3 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

MPS/UPS

Additional allowances

SEN 1

What skills and experience we're looking for

Teacher - Emergent Pathway

This is a full time permanent position to commence 1st September 2024

Salary MPS/UPS plus SEN 1

We are looking to appoint an outstanding practitioner to join our wonderful staff team at Ravenscliffe High School. The role will be mainly teaching in our Emergent Pathway team along with a small amount of general teaching in different hubs across school. In terms of age-related learning, these students are operating around 6 months to 3 years but with a curriculum appropriate to young people aged between 11 to 19 years old.

The emergent students have a range of need with many of the students using alternative forms of communication such as visual aids, AAC, and BSL. They also can experience sensory processing difficulties and some can occasionally display challenging behaviours. This is a great opportunity for someone who is keen to develop creative learning opportunities for pupils with varied and complex needs. Learning opportunities for the students should be highly motivating, related to engaging and exploring experiences and be highly personalised to individual needs.

The successful candidate will also have responsibility for a mixed ability pastoral group.

What the school offers its staff

We wish to appoint someone with an attitude that supports the school’s ethos as a principle requirement:

  • is a committed teacher with some experience of delivering a highly bespoke Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This could be suitable for an established experienced teacher or someone keen to develop their career in this field.
  • is able to effectively manage a variety of social, emotional and behavioural responses
  • is passionate about supporting students learning, well-being and safety
  • is able to show a real commitment to working as part of a team to meet the individual needs of the students

We would be able to offer:

  • a great learning environment for students with a strong community ethos
  • a school where staff are valued and treated with respect
  • a hardworking, committed and dedicated staff team who strive to gain the best outcomes for all our students
  • an inclusive community that respects others, champions individuality and celebrates all achievements.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the school directly to speak with Joanne Hague, Co-Headteacher. Visits to the school are encouraged by appointment.

Job packs are available on the school website or obtained from Suzanne Slater, HR/Admin Manager and must be returned to suzanne.slater@ravenscliffe.calderdale.sch.uk.

The closing date is:Tuesday 16th April 2024 at 9am

Interviews will take place on: Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th April 2024

Commitment to safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants to posts that are exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will require a DBS (formerly CRB) from the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to suzanne.slater@ravenscliffe.calderdale.sch.uk

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About Ravenscliffe High School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 19
School size
244 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number
01422 358621

Ravenscliffe High School is an innovative and ambitious generic 11-19 special school in Halifax. It is Calderdale’s only maintained secondary special school, catering for the needs of over 250 students with a range of additional needs including moderate, severe, profound, and complex learning difficulties. Students may also have autism, speech, language and communication needs, physical/medical difficulties, sensory impairments, and SEMH needs. The current Headteacher is retiring and Governors are seeking to appoint a new Headteacher who shares their single-minded ambition to constantly progress and modernise everything the school does so that it continually improves outcomes for the children and young people.


The school has an outstanding reputation locally and beyond and has consistently been judged by Ofsted, most recently in October 2022, as an outstanding Special School. Student numbers have increased significantly in recent years from 134 students in 2014 to the current 252 on role. This growth is predicted to continue in future years. This expansion in numbers resulted in Ravenscliffe becoming a two-site school from September 2018. Further expansion has recently taken place at the main site with the addition of a five-classroom annex in September 2021.


The school has the highest aspirations for its students. It is focused on its simple aim of recognising and responding to their individual needs and providing them with a relevant and challenging curriculum whilst working closely with parents and carers. This is all within a safe, happy, stimulating and supportive environment built on positive relationships, good communication, recognising and celebrating achievement and mutual support. At the school’s heart is a partnership between an experienced and committed SLT, a top-quality staff team with genuine expertise in the field of SEND and its many stakeholders. The new Headteacher must continue to nurture these relationships and work collaboratively to ensure the ongoing success of the school.


This is an exciting time for the school as it continues to develop and enhance all aspects of its provision. If you share this determination and ambition, it offers an outstanding opportunity to develop in a forward thinking and outward looking school. As the only maintained secondary special school in the LA, the Headteacher will also play a significant role, working alongside primary and LA colleagues, in shaping the strategic direction for SEND provision in the area.


Candidates must be able to demonstrate recent, successful and sustained impact as a senior leader along with previous experience in an SEN setting. You must be an inspirational leader committed to high quality teaching and learning. You should have the creativity and vision to inspire and lead change alongside the focus to ensure successful outcomes are reached. Your positive attitude will inspire and engage the young people, parents/carers, staff and the local community and you must be a compassionate and strong leader who can hold staff to account whilst being accountable yourself. You must be confident, approachable and resilient and above all share the school’s relentless focus on providing the very best for all of its young people with a vision for its continuing success and future development.


For a confidential discussion about the role, to arrange a visit or to make an application, please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.
T: 07736 791138 E: martin.blair@hays.com .
Please do not use any online “APPLY” options.


Further details can also be found at www.hays.co.uk/vacancies/ravenscliffe-high-school .

Arranging a visit to Ravenscliffe High School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email suzanne.slater@ravenscliffe.calderdale.sch.uk.

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