Relocation package available Start date – January 2019 This is a unique opportunity to open and lead a brand new autism school, in the beautiful Lake District, for children and young people aged 4 to 19. The need for additional autism provision in the area has never been greater and Cumbria Academy for Autism (CAA) will open in September 2019, with capacity for 56 placements. Trustees are looking for an ambitious and aspirational Headteacher to lead the pre-opening phase and then establish the school as a centre of excellence for autism learning.
The school will open in new purpose built premises in Lillyhall, West Cumbria. The aim will be to provide children and young people with autism in Cumbria, the opportunity to reach their full potential in life by preparing them for adulthood, so they may lead fulfilled, happy and purposeful lives. The cognitive ability of students will be wide ranging and the school will support individuals with mild/moderate learning disabilities through to gifted and talented leaners. Core academic learning will be taught alongside essential life-skills, providing a personalised and holistic approach to education and will be supplemented by high levels of intervention and therapy.
The Headteacher will be pivotal at the outset of the new school as the lead in recruiting an exemplary and highly energetic leadership group and staff team that will quickly establish CAA as a centre of excellence for autism learning. Another exciting early challenge will be to liaise with the LA to deliver an admissions and transition programme for each new pupil in preparation for opening. You will also shape the new premises in readiness for opening.
As Headteacher you will have a positive contribution towards an open and trusting culture, and bring a collaborative and ‘can do’ solution-focused attitude and the belief that the only way to achieve excellence is to maintain and motivate high-performing teams across the school. Candidates must be able to demonstrate quantifiable and sustained impact within a senior leadership team although previous experience in an autism specific setting is not essential. You must be committed to high quality teaching and learning and should have the creativity and vision to inspire and lead change but also the focus to ensure successful outcomes are reached. You will share the schools ambition and model it in your daily practice and leadership to inspire and engage children, parents/carers, staff and the local community. You must also be a compassionate leader who can hold staff to account whilst being accountable yourself. Above all, you will share the passion and belief that children and young people, their learning and developing their potential are at the heart of all decisions.
To find out more about this exceptional opportunity please visit www.hays.co.uk/jobs/cumbria-academy-for-autism or contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership for a confidential discussion or to discuss making an application.
Martin Blair T: 07736791138 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 9am, Monday 17th September
Interviews: 24th and 25th September
CAA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS.