Rosebank School, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4QP

This job expired on 7 February 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    7 February 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    17 January 2022

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Salary range: £61,166 - £74,295

Headteacher job summary

Required from September 2022.

Group 3
Salary range: £61,166 - £74,295

NOR 52 pupils

Rosebank School is a specialist provision catering for primary aged children with an Autism Spectrum Condition and associated learning difficulties.

Due to the retirement of the current Headteacher, the Governors seek to appoint a dynamic and ambitious Headteacher who:
• Has a proven record of effective senior leadership in a primary setting – mainstream, special or autism specific provision and has knowledge and experience of Autism;
• Is passionate about working with pupils with complex needs;
• Will inspire, manage and motivate staff, children and the wider school community;
• Is committed to developing further an inclusive school and ensuring high levels of achievement;
• Will motivate and promote outstanding teaching for outstanding learning.

Rosebank School was rated Good at its last Ofsted Inspection.

Time in the school will form part of the interview process but prospective applicants are welcome to visit the school in advance of application by arrangement with the current Headteacher, Mrs Rosemary Charlton, email: head@rosebank.cheshire.sch.uk

Application forms and further details can be obtained from the school website.

Application is by a completed form along with a letter (max. 2 sides of A4) explaining how your previous experience has prepared you for this role and what you would hope to achieve if successful in your application. Completed forms and letters should be returned to: Mrs Helen Newton, Chair of the Governing Body at Rosebank School, email: helennewton@rosebank.cheshire.sch.uk

Rosebank School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants for the post will be subject to stringent vetting processes. The holder of the post will be required to work with children under the age of 18 in a position of trust and is therefore exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. The appointment is subject to satisfactory clearance under the procedure.

Closing date: Monday 7th February 2022 (12 noon)

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About Rosebank School

School type
Special school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
School size
52 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Rosebank School is a specialist primary school providing an excellent education for children with Autism Spectrum Condition and associated learning difficulties. The school is registered to admit pupils aged 4 to 11 years of age and is accredited by the National Autistic Society (re-accreditated in 2021). All pupils have access to NHS Commissioned Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (if appropriate) and all families are supported by the school’s full-time Family Support Worker. At its last inspection, in March 2017, the school was graded Good by Ofsted.

The school is funded for 49 places although currently there are 52 pupils on roll. The school operates with small class sizes, usually comprising 7 pupils, with 1 teacher and 2/3 teaching assistants (depending on the level of pupil need). The annual budget of the school is nearly £1,400,000 and over the last 3 years the school has generated an underspend which has been used to fund capital developments. It is anticipated that a similar situation will arise at the end of the current budget cycle in March 2022.
The core curriculum is based on a combination of an adapted and differentiated EYFS/National Curriculum and the Autism Education Trust Progression Framework. It is driven by each child’s EHCP. The TEACCH approach is used to provide a very structured and systematic environment to support pupils’ learning. Staff are well trained and highly skilled at working with autistic pupils and their associated difficulties and are able to address the differences in learning styles. Teachers are flexible in the use of autism approaches, tailoring these to meet the needs of each pupil. All pupils have an individual positive behaviour support plan outlining their individual needs and preferences. Letters and Sounds is used as the basis for phonics lessons to support children with reading and writing.

To prepare and enable pupils to learn, emphasis is placed on physical activity and developing self-regulation and resilience. Throughout their time at Rosebank School, in addition to PE sessions and regular use of the outdoor play areas and indoor sensory spaces, pupils also have access to the teaching of PE core skills, football coaching and swimming. Some pupils also take part in Horse Riding (RDA). To ensure pupils with sensory processing difficulties have their needs met, each pupil is assessed to create an individual sensory profile. A variety of tailored sensory equipment and interventions is used to support pupils to develop their understanding and self-management over time.

To meet the specific needs of each pupil, there are a variety of additional interventions used when appropriate including Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA), Draw-Talk Therapy, Lego Build2Express, Relax Kids, Sensory Diet and Dyslexia support.
To enable pupils to be able to transfer those skills that they learn within school, all pupils take part in weekly Independence and Community Participation visits. These are themed in line with the Autism Education Trust Progression Framework.

Most of the pupils live within the Cheshire West and Chester area. A significant number of pupils live within the Cheshire East area and small numbers of pupils live in neighbouring local authority areas. Some children are transported to the school by their parents, but the majority are transported by taxis provided by the pupil’s home local authority.
Many of the pupils are unable to access externally provided ‘out of school’ activities. Therefore the school has traditionally operated an After School Club, staffed by school staff, to which pupils can attend.

Arranging a visit to Rosebank School

Time in the school will form part of the interview process but prospective applicants are welcome to visit the school in advance of application by arrangement with the current Headteacher, Mrs Rosemary Charlton, email: head@rosebank.cheshire.sch.uk

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