This job expired on 18 February 2024

  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    18 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    19 January 2024

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£83,081.00 - £96,239.00 Annually (FTE) L24 - L30

[240112A] Headteacher job summary

Are you looking for a new challenge? We are looking for a special person with the skills to work with the Trust. This is a unique opportunity to join the Academy in the infancy of its journey. Could this be you?

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an inspirational and experienced Headteacher to join our team from September 2024. The details of this opportunity are:

Post: Headteacher

Location: Salisbury Academy for Inspirational Learners (SAIL)

Salary Range: Leadership scale, Level L24 £83,081 – L30 £96,239

Hours/Contract Type: Full time, Permanent

About the role

This is a unique opportunity to not only lead and develop a school, but also to develop and demonstrate leadership skills within a framework of specialist provision as part of a young, ambitious, and growing trust with Inclusion and the commitment to meet need at the core of its values. The Trust, our schools, our staff, and pupils require Headteachers who are looking to be innovative, strategic and system leaders. You will help design the curriculum and have autonomy to influence the School in the way you want to, ensuring it has the resources, staff and ability to inspire learning in SEN environments, for children with varied autism and SEMH needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding, and you will be the custodian of, and set, our strong safeguarding culture, wherein pupils are listened to, respected, and involved in as many decisions as possible.

About the successful candidate

We are seeking an exceptional visionary Headteacher to lead our school into a new era of excellence, driving growth and diversification while empowering vulnerable young people to thrive and fostering a thriving community. You will have:

  • A clear and compelling vision for education for vulnerable young people.
  • A proven track record of success in leading and transforming schools while driving growth and diversification.
  • Exceptional leadership qualities, including the ability to inspire, motivate, and empower others.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders.
  • A passion for equity and social justice, with a commitment to creating a thriving school community that empowers vulnerable young people to thrive.

About the School

SAIL (Salisbury Academy for Inspiration Learners) is a day specialist provider of education in Salisbury, Wiltshire for children and young people aged from 4 to 19 years who have a diagnosis of autism or an SEMH profile.

Following opening on 1 September 2023, the school moved into new premises on Wilton Road in Salisbury. The initial cohort of 54 have been joined by 25 students. The school will continue to grow towards a roll of 150 children.

SAIL’s aim is to build safe independent lives for the autistic and SEMH population through a process of understanding, support, and enablement. To achieve this goal the school will look at the unique impact autism and social, emotional, and mental health experiences has on the individual child. From this we aim as a school to personalise the child’s curriculum, care, and therapeutic package to ensure every child achieves and experiences success and independence.

This key intent is underpinned by a number of principles. We will ensure that all children make progress, we build and foster positive relationships with parents and carers, put pupil voice at the heart of everything and support all children so they trust, feel safe and secure. 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 therapeutic teams.

REACH South is a forward-thinking academy trust that puts the child, and their diagnosis first. The Springfields Academy, Calne was the first Reach South special school (Ofsted good March 2022. NAS advanced status June 2022). The Peak Academy, Dursley formally joined Reach South on August 1 2022 following a period of supportive, handover work. SAIL will be our third specialist provision. The three schools, whilst retaining identity, will work very closely through the next phase of the Trust development and to meet, lead and shape regional agendas.

This strong SEN framework leaves Reach South well placed to address the local and national drive to establish new local SEND partnerships and create local inclusion plans to support the growing demand and level of need. The green paper states that pupils with SEND frequently require access to additional support from a broad specialist workforce to enable them to effectively access their mainstream provision. The new Headteacher of SAIL must be proactive and respond to this agenda, working in partnership and collaboration to shape and respond to the Wiltshire SEND strategy.

Our competitive offer

We offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and sector-leading rewards including a competitive salary plus a competitive (contributory) TPS pension scheme. Reach South also offers career progression and development opportunities, and access to our Employee Assistance Programme with many other benefits which can be found in our employee benefits brochure - Reach South Academy Trust - Employee Benefits

Reasonable interview expenses within England will be reimbursed to those who are shortlisted for the role and attend interview. Any candidate that is offered the role and does not accept will not be eligible for reimbursement of expenses.

Additionally, reasonable relocation expenses, in line with HMRC guidelines on ‘qualifying costs’ may be reimbursed up to a maximum of £8,000. Further information can be obtained on appointment of the successful candidate.

Next Steps:

We would encourage you to make contact about the role, please get in touch by calling Jade Greenwood, EA to the CEO, Deputy CEO and Director of Education on 07783 124961 or email jade.greenwood@reachsouth.org. If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact the recruitment team at recruitment@reachsouth.org for support. Tours of the school are welcomed and can also be arranged by contacting Jade.

Closing date: for applications is Sunday 18 February 2024

Interview Date: Interviews are provisionally booked for Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March 2024 in Salisbury

To apply: for this opportunity, click ‘apply now’ at the top of the advert.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring section of the application form before submitting.

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