Compass SchoolsFolkestone, Kent

Position: SENCo - SEMH/SEND Independent Special School

Location: Folkestone, Kent

Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 depending on experience, qualifications and training

Contract: Full time, permanent

Start Date: January 2021, or as soon as possible

Compass Community Schools are friendly and successful education provisions supporting vulnerable children aged 5 - 17 years with SEMH and complex trauma.  Our school in Folkestone is a small and specialist provision, educating a maximum of 50 students. 

All our established schools are graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and form part of a strong, multiagency and therapeutic approach which provides education for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties, challenging behaviours and other associated learning and attachment-based needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate as they will have a key strategic role within the development of our school as it grows and moves onto a newly developed site. You will be part of a team which is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment where everyone is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential, and aspirations for both students and staff are very high. The work we do is both varied and challenging, and we form a cornerstone of a triangulated approach which places the child at the centre of education, care and therapeutic intervention.

This would be the ideal opportunity for a candidate looking to develop within a leadership role.

Our client offer:

  • Continual professional development and further career opportunities
  • An opportunity to be directly involved in the curricular and wider development of the school
  • Excellent Induction Package
  • On-going mentoring and coaching
  • Laptop and mobile phone
  • A very supportive and widely experienced team
  • Opportunity for continuous development within a leadership role
  • Specialist therapeutic training opportunities
  • An interesting work environment where you can have a positive influence on the lives of children and young people

The right candidate will have:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • A proven record of good or outstanding teaching practice.
  • A strong desire to work inclusively within an emotionally literate environment, supporting children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Experience managing challenging behaviours and working with children with SEMH difficulties. 
  • A non-judgemental approach to behaviour management.
  • The ambition to progress professionally within an expanding, child-centred school.
  • Proven experience of planning and delivering a creative and academically engaging curriculum which meets the needs of individual pupils, whilst maintaining high standards of education throughout the school.
  • The desire to be engaged in all aspects of school life from academic to pastoral.
  • The ability to teach and work with pupils presenting with a wide range of emotional and attachment-based needs.
  • A passion for making a difference to the education and lives of young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships.
  • Emotional resilience and be motivated by challenge.
  • The ability to be reflective, dynamic and creative in their practice and be willing to work within the Compass Community values and ethos.

The successful candidate will hold QTS and will have a proven record of good or outstanding teaching practice and leadership experience. They will have a broad experience in planning, delivery and classroom management with a dedication to ensuring the best outcomes for individuals. You will need to share our commitment to ensuring that all students are fully prepared and supported for life beyond school.

We have a strong safeguarding culture and expect applicants to be committed to the safeguarding of children and eager to continually develop their practice in this area. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate is required prior to commencement of this post.

How to apply

For more information about this role please contact Tracy Harrison at Vision for Education on 0191 267 6555 or email

The closing date is Friday 29th January 2021 at 12pm.

 All post are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check (DBS) under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Acts 1974.