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Assistant Headteacher/SENCO

We are looking for an experienced and passionate future leader and SEN practitioner who will work to transform our pupils’ life chances.  Can you think strategically and train and develop others to be the best they can be?  Do you want to be part of a curriculum design team that puts personal development at the heart of what we do, yet has high aspirations for students academically so they can fulfil their aspirations?  Do you have good organisational and communication skills, that can bring multiple agencies and disciplines together around a table?  Will you support us in our continuing trajectory of rapid school improvement?

Orchard Manor School is part of the Special Partnership Trust. We are a special school with a residential provision that caters for nearly 200 students aged 3-19. We provide education and care for pupils with communication and interaction difficulties, Autistic spectrum conditions and learning needs.

We structure our curriculum around our students’ identified needs to enable them to develop holistically. Alongside academic progress we are committed to supporting our pupils to develop their life and social skills, confidence and resilience, and love of learning, to promote their sense of achievement and self-worth.

Our goal is to prepare our young people for adulthood when they leave us, whether that be employment, further education, training, or living as independently as possible whilst contributing positively within their community.


Our school values drive everything we do. We imagine our young people at 25 and beyond, then work back from there as part of a person-centred approach.  As a team, we are clear that we are caring for, and educating, the next generation to be as independent as they possibly can.

At Orchard Manor we have:

  • A sense of shared mission with shared goals, clear priorities and high expectations of professional behaviours and student learning.
  • A culture of mutual trust, respect and enthusiasm between all stakeholders. Communication is open, honest and considered.
  • Opportunities for effective collaboration across the school e.g. exploring pupil data, joint planning, sharing best practice and moderating assessments.
  • Opportunities for staff to participate in whole school planning, decision-making and improvement.
  • An emphasis on safety and positive behaviour through effective analysis of behaviour and safeguarding, raising of expectations, quality training, and peer to peer/leadership support.

To do this, we offer excellent training and professional development opportunities throughout the school for staff to develop their practice. You will be part of an innovative and supportive staff team, working closely with key members of staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students.

If this position excites you, we look forward to receiving your application.

Closing date:             Monday 20th February 2023 at 9:00am
Interviews:                 w/c Monday 27th February 2023
Start Date:                  Flexible

A full induction programme and opportunities for professional development will be provided.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken and written aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A copy of our safeguarding policy can be found here : Safeguarding Policy Webpage. This role falls under KCSIE regulated activities and as such it is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relating to children.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. Please ensure you read and understand our Privacy Notice, which is attached with this pack, before applying. We make appointments in accordance with our Recruitment and Selection Policy.

Interested applicants may contact the school for further information.

Please ensure you complete the Orchard Manor School application form which accompanies this advert.

Applicants are advised that submitting an incorrect or insufficiently completed application form will result in non-selection for interview.Particular attention should be made to career history since secondary education and referees meeting the required criteria. Please send completed applications to: