This job expired on 7 April 2024

  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    7 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    8 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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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

L21-L27 ( £77,195 - £88,530). Relocation assistance can be negotiated

What skills and experience we're looking for

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Headteacher or Deputy Head to join our happy, vibrant and special community and strategically lead us through a key period of change with both academisation and expansion, whilst maintaining the culture and ethos of the school. With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to support the diverse needs of pupils with SEND, their progress and attainment and provide effective leadership and management of our talented staff community including the further development of our specialist curriculum.

We are looking for a Headteacher who is passionate and committed to preparing SEND pupils for adulthood to participate as autonomous adults who can make a positive contribution to society. We need a leader who can lead and inspire teachers to be aspirational for themselves and their pupils; someone who is able to communicate commitment and passion to staff, parents, pupils, partners, outside agencies and stakeholders, someone who leads the way to possibilities; all through a period of significant change.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Clear, strategic, and visionary leadership to enable all staff and students to achieve, including those who communicate through behaviour, symbols, signs or alternative and augmentative communication
  • A passionate champion of equality and diversity in relation to accessing personalised and relevant curriculum for our pupils
  • A track record of achievement as an enabler; someone able to delegate, ensure staff are accountable, capable of demonstrating how they would manage staff wellbeing whilst everyone’s role is growing, and numbers and complexity of students needs is increasing, in a challenging financial environment
  • A track record working closely with communities, including their families; ensuring the SEND code of practice and relevant legislation and statutory duties are upheld and delivered
  • An understanding of the broader context around neurodiversity and additional needs and have awareness of the types of support available and experience working with a wide network of stakeholders in delivering tailored support
  • The key competencies we have identified on our person specification

What the school offers its staff

We can Offer You:

  • A positive work environment with very involved and supportive Governors, and a talented staffing team including experienced SLT, teaching and support staff, as well as a Business manager and HR Manager
  • Professional and specialist support from a significant network of professional stakeholders; including other SEN Heads, back-office team, support with funding, professional leadership training, curriculum collaboration and sharing of best practice
  • A vibrant and nurturing community with significant ambition for all to be the very best they can be
  • Opportunities for progression as our future plans are implemented

Further details about the role

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Helen Poole on 01609 532 254 or email helen.poole@northyorks.gov.uk. Helen has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this exciting opportunity.

For further information about this exciting opportunity, and application guidance, please visit our dedicated campaign site.

Application closing date: Sunday, 7th April 2024, 23:59

Shortlisting: Tuesday 9th April 2024

Interview: Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April 2024


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We have a robust child protection policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please note this post is in regulated activity and exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS criminal records and barred list check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Springwater School

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 19
School size
110 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 19
Phone number
07816 251271

Springwater School is a Special School which caters for pupils aged 2 - 19 years with severe, complex and multiple learning difficulties.

Arranging a visit to Springwater School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sarah.hunter@northyorks.gov.uk.

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