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  • Start date details

    September 2024 (an earlier start may be available for the right candidate)

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    7 February 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Scale L0 – L14

What skills and experience we're looking for

Bardwell School is seeking to appoint an inspirational and dynamic Deputy Head Teacher who will support the Head Teacher in leading Bardwell School by joining the Academy’s successful Leadership Team.

The successful candidate will bring their experience, operational and strategic abilities and extensive knowledge of SEND to the role. They will also be a skilled SEND practitioner, modelling and understanding excellent classroom practice. They will have the ability to engage pupils with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties and have a clear commitment to improving pupil outcomes.

This role will have a key focus on the quality of education, teaching and learning at Bardwell School. It will also provide the opportunity to contribute to the Gallery Trust as it expands and to work with colleagues across the MAT.

The successful candidate will:

- Have a strong grasp of the strategies needed to deliver an outstanding quality of education to students with a diverse range of needs

- Have experience of middle leadership within a school, and aspirations to move to senior leadership

- Have a strong understanding of restorative approaches and positive behaviour management in schools

- Have experience of Safeguarding procedures within a school

- Have up to date knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice and principles around EHC Plan processes

- Be a highly skilled teacher, who is able coach and mentor new staff

- Be passionate about improving outcomes for students, and be driven to ensure all students reach their potential

- Be dedicated to the inclusion of students with SEND in education and society as a whole

What the school offers its staff

Benefits of working at Bardwell School include:

Professional development opportunities

  • Regular training and access to a range of internal and external professional development opportunities, tailored to your learning needs, your job role and your career aspirations.
  • Opportunities for career progression, secondments and transfers within The Gallery Trust, the largest special school Academy Trust in Oxfordshire.
  • Opportunities for collaborative working across the schools in The Trust, offering the chance to liaise with experienced colleagues, building knowledge and professional networks


  • Competitive salaries based on School Teacher Pay and Conditions Document and the NJC Green Book
  • Access to attractive pension plans (TPS and LGPS), linked to salary life assurance
  • Contribution towards glasses and eye tests for DSE use
  • Salary sacrifice schemes, including childcare vouchers
  • Perkbox - discount and wellbeing platform membership


  • 24/7 access to a free Employee Assistance Programme to provide confidential advice and guidance
  • Excellent induction processes, and strong line management structures to promote your wellbeing atwork
  • A culture which is open to employee ideas and encourages open dialogue
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Regular staff surveys and gathering of staff views to gain feedback on wellbeing and to drive improvements
  • The opportunity to join colleagues for social events
  • Family friendly policies, which promote your wellbeing
  • Weekly opportunity to purchase from the Post 16 lunch bar (currently salad bar)
  • Tuck shop – run by Post 16 provision (The Lodge)

  • Membership to My Healthy Advantage wellbeingapp


  • Free car parking and cycle storage

Commitment to safeguarding

The Gallery Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any offer of employment with The Gallery Trust is subject to verification of ID and qualifications, satisfactory evidence of the right to work in the UK, health clearance, NCTL and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check. The Gallery Trust is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from candidates from all ethnic and community backgrounds.

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About Bardwell School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 19
School size
106 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19
Phone number
01869 242182

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 105 pupils on roll, following recent expansion of the school buildings.

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.

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