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Head of Care and Safeguarding - Term Time - Special Needs Position

West Heath School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-6079-153L
  • Posted:16/02/2023
  • Pay:£55,000 - £59,000
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:24/02/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:6/3/23 - 10/3/23


We require a dedicated, knowledgeable, self-motivated professional to join the Senior Management Team as Head of Care and Safeguarding.

The role will see the successful individual leading the School’s ‘Outstanding’ Safeguarding and Residential teams. The postholder will be a key contributor to the School’s Senior Management Team by leading on staff safeguarding training, policies and procedures and acting as a role model/ key influencer for best practice within our school community.  The role will encompass strategic planning within the forward development of the School in the areas of Safeguarding and Care.

You will be supporting students with their academic, personal and social development.  This role is demanding and challenging, but very rewarding.  All of our learners have EHCP’s and as a school we are proud to promote the development of life skills and social development as being equal to academic achievement.  West Heath School works towards the end goal of helping students re-integrate into mainstream learning and preparation for adulthood.  Applicants must be prepared to work in the school environment, including beyond the school day and occasionally at external locations when required.

Key Requirements

  • Clear understanding of care and safeguarding legislation, statutory guidance and best practice
  • Relevant care management qualification
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead experience
  • Able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of trends and initiatives within the education sector and how this knowledge can be applied to the development and improvement of curriculum and care services
  • Proven ability to deal with crisis and emergencies effectively
  • An equality and diversity champion
  • Full driving licence and use of own vehicle
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Able to make sound decisions under pressure
  • Team player, proactive, creative and innovative
  • Emotionally robust and resilient



  • Free lunch and refreshments
  • Employee Assistance Support Line Service
  • Regular mentoring and coaching
  • Regular training from internal and external experts
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted venue hire for parties/weddings

OPEN EVENING: WEDNESDAY 8th February 2023, 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

Closing Date: Friday 24th February 2023.

PROPOSED INTERVIEW WEEK: Monday 6th March until Friday 10th March.

Working at West Heath School involves close and unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups including children and as such is a regulated activity.  The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  Applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post (including an Enhanced DBS check. Management positions will require a 128 Check.)


Information about the school


Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1SR

“Rebuilding lives through education”

OFSTED outstanding May 2022

West Heath School is an Independent SEN residential school with charity status. We provide a therapeutically informed learning environment for children aged 10-19 who have suffered some form of trauma and are unable to access main stream education. We believe in “rebuilding lives through education”, developing life skills and encouraging students to enjoy social activities .

“A fun place to work where social development is valued as much as education”

“The support you receive from the moment you arrive at West Heath School is excellent…”

“Two days are never the same at West Heath School and this certainly keeps you on your toes!”

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Jemma Clements
  • Address:West Heath , Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1SR
  • Telephone: 01732 460 553
  • Email: whs.hr@westheathschool.com


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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.