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Assistant Headteacher and SENCO - Full-time

Tunbury Primary School, Walderslade

  • Ref:KCC886-2530-337L
  • Posted:29/09/2023
  • Pay:L2-L6, £48,366-£53,380
  • Start Date:January 2024
  • App Close Date:16/10/2023 at 08:00
  • Interviews:19 October


Team Tunbury is looking for a dynamic and innovative individual to become our new Assistant Headteacher. Are you an experienced SENCO, looking for the next step in your development as a senior leader?  Are you committed to inclusive education?  Can you support and inspire a brilliant staff team?

Tunbury Primary School is a large, thriving primary school on the border of Kent and Medway.  We are a Kent local authority school.  We completed a successful Ofsted inspection in June 2023.  Our strong and supportive Senior Leadership Team consists of Headteacher, two Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteacher, all of which are non-class based positions. 

Our Assistant Headteacher is our SENCO and Lead DSL, but also works as an integral part of our Senior Leadership Team, contributing to the strategic direction of the school and the implementation of our priorities.  Please read the attached Job Description for the full details of the post.

Our Assistant Headteacher has the support of a part-time SEN Assistant to assist with SEN tasks across the school.

Tunbury Primary School has:

  • Children’s well-being at the heart of our school
  • A clear focus on inclusion
  • Strong teamwork – we are Team Tunbury
  • A clearly articulated, values-based curriculum
  • Whole-staff commitment to do our very best for our learners

 What do we want in our new Assistant Headteacher?

  • A qualified and experienced SENCO
  • A strong communicator and team player
  • The ability to build and sustain positive relationships with all stakeholders 

If you are keen to develop your own skills in a forward-thinking school setting, then Tunbury may be the school for you.  Visits are warmly welcomed - please arrange this via the school office on 01634 863085 or office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk .  We look forward to meeting you.

Thank you for your interest in Tunbury Primary School.

Information about the school

We are Team Tunbury, a safe, nurturing and inclusive school community where everyone is respected and valued. We inspire our children to be successful, independent life-long learners.

We are a popular three form entry school set in spacious grounds within the leafy suburbs of Walderslade, Kent. Our children are happy, well motivated and very keen to learn. The Tunbury staff team is welcoming, supportive and positive about making a difference. Our school is rated Good by Ofsted.

Tunbury Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Quotes from our school community:

“My children have had amazing relationships with their teachers and TAs, which has really helped them to grow.” (Team Tunbury parent/carer)

“Thank you to the whole team at Tunbury - SLT, teachers, TAs, volunteers, support staff and canteen staff! Your role is more important than you may know and I am grateful my children have the care and nurture, as well as academic support at Tunbury.” (Team Tunbury parent/carer)

“It is a place where you can feel safe and learn about all the things in the world.” (Team Tunbury pupil)

“There are amazing people to look after me.” (Team Tunbury pupil)

“Children are happy and enjoy being here.” (Team Tunbury staff member)

“What works well at Tunbury? Teamwork! I like the whole atmosphere within school. All staff are friendly to each other and have the same ambitions for the children.” (Team Tunbury staff member)

"Everyone at this school is part of ‘Team Tunbury’. Leaders have created a collaborative community. There is a real spirit of togetherness and inclusion." (Ofsted, June 2023)

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Ruth Austin
  • Address:Tunbury Avenue, Walderslade, Kent, ME5 9HY
  • Telephone: (01634) 863085
  • Email: office@tunbury.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.