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Head of Sixth Form - Full-time

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-340L
  • Posted:01/03/2024
  • Pay:Leadership Scale L11 - L15
  • Start Date:Flexible
  • App Close Date:18/03/2024 at 08:00
  • Interviews:Wed 27 March 2024


We have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and energetic leader looking for a new challenge to undertake the role of Head of Sixth Form.  Following an exciting reorganisation of our structure, we have created a new position that will sit within our existing SLT.  We provide an exciting and fast-paced environment that is constantly seeking to develop and enhance innovative learning opportunities for our young people.

We are passionate about showcasing the talents of our young people and providing the strongest of pathways into our communities, establishing a precedent of successful transitions into the world of employment, education, training and sustaining this meaningful impact for life. We are up for this challenge and would like to hear from you if you share our ambition and commitment. The specific role will allow greater focus on our pathways, work related learning, independence and significant community engagement in the most creative and meaningful ways.  We are looking for the right individual to be part of the Senior Leadership Team and Lead Sixth Form; someone who has proven qualities to establish a world-class curriculum and accreditation that reflects the accelerated progress our young people make.

Our strong ethos and values are present because of the culture amongst our passionate and dedicated staff. A place where we value peer-to-peer coaching, self-reflection and an ethos and culture where everyone is committed to school improvement.  We are proud of our pupils’ accelerated progress, development of independence and the success of our onward routes into further education, employment and training.

This job role encompasses the operational functions and strategic development of Sixth Form and will include the opportunity to take on an area of whole school responsibility.

The role would suit a candidate with experience of teaching pupils and/or leading in a Special Educational Needs setting. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of an appropriate curriculum. You will have a commitment to sustain progress from pupils’ individual starting points and will enjoy celebrating these achievements. The pupils within the learning zone will have a range of needs including ASD, sensory and communication challenges.

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

The school places a high priority on professional and career development.

Please note that this position is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.  If you would like any further information or to arrange a visit, please email Katie Lonergan, HR Manager (katie.lonergan@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk)

Information about the school

The Beacon is a multi-site, all-age school (3-19 years) offering 410 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences. We currently work across four sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone, a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School, Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre and our newest satellite provision in Walmer.

The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.

We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.

The Beacon also hosts a Multi-Agency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. Nothing says this more than our peer to peer reflection and coaching groups that exist throughout the school. This total collaboration and investment from staff drives our teaching and learning to be the best it can be. As we have outlined at the beginning of this narrative, we expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.

If this sounds like the kind of environment in which you would thrive, then we look forward to hearing from you.

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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 Education.