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Head of School - Full-time

Shenstone School, Crayford

  • Ref:KCC303-7001-107L
  • Posted:16/04/2024
  • Pay:£78,397 - £88,105
  • Start Date:1st September 2024
  • App Close Date:06/05/2024 at 23:00
  • Interviews:W/C 13th May 2024


A great opportunity has arisen for the role of Head of School at this very exciting time for Shenstone as we embark on the build and upcoming opening (September 2025) of our purposely built secondary school. 


We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and inspirational Head of School who will work across all of our sites, alongside the Executive Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board, TKAT Trust and staff to develop the shared vision and strategic plan, which serves to inspire and motivate pupils and all other members of the school community.

You will lead teaching and learning and help ensure that we consistently offer an environment that enables each child to achieve their full potential through the provision of quality teaching and learning at our specialist school setting.

Shenstone School is an all-through special school for pupils with severe and/or complex learning difficulties in the London Borough of Bexley. 

Shenstone is a happy, welcoming and truly outstanding place for our pupils to thrive.  Our school benefits from impressive facilities, enabling us to offer a wide range of opportunities and activities for learning both inside and outside the classroom. 

 Professional qualifications required:

  • Is a qualified teacher with QTS
  • Experience of senior leadership in a school (NPQSL/ NPQH)
  • Evidence of relevant CPD
  • Experience in a special school setting is essential

Information about the school

Shenstone is an all-through school for children and young people with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). We work across three sites within Bexley. Two sites are primary (Sidcup and Crayford), and the third site is our growing secondary provision (located in Thamesmead for 2024/25 before moving to a purpose-built new site in Belvedere in September 2025). Exciting times are ahead for everyone at Shenstone School.

Our staff are passionate about providing our students with the best learning opportunities. Working in partnership with parents and carers, we successfully foster and develop a positive attitude in our young people and support them to have opportunities that will allow them to achieve beyond their expectations. The support and guidance students receive from staff give them the confidence to learn independently and strive to achieve their most aspirational outcomes. The school positions itself as a centre of excellence for its students, parents/carers, staff, local authorities and the wider community.

We aim to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to participate fully in society to enhance their life chances. We pride ourselves on ensuring that learning remains purposeful but is equally fun. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of all our students, staff and parents/carers, and we stand by our motto of “Together we engage, thrive and achieve”.

We are very proud of Shenstone School and our achievements, which include autism accreditation through the National Autistic Society, The Wellbeing Award for Schools, Outstandingly Happy School status, Move Centre of Excellence Award, National Online Safety Certified School status, and we are also an accredited Arts Award Centre. We continue to expand with new ideas and initiatives to maintain and improve services for students and staff.

Staff at Shenstone School can access the following benefits: excellent induction and probation processes, comprehensive in-house training, competitive pension scheme, employee counselling services, vaccination programmes, on-site mental health first aid team and various other well-being and social activities.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Georgia Bissett
  • Address:94 Old Road, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4DZ
  • Telephone: 01322 524145
  • Email: hr@shenstone-tkat.org
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.