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  • Job start date

    1 January 2024

  • Closing date

    21 June 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    31 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Assistant headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L29 - L35

What skills and experience we're looking for

Our successful candidate will:

  • Bring successful senior leadership experience in special education, ideally at secondary phase
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of all young people within the school, by championing the school’s safeguarding culture and ensuring that policies and procedures relating to safeguarding are fully implemented and followed by all staff
  • Reinforce and continue to develop our child-centred curriculum and culture - ensuring each student experiences a safe, positive, and enriching school life
  • Bring excellent leadership and management skills, with a demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire others; they will distribute leadership through the school and forge teams which support each other and work together effectively
  • Create an outward-facing school which works with other schools and organisations to champion best practice and secure excellent outcomes for all young people
  • Lead by example - with passion, integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity

What the school offers its staff

  • A school that has been rated Outstanding at recent inspections in 2008, 2014, and 2019
  • Fantastic students who are positive, keen to learn and progress, and who make coming to work rewarding and joyful
  • A highly motivated, dedicated, and friendly staff team who are committed to making a difference - including experienced and supportive senior leadership colleagues
  • Excellent relationships with our parents, carers, support agencies, and our local community
  • An exceptional learning environment with well-invested facilities, including hydrotherapy pool, sensory suites, chill spaces, and indoor and outdoor gyms
  • Almost limitless opportunities for professional growth: we have secured funding and support from Wakefield Council to begin work on a new build including seven additional classrooms, and are exploring options for off-site provision
  • A supportive and involved Governing Body who are committed to the school - and to providing you with a competitive salary and an appropriate and effective professional development package

Commitment to safeguarding

Oakfield Park is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Governing Body has a duty of care to students and all members of the school community. There is a comprehensive Safeguarding policy in place which, along with a policy for Health and Safety, is regularly reviewed by the Governing Body.

Our Safeguarding policy can be found on the school website under the Policies section and is also available upon request from the school office.

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About Oakfield Park School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 19
School size
163 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Oakfield Park School is a Local Authority maintained school situated in the pleasant village of Ackworth, near Pontefract. We provide a high level of specialised education for young people aged 11 to 19 years who have severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have additional complex needs including ASDs, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour and physical difficulties. We provide high-quality specialist resources across the school, including a hydrotherapy pool, a sensory room, activity and soft play area, a food tech room, and a variety of outdoor resources.

We aim for all our students to develop a ‘voice’, to be as independent, social, and healthy as possible, enabling them to become citizens who engage positively with society while leading happy and fulfilled lives.

In October 2019 we received our second consecutive Ofsted judgement of “Outstanding”. The inspectors found that:

• The quality of education at Oakfield Park is outstanding.
• Oakfield Park is a remarkably friendly and welcoming school.
• Pupils work hard and achieve highly at Oakfield Park.
• Pupils say they love coming to school
• They (pupils) feel happy and safe because they know that adults care about them.
• By the time students leave school, they are exceedingly well prepared for adult life.
• Sixth form students get precisely the right support to help them to get ready for when they leave school.
• [There are] exceptionally strong relationships between pupils and staff

Pupils attend from across the Wakefield Metropolitan District. The school is well equipped providing excellent accommodation for pupils with disabilities including those with physical and complex needs. It is a single-storey construction allowing access for wheelchairs. We have:

- A heated hydrotherapy pool which is used by school pupils and hired out for community use.
- Activity soft play room
- Sensory Room
- ICT Suite
- Specialist Food Technology Room
- Independent Living flat
- Adventure playground
- Horticulture area including a large poly-tunnel
- Sensory garden
- Large wildlife area
- Spacious playing fields
- Well resourced specialist classrooms
- 3 adapted minibuses and a people carrier

Our Aims

We are a school which provides a centre of excellence through:

• Working in partnership with parents, families, staff, governors and other professionals to ensure the right of every person who has special educational needs to access the quality of education to which they are entitled.
• A shared commitment to building on knowledge and skills to develop independence in preparation for lifelong learning.
• Having high expectations of pupil standards, achievements and behaviour.
• Ensuring the care, safety and welfare of all of its pupils.
• Valuing every member of the school community.
• Providing a highly trained, professional staff team who are committed to delivering quality learning experiences that are challenging and rewarding.
• Celebrating progress, success and achievement through building on ability rather than disability.
• Being inclusive and promoting equal opportunity for all.

“All Different, All Valued, All Equal”

Arranging a visit to Oakfield Park School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email mcarlton@oakfieldpark.wakefield.sch.uk.

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