Head Teacher, Wheatley

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Chilworth House Upper SchoolWheatley

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Start date: January 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £150,000 package (with up to £90,000 basic salary depending on experience)
Contract term: Permanent

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. 

Chilworth Upper School

The role

As Head Teacher of our Chilworth Upper School in Wheatley, you’ll be energised by the chance to lead a diverse school community. You bring real passion for what you do, coupled with an understanding of the potential challenges surrounding working alongside children with SEMH. This will ensure you inspire your 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 leading a unique school and upholding the highest standards and adding to the commercial success of the school: you’ll aim for full occupancy of 78 young people, placement stability, cost efficiency and the development of growth plans. 

Your profile

To be a first-class Head Teacher, you will have experience 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 Regional Director, 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.  

About us

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. What’s more, our growth plans mean we’ll be offering even more incredible opportunities to great people and helping achieve the best possible outcomes for more young people.

Our curriculum delivers a comprehensive vocational offering, as well as academic for our young people. The highly equipped learning environment incorporates a range of resources to support a range of qualifications, subject specific classrooms and designated teaching areas.

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 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, long term incentive scheme (up to 30% per annum), teacher’s pension, 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 please contact Michael Webster, Regional Director on 07393 465255.

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: 14th June 2018

Interviews: 26th and 27th June 2018 (Two day Assessment Centre)

Start Date: January 2019

Job location

More about Chilworth House Upper School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Grooms Farm, Thame Road, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1844 337720
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