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Assistant Principal - Senco - Full-time - Special Needs Position

St Augustine Academy, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-4000-219L
  • Posted:15/03/2023
  • Pay:Leadership Scale L13-17 £59,558 - £65,699
  • Start Date:1st September 2023
  • App Close Date:19/04/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:Interviews shortly after the closing date


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join St Augustine Academy’s Senior Leadership Team as a new Assistant Principal - SENCo.

We are looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic SENCo to lead The Academy’s well established SEND department and develop the Academy’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy and provision in order to raise attainment and achievement of students with SEND.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a proven track record of managing whole school SEND provision, delivering high quality interventions to vulnerable students, whilst also be able to demonstrate that they have effectively managed the co-ordination of staffing and resources across a whole school setting.

Applicants should demonstrate exemplary practice and act as role model for other staff, acting as and advocate/champion for supporting all pupils. Applicants will need to integrate within our friendly Academy team as well as needing excellent communication skills to develop a good relationship with students and staff.

Together with other members of the senior team and the Principal, the Assistant Principal will develop the vision and identify key priorities to ensure the Academy continues to prosper and provide an outstanding education for the local community.


• You will be an experienced practitioner with a strong background in working with children with SEN.

• You will be required to hold a SENCo qualification.

• Take ownership of evidencing our improvement of outcomes for SEN learners

• Work closely with teachers and subject leaders to ensure that curriculum and teaching enables SEND students to make appropriate academic progress.

• Liaise with the pastoral year group teams to remove identified barriers to learning

• Manage and motivate the SEND support team


• Committed to ensuring SEND students excel both personally and academically.

• Keen to develop professionally.

• Positive and forward thinking.

Our Academy has a calm purposeful atmosphere. We strive to broaden horizons and challenge our students to achieve their potential. We offer a rigorous academic curriculum and a wide ranging enrichment programme.

We are one of six Academies which make up the Woodard Academies Trust (WAT). WAT is part of the Woodard family of schools. Created by founder Nathaniel Woodard in 1848, Woodard is the largest group of independent Church of England schools in England and Wales. Woodard Academies Trust and Woodard Schools share a common ethos and vision: to inspire young people to make a difference.

Our ethos reflects our deep commitment to delivering an outstanding education to the students we teach. We prioritise inclusion and value individuals, and excel in delivering pastoral care and personalised learning paths for our students. Our aim is to offer students not only a first-class education, but also to teach them life skills that will provide benefits beyond their time with us. We believe that our academies should enrich the communities they serve and play an active role in their development.

Information about the school

St Augustine Academy is an all ability school committed to providing an education that ensures that all students succeed and make the most of the opportunities and experiences available to them. Our core principles are based on developing the gifts and talents of all students, whatever they may be, and guiding them on to a career path to fulfil their aspirations.

Another core foundation of the Academy is our Faith. Our Christian inclusive ethos is encapsulated by our small community Chapter system where every student is known and nurtured. All students have the opportunity to develop their sense of spirituality, morality, self -respect and wellbeing.

We believe that students are engaged and achieve when the environment is both caring and orderly with teaching that fires their imagination and brings learning to life. With a grammar stream, our innovative curriculum and extensive Enrichment programme gives students access to those essential employability skills which future generations will need to succeed.

Vision: ‘believe in more’

St Augustine Academy is a high performing school where every student is known, valued and nurtured. We want to prepare our students to be responsible, enquiring, tolerant and confident members of society who can use their talents and abilities to be successful in a world that is constantly changing.

We are committed to: • Providing an inclusive community based on Christian values • Developing the whole person and inspiring a confident, ‘can do’ attitude • Encouraging individual aptitudes and interests so that students can reach their full potential both academically and personally • Offering high-quality CPD to staff to ensure staff and students are as successful as they can be

We have high expectations and believe in: • Excellent behaviour with courtesy and respect for others • The highest levels of attendance and punctuality • The enjoyment of learning whilst expecting hard work from all involved in the Academy.

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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.