Principal, Surrey

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Chart Wood SchoolSurrey

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Fringe Leadership Group, Spine Points 24 – 30, £71,478 - £82,614 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Orchard Hill College (the College) and Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (the Trust) together form Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT), a family of specialist education providers for pupils and students from nursery to further education across London, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex. As an outstanding provider and Academy sponsor, Orchard Hill College has a strong track record for making a positive impact within the local communities it serves.

Chart Wood is a special day/boarding school for boys (105 day pupils and students and 24 boarders) aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Some students also have co-existing conditions, such as a specific learning difficulty or a diagnosis of ASD.  Staff: student ratios are favourable and support our students to achieve well. 

Chart Wood converted to become an OHC&AT Academy on 1st Jan 2019. This is an exciting time in the school’s development with a planned relocation to a newly refurbished learning campus in Dorking for academic year 2020-21.

You will be an ambitious, proven leader either at Deputy or Principal level and have an excellent track record of successfully implementing school improvement and impactful change.

You will need to:

  • be a highly capable leader, with a clear sense of vision, strategic thinking and purpose;
  • be an exceptional classroom practitioner, with expertise in SEND and specifically SEMH;
  • have recent and relevant experience of highly effective leadership and a strong track record in raising standards;
  • have a full understanding of processes involving children in care, child protection and safeguarding and be committed to working in partnership;
  • be collegiate, responsive, highly approachable and have the ability to inspire colleagues, pupils, students and their families.
  • be fully committed to developing effective independence for students  beyond school

We can offer:

  • the opportunity to develop skills and experience within a ‘family’ of specialist providers;
  • staff and an Executive Board who are highly committed and dedicated to success;
  • embedded support and guidance from Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust
  • a home Local Authority (Surrey County Council) supportive of developing local provision for children and young people in their communities

Please apply online at and send your completed application form to

Please note that CV applications will not be considered.

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday 22nd February 2019
Selection process and interviews: 4th and/or 5th March 2019

Chart Wood School, Orchard Hill College Academy Trust and Surrey County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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More about Chart Wood School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 9 - 16 years
Address: Taynton Drive, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 3PU, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1737 215488