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Chiltern Wood SchoolBuckinghamshire


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to share your ambition and experience, and provide pupils with the perfect learning environment they need to succeed?

The Governors at Chiltern Wood School are looking for a compassionate, skilled, and motivated leader with the right skills and vision to build on their considerable recent successes and achievements.

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

Salary: Band 7, L24-L39 

Location: High Wycombe (across two sites Downley and Cressex)

Required for: January 2022

About us

We are a special school for just over 200 children and young adults, aged 3 to 19, with a broad diversity of complex needs, including complex autism spectrum disorder (ASD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD). We support children with a range of needs, including emotional behaviour, communication, medical, physical, sensory, and social needs.

The school has a child focussed approach that seeks to benefit all learners who are part of our community and to enable every pupil to achieve their very best. We do this by recognising individual success through a great diversity of achievements, including social communication, physical development, independence and academic progress.  

We seek to develop our children as courageous, confident learners. We pride ourselves on the strong relationships that have been developed over the years between staff, pupils, parents, and the broader community.

Please take a look at the candidate information pack attached, as well as our Website

About the role

The new Headteacher will demonstrate the following:

  • Leadership - a strong leader and role model for staff and students, who is able to provide a clear vision and direction for the school, has the ability to manage change, influence key external stakeholders, and who role models and promotes positive attitudes and behaviours. 
  • Values - shares our passion and vision for all pupils; their learning and ability to reach their full potential must be at the heart of all school decisions. 
  • Standards - ability and commitment to continue developing our unique curriculum and high standards of teaching, as well as a commitment to an ethos of supporting and developing staff’s skills and subject knowledge and enabling them to support each other. 
  • Safeguarding - dedication to providing a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their good behaviour in school and in the wider society. 
  • Financial management - strong financial management skills as well as business acumen

About you

The successful candidate will be an experienced senior leader with passion for the education and wellbeing of children with SEND. You will have recent successful senior leadership experience within a relevant setting. You will be able to demonstrate success in teaching of pupils with learning difficulties, autism and/or speech language & communication needs. The successful candidate will possess knowledge and ability to improve outcomes across the school for pupils with a range of needs and abilities. 

If you are keen to take up this challenge, we would very much like to hear from you. You will be rewarded with the support of governors who bring experience from a diverse range of backgrounds, first-class staff who consistently go above and beyond for the school and, most importantly, with the continued success of the wonderful pupils of Chiltern Wood.

Other information

To find out more about the role and to arrange a Covid safe visit to the school, please contact Office Manager, Vicky Green at

Please submit your completed application form by email to Vicky Green at by the closing date below.

Closing date: 9am on Thursday 23rd September 2021

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th September 2021.

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