5 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    25 April 2021 at 5:00 pm

  • Date listed

    1 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Leadership, SEN specialist
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership Scale L8 - L12

Job summary

Bardwell School is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Assistant Headteacher who will support in leading Bardwell School through its next period of opportunity, growth and development.

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and effective leader who is able to further develop our approaches to Education Health and Care Planning and Safeguarding across the school, along with overseeing the multi-agency work that supports pupil well-being.

This role will include:
- Support Lead for Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager
- Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
- Managing admissions and transitions into the school, as well as supporting transitions when leaving the school.
- Coordinating all aspect of the EHCP and Annual Review process

This role also carries the responsibility of Designated Safeguarding Lead. You will work collaboratively with the Pastoral and Safeguarding Manager in developing online solutions to reporting concerns and tracking safeguarding issues. You will be a crucial aspect of the multi-agency team that ensures our pupils are safeguarded.

Following successful application, the job description and wider responsibilities for this role will be finalised based on the strengths and experience of the post holder.

The successful candidate will:
- Have experience of leadership within a school
- Have experience of Designated Safeguarding processes in a school
- Have up to date knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and principles around EHC Plan processes
- Have the vision and skills to support the Headteacher with the school’s journey of continuous improvement
- Be passionate about improving outcomes for students and to ensure all students reach their potential
- Be dedicated to the inclusion of students with SEND in education and society as a whole

Applying for the job

If you meet the person specification and would like to apply for this post, please state your interest in writing.

Application Process

To apply for this post, please email jobs@bardwell.oxon.sch.uk or telephone 01869 242182 to request an application form and a job pack. You can also download an application form and job pack from our website www.bardwell.oxon.sch.uk or from The Gallery Trust website www.thegallerytrust.co.uk

Please submit your application form by 5pm on Sunday 25th April 2021 to jobs@bardwell.oxon.sch.uk or by post. Please ensure you detail any gaps in employment and use the selection criteria which is contained in the job pack when you prepare your application, as shortlisting for interview will be based on how closely you demonstrate your ability to fulfil the essential criteria. We do not accept CVs. If you are shortlisted, we will take up written references before your interview so please provide permission for this and provide accurate phone and email contact details for your referees. One of your referees must be your current or last employer, and if you are employed in a school, must include your current Head Teacher.

More on how to apply

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
84 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Bardwell School

Thank you for your interest in the post of Assistant Headteacher at Bardwell School.

Bardwell School is a community special school for children aged 2 – 19 years with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school has 95 pupils on roll and, following current expansion of the school buildings, the school will grow to 102 students.

We are passionate about students at Bardwell having their abilities recognised and celebrated, whilst receiving an excellent education. The staff team is committed to very high standards in relation to every aspect of our pupils’ education. The school is values led, with every decision underpinned by its principles and values. These values include a positive reinforcement approach to behaviour management and a non-label led individualised approach to planning and delivering learning for all students.

Bardwell School is a member of The Gallery Trust, an expanding Special Needs Multi Academy Trust which is dedicated to improving outcomes for SEND learners in Oxfordshire. The Trust has a national reputation for excellence and is influential in the development of SEND strategy in the county. With six academies currently in the Trust, our aim is to build a community of eight to ten special schools over the next five years.

Please visit our website to find out more about the school. If you would like to visit the school to find out more about this exceptional opportunity before you submit your application, you will be most welcome. Our staff and students will be delighted to meet you!

Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

School location

Hendon Place, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4RZ

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