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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    25 April 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    2 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L20 to L26

What skills and experience we're looking for

Newbridge Learning Community is a maintained special school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs; it is a unique and very special school.

Our long-standing Headteacher will be retiring in 2024 and we are looking for a replacement to take forward her excellent work and respond to the ever-changing requirements of our pupils, all of whom will be supported with an Education Health and Care Plan.

Newbridge caters for up to 88 pupils in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 who rely on our highly specialist multidisciplinary staff team of around 50 people. Our staff support and manage a wide range of challenging behaviours, self esteem and communication difficulties through their skilled interventions.

Our pupils have a range of severe and complex needs, under the umbrella of social, emotional and mental health difficulties. An increasing number of our pupils have a diagnosis of Autism and/or ADHD, with many also presenting with a severe learning delay, communication difficulties, trauma and medical conditions.

What we are looking for in our next Headteacher

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a can-do attitude, who is committed to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school.

You will build in Newbridge Learning Community’s considerable existing strengths and develop our vision, values and ethos, ensuring we have the right people and plans in place to see that our young people leave feeling proud of what they have achieved.

You must be an aspirational leader of the highest moral integrity, committed to high quality SEMH provision, with exceptional teaching and learning, leading to exceptional outcomes for our young people. You will need to be resilient and dedicated, but the small victories that you achieve will be something you are really proud of.

Your positive attitude will inspire and engage our young people, parents and 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.

In addition, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to manage, prioritise and organise your workload, to show flexibility and resilience and recognise the need for pastoral care for all members of the school community.

What the school offers its staff

You will receive all the support you need to succeed, from the broader senior leadership team to a range of supporting specialists. Your colleagues will be the best at what they do, the school environment is well-resourced, and we will be with you every step of the way, helping you build a rewarding career.

Further details about the role

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the school. Please contact Michelle Foster, Clerk to the Selection Panel, via e-mail at michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk to make an appointment.

Application packs are available from and returnable to michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk or Michelle Foster, Clerk to the Selection Panel, Governor Services, 2nd Floor, Life Centre South, College Avenue, Wigan WN1 1NZ.

Closing date: Thursday 25th April 2024 at 12 noon

Shortlisting: Wednesday 1st May 2024

Interviews: Friday 17th and Monday 20th May 2024

Newbridge Learning Community is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulation and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.

Newbridge Learning Community is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Enhanced checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be required for this post.

Online searches may also be undertaken for shortlisted candidates.

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.

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 michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk

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About Newbridge Learning Community

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 16
School size
87 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Arranging a visit to Newbridge Learning Community

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email michelle.foster@wigan.gov.uk.

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