Assistant Headteacher

Bishopswood School, Reading, RG4 9RH

11 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 January 2023

  • Closing date

    11 December 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    3 November 2022

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Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a new Assistant Headteacher for January 2023 who is committed to providing the best possible education and life opportunities for all our students.

If you are an experienced senior leader looking to consolidate your experience, or someone who is taking their first step into a senior post, with a passion for improving the life chances of students with SEND, have a drive, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence, then Bishopswood is for you. You will be ambitious for all our students, demand excellence from both staff and pupils and quickly determine aspirational end points for our students, securing high quality provision to achieve this.

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.

What the school offers its staff

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.

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

The Propeller Academy Trust and its member schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory “Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to online searches for publicly available information.

The Propeller Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds to represent diversity in line with our school’s community”

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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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