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Head of School

The Howard Partnership TrustKT22 7PW


Fox Grove School is an all-through special free school in Leatherhead, Surrey, due to open in September 2021/22 in a purpose-built school building.

Fox Grove will have 152 places for children and young people aged between 4 to 19 with autism, referred to in Surrey as complex social and communication needs (CSCN). We are currently part of the LIFT Partnership Multi Academy Trust, a family of schools who work together to use and share a wide range of expertise and services. LIFT Partnership is expected to merge with The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) in 2021. Click here  to find out more about the THPT Team.

The new Head of Fox Grove School will start in post from April 2021, a term prior to the opening of the school. They will have resilience, drive and a proven track record of delivering strong educational outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs. Working together with the Executive Head, this is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring and experienced Deputy Head Teacher, as well as an existing Head Teacher. The successful candidate will receive first-rate leadership development together with a sustained commitment from The Howard Partnership Trust to his or her professional career development, as well as regular coaching and mentoring.

Fox Grove School will:

  • Open in 2021/22 for up to 64 pupils and then grow over four years to educate up to 152 pupils from ages 4 to 19 years old;
  • Provide for pupils who have autism with complex social and communication needs;
  • Benefit from brand new facilities in a purpose-built school.

We are looking for:

  • A strong and visible leader with vision, drive, energy and high aspirations for the children and young people they serve
  • Proven track record of school improvement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders including staff, pupils, parents, and the wider school community
  • An innovative, collaborative leader, with commitment to our values (click here  to find out more about our values) and the ability to inspire others and lead by example
  • A commitment to SEND and inclusion ensuring that all pupils receiving an outstanding educational experience
  • A thorough understanding of current educational developments
  • The ability to lead in changing circumstances and formulate strategies to deal with them
  • A commitment to securing a strong safeguarding culture across the school.

We can offer:

  • A rare opportunity to lead the creation of a new special school
  • Outstanding professional development
  • Support from colleagues at all levels who are committed to excellence and bringing out the best in all our pupils
  • Collaboration with successful, supportive and highly strategic senior leadership teams across The Howard Partnership Trust
  • Support from outstanding special schools (Linden Bridge and West Hill) which are joining our Trust
  • An opportunity to be part of a dynamic developing organisation
  • A welcoming environment across the Trust
  • A Multi Academy Trust and Local Governing Body that provides strong support, effective challenge and strategic direction.

Please click here  to find out more about THPT and our schools.

Calls to members of the Executive Leadership Team for LIFT and THPT are welcome and can be arranged by contacting the THPT Recruitment Team - details on the link to our advert on our site.

Application deadline: 12 noon, Monday 18 January 2021

Day 1 of the Selection Process will be held on Tuesday 26 January 2021

Day 2 of the Selection Process will be held on Thursday 28 January 2021

Employment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The Howard Partnership Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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