Grove Park Special SchoolCrowborough, East Sussex

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Grove Park is a maintained special school, graded Good with Outstanding features. The School provides an individualised, 4-19 education to over 120 pupils with a diverse range of complex needs. The school is spread over three sites, with the Secondary and 6th form phases co-located with Beacon Academy.

It is an energising time for the school. The school has been growing significantly year on year, with the success and reputation of the school creating pressure for places. There are potential scenarios for further expansion to be explored by a Leader with tenacity and resourcefulness.

Do you have:

  • Vision, clarity, creativity, energy and determination to provide professional and strategic Leadership?
  • The leadership skills to inspire a dedicated, skilled and caring team of staff?
  • An understanding of the necessity to work with all stakeholders, especially parents?

Our much-respected Headteacher is taking early retirement after ten years as the Leader of Grove Park. Governors are looking for a visionary Headteacher to steer the school through a period of significant development, and above all to bring genuine enrichment to the lives of all of our pupils.

As the new Leader of Grove Park Special School, you will have:

  • Proven experience as a successful leader in at least two special schools.
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of special educational needs and how different children with SEND may best learn.
  • Experience of managing and leading change, motivating and empowering all stakeholders.
  • An ardent commitment to achieving the very best outcomes for pupils
  • Responsibility for management of all aspects of the school budget, systems, organisations and processes upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity.

It is anticipated that prospective candidates will wish to visit the school (in a Covid secure manner) prior to application. Please contact Alison Norman on 01892 603095, School Secretary and Clerk to the Governing Body.

To apply for this position and an application pack, please email: leadership.recruitment@eastsussex.gov.uk

Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity. This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisation, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

Closing date for application is 12 noon on Thursday 28 January 2021.

Shortlisting will occur on 29 January 2021. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of this event the following day.

The interview process will take place on 10 and 11 February and will consist of a range of activities and exercises, a formal presentation and interview. The process will be planned to fully judge candidates against the person specification for the role of Headteacher.

All candidates will be notified of the outcome the following day.

Grove Park Special School and East Sussex County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.