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Assistant Headteacher - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Danecourt School, Gillingham

  • Ref:MED887-7031-96L
  • Posted:29/09/2023
  • Pay:L4 - L9
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:13/10/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:16th October 2023


Are you someone who really wants to make their mark in a school that is committed to improving the lives of children with special educational needs? Then we have the role for you!

Danecourt School is seeking to appoint a proactive, enthusiastic, energetic and reliable Assistant Headteacher with experience of working as a senior leader within a specialist setting.

Danecourt is a growing special school for primary aged children in Medway whose needs include complex learning, sensory, communication and behaviour . The school currently has 250 children on roll across three sites and is due to expand further over the next academic year.

The Assistant Headteacher will have incredibly high expectations and the ability, desire and determination to support the leadership team to continue to develop the school. They will also need to be a strong leader with great empathy and moral direction, leading by example the professional conduct and practice of teachers and teaching assistants to ensure and celebrate high quality continuous professional development for all.

This role would suit an existing Assistant Headteacher or leader who has a proven record as a highly effective teacher. You will have held positions of responsibility that have made a noticeable difference within your current school and must be able to offer the knowledge, skills and understanding to co-develop teaching and learning and implement a truly outstanding and aspirational curriculum to all the children attending Danecourt School.

At Danecourt we offer: 

  • A dedicated, friendly, highly trained staff team 
  • Extensive training package 
  • Opportunities to further develop
  • Early salary access scheme & financial advice
  • National terms and conditions
  • Comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme

So if you are an innovative thinker who is motivated by inspiring and encouraging pupils with special educational needs to achieve the very best they can, Danecourt could be the right school for you.

Currently there are 234 children on roll who are based across three sites in Medway. The largest of the sites is in Gillingham and there are two satellite sites based at Featherby Primary School and Bligh Primary School.

Danecourt was judged to be good in all areas, except Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and EYFS both of which were judged as being outstanding by Ofsted in June 2019.

We welcome visits to the school, so please contact us on 01634 232589 to arrange your visit. 

Please see further details of the post, school and trust in the attached candidate information pack. 

Maritime Academy Trust embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via the TES website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Danecourt School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check is required for all successful applicants.

Information about the school

Danecourt Special School is part of the Maritime Multi-Academy Trust, an innovative partnership of schools in Greenwich, Bexley, Kent and Medway . Our schools transform through collaboration and an entrepreneurial curriculum which equips children with life skills. We are a special school catering for primary aged children who have special educational needs. The children who attend Danecourt have a wide breadth of needs including complex learning difficulties and autism.

At Danecourt our mission is support all pupils to become “STARS” -

S - Self reliant T - Team Players A - Aspirational R - Resilient S - Successful

This is facilitated through pupils receiving a personalised curriculum that is tailored to meet their individual specific needs. The highly trained staff team maintain high expectations of what each individual pupil is able to achieve, striving to ensure that they all reach their maximum potential; celebrating difference and encouraging curiosity and creativity. Staff work collaboratively with families/carers and a range of other agencies in order to meet the pupils' needs and as a result, pupils make strong progress academically, emotionally and socially. Pupil achievement is hugely valued and celebrated in a manner that is meaningful and appropriate for each pupil.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Danecourt community and working with us, telephone the school and make an appointment to come and meet some of the pupils and staff and to experience for yourself the quality of education given to all of our children and the unique atmosphere throughout our school.

Job Contact Information


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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.