Head Teacher, Somerset

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North Hill House SchoolSomerset

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Start date: January 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: up to £60,000 per annum
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head Teacher

Reference: PRI22900

Location: North Hill House School, Fromefield, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HB

Priory Group Division: Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type: Permanent - Full Time

Salary: up to £60,000 per annum

Hours: Full time

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Head Teacher.

A qualified teacher – and preferably holding an NPQH – you will demonstrate a wide range of SEN experience and have proven leadership and management expertise. An outstanding relationship builder, you will also know how to inspire exceptional performance and maintain a positive and enthusiastic learning environment for pupils and colleagues alike. You will lead and manage the development and implementation of the curriculum and education programmes through the process of continuous improvements, the effective use of self-assessment methods and the efficient deployment of staff.

The successful candidate must come from an SEN background with experience of AS/ASD being highly beneficial but not essential.  Experience of leading a broad and flexible curriculum from KS2 - KS5 is important to ensure that we can offer support to all year groups including our 16+ year groups both by offering education ourselves and via local colleges.  The successful candidate will be a fully qualified experienced teacher with relevant post-graduate specialist qualifications together with a sound understanding of the current legislation and statutory regulations relating to education and care.

Please note that as we are a residential setting the Head Teacher will share on call responsibilities with the Senior Leadership Team, this will include some weekends.

If you share our determination to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our pupils, we can promise you a collaborative culture, ongoing professional development and ample scope to use your creativity and initiative as part of a highly energised and supportive team.

Set in its own grounds close to Frome town centre, North Hill House is an independent specialist day and residential school for children and young people aged 6 to 19 years with high functioning autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome and associated difficulties.

The school has been designed to provide a strong focus for students who need different levels of support to succeed, thus allowing young people with autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome and associated difficulties to thrive effectively in an ever-demanding and complex society.  Students have ambitions to live and work as self-reliant adults and we can help them to reach their goals with continued support, structure and guidance.  The school welcomes students on a day or weekly residential basis for 38 weeks per year.

Ideally, we are looking for a candidate who is available to begin in January 2018.

If you are interested in an informal discussion or would like to visit the school, please e-mail Kelly Newton, HR Advisor, at kellynewton@priorygroup.com to arrange.

Interviews to be held w/c 15th October 2018.


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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More about North Hill House School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 7 - 19 years
Address: Fromefield, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1373 466222
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Mission Statement 'The fostering of a responsible, positive outlook on life and achievement through the provision of an appropriate and stimulating educational environment.'

Purpose North Hill House aims:

To develop and enhance abilities, giving appr...