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Head of HEART and Therapy - Full-time - Special Needs Position

West Heath School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-6079-169S
  • Posted:09/06/2023
  • Pay:£81,138 p.a - pro-rated to term-time only ££60,853
  • Start Date:Thursday 4th January 2024
  • App Close Date:01/09/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Head of HEART* and Therapy

(*Mental Health Provision) 

Hours:             Monday – Friday - 40 hours per week. Some flexibility is required.

Salary:            £81,138 per annum (pro-rated to term-time only, actual salary £60,853.50)

Starting:          Thursday 4th January 2024

Closing:          Friday 1st September 2023


Open Evening: Thursday 13th July 2023, 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

The successful candidate will lead the School’s ‘Outstanding’ Mental Health and Therapy Teams. The postholder will be a key contributor to the School’s Senior Management Team by leading on the educational, pastoral, and clinical care of all students in HEART, our specialist department for young people with significant mental health needs. They will also oversee the Therapy Team to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality, specialist therapeutic service and provide psychological services to the whole school.

Applicants will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of Mental Health, EHCP’s and therapeutic practice.  They will hold a doctorate qualification in Educational Psychology and be able to provide a broad knowledge of trends and initiatives within the mental health and education sector and how this knowledge can be applied to the development and improvement of our mental health provision and therapeutic services.

West Heath School works towards the end goal of helping students re-integrate into mainstream learning and preparation for adulthood.  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 equal to academic achievement. Applicants must be prepared to work in the school environment, including beyond the school day and occasionally at external locations when required.

As well as working in an incredibly rewarding environment our benefits include free lunches and onsite parking. There are excellent opportunities for career development and training from internal and external experts. 

Job Description, personal specification and application form can be found on our website.

To arrange an informal visit please email whs.hr @westheathschool.com



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)

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:Nicola Kelly or Chloe Checkley
  • Address:West Heath , Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1SR
  • Telephone: 01732 460 553
  • Email: whs.hr@westheathschool.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 Legislation.