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  • Job start date

    1 January 2023

  • Closing date

    17 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    22 September 2022

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No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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Assistant Headteacher job summary

With support from the Head of School, Governing Body and Executive Headteacher, the Assistant Headteacher (AHT) will be an outstanding senior leader who is passionate about securing the best possible outcomes for pupils and who is willing to embrace our mission of a learning community where “every child is a valued individual”.

The Assistant Headteacher will not only be ambitious for the pupils, but also for themself. They will need a strong track record of working within specialist schools along with excellent leadership skills, along with the drive and enthusiasm to help develop, build achievements, and support the vision and ethos of the school. They will need experience in improving teaching and learning, curriculum development and effective use of pupils’ data to raise achievement levels.

The Assistant Headteacher will support the Head of School to create a culture of constant improvement through inspirational leadership, being committed to the highest achievement for all areas of the school, to provide an outstanding education for all students.

Utilising their excellent leadership skills, the Assistant Headteacher will support the Head of School to manage the day-to-day operations of the school and have a strong track record of working within specialist schools, improving teaching and learning and curriculum development. This requires a hands-on approach.

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About Bishopswood School

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 16
School size
77 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 16
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Bishopswood is currently a local authority, maintained community special school in South Oxfordshire (Berkshire border) that provides specialist education for children aged 2 — 16 years with severe (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and complex needs, including those children with ASD. Holding an inclusive ethos, Bishopswood endeavours to provide specialist provision alongside its co-located mainstream partners across two sites;

Primary Provision - Sonning Common Primary School, Sonning Common
Secondary Provision - Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common

Bishopswood was inspected in November 2021 and judged to be inadequate. As part of the rebuilding process, Propeller Academy Trust (PAT) has been identified as the sponsor by the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Trust are currently working in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Authority and the Interim Executive Board, who remain responsible for the education of all at Bishopswood in the meantime.

Bishopswood now benefits from strong leadership at both school and governance level with a clear strategic plan for improvement in place. At the Propeller Academy Trust, our guiding principle is to be a Trust providing quality educational offerings alongside excellent facilities, whilst maximising each school's potential. The vision is for every school in the Trust to be a centre of excellence for education, building a collaborative ethos and maximising opportunities for staff and young people.

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To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@bishopswoodschool.co.uk.

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