This job expired on 15 October 2021

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    15 October 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    1 October 2021

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
£54,750 - 60,073

Job summary

Garfield Primary
Upper Park Road, New Southgate, London N11 1BH
Tel: 020 8368 4500, Fax: 020 8361 8232
Headteacher: Ms Karen Khwaja
Roll: approx. 345

Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion and Safeguarding)
Salary: L9-13 (Outer London)
Full time/Part time (would consider 4 days)
Permanent Position
To start - January 2022

“I am greeted with happy smiles every morning from children who are eager to learn, who respect each other and truly understand team work. They certainly put a smile on my face! – Staff ”

An exciting and rare opportunity exists to join Garfield’s senior leadership team. We are a friendly, supportive school with an uncompromising commitment to raising standards for all our wonderful pupils. We are delighted to be situated within a vibrant, multicultural community in a school with brilliant facilities for all. We are a securely “good” school (Ofsted 2019) and inclusion is a key strength. Our inclusion team is very strong and highly valued. We have experienced Learning Mentors and teaching assistants and are an attachment aware school. Our provision includes our new KS1 Nurture Group, a counselling service to support pupil mental health and a range of interventions. Our facilities for inclusion are amazing and include a number of specialist rooms and areas.

At Garfield it is important to all staff that they get to know every child and ensure that all children know who they can talk to when they are facing times of challenge. We acknowledge that developing relationships is key and that children may need support in different ways and at different times to help them engage with their learning. We are curious and non-judgemental and place a huge emphasis on well-being and really try to understand why children may behave in different ways. Staff work hard to help the children ’ride the waves’ and support them to become more resilient over time.

The successful candidate will
• Lead on inclusion (SEND/EMA) and fulfil the SENCO role
• Be the Lead Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer (alongside the senior team - the other DSO’s)
• Be skilled in leading SEND provision so that all pupils can achieve the best possible outcomes
• Lead on further development of trauma informed practice
• Understand and follow principles of an attachment aware approach
• Put children’s learning and wellbeing at the heart of what they do
• Be creative in developing the provision and curriculum for children with special educational needs
• Further develop the vision and practice of inclusion at Garfield
• Demonstrate and share knowledge and expertise in SEN codes of practice and EHCP provision
• Be a flexible, resourceful and resilient leader who will make a significant impact at a whole school level

In return, we offer:
• The opportunity to work alongside an experienced and supportive senior team
• A strong inclusion team
• An amazing environment to work in with outstanding facilities
• A strong team spirit with a high staff retention
• Delightful children who love their learning
• Dedicated governors, staff, children and parents who work hard to continue to develop our school
• A designated parking space and a lovely office to work in

The post is mainly non-class based however there is a teaching commitment required (currently 1 day).
Visits to the school are strongly encouraged. You should contact the school office by phone to book yourself a place on a tour which are taking place on Monday 11th October at 4.15pm or Tuesday 12th October at 4pm. Tours are at the end of the school day for covid safety. Please also look at our website for more information.

An application pack can only be obtained by emailing
Closing date for applications: Friday 15th October 2021 (9am)
Interviews will be held week commencing: 18th October 2021 (Thursday 21st October is scheduled date)

All schools and services in Enfield are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Therefore, all workers and employees within Enfield are expected to share this commitment.

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School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
School size
344 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Contact phone number

About Garfield Primary School

October 2021

Dear Prospective candidate,

Thank you for expressing an interest in working at Garfield. I hope that after reading about us, you will want to apply to join our team.

Garfield is situated in the south-west of the London Borough of Enfield, very close to Arnos Grove tube station. The area is very mixed socially, ethnically, culturally and economically; this is reflected in our intake. Our last Ofsted inspection was in March 2019 and we retained our “Good” status. Our values are very important (copy enclosed) and staff, pupils and parents all understand what we stand for and what we believe in.

These are exciting times at Garfield not only within the school but also the local area. The Ladderswood Regeneration programme is well underway and involves complete transformation of the local area (bringing new private and public housing, employment opportunities and improved facilities for the community). In June 2016, we moved into a brand new school which has attractive facilities for pupils and staff alike. The school leadership team played a big part in shaping the new school. We are unapologetic that we “dreamt” big for our school community. Please look at our website as it gives you more information about our school.

Garfield is a lively, busy, caring and inclusive multicultural school which provides many rewards. The children, who have a wide range of language and cultural backgrounds, are welcoming and engaging. Approximately 74% have English as an additional language (EAL). There are approximately 44 different mother tongues spoken by children: the major language other than English is Turkish, closely followed by Albanian. Approx. 40% of children are entitled to free school meals (FSM); approx 13% are on our SEN Register.

The school has an official planned admission number (PAN) of 60, and our pupil numbers are steadily expanding. For the 2021-22 academic year the school is organised into 14 classes plus one Nursery session (morning). It is a two form entry school now with the exception of year 3 (one classes). We are rapidly expanding school.
The curriculum at Garfield is very broad and enriched and we are proud to have 3 specialist teachers in ICT, PE and Music. We have a wide range of extended services at Garfield. These include a Breakfast and After School Club that are run by staff employed at Garfield. Pre-Covid we ran a wide range of clubs which included KS1 and KS2 Choir, gardening, drawing, French, cookery and various sports clubs.

One of the many highlights for pupils at Garfield, are the numerous special assemblies we host every year to celebrate a range of religions and cultures. As a multi faith school, we ensure that our children become familiar with many traditions and customs. Our assemblies on Eid, Diwali, Harvest, Christmas and Easter to name a few, are always very exciting and enjoyable events.

All our pupils are in one of 4 teams (Earth, Fire, Water and Air) and work hard to earn team points. A consistent and clear whole school behaviour policy is also embedded and behavior is good at Garfield.

We take pride in ensuring we look at the “whole child” and focus on their academic and social development. One example of this firm commitment is that we have an organization called “Talktime” working with us in school for two days a week to provide 1:1 counselling for some children who would be unlikely to receive support from other agencies. Talktime also runs sessions for two lunchtimes where children can self-refer if they have any concerns they want to discuss. We also have a Nurture room and two fulltime Learning Mentors.

Parent partnership and community links are very important to us at Garfield. We have a rapidly developing parent group called ‘Helping Hands @ Garfield’, who regularly organise community events and raise funds for our school. We also ensure that our pupils are given regular opportunities to make a contribution to their local community. Developing community cohesion is always a key priority at Garfield.

Together the Head, Deputy and two Assistant Heads, form the Senior Leadership Team. The Strategic Leadership Team consists of the Core Subject leaders and we have 4 Achievements Leaders. The senior team meets every week. We have supportive and highly skilled Governors who are linked to a class and year group.

There is also a firm commitment in providing staff with high quality training. We have a loyal and stable staff team and there is a professional and happy atmosphere at Garfield. Staff wellbeing is a high priority at Garfield and our staff retention and morale is high.


Karen Khwaja

Arranging a visit to Garfield Primary School

Tours of the school will take place on Monday 11th October 2021 at 4.15pm or Tuesday 12th October 2021 at 4pm. Please contact the school on 020 8368 4500 or email to book yourself on a tour of the school.

School location

Upper Park Road, London, N11 1BH

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