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The ShiresRutland

Job Title:         Principal with responsibility over Care Homes

Location:         Stretton, Rutland

Salary:              £70,000 - £90,000 with 10% performance related bonus

Hours:              40 hours per week

Contract:          Permanent

Are you an innovative and strategic Principal committed to improving the lives of children and young people?

We are looking for an inspiring Principal to join our fantastic team at The Shires residential School. As Principal, you will promote a relentless focus on high quality, creative learning and safe and secure care. You will oversee our pupil’s educational needs, maximising children’s achievement, and their ability to develop as well as maintain a safe and secure environment for our residential children.

This is a great opportunity for a Principal who is looking to be an innovative and strategic leader, ensuring both Schools and Care homes have the resources, staff and ability to inspire learning in both academic and personal SEN environments, for children with varied Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure and you will be the custodian of our strong safeguarding culture, where pupils are listened to, respected, and involved in as many decisions as possible.

The successful candidate will have line managing responsibilities over your Head of Education and Head of Care, you will deliver clear, authentic leadership to our multidisciplinary team, establishing a school vision and strategic plan, which inspires your team to deliver high levels of safety, quality, compliance, and dedication. You will ensure your school and residential provisions have effective management and an engaged, high performing team to deliver outstanding education and care.

Quality is always top of our agenda and we pride ourselves on the quality of what we do. We are looking for a Principal with the experience, leadership skills and vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

About us:

The Shires consist of a residential School spread between two sites and an additional two residential homes are aligned to the School. We cater for young people aged 11-19 who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions.

The aim of the school is to provide specialist individual support to each child, enabling them to reach their potential so they can live fulfilling and productive lives. We provide the young people with as much freedom as possible while offering a safe and supervised environment. This is achievable due to the dedication and support from a range of employed professionals who are passionate, reliable and understanding including dedicated education, care and clinical teams.

Why join us?

The Shires have an engaged and committed staff team and this was reflected in results in the recent 'Great Place to Work' survey. 91% of our staff said they are proud to work here and felt that their work has a special meaning with 90% of our staff saying they felt welcome upon joining the team.

This role comes with a competitive salary, a 10% performance and target related bonus and 30 days holiday, excluding bank holidays.

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.

Application process & dates

To be successful and start your next opportunity, you will need to complete a full application form and pass two rounds of interviews, which will include a presentation and competency-based questions.

Closing date is the 31st of August with the first stage of interviews to be the following week. 


Options Autism are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS.

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