Deputy Headteacher (Including Inclusion/SENCO)

Ashwell Primary School, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5QL

15 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    5 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    12 October 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    23 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


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Deputy Headteacher (Including Inclusion/SENCO) job summary

We are delighted to be able to advertise an exciting job opportunity at a fantastic village school set in a beautiful part of rural Hertfordshire. Ashwell is an extremely friendly and welcoming school at the heart of a strong supportive village community.

Are you looking for that next step or a fresh challenge as a school leader? Are you dedicated to putting children’s learning and wellbeing at the forefront of everything you do whilst making learning fun?

We are looking for an inspiring Deputy Headteacher who is passionate about children’s education to join our fantastic staff team from January 2023.

Pay Scale: L5-9

Full Time

Permanent Contract

At Ashwell, our successful existing leadership structure means that the Deputy Headteacher role is non-class based and has the following key responsibilities:

Ø Inclusion Leader (SEND / Pastoral / PPG / Designated Teacher – CLA)

Ø Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Ø Line manager for classroom based support staff

Ø Subject Leader (subject to be agreed)

Ashwell Primary School was last inspected by OFSTED in May 2022 when it was judged to be ‘Good’. As a school, we are passionate about our inclusive practice and supporting the wellbeing of our pupils. We believe strongly in respecting differences and valuing each other as individuals.

“Pupils are enthusiastic to participate in learning. As a result, they behave well in lessons. A nurturing and restorative approach to behaviour has been firmly embedded at the school. Because of this, pupils are able to self-regulate in unstructured times. They share and interact with each other with tolerance and respect. Pupils with SEND receive teaching and support that is adapted to meet their needs. As a result they are fully included in lessons.”

Ofsted – May 2022

Ashwell School is looking for someone who is:

Ø Reliable, resilient, proactive and enthusiastic with a sense of humour.

Ø Confident and passionate about making a difference to the lives of young children.

Ø Passionate about every child reaching their full potential.

Ø Committed to achieving excellent pupil progress and outcomes.

Ø A good team player.

Ø Good at communicating with children and adults.

The successful candidate for this role will:

Ø Have previous experience in the area of Inclusion (INCO or SENCO).

Ø Have thorough knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice.

Ø Be committed to safeguarding and willing to take on the role of Deputy DSL.

Ø Have previous experience as a school leader with proven positive impact on school improvement.

Ø Be an excellent classroom practitioner with a passion for teaching and learning, especially focused on children with SEND and those who are disadvantaged.

Ø Share our commitment to the promotion of pupil and staff wellbeing.

Ø Have excellent organisational skills and be able to prioritise workload.

Ø Be an excellent communicator who demonstrates a commitment to working in partnership with stakeholders including Governors as well as parents and carers and professional partners.

Ø Be committed to inclusive practice and the promotion of respecting diversity.

Ø Be instrumental in developing and implementing the School Development Plan.

Ø Be a reflective practitioner who is committed to their own professional development.

This role offers an exciting opportunity and in return we offer:

Ø Excellent continuing professional development.

Ø A staff team who are caring, fully supportive, team-focussed and truly committed to providing our children with the best care and education possible.

Ø Delightful, well behaved, hardworking children.

Ø A rewarding experience.

Ø Excellent support in career development.

Ø A highly supportive and dedicated Governing Body.

Ø A happy, well resourced, attractive environment.

Ø Parents and Carers who are supportive of our work as a school.

“Leaders are mindful of the well-being of staff. They have established a mutually supportive culture where staff feel they are listened to and function as one supportive team.”

Ofsted – May 2022

To enable us to balance our leadership skill set and experiences, this post would ideally suit (but is not limited to) someone with experience of and a passion for the EYFS and Key Stage 1 Primary age group.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the school. To arrange a visit please contact the school office (01462 742297) or email the Headteacher directly

Closing date: Wednesday 12th October 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 19th October 2022

Start date: Thursday 5th January 2023

Ashwell Primary School is committed to providing equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

As part of our due diligence, we will be carrying out an online search at the point of shortlisting.

We are also committed to creating a diverse workforce. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, age, disability, marriage or civil partnership.

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About Ashwell Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
222 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Contact phone number
01462 742297

Ashwell Primary School plays a central role in the life of the community. The beautiful village of Ashwell provides a very attractive working environment.

We are a nurturing school where the children are at the heart of everything we do and we work closely in partnership with the other local schools, nurseries and playgroups.

We provide a creative curriculum approach to learning with great emphasis placed on valuing and developing the whole child. The spiritual, creative, academic, sporting and social talents of each individual are recognised, developed, valued and celebrated

This is a happy school where everyone is made to feel welcome and we are fortunate to have a fantastic team of dedicated staff, supportive parents/carers and governors, as well as being an integral part of the village and the local community.

We are passionate about and prioritise the wellbeing of our whole school community.

We live by our motto. Shaping Futures: Together we learn, care and grow.

Arranging a visit to Ashwell Primary School

I very much hope that you are able to find time to visit our school to begin to explore if we are the right school for you. Times available for visits are available by calling the school office.

- We welcome visits and you are asked to contact the school office during the normal school working day to organise these (8.00a.m – 5.00p.m)

- If you would like to apply but are un-able to visit until after the closing date, or find, due to circumstances, a visit is not possible, please do not let this deter you. We welcome your application.

- If you wish to clarify anything (including a visit time) – please contact

- Please view our school web-site to find more out about us

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