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Forest School Leader - Full-time

Hope View School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-6123-113T
  • Posted:27/05/2023
  • Pay:£28,000-£32,000 (salaried not pro-rata)
  • Start Date:1st September 2023
  • App Close Date:17/06/2023 at 16:00
  • Interviews:TBC




Information about the post.

Hope View School are seeking to appoint a leader of Forest School from September 2023 to work within our established Forest School Department at our Upper School site in Chilham.

The successful applicant should have experience of delivering the Forest School programme and should be in possession of the Forest School Level 3 Leaders qualification. Experience of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme would also be advantageous.

High standards of classroom management, professionalism and expectations of pupils are also required as is the ability to be empathetic, understanding and supportive of pupils and their needs. This position would be ideal for a dynamic, hard-working and committed individual looking to build a career in this sector.

Hope View has been established as a Forest School for over eight years at our Upper School.  The successful applicant would be required to co-ordinate and deliver Forest School and the D of E programme to pupils aged from 11 to 18.

Experience of working with pupils with Special Educational Needs would be an advantage but is not essential. Willingness to work within a small team and an organised but flexible approach is crucial. High standards of classroom management, professionalism and expectations of pupils are also required as is the ability to be empathetic, understanding and supportive of pupils and their needs.

Post requirements:

  • The successful applicant will need to possess the following qualities:
  • Forest School Leaders Level 3 qualification.
  • Previous experience of delivering the Forest School programme.
  • Experience of delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme would be advantageous.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a small team.
  • An understanding of the ethos of the school and the ability to work within this ethos in order to support and develop all pupils regardless of ability, education, behavioural, social or emotional need.
  • A willingness to play a full part in the life of the school with regard to teaching, pastoral care, curriculum enrichment activities and building positive relationships with pupils and staff alike.
  • Experience of teaching within a Special Educational Needs environment would be an advantage.


An understanding of the importance of the need for safeguarding the health and well-being of all pupils within the school. Upholding the school’s policies and procedures with regard to child protection and safeguarding is an essential requirement.

Company pension scheme, up to 16 weeks holiday a year, staff rewards schemes, access to CPD opportunities and uniform are all part of the package.


Information about the school

Hope View School is an Independent Special School for boys with special educational needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and moderate learning difficulties. Our Lower School is just outside Chartham and our Upper School site is in Chilham. Both sites are within close proximity to Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, Thanet and the Medway towns (Kent). The school is equipped to accommodate a total of 130 pupils aged between 7 and 18 years old across both sites. All pupils who attend the school have an Education and Health Care Plan. Our main aims are: To ensure, as far as possible, that each pupil placed at Hope View is given every opportunity to learn, be supported and be listened to. To support pupils in the development of their Literacy and Numeracy skills by increasing reading, spelling and numerate ability ages. To ensure pupils are well equipped by the time they leave Hope View to deal with working life, college, apprenticeships and are able to make a positive contribution to society. At Hope View we have high expectations of all of our pupils as well as firm boundaries. Pupils are expected to attend all lessons, be respectful and courteous to each other and staff. They are expected to communicate with us if they have an issue or are encountering difficulties. The ethos of Hope View is Firm, Fair, Friendly and Fun! All pupils have a voice and we insist that they are listened to, advised and supported by staff and pupils alike. Home/school contact is imperative to the successful development of all of our pupils. For this reason, we insist on maintaining close contact by telephone, email or face to face with parents, carers, and professionals involved in the personal development and the welfare of a pupil. Our door is always open to visitors with or without an appointment. We encourage visitors to experience for themselves the calm atmosphere and pleasant learning environment of Hope View. Our pupils are very proud of their school and welcome the opportunity to show it off to visitors whenever they can. Hope View School is a member of the National Association of Special Schools. The school follows the National Curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. Emphasis is placed on improving pupils’ reading, spelling and numeracy skills. All pupils are assessed in these areas upon entry to the school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Carla Lorne
  • Address:Station Approach, Chilham, Canterbury , Kent, CT4 8EG
  • Telephone: 01227 7380000
  • Email: hopeviewschool@btconnect.com
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.