Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Sheffield

Closing date:Expiring soon

Meadowhead School Academy TrustSheffield

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £56,579 - £62,426L14 - L 18
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Assistant Headteacher with leadership responsibility for SEND

L14-18     (£56,579 - £62,426 pa)

Permanent, Full time

Meadowhead School Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who will join a forward-looking team. 

Meadowhead is a rapidly changing and improving school under new leadership. This leadership post has been created to accelerate the rates of progress of SEND students. We are looking for a leader who has a proven track record with SEND learners.  The successful candidate will be working with dedicated and vibrant teams across the school in the pursuit of excellence. You will be a person who thrives on challenge, enjoys working with young people and is passionate about seeing them achieve.

The successful candidate will find our students enthusiastic and eager to learn. Support from established and experienced senior leaders will be readily given. The post is suitable for someone new to senior leadership or with experience in a smaller school.  

The person we are looking for should be:

  • passionate and enthusiastic about learning and about their own specialist subject
  • a strong leader
  • an inspirational, creative and highly effective teacher
  • driven to ensure excellent progress for all, especially disadvantaged learners
  • a hardworking, imaginative thinker who has excellent organisational and time management skills
  • a team player who wants to work and engage with colleagues at all levels within the school


At Meadowhead School Academy Trust you will find:

  • students eager for success
  • supportive colleagues
  • excellent professional development and guidance


Working closely with the Curriculum and Pastoral leaders, the Assistant Headteacher (SENCO) is responsible for the strategic delivery of Learning Support across the school.  They will ensure all teaching staff are trained in supporting students in study skills.  They are responsible for arranging screening of new students on entry for learning support needs, and meet prospective parents and students if there are particular SEND needs to discuss reasonable adjustments with staff and families. 

The AHT oversees the team in identifying and assessing individual needs, drawing up and implementing individual educational plans, and monitoring their effectiveness.  They work with external agencies as required, and with the Exams Office to ensure appropriate accommodations are made for both internal and external exams.  They will also be involved in working together with form tutors and parents to support students. The AHT will also oversee the Learning Support Faculty and interventions for SEND children.  

The post is full-time, but it is envisaged that the successful candidate will teach about 8 periods per week of a curriculum subject and be an experienced teacher.   The successful candidate will either have SENCO and assessment qualifications or a proven track record working in this area and a willingness to gain appropriate qualifications.  Good interpersonal skills are essential. 

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. Please contact Joy Kelsey (HR Manager) at kelseyj@meadowhead.sheffield.sch.uk to arrange a visit.

Closing date for applications – Friday 24 January 2020 at 9.00am

Meadowhead School Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure.



More about Meadowhead School Academy Trust
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Dyche Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 8BR, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 114 2372723
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Meadowhead School Academy is a popular and successful school with an excellent academic and pastoral reputation and very high standards of behaviour.

We have high expectations of ourselves and our students and welcome colleagues who share our commitm...