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Head Teacher - Full-time

Caldecott Foundation School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-7003-102L
  • Posted:23/11/2022
  • Pay:L14 - L27 DOE
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:16/12/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


The Caldecott’s Board of Trustees are seeking to appoint an inspirational, passionate and dedicated Headteacher to drive forward school improvement, service development and work collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation to achieve the best outcomes for the most young people.


  • Are you committed to supporting vulnerable young people to reach their full potential by re-engaging with education in a therapeutic environment?
  • Can you motivate educational professionals to deliver excellent tailor-made provision for pupils with a range of needs and challenging behaviours?
  • Are you a strong leader, with the energy and stamina to head a team that focuses on the best possible outcome for every individual child?


  • Is an experienced Headteacher who can lead the school into the next Ofsted inspection with A clear understanding of what it takes to achieve an Outstanding from Ofsted and what is needed to support all students to make exceptional levels of progress.
  • A strong track record of transformative senior leadership and extensive experience in supporting students with SEN, preferably those with SEMH needs, ASD and speech and language difficulties.
  • The passion, clarity of vision and strategic capabilities to shape the future of a provision that’s leading the way in therapeutic education.
  • The skills and ability to build strong relationships with students, staff, parents, carers, commissioners, and colleagues from across the organisation.
  • Experience of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum programme, combined with supportive therapies.
  • Dedication to the professional development and progression of your staff team.
  • Is an excellent role model for staff and pupils within the school.


The benefits you receive will increase over time in recognition of your commitment and dedication and include:

  • Solid professional development
  • a health cashback scheme (which covers you and up to four children),
  • a company pension scheme
  • an employee assistance programme
  • vouchers and discounts off retail, food, and entertainment
  • a cycle to work scheme


Please send your CV and contact details to bethany.cook@caldecottfoundation.co.uk or call us on 01303 815639. 

The Caldecott Foundation is committed to safeguarding children.  We follow safer recruitment guidelines, and all appointments will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Information about the school

Caldecott School is a non-maintained special school catering for up to 64 young people across Key Stages 1-4. We are a therapeutic school specialising in supporting the educational and emotional needs of students who have experienced trauma, and/or have a diagnosis of Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental and psychological problems aged 5 – 16.

Our team of teachers and Therapists work closely together to deliver a therapy informed curriculum within a safe, stimulating, personalised and nurturing learning environment. We strongly believe that children and young people can learn and move forward in their educational journey when their emotional, social, and cognitive needs are appropriately supported.

Caldecott School is set in a 24 acre site near Ashford, Kent and offers an exciting curriculum which is individualised to meet the needs of our students and includes Forest School, outdoor learning and a number of vocational courses - catering, construction, land based studies and hairdressing. Our holistic approach is underpinned by our Relational Model and has a therapeutic approach at its core designed to build trusting supportive relationships and address barriers to learning so that all of our students can achieve their full potential.

Our school is part of the Caldecott Foundation which is a well established charity that also provides residential care and fostering services. We have an exceptional track record delivering the highest quality of care and education and Ofsted agree having rated 8 out of our 10 services as ‘Outstanding’ as of May 2022. Caldecott School is currently rated ‘Good’.

It is an exciting time to join our team as we continue our plans to increase the number of students that we support as well as develop new courses and experiences for our students including a town farm where students can study animal husbandry.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.