Head of Academic Support and SEND, Sandhurst

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Eagle HouseSandhurst

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Details of the Post  

The school is currently seeking a suitably qualified teacher with a Level 7 SpLD Diploma from an accredited organisation to lead the Learning Support department. In addition to the general responsibilities defined by the Headmaster, the Head of Academic Support and SEND has a number of management and leadership responsibilities relating to the co-ordination of the department. These include:  

Teaching and Learning 

 • Ensure all pupils with SpLDs are appropriately supported 

• Ensure all colleagues are kept informed of the individual needs of those with SpLDs and how they can be supported

 • Oversee all 1-1 support, EAL support, small group support (Maths + and English +) and core skills (non-Latin group support) 

• Have a good understanding of assisted technology for pupils with SpLD  


• Identify those pupils who may need additional support and write up termly IEPs 

• Implement support programmes to cater for the needs of those identified with SpLDs 

Record Keeping 

• Ensure all records are maintained and updated 

• Make IEPs and summaries of Ed Psych and other specialist reports available to all colleagues 


• Establish and maintain good working relationships with pupils, colleagues, parents and outside professionals

 • Be available to all colleagues for advice and support in regard to SEND 

• Work closely with the Head of Academic Support and SEND at Wellington College. Meet regularly with the College team and share resources where appropriate 

Access Arrangements

 • Liaise with senior schools over access arrangements in examinations

 • Arrange assessments with outside professionals, where appropriate, in line with the schools list of accredited professionals 

 • Work closely with the Deputy Academic to make sure that the necessary arrangements are made to support pupils in both internal and external examinations 

Department Development 

• Ensure that an annual development plan is in place and followed 

• Lead the Learning support team effectively 

• Keep up to date with new initiatives and advise others, where appropriate

 • Disseminate good practice of SEND across the school and provide training opportunities as required 

• Manage the department budget and resources

 • Oversee the SEND web pages on the school’s website 

Personnel Management

 • Manage the support team and their continuing professional development

 • Take responsibility for the recruitment and appointment within the department of new staff, staff deployment, timetabling, new staff induction, mentoring, staff reviews and professional development 

Whole School 

• As a full-time member of staff, you will also be expected to carry out day duties and to contribute to the wider life of the school  

Personal Specification  

The candidate needs to:

 • have the relevant qualifications and teaching experience to be able to carry out the role

 • be reliable, loyal, trustworthy and have high levels of discretion and diplomacy 

• be self-motivated and well organised 

• have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

 • be highly organised and have the ability to prioritise a complex workload

 • have varied interests and a willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school 

• understand the needs of a prep school and have an appreciation of the wider picture

 • be committed to the ethos of a day/boarding school

 • be computer literate- specifically with One Note to record pupil notes 

 • have a good sense of humour  

General Professional Duties  - See attached document  

Terms and Conditions  

Full involvement in the life of this busy and high achieving day/boarding school is expected of all staff. The salary will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate and according to the Eagle House Scale. There is a generous fee remission for children of teaching staff at Eagle House.

Applications Process  

Candidates should provide a letter of application and a completed application form with supporting documents. You may also include a curriculum vitae. Completed applications should be received by 1.00 pm on Wednesday 28th February.  It is anticipated that interviews will take place the following week.  

Applications should be sent to: Lisa Rutland, Headmaster’s Secretary, Eagle House, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH.

Job location

More about Eagle House
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 13 years
Address: Eagle House, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8PH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1344 772134
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Eagle House is one of the oldest preparatory schools in the country having been founded in 1820.  At that time the school was sited in Hammersmith, from there moving in 1860 to Wimbledon, and finally to its present location in Sandhurst in 1886.