Assistant Headteacher/Trust Social Emotional and Mental Health Leader, Somerset

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The Castle Partnership TrustSomerset

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £52,643 - £57,986(Leadership Scale 11 – 15)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

£52,643 to £57,986 (Leadership Scale 11 – 15) 


This position is open to both qualified teachers or candidates who have expertise in SEMH and relevant qualifications. 


Do you want to make a difference to vulnerable children and young people? The Castle Partnership Trust is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to join our Strategic Leadership Team.  


This is a new post that demonstrates the school's commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of our children. The successful candidate will develop the SEMH provision at The Castle Partnership Trust, working with professionals within the pastoral teams and leadership as well as external agencies to ensure that our young people receive the care and support that they need.  


We are looking for someone with proven leadership in either pastoral work in school or in alternative provision or SEMH, with an excellent knowledge of external services and support and proven evidence of engaging with other agencies. It is less important to have worked in schools than to have good experience of working with children /young people or young students with SEMH needs. You will have a range of expertise and be able to lead already knowledgeable and experienced staff, teachers and support staff, in this area. You will have good leadership and managerial skills and be effective at leading and managing others.  


You will be based at The Castle School in the first instance and be part of the Strategic Leadership Team of the school. You will be the lead for SEMH in the school and work closely with the SENCo in order to provide an excellent service. You will have good resources with which to do this and we are meeting some of this commitment from the Pupil Premium funding from across the Trust. There is potential to set up further provision in what is currently the Trust Hub offices which will move to the new primary school in September. 


As the Trust develops, there is further potential for advancement as new schools join the Trust. We will give you opportunities to develop leadership and management, to work with some of the best teachers and support staff in the country and to learn leadership from some of the best in the profession. 


The main responsibilities for this post include: 

  • To lead the Trust work in developing SEMH 
  • To develop an excellent provision at all levels, from the highest level to supporting school staff in such strategies that support young people with their SEMH 
  • To be the lead in training staff and developing their skills 
  • To enhance the graduated response and ensure that we maximise every opportunity for every child in our trust 
  • To work with other external providers 
  • To be part of the Castle SLT in the first instance and to carry out all related duties. 
  • Develop, drive and embed a new wellbeing strategy. 
  • Be the subject expert for the school and inform and influence policy and practice. 
  • Work with teachers to ensure that their practice reflects best practice for SEMH. 
  • Be a relentless advocate for our most vulnerable and needy children, in the school, with other children’s services, and in the community. 
  • Act as a point of contact for your case load during school holidays (within reason). 
  • Be part of the safeguarding team and be level 3 trained. 


A full job description and application pack is available from  


The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 27th January 2020 with interviews taking place on 6th and 7th February 2020. 


This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.  

More about The Castle Partnership Trust
Type: English Secondary Schools
Address: c/o The Castle School, Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1823 274073