This job expired on 26 February 2024

  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    26 February 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    10 January 2024

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£79112 - £91633 starting salary negotiable dependent on experience

What skills and experience we're looking for

Dove House Academy is an aspirational and highly inclusive special school for 230 pupils, aged 11 to 19 situated across two sites in Basingstoke.Most pupils have a primary need of moderate learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties; however, an increasing proportion have a diagnosis of severe learning difficulties and Autism. The school is part of Solent Academies Trust is looking for a new Principal who will provide the strategic and operational leadership which will lead the team forward into the next phase of its development so that they can achieve the best possible outcomes for the young people and their families. Success at Dove House will also open the door to opportunities for executive leadership within the trust and to be a key part of its ambitious future and development.

With the changes in the cohort, the school is currently on an exciting journey of curriculum development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of all pupils to an exceptionally high standard. The new Principal will have the support of an enthusiastic and committed team who are motivated to move the school forward into its next phase. The school boasts excellent facilities including extensive outside space, a gym and large fitness suite. Additionally, there is plenty of scope for future development to the main site, with plans already underway to enhance and grow the physical environment further, including new classrooms and a redevelopment of outdoor spaces, to include areas such as horticulture and forest school provision.

Solent Academies Trust is a family of five incredible special schools with three in Portsmouth and one in Compton, West Sussex, each with their individual identity. The Trust is actively growing, and in addition to Dove House Academy joining in August 2023, it recently gained Secretary of State approval for a new Special Free School in Hampshire with further growth expected. The Trust is proud of its established track record of successful school improvement and of making a positive difference to the lives of its children and young people and their families. It prides itself on harnessing the benefits of being a multi academy trust, working closely together to accelerate school improvement and share innovative practice in order to improve outcomes for all pupils and develop a strong learning community.

What the school offers its staff

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced senior leader, with substantial, recent, and successful experience of working with pupils with complex special educational needs, to join the school and the Trust and to be part of their future success and growth. You must believe in the values of empowerment, respect and aspiration and be a dynamic and forward-thinking leader. Your positive, can-do, attitude will inspire, enthuse and motivate pupils, staff and the wider school community and drive meaningful improvement so that the school makes a positive difference to the lives of its children and young people.

Commitment to safeguarding

Dove House Academy and Solent Academies Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

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About Dove House Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
School size
236 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Phone number
07736 791138

Dove House is a popular, successful, and highly regarded school for students with moderate learning difficulties and autism, aged between 11-19. We are proud to be an outstanding school (Ofsted 2019) but retain our passion to keep moving forward.
We are guided by the simple question “Have I made a difference today?” in fact, everything we do at Dove House is designed to make a difference to our students and their families.

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