. Each one offers state-of-the-art learning resources, specialist facilities and qualified, experienced staff. And as our young people learn and grow, we encourage our team to develop too. If you’re ambitious and resilient, we’ll give you the chance to build an exciting career in a fast-growing organisation, where you’re free to achieve your potential.
Queensmead House School
As the Head of Secondary School of our brand new School in Windsor you’ll be energised by the chance to lead a diverse school community. The school will be on the same site as the former Queensmead School, which has wonderful views of Windsor Castle and offers a truly inspirational environment for our young people. As Head of Secondary School of Queensmead House School, you’ll be resilient, innovative and enthusiastic. You’ll have a real passion for working with young people with SEN and will be dedicated to leading a challenging and highly rewarding community. This will ensure you inspire your brand-new team, delivering the best for our young people, and working together to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. With your leadership, staff will develop into excellent classroom practitioners. Meanwhile, you’ll excel at opening and leading a unique school and upholding the highest standards. Your challenge also involves building the commercial success of the school: you’ll aim for full occupancy of young people aged 11-19 years, placement stability, cost efficiency and the development of growth plans.
The school caters for 130 young people, 90 of whom will be in the secondary provision. The school will include a full size sports hall, MUGA, and specialist classrooms for science, food technology, DT and computing. Pupils will be supported in small class sizes (maximum of 8), by well qualified and experienced staff who are able to offer an extensive range of academic, practical, vocational, sport and leisure activities, to support both a young person’s educational achievements and social and communication skills. The school is highly equipped to support our vocational offering, it includes kitchens to support catering qualifications; salons for hair, beauty and customer care qualifications; and motor vehicle and construction areas. This approach allows each young person to equip themselves with the skills and practical experience they need for life beyond school and into their chosen career.
To be a first-class Head of Secondary School, you will have experience as a Deputy or a Head running a top Ofsted rated school for young people with SEMH. You’ll need patience and great communication skills that you’ll use when dealing with young people as well as parents, carers and staff. Enthusiastic and resilient, you’ll be a multi-talented professional who’s committed to education, and stays calm in challenging situations. In return, we’ll help you innovate and continue your professional development. You can expect both support and challenge from our Executive Head, as well as access to a range of specialists. These include School Improvement Partners, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Inclusion Team, Assessment and Quality Evaluation experts, Clinical Team and the Group Commercial team. Naturally, you’ll have the chance to network with other Head Teachers and senior Group leaders.
Witherslack Group is a leading provider of specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs), complex learning needs and challenging behaviours. With 100% of our young people going on to further education, training or employment. Each one has its own specialist therapeutic team, full of qualified, experienced experts. They include Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Practitioners and Occupational Therapists. As we continue to grow, both in terms of the number of settings we have and also the regions we operate in, we will maintain our sector leading Ofsted ratings, educational outcomes and levels of therapeutic support, as this will enable us to inspire more young people to find their own story of success.
For children with complex, challenging needs, the level of care and education must go above and beyond. That’s what drives us, here at Witherslack Group. With our high staff-to-child ratio and in-house clinical teams, we’re proud to have won a reputation for excellence. Our aspirational homes, schools and ethos help us achieve the best possible outcomes. In short, we’re enhancing life opportunities.
We know you’re going to do great things. We offer a salary, regional allowance and benefits package that’s among the best in our sector. You will receive a competitive salary, company car / car allowance, 10% performance related pay, teacher’s pension or a range of flexible pension options to suit personal circumstances, family private health care, full school holidays and relocation if you decide to make a big move.
If you would like to discuss the role further, or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Samantha Hankinson, Resourcing Partner on 07887 456400
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.
Closing Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Interviews: 8th & 9th October 2019
Start Date: January 2020 (or as soon thereafter)