This job expired on 20 October 2021

  • Expected start date

    3 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 October 2021 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    11 October 2021

Job details

Job role
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
Fixed term (One Year)
L3 - L5 (£44,3331 - £46,566)

Job summary

The Headteacher and Governors of The Observatory School are looking to appoint an exceptional individual to fullfill the role of Assistant Headteacher to cover a maternity period to start in January 2022. This post includes the role of SENDCo, areas of responsibility will be agreed with the successful candidate, but the ability to continue to develop our SEN provision would be an advantage.

The successful candidate must believe in the potential of all young people and be able to demonstrate a commitment to growth in students who demonstrate challenging behaviours.

As a member of SLT, the successful candidate will provide leadership to the school and help to drive forward further improvements in provision. This post will be integral to our work in developing teaching & learning and in supporting successful transitions in and out of the school. You will join a happy and hardworking staff team who care passionately about improving the life chances of young people.

This is an excellent opportunity for a current middle or senior leader with further leadership aspirations. The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of SEND Code of Practice The post could potentially become job-share following the end of the maternity cover. Secondment opportunity will be considered.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in SEND and raising standards and will be eager to develop other areas of whole-school responsibility and leadership. Effective communication skills are essential as is the ability to self-manage and lead colleagues from different areas of the school.

The skills of the successful candidate are important, but we place equal value on someone having the right motivation, resilience, empathy and aspirations to work with our students and continue to drive forward standards in our school. If you have these qualities, we’ll look forward to receiving your application.

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School overview

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
90 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number

About The Observatory School

Founded in 2007, The Observatory School is nestled in the village of Bidston at the foot of the historic Bidston Hill. The school is set in several acres of leafy grounds and we are bound by forests and greenbelt land. Everything that our children need is on-site, from the state of the art classrooms to sports pitches, sensory play areas and highly specialist social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) Nurture Bases.

We aim to develop happy, confident, and well-rounded individuals that aspire to be more than they thought they could be. Our pupils experience a highly supportive and nurturing curriculum, develop leadership skills, and a lifelong love of learning. Our happy, nurturing environment gives every single pupil the confidence to strive for the best and work together with our staff and other children to realise their full potential

The progress that the children make both in school and through our extraordinary experiences outside the classroom is exceptional. These experiences are bespoke and unique to our school

As The Observatory School grows, we are creating a team, which has high expectations and sets high standards for both pupils and colleagues. If you believe that you fit this description we would like to hear from you.

School location

Bidston Village Road, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT

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