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Assistant Principal - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy, Swanley

  • Ref:KCC207-7164-104L
  • Posted:22/03/2023
  • Pay:£51,347 to £56,583
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:21/04/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:Thursday 11th/Friday 12th May


Assistant Principal – Learning Pathway Lead  

Swanley, Kent               

Competitive Remuneration Package                               

Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy is a specialist day and residential school for children and young people aged 8-19 who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and autism. Many of our pupils have additional needs including ADHD, Downs Syndrome and language difficulties. Referrals come from local authorities across London, Kent and the South East.

We are committed to providing a learning environment and learning pathway that enables all our pupils to achieve the best they can and help prepare them for adult life so they can live as independent a life as possible. We have a highly skilled team of professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, a school nurse and residential staff. We are fortunate in having an amazing site where our children can access seventy-eight acres of green space and woodlands. We have two Forest Schools as well as purpose-built playground areas and sports areas. 

We are laying the foundations of great practice. The curriculum has undergone radical change and is in a strong place.  We now need to take this to the next phase.  We need to maintain quality but also expand the offer and maximise the use of our extensive site. Developing the student experience and creating great learning in the classroom will be a key focus for the role.  You will look to drive excellence and work with the pastoral team to make sure that the support is in place to ensure that each and every child and young person is ready to learn and can access the extensive curriculum. You will work with an enthusiastic and energetic team of leaders and staff, who are highly committed to “a quality life for all.” 

You will have a successful track record of teaching and working as a middle leader in a comparable environment and have experience of leading change and improvement. You will have experience of initiating and implementing improvements in teaching and learning. Previous experience of Positive Behaviour Support would be an advantage but is not essential.  Of most importance is a strong belief in the approach and a desire to work towards our vision.  Your personal qualities and ability to establish relationships with the broadest range of individuals will be key.   All our staff must be kind; none more so than in this role.

For more information download full details on the role at

For a confidential conversation about the role then contact Mike Phillips (mike.phillips@pentir.com) on 07830-313915 or Maureen Nicholas (maureen.nicholas@pentir.com) on 07540-222519 at our advisors Pentir.

Closing Date: Friday 21st April.

Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applicants from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or religion.  Appointment to this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Information about the school

Parkwood Hall is a residential and day school for pupils aged 8-19 years with moderate to severe learning difficulties and other complex needs including autism and language difficulties. We are passionate about our Co-operative values of self-help, self- responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.

Parkwood Hall aims to provide an outstanding and supportive learning environment which challenges students to achieve success. The core learning values, which are at the centre of the curriculum, focus upon developing the student’s resilience and ability to make informed life choices.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Saimah Iram
  • Address:Parkwood Hall, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent, BR8 8DR
  • Telephone: 01322 664441
  • Email: contact@parkwoodhall.co.uk


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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 Education.