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  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    6 February 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    24 January 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£70,733-£83,956pa (negotiable for the right candidate)

Pay scale

L20-27 (negotiable for the right candidate)

Additional allowances

Plus Residential Schools Allowance £12,492pa
Plus Relocation Package available if required

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an extraordinary leader with a passion for ensuring that all of our students have every opportunity to succeed in school and are prepared for life after they leave us. This is an exceptionally exciting opportunity for the right person to continue shaping the future of an SEMH provision which is improving rapidly. We seek a leader who has outstanding communication skills, sensitivity to the needs of our young people and their families and the drive and determination to be consistently optimistic and to find innovative ways to make a difference. We expect every boy who leaves Langham Oaks to be a confident young adult and seek to achieve this by delivering outstanding education and care in a nurturing, inclusive environment. Our emphasis and commitment to instilling emotional, academic and vocational skills, builds pupils’ resilience and prepares them for their next steps in education or employment.

What the school offers its staff

Whilst enjoying high levels of autonomy, the successful candidate will also benefit from the support of an established Trust, consisting exclusively of a range of five special schools, which is well-known and wellrespected within the Local Education Authority. Our schools meet the needs of children and young people with MLD, SLD, Autism and Speech & Language needs. You will enjoy working with a highly motivated, collaborative team of Headteachers who share expertise at regular meetings as well as informally.

Set in beautiful, mature grounds in the heart of the small village of Langham, the School enjoys over three acres of land including its own horticultural and Forest School areas. Adjacent to Dedham Vale, on the border of Essex and Suffolk, it is easily accessible via the A12 and offers local access to coastal and countryside facilities as well as the opportunity for pupils to enjoy regular trips and visits to London’s theatres, sporting and wider entertainment venues.

Further details about the role

Langham Oaks is a school for 80 boys with SEMH needs, with 28 residential places for those boys who benefit from the consistency and care that being in a residential setting during the school week can bring. The Headteacher appointed will have overall responsibility for this aspect of the school, while a Residential Manager takes day to day responsibility for the provision. The School caters for boys from Years 6-11. Langham is housed in a new (2020) purpose-built school, set in extensive and very attractive grounds. It has a range of general classrooms and specialist teaching rooms, including an Art, DT, Food and Science rooms. In the last year, the Trust has invested in a new vocational room, so that BTEC engineering can be offered. The school also has a classroom dedicated to outdoor learning and a horticultural area. The school also offers Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Rebound Therapy. They have a developed link with Essex University and offer placements to Occupational Therapy students and will be offering these to Speech & Language Therapy students in the future. Langham is a school which is improving all the time. The current Headteacher, who is retiring in the summer, along with all the staff, has worked closely with the SEAX Trust Executive Team to focus on key areas of development and this is paying dividends across the school. We need a new Headteacher who can build on this and develop innovative and engaging ways to unlock more of the fantastic potential of staff and students at the school.

Commitment to safeguarding

The SEAX Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Headteacher will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all children for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact, in accordance with the Trust’s Safeguarding Policy. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) application, medical checks and references.

Applying for the job

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About Thriftwood School

School type
Academy, ages 5 to 19
School size
257 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 19
Phone number
01245 963006

SEAX is a small, but growing, special school multi-academy trust based in Essex. We currently comprise four schools; Grove House in Brentwood, Thriftwood in Chelmsford and Kingswode Hoe & Langham Oaks in Colchester. We are due to open a fifth academy, the Hawthorns, in Chelmsford in the near future. Our provisions serve pupils with moderate learning, speech & language and SEMH difficulties. SEAX is a truly great place to work, offering staff a total reward package, excellent CPD opportunities and outstanding support and guidance from highly experienced and dedicated practitioners. If you would like the opportunity to progress your career with us, we would very much like to hear from you and you can contact us by emailing: jobs@seaxtrust.com We look forward to meeting you soon.

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