Head of Grandin (Autism Centre), West London

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Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)West London

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS (Inner London) + TLR 2C
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No


KAA is an 11 – 18 academy situated in the heart of Notting Hill, West London. We opened in brand new buildings in 2014 and our facilities are second to none. We are currently in our fourth year of operation and have 920 students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 with us. By September 2018 we will be a full school with all seven year groups.

KAA is a school which has the very highest standards – both in terms of academic teaching and life beyond the classroom. In our first year the Department of Education reported we are “one of the best new academies they had ever seen” in terms of our planning and curriculum. In 2017, Ofsted have judged us to be “outstanding” in all areas and described standards as “exceptional”. Our Sixth Form is also outstanding and is operated jointly with our independent school partners Charterhouse and Godolphin & Latymer. Candidates can read of our recent Ofsted and exam successes on our website, kaa.org.uk, along with other evidence of the exceptional standards in our school. 

We are currently looking for a talented and committed Head of Grandin (Autism Centre) to join our outstanding department.

Background & Context

The ASSC (Autism Spectrum Specialist Centre) – or Grandin Centre – is an inclusion centre within Kensington Aldridge Academy that provides specialist provision for students with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism, including Asperger’s syndrome. The centre provides support from specialist staff, including teachers and trained teaching assistants.  


  • To design an engaging and challenging curriculum (based on a mainstream inclusion model) for each student who joins the centre, personalised to their needs and enabling them to achieve at the highest level
  • To have responsibility for tracking and monitoring the progress and attainment of students
  • To grow the department year on year, recruiting, inducting and developing your team as it expands to ensure consistently high standards of support for students within the centre
  • To ensure students in the ASSC and in the classes you teach receive marking and feedback of the highest quality that allows them to understand exactly what they need to do to improve
  • To model for all academy staff exemplary practice in terms of understanding the behaviours that students with autism will exhibit, understanding how those behaviours must be responded to differently from similar behaviours in neurotypical students, and establishing a culture of high expectations whilst still being sensitive to the individual needs of each child 
  • To deliver high-quality training on autism teaching to all academy staff and develop the systems and policies that underpin the growth of the ASSC, ensuring it is perceived by all academy staff as central to our academy community and ethos
  • Manage the ASSC budget and resources effectively and efficiently 
  • To build effective relationships with external agencies including Local Authorities and therapeutic professionals 
  • Manage the admissions and onward pathways for students with Autism to ensure that their individual needs are met and that they achieve the best possible outcomes
  • To coordinate and deliver effective maintenance of EHCPs in line with statutory requirements.

Deadline: Apply by 9 am on Monday 16th April 2018

Please send your completed application form to Lavinia Baboi at recruitment@kaa.org.uk

Please also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/eh8N7EiLSyU6BIuE2  

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. The post holder must be committed to safeguarding the welfare of children.

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More about Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Temporary Address, Scrubs Lane, North Kensington, London, W12 0DE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 207 313 5800
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The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is a fantastic place to work. KAA is situated near Portobello Road, full of great shops, restaurants and bars. The school is part of the inspiring new £66 million pound Kensington Academy and Leisure Cent...