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Deputy Headteacher (Upper Campus)

Are you passionate about educating and caring for pupils so that they are equipped for the next stage of their lives? If so, you are just the person we need to join our talented team at Orchard Manor School.

Job No. 23.14
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L17 (£62,750) – L20 (£67,364) 
September 2023
Wednesday 19 April 2023
Monday 24 April 2023

Our School

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. Pupils attend either weekly residentially (Monday – Friday) or as day pupils.

Our motto is ‘We live and learn together’. This is achieved through working in partnership with all stakeholders and other relevant professionals. We treat each child as an individual by ensuring the learning opportunities are challenging and engaging. Our aim is to help each child enjoy education which will enable them to be successful members of the school and wider communities.

Our School is situated in beautiful woodland grounds, in the seaside town of Dawlish. We provide a wide range of opportunities to learn outside and offsite to enhance the education and care of our pupils.

We structure our curriculum around our students’ identified needs in order 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 ultimate goal is that the young people who leave us are prepared for adulthood; whether that be employment, further education, training, or living as independently as possible contributing positively within their community.

We have been on a significant school improvement journey and we are excited to see where we can go next.  We are looking for someone who can travel with us and take a leading role in propelling us along the road to excellence. 

You will be joining a dynamic leadership team who will support you to be the best you can be.  You will be working closely with the Headteacher and the Deputy Head of the Lower Campus and other leaders across the school.  Your role will be centred around secondary aged pupils with varying needs, interests, abilities and ambitions,  as well as a thriving Post16 provision.

Who are we looking for?

Orchard Manor School is looking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher (Upper Campus), starting in September 2023. 

The successful applicant will have a strong track record, strive for exceptional standards and aspirations and promote Orchard Manor’s vision and values for providing high quality education and care to all pupils.

Candidates will need to be articulate and strong communicators, with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring, and motivating staff and students.  A substantial knowledge of SEN practice, provision and pedagogy would be beneficial, as well as an understanding of the role of wider partnerships on the educational outcomes for students.  We are looking for a truly inspirational and knowledgeable leader for our school.

The Deputy Headteacher role will be key in securing the long-term success of Orchard Manor and will  build on our culture which promotes the highest possible standards of achievement, progress, and personal development.  The successful candidate must work as a cohesive member of the whole staff team and have a ‘can-do’ approach which is modelled in their daily practice and leadership.    

You must be confident and positive and have the skills to build effective teams.  You will be expected to be proactive, focussed, and a positive thinking member of the Senior Leadership Team, whilst also leading on your own projects and tasks.  Please see the job description and person specification attached for details of the role.

We encourage school visits, and we are holding an open afternoon for prospective applicants on Friday 24th March from 2pm to 4pm and Monday 17th April from 2pm to 4pm.   Please contact Tia Beddow on 01626 862363 or email if you would like to attend either of these dates. 

For further information about this role, or you would like to speak to our Headteacher on an individual basis, please contact Nicola Jones on 01626 862363 or email

Please also have a look at our Recruitment Brochure and ensure that you are familiar with our Online Check for Shortlisted Candidates which will be undertaken should you be successful. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 


Interviews will take place on Monday 24th April 2023.  The interview process will include a formal interview and a presentation.  Further information on this will be shared with you if you are shortlisted for interview.   

Employment Duties  

The duties are not exhaustive, and the post holder may be required to undertake tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be reasonably assigned to them by the Headteacher. 

To be performed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and within the range of teachers’ duties set out in that document. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We make appointments in accordance with our Recruitment and Selection Policy.