Headteacher, Kent

Closing date:Expiring soon

Caldecott Foundation SchoolKent

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L29 Dependng on Experience
Contract term: Permanent

Are you committed to supporting vulnerable young people to reach their full potential by re-engaging with education in a therapeutic environment?  Can you motivate educational professionals to deliver excellent tailor-made provision for pupils with a range of needs and challenging behaviours?  Are you a strong leader, with the energy and stamina to head a team that focuses on the best possible outcome for every individual child?

The Caldecott Foundation’s Board of Trustees is looking to appoint an inspirational Headteacher for the Caldecott School, a non-maintained special school for children with SEN, ASD and SEMH needs. 

Leading the way in therapeutic care and education, the Caldecott Foundation helps  disadvantaged young people to overcome the challenges of their past, believing that, with the right care and support, every child can build a positive future.  The Caldecott Foundation has five Outstanding children’s homes and its Fostering service is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted. 

At the Caldecott School, a creative curriculum including vocational courses together with a wide range of extra-curricular activities strengthen the social and emotional development of young people, as well as their academic progress.    The school’s Therapy team work collaboratively and seamlessly with teaching and support staff to improve our pupils’ mental health & wellbeing.

Over the last year the Caldecott School has developed its offer and facilities including a new dedicated Primary School and a house providing weekday boarding for pupils. Further plans are in place to develop a forest school and new facilities for those students who struggle even in small class group settings.

We are seeking an innovative and determined individual to continue to drive forward these developments, building on the success of the Caldecott School’s current plans in facilitating young people to achieve positive outcomes in education and across all areas of their lives.

Responsible for all primary and secondary education, and holding the NPQH desirable, as the successful Head Teacher candidate and in addition to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities inherent in Headship, you will be able to demonstrate:

 A strong track record of transformative senior leadership and extensive experience in supporting students with SEN, preferably those with SEMH needs, ASD and speech and language difficulties;

 The passion, clarity of vision and strategic capabilities to shape the future of a provision that’s leading the way in therapeutic education;

 A clear understanding of what it takes to achieve an Outstanding from Ofsted and what is needed to support all students to make exceptional levels of progress;

 The skills and ability to build strong relationships with students, staff, parents, carers, commissioners and colleagues from across the organisation;

 Experience of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum programme;

 Dedication to the professional development and progression of your staff team;

In return for the above we will offer you the opportunity to work within a dedicated multi-disciplinary team and access new opportunities for professional development, as well as an excellent remuneration package. For more information and a full job description, please visit the Caldecott Foundation’s website www.thecaldecottfoundation.co.uk  

Strong candidates will be contacted prior to shortlisting for a meet and greet at the school. 

For more information about the Caldecott School visit their website www.thecaldecottschool.co.uk . If you have any questions about the role or the organisation then contact Jonathan Butler, Administrator, on 01303 815630 or jonathan.butler@caldcottfoundation.co.uk 



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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Non-Maintained
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 16 years
Address: Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6PW, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1303 815678

From bases in Kent and Nottinghamshire, the Caldecott Foundation provides vulnerable young people from across the UK with therapeutic residential care, foster families and education.  Ofsted has rated five of our children’s homes and our fosteri...