Mayfield School is a large special school located in South Devon which is organised over three sites in the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The sites in Torquay and Paignton cater for pupils who identify with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) between the ages of 2-19. The Chestnut Centre, in Brixham, caters for primary aged pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which identifies Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.
We believe, that by providing a positive environment which is safe, supportive, responsive to need within the context of appropriate high-quality teaching and therapeutic interventions, all pupils and students will make progress. Our school mission statement is ‘Learning together to be the best that we can be’ and this is what we strive for every day, coupled with the principle of making every-day count. The school was graded Ofsted ‘Good’ at its last inspection in February 2019 and is very fortunate to have a fantastic team of staff that are committed to each and every pupil.
Your new role
Due to the retirement of our current outstanding Headteacher we require an exceptional educational practitioner with the ability and ambition to lead the school into the next phase of its journey. You will continue to develop the high quality of education and care we provide to our young people, whilst successfully navigating a challenging and complex landscape in an expanding multi-site provision. You will also need to build upon on our excellent reputation, work closely with other schools and be committed to further extending links with other agencies and partners.
Working with the Senior Leadership Team you will ensure the highest safeguarding practice standards are maintained and that there is a strong focus on delivering a high quality of education and a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. This position is a permanent role to start in September 2020.
What you will need to succeed:
- Be an experienced SEND practitioner and conversant with all SEND codes of practice, the National Curriculum and relevant external accreditation and their application to children with special needs.
- Be committed to keeping all children safe
- Promote our aims and vision and have consistently high expectations
- Be approachable, understanding and emotionally committed to the welfare of pupils and staff
- Have a thorough understanding of school performance measures and strategic financial planning
- Have a sound knowledge of current educational legislation, policy and guidance
- Be committed to working together in partnership with all those involved in the life of the school
- Have proven senior leadership experience in a special school, with the ability to lead a large multi-disciplinary team across three separate sites
- Have experience of the Ofsted inspection framework and school self-evaluation processes
What you need to do now
If you are excited by the opportunities and challenges this post offers, then further information can be found in the attached Headteacher Recruitment Pack.
Visits are strongly encouraged and are scheduled to take place in the weeks beginning the 25th November and the 2nd December. Please contact the School Business Manager to arrange.
Letters of interest and completed application forms are to be sent electronically to our School Business, Adam Tapp email@example.com by 3.00pm on 13th December 2019.