Headteacher SEN, Wakefield

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Highfield SchoolWakefield

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Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L25—L31 (£72,119—£82,701)
Contract term: Permanent

Do you have the drive and vision to lead our school?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead our school on its continuing journey. The students, teachers and the Governors at Highfield School are keen to appoint an innovative, passionate and inspirational leader who is committed to achieving excellent outcomes for our learners and to build on the established success of our specialist secondary school.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An inspirational leader passionate about raising standards and achievements for all students with SLD and complex needs.
  • Experienced in leadership roles in specialist settings and a track record of making a difference to student outcomes
  • Confident in those leadership and interpersonal skills required to inspire a highly motivated and professional staff team.
  • Able to demonstrate a clear strategic vision for the school built upon raising standards and creating opportunities for all students.
  • An excellent ambassador, able to promote positive partnerships with parents, Governors, the Local Authority, local schools and all external stakeholders, to ensure we have the required support and resources to enable our students to reach their full potential.


The successful candidate will join:

  • A well respected and established successful Special School.
  • Fantastic students who are positive, keen to learn and progress.
  • A highly motivated and dedicated skilled workforce, committed to making a difference.
  • A school with high aspirations and a strong commitment to professional development where every person is valued.
  • A dynamic, challenging and supportive Governing Body who are committed to providing an appropriate and effective professional development package for the successful applicant.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application (in addition to the application form) which should be no more than 3 sides of A4, CVs will not be accepted. The letter should make specific reference to all aspects of the job specification and provide evidence of essential criteria.

Completed application forms should be submitted on-line by 19 July 2019 or returned to Wakefield Council Contact Centre.
Shortlisting - 26 July 19
Interviews - w/c 16 September 19

For further information please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can contact the Recruitment Line on 0345 8506506 (typetalk calls welcome) or email: jobs@wakefield.gov.uk.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced disclosure application to the Disclosure and Disbarring Service and satisfactory pre-employment checks and references will be required.

Shortlisted candidates will also be required to make a declaration under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations (if applicable).

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More about Highfield School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Gawthorpe Lane, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 9BS, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1924 264240
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