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Head of NEST

Newhaven School - Gardens SiteGreenwich

The successful candidate will lead our NEST provision delivering academic and pastoral support in the context of enduring mental health difficulties for the group of up to 30 KS3 and 4 students. The current postholder is leaving after promotion to Assistant Head and this is an ideal position for anyone considering a future in the leadership of alternative provision and special schools.


Newhaven is an exciting, challenging and rewarding place to work. Accredited by Trauma Informed Schools and the Autism Education Trust, we are determined to give our students the best opportunities possible to become successful, responsible citizens with bright futures. Working here is not always easy and staff wellbeing is at the core of what we do with extensive training, daily debriefings and support coming from school leaders as well as clinical psychology and a range of professionals who help us when we are stuck.


Newhaven is a range of provisions including a PRU, a school for children with ASD and severe mental health needs and NEST. We also run the school room at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The successful candidate will be based at our Newhaven Gardens site alongside but separate to the PRU. Their teaching load would depend on subject specialism but would be around 4 lessons a week. The post is well supported by SLT and includes the line management of a very experienced Pastoral Manager and the deployment of a group of support staff. If appointed, you will receive weekly supervision from the schools clinical psychologist.

A teacher with experience working with young people with mental health difficulties is required to join this successful school for children with a range of learning needs. 

We are particularly interested in appointing someone with experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties which may have been gained in mainstream or specialist provisions. Your role will be to lead and manage the people, systems and processes that ensure our young people get the best academic education they can by providing the best support possible around their barriers to learning. You will also work closely with heads of academic departments, the school SENCOs and our multi-disciplinary team and other agencies such as Camhs to ensure these best outcomes.

We are looking for:

• A resilient practitioner with the ability to make clear decisions based on a range of evidence.

• A great classroom practitioners with the ability to inspire others and a commitment to high standards.

• A person who understands that relationships are at the core of everything we do and applies this to their work with
       both students and adults.

• Someone who can Innovate and has an ability to inspire students with a range of needs

• Someone with the desire and ability to learn and who is comfortable seeking support when it is needed.


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