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Deputy Headteacher/Senco - Full-time

Sellindge Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-2300-60L
  • Posted:11/09/2023
  • Pay:L1-L5
  • Start Date:1st January 2024
  • App Close Date:11/10/2023 at 15:00
  • Interviews:16th October 2023


Due to the retirement of our current Deputy Head/SENCo we are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our dedicated team. As Deputy Head, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the Headteacher in the leadership and management of the school. You will collaborate closely with colleagues, parents, and students to create an inspiring and supportive educational environment.

This is a senior position within the school's staffing structure.  It is a combined role with responsibility as the school's SENCo.

The role is non class based although the current Deputy currently covers one afternoon of PPA per week. 

We would welcome enquiries from both experienced deputies and those looking for their first deputy headship.  

Although SEN experience is important we are willing to support the right candidate through the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.  It would be a condition of the role that this be completed following appointment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Assist the Headteacher in setting and communicating the school's strategic vision and goals.

  • Curriculum Development: Contribute to the development of the school's curriculum, ensuring that it is innovative, inclusive, and meets the needs of all students.

  • Teaching and Learning: Promote excellence in teaching and learning, providing guidance and support to staff to enhance classroom practices.

  • Student Welfare: Oversee the pastoral care and well-being of students, fostering a positive and inclusive school culture. The school is committed to the safeguarding of all children.

  • Staff Development: Support the professional development of teaching and non-teaching staff, promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Community Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with parents, guardians, and the wider community, promoting a sense of belonging and involvement.


  • Opportunities for professional development and growth.

  • Supportive and collaborative working environment.

  • A school with with a rich community feel with delightful children and supportive parents and governors.

Sellindge Primary School is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences.

Join our team and be part of a passionate educational community dedicated to shaping the future of our students.   Our mission is to provide a safe and secure environment where every child is given every chance to be nurtured and developed. Apply today and help us lead our school to even greater heights as Deputy Head!  

Please contact the school to arrange an informal visit with the Headteacher. 


Information about the school

Sellindge Primary School is a thriving school situated in a small, semi-rural village, surrounded by farmland, between Ashford and Hythe. The original building dates back to 1900 but there have been recent renovations, including a new 6 classroom block in 2021, new playground and newly developed wildlife area giving the school a feeling of space both inside and out. The school was judged as ‘Good’ during a 2023 OfSTED inspection, with areas of outstanding provision, in Early Years and in Behaviour and Attitudes.

The school has recently expanded to become a 1FE school and, although the school is growing in size, most class sizes are currently smaller than the average. The school has 173 children on roll and maintains a small village school feel with a real sense of community amongst children, staff and families.

The school is dedicated to the welfare of our pupils and ensures that all members of staff are committed to our safeguarding policy.

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01303) 814187


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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.