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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    29 January 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    12 December 2022

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership 14 to Leadership 21

What skills and experience we're looking for

We seek to appoint an exceptional Headteacher to lead the educational provision for young people with mental health difficulties at the Poplar Adolescent Unit, Rochford and the St Aubyn Centre, Colchester.

The successful candidate will share our belief that young people in psychiatric units deserve the highest quality education to meet their individual needs.

The successful candidate will be able to motivate and inspire others and base their strategies on a secure understanding of how education contributes to the treatment of young people with severe mental health difficulties. As well as providing excellent leadership within the education departments you will need to be outward looking and adept at working with other agencies including schools, local authorities, social care and especially our NHS colleagues within the units, to secure the best possible outcomes for our young people.

What the school offers its staff

At both Centres, the Therapeutic Education Departments’ work is centred around building trusting relationships with young people in order to enable them to achieve progress on their individual highly specialised education plans. Progress is measured in both Mental Health Functioning in Education and in academic terms.

We are committed to working closely with members of other disciplines in the Centres to improve the life chances of the young people with whom we work, and in this role, you will form an integral part of the hospital team. The successful candidate will be required to maintain strong relationships across education and health care to ensure the best outcomes for the young people using our services. The Therapeutic Education Departments also play an important role in providing training on mental health to teachers and others working with young people.

Further details about the role

Job Purpose

To ensure the young people at Poplar Adolescent Unit and The St Aubyn Centre receive high quality, age-appropriate education which meets their needs.

To continue to develop and strengthen the relationship between the two centres, ensuring a shared ethos and maximising the potential for sharing knowledge, expertise and resources.

To work with the multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that education is an integral part of the treatment for patients at the Poplar and St Aubyn Centres.

Commitment to safeguarding

We will implement robust recruitment procedures and checks for appointing staff and volunteers to ensure that reasonable steps are taken not to appoint a person who is unsuitable to work with children, or who is disqualified from working with children, or does not have the suitable skills and experience for the role. Appointments will be subject to DBS clearance and satisfactory references.

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About The St Aubyn Centre Education Department

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 13 to 18
School size
0 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Phone number
01206 334685

Arranging a visit to The St Aubyn Centre Education Department

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sharon.riley4@nhs.net.

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