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Head Teacher - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Vocational Training Centre Independent School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-6156-11T
  • Posted:20/09/2023
  • Pay:salary negotiable
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:19/10/2023 at 11:00
  • Interviews:31st October 2023


VTC Independent school seeks a dynamic Headteacher to lead the school on it's journey to being a true centre of exellence.

At VTC we are a small, warm independent school with a family atmosphere, small class sizes and a highly personalised approach to learning. 

The Role

We are looking for an experienced senior leader or aspiring middle leader who is willing to give a long-term commitment to VTC's Journey of improvement. The successful candidate will work closely with a supportive Advisory board and Senior Leadership Team to lead the School & Post 16 college through its next stage of development.

You should be comfortable in leading teams, setting and meeting targets and in working within a wider community context.

Desired experience 

 Have a track record of senior leadership 

 Show evidence of educational thought leadership

 Possess experience of managing staff in an SEN Setting

 Show evidence of working successfully with senior colleagues in delivering measurable outcomes

 Have highly developed interpersonal skills and can demonstrate cultural awareness and empathy in       dealings with students, parents and staff

 Possess experience in strategic planning

 Possess excellent financial management skills with a track record of meeting targets

 Have a track record of working successfully with a Advisory body and external stakeholders

About us

At the VTC, we provide specialist education for pupils in years 9 to 13. Soon to be located across 2 sites, we have lots of vocational learning opportunities and post 16+ pathways.  Our students are taught in small class sizes of up to 4-6 pupils and all students work towards a variety of qualifications dependent on their needs and ability.

Why join VTC?

We place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.

Information about the school

VTC Independent School aims to ensure that all pupils have access to an appropriate curriculum to ensure they achieve their potential and are not disadvantaged in comparison to their peers who access education in mainstream settings’

Vocational Training Centre (VTC) Independent School is for pupils with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties who have either been permanently excluded or at risk of being permanently excluded from school. Currently this school caters for, up to 32 students from the ages 14 to 18.

It is common for the students to have been out of education for long periods of time before placement at VTC, and this is either due to not being able to access or engage in their mainstream provision, or due to lack of any appropriate provision being available. As a result, they usually have complex co-morbid needs alongside low self-esteem and confidence due to continued failure to engage or progress their learning, this predominantly manifests itself in very challenging behaviour and even more barriers to overcome.

VTC therefore offer learning pathways that are multifaceted, personalised and motivating in order to engage in new learning opportunities including highly specialised vocational offers (engineering), work experience, community project work and outdoor wellbeing interventions supported by a core of academic studies in a nurturing environment.

Their previous poor attendance levels, allied to long periods out of school will be tackled with personalised programmes which will increase their attendance over time. The ethos of the school is to provide a positive learning environment that will ensure this is monitored and informed over time. The impact of this is that pupil attendance looks low but, they are gradually improving their attendance from baseline levels over time and engaging in an appropriate curriculum.

The biggest influence in changing these behaviours is impacted by the amount of time given to meeting the pupils social and emotional needs are met through high staffing levels and personalised interventions and strategies. Liaison with parents, carers, LA, and other agencies is hugely important in the success of the placement.

Most students come into the school within key stage 4 and the intention is for all pupils to leave the school with a positive destination pathway, so the school will ensure that either a purposeful further education training pathway is found or the guarantee of a place in an apprenticeship route organised by the school. On some occasions work placements can be found.

Additionally, the pupils will leave with a range of qualifications that match their requirements for their onward transition including core functional skills and vocational courses at level 1 +.

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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.