Headteacher, Reading

Expiring soon

Hamilton SchoolReading

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £56,579 - £77,048
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking for an inspirational Headteacher who has the energy, commitment and resilience to work alongside our Executive Head Teacher, and lead our school into an exciting new phase. 

Hamilton School is an SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) Special School in Reading catering for up to 64 students, aged 11-16 with Education, Health Care Plans (EHCP). Our mission is to recognise each and every one of our students as individuals, and to nurture their potential, developing the whole child through a therapeutic approach. The school is currently going through a transition with a purpose built new site due to be opened next year which will increase the maximum capacity and create a diverse and safe environment for children to progress in their learning.

The successful applicant will be:

  • an experienced leader and manager
  • committed to providing high quality provision for the children at Hamilton School within a positive safeguarding culture
  • able to take the initiative and develop an effective plan for delivering an outstanding education 
  • creative in finding solutions and resolving issues
  • resilient, hardworking and resourceful
  • reflective and able to review and improve standards
  • a dedicated, supportive and considerate colleague.


Hamilton School has recently joined the Maiden Erlegh Trust family of schools, whose motto is “schools for the community, schools as a community”. The aim for every school in the Trust, whilst espousing their values and ethos, and having a core of common policies and procedures, will serve its own community’s needs in a bespoke way and also create a feeling of community within its own school. In that way all the potential and talents of every child and every member of staff will be nurtured. 

Being part of the Maiden Erlegh Trust also offers a range of career opportunities in its vibrant and successful schools. The Trust has a proven track record of supporting ambitious staff to middle and senior leadership posts and can offer Specialist Leader of Education and school improvement opportunities to the right candidates.

Professional development is a strength, thanks to our Teaching School. We offer a flexible CPD programme which staff can tailor to their own needs which includes coaching and training for new entrants to the profession and to support career returners. We are very happy to discuss flexible working arrangements including part-time working and job-sharing.

Visits to our school are warmly welcomed so that you can meet us and see our facilities and how we work. Please email recruitment@maidenerleghschool.co.uk with your interest to visit.  

Closing date: 9am, 24 February 2020

Interviews: w/c 2 March 2020

Maiden Erlegh Trust is an Ethical Leadership Pathfinder organisation and we are committed to safeguarding, equality and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We are also committed to having the highest expectations of pupil/students and staff, and supporting everyone to reach their full potential.  All employees of the school and Trust are expected to share these commitments. All posts require satisfactory employment checks and references and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All Leadership roles will require a Section 128 check.



More about Hamilton School
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: 40 Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 7AY, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1189 375 524