This job expired on 29 October 2023

  • Start date details

    Easter 2024 but can be discussed

  • Closing date

    29 October 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    29 August 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • Assistant headteacher

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5 contracted hours per week plus anything additional needed for the good running of the school.

Contract type


Pay scale

L21 - L28

Additional allowances

Barnardo's Principal Allowance

What skills and experience we're looking for

To lead and manage within an agreed strategic framework the education and residential aspects of the school so that the school is effective, self-managing, self-evaluating and self-improving, and with high achieving pupils and staff. The Principal is a member of the Barnardo’s Regional Senior Management Team and is accountable to the Director of Children’s Services and to the Governing Body of the school.

What the school offers its staff


Workplace Offer: What it means for you

The world of work has changed. We are understanding of what works best for our colleagues both current and future as we look to embrace this new way of working. Our hybrid working initiative is based on trust, flexibility and empowerment. We understand our workplace offer means different things to different people, and we encourage those conversations. This may mean working at one of our stores, services, working at home, at one of our Collaboration Hubs or any combination of these.

  • Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • 20% discount at Barnardo's stores
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo's Learning and Development offer

*T&C's apply based on contract

Commitment to safeguarding

Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. Applicants must be willing to undergo relevant pre-employment checks, including online checks, references being taken up prior to interview and for the successful candidate, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education Statutory Guidance.

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About High Close School

School type
Special school, ages 7 to 18
School size
85 pupils enrolled
Age range
7 to 18

High Close is a non-maintained residential and day special school catering for children and young people between the ages of 7 and 18 years. It forms part of the educational provision offered by Barnardo's and our pupils come from a wide geographical area covering around 20 local authorities. The school has two SEN designations from the DfE, one for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and the other, Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

All our young people have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for complex needs which may be to do with learning, behaviour, meeting demands or a range of other problems such as ADHD, Attachment, Autism, Specific Learning Difficulties, Mental Health difficulties, Sensory disorders, Speech and Language difficulties or a combination of some of these.

High Close is a tightly knit and positive community catering for up to 94 children and young people. We create a caring and supportive environment to bring out the best in every pupil and prepare them for a successful future.

High Close School is located in Wokingham, Berkshire, between Reading and Bracknell. Our school has excellent classroom and residential provision, with extensive, attractive grounds.

Arranging a visit to High Close School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email enquiries@highclose.org.uk.

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