Assistant Head, Bournemouth

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Autism WessexBournemouth

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Teaching Leadership Scale Pay L4-8
Contract term: Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Head Teacher at Portfield School. Portfield School supports children and young people with autism and associated difficulties aged 3 – 19. The school offers specialist facilities such as our therapy pool and sensory room which create a bespoke environment. This is to plan our future developments.

This role will include supporting the Head Teacher to provide strategic leadership for Portfield School which secures success and continuous improvement that ensures a high standard of teaching and learning to enable every student to achieve their full potential.

  • Taking operational responsibility of the school in the absence of the Deputy and Head
  • Working closely with the DSL to maintain safety
  • Providing strategic leadership in the development of SEN
  • Supporting the improvement of teaching & learning
  • Contribute to our overall effectiveness with new ideas and innovative thinking
  • Managing employee performance
  • As with all staff safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children.
  • There will also be a requirement to teach in class


What we would like from you:

  • A background in successful innovation or leading school initiatives/managing change.
  • Involvement of school development planning, writing, delivering, monitoring.
  • Able to lead, motivate, support, challenge and thereby raise standards.
  • Ability to model the highest expectations of conduct, safe practice and resilience
  • Good understanding of all the Key Stages.
  • Previous experience of working with student with Autism.
  • Degree and Qualified Teacher Status
  • A calm exterior coupled with quick thinking and effective problem solving
  • Willing to drive a school mini bus


What we would give you in return:

  • Teaching Leadership Scale Pay L4-8
  • Teachers Terms & Conditions
  • Teachers Pension


Autism Wessex is committed to safeguarding the welfare of the people we support.

Due to safer recruitment checks we will request references prior to interview. Please inform us if you do not want us to request a reference from your current employer.

All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS and satisfactory employment references. 

More about Autism Wessex
Address: Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1202 483360
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