Principal, Dorset

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The Forum SchoolDorset

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: up to £85,000 depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent


Salary: up to £85,000 depending on experience

Location – Forum School

We want all of our students to achieve their personal best. Our Dorset-based Forum School is where our ambition to drive that potential, is found. We are a school and children’s home supporting young people all year round. We provide education and care for 7-19-year olds with Autism. We pride ourselves on small class sizes which allow our students to access personalised programmes of study enabling positive progress. The Forum School draws upon a proven programme of specialist education and 24 hour care with a wide range of clinical and therapeutic inputs.

Job role

As a Principal in our school, you will be driving innovation and change, helping young people, children and staff reach their highest potential.

Ultimately, you’ll be making sure the children are the priority. This means you will need:

  • A knowledge of funding bodies and current political agendas.
  • An understanding of safeguarding and legislative procedures when working with children and vulnerable adults.
  • A knowledge of recognised positive approaches to working with challenging behaviors associated with learning disabilities.
  • The skills to use sound judgement to help you troubleshoot and problem-solve in difficult and complex situations.
  • The motivation, dedication, and passion to achieve results through others.
  • To remain calm and professional in all situations.
  • Promote positive relationships with staff, students, parents, the local community and outside agencies.
  • In addition, some other key responsibilities will include:
  • Developing and maintaining a culture that identifies and celebrates success.
  • Helping our school to provide the highest quality of education and support.
  • Having a recognition that each student is different, and they need individual plans to thrive.
  • Setting the direction of the school, and to drive it forward both operationally and commercially
  • Creating a space for not only the students, but the staff to thrive and grow.
  • Forming professional connections, specifically with our stakeholders.
  • Keeping our building and sites in tip-top condition by using our network of contractors.

But this role is about more than just your experience, and more than your background. It is about being more than just a Principal. It’s about the lives you’ll help to improve, the small yet significant steps forward each day and the support, care and education you’ll provide to young people.

More about The Forum School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 7 - 19 years
Address: Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0QS, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1258 860 295
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The Forum School was deemed to be “an outstanding school” for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, as determined by Ofsted in their June 2006 report. Our students span the spectrum, from associated learning difficulty to High Functioning Autism /...