Headteacher, Leatherhead, Surrey

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Woodlands SchoolLeatherhead, Surrey

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Start date: Summer Term 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L21 - L27
Contract term: Permanent

“Outstanding is our minimum – which we strive to exceed”

The governing body of Woodlands School is seeking to appoint a new Headteacher, following the retirement of the current post holder, to start in the summer term 2018. 

Woodlands is an outstanding special school for students aged 2 - 19. Our school cohort encompasses all Key Stages from EYFS to KS5. Our pupils have severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders and / or profound and multiple learning difficulties. The governors are keen to appoint someone who can take the school forward from outstanding to achieve even greater things. 

Our school has a strong culture of providing a nurturing, aspirational learning environment where everyone feels valued. Staff are well supported and their continuous professional development is strongly encouraged. We also place substantial importance and value on engagement with our parents and carers.

If you share our passion to deliver positive outcomes that continually transform the future of vulnerable children, this is your chance to make a real and lasting difference.

Our next Head will:

  • Be inspirational and innovative
  • Enjoy and thrive working with children and young people with disabilities
  • Be able to deal with the current and future challenges facing schools
  • Be able to think strategically with the vision and commitment to build on the existing exciting developments within the school and to forge new paths to achieve even greater things
  • Have an empathetic understanding of how children and young people with complex needs learn
  • Be keen to embrace evidence based methods of learning 
  • Share a commitment to support a total communication environment
  • Have an extensive understanding, experience and a record of accomplishment of success in managing all aspects of safeguarding children and staff 

In return we offer:

  • A strong partnership with a knowledgeable and supportive board of governors, all of whom are committed to your ongoing professional development 
  • A highly-skilled, professional, and motivated staff team 
  • Parents and carers who welcome partnership and share our high expectations 
  • Collaborative working practice with a wide range of stakeholders 
  • An innovative, bespoke curriculum with high aspirations for all

Job start:  Summer Term 2018

Closing Date:  Tuesday 21st November 2017

Shortlisting Date:  Monday 27th November 2017

Interview Date:  Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December 2017

For more information, please visit our website at www.woodlands.surrey.sch.uk . We highly recommend and encourage you to visit our school and spend some time with the children and the staff. Please contact the School Business Manager, Chris Richards on 01372 377922 or email finance@woodlands.surrey.sch.uk to make an appointment.

Woodlands School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful candidate.

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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 2 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Fortyfoot Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8RY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1372 377922
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Woodlands is an outstanding, all-age 2-19, special school for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties, PMLD, complex needs and ASD. The school is housed in two adjacent buildings set within beautiful and extensive grounds amidst Surrey woodlands. Bo...