Head, Leicester

Closing date:

Sketchley School and Forest HouseLeicester

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £55000 - £60000
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

 Do you want to make an impact?

Do you enjoy a challenge and want to change the lives of young people on the autism spectrum?

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the  UK. With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on  making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

Our schools provide specialist education for young people aged  8-19 with high functioning autism. Pupils may also have challenging  behaviour as a result of their communication difficulties and a lack of  social understanding. 

We are seeking to appoint a committed and reflective head teacher to lead our vibrant and enthusiastic team.

You will have the opportunity to work with fantastic students and a  motivated staff team of teachers, high level teaching assistants,  classroom support assistants and therapists.

Demonstrating excellent leadership skills, you will be a qualified  teacher with significant experience of special educational needs. You  will also have the ability to support student’s academic learning in an  autism friendly way, as well as supporting staff welfare, development  and progression.

You will also:

Share our passion for high aspiration and achievement for all
Have excellent interpersonal skills
Be highly organised and adaptable
Be committed to working in partnership with parents and outside agencies.

The following skills would be of benefit to the role:

An in-depth knowledge of autism and experience of working with young people on the autism spectrum
Experience of leadership in an SEN environment, QTS and additional  relevant higher level qualifications, such as NPQH or Masters Degree.

Priory Education Services are committed to safeguarding and  promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to  undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including  checks with current and past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Monday 7th May 2018

Interviews to be held: Thursday 17th May 2018


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References  provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within  our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where  you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the  Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored,  multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex  educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental  healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to  safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must  be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post,  including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant  body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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More about Sketchley School and Forest House
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 8 - 19 years
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