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Headteacher - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Blue Skies School , Chatham

  • Ref:KCC887-6130-15L
  • Posted:19/04/2024
  • Pay:£60,000 - £70,000
  • Start Date:September 2024 or sooner
  • App Close Date:30/04/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:w/c 6th May


Blue Skies are at an exciting chapter in their development and are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Headteacher to join them in September 2024. 

The right candidate will be a leader that is passionate about inspiring our stakeholders and ensuring continued excellence throughout the school. We are looking for a strong leader, communicator and educationalist who has a proven track record of success in raising standards and can provide Blue Skies with visible leadership.

The role will provide scope for future developments of the school and curriculum to promote our aim of supporting all our young people to lead a happy and independent life. Every opportunity is a chance to learn and we are passionate about providing as many opportunities for our young people as possible to give them bright futures.

Blue Skies School is a small independent special school in Chatham, Kent for children and young adults from 11 to 25 years with Autism. The team are both committed and passionate, ensuring that all students achieve their individual and full potential. The school was judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted in September 2023.

If you are looking for a headship which offers you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills in a fun and compassionate environment, whilst making a positive, lasting difference then Blue Skies would love to hear from you. 

What we can offer you: 

  • A fun, compassionate environment providing high levels of pastoral care as well as academic support
  • The chance to work with an excellent team of staff committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for children
  • The opportunity be instrumental in the development of a 19-25 years offer
  • The autonomy to further develop and expand systems within the school 
  • Fantastic foundations to continue the schools’ development
  • Access to the Teachers' Pension Scheme

Who are we looking for? 

  • Be an experienced SEN practitioner with proven senior leadership and managerial experiences within a special school
  • An inspiring leader with outstanding teaching skills who has experience of successfully motivating and coaching staff to continually develop their skills
  • Someone who can challenge, influence and motivate staff, students and others to carry the school vision forward
  • A proactive and forward thinking individual who is passionate about educational developments and emerging trends.
  • Proven experience in financial management and human resources
  • A passion to enable the pupils of Blue Skies to become effective, enthusiastic and independent learners

We would strongly urge candidates to visit Blue Skies School so that we may answer any questions you may have, and so that you can engage with our culture and vision for the school.

If you would like further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Lauren Higgins:

Email: lauren@blueskiesschool.co.uk

School office: 01634 357770

Information about the school

Blue Skies is a small independent special school, based in Medway, which offers a unique service to children and young adults on the autism spectrum aged 11-25 years old. It is a caring school with a holistic approach towards education, catering for students in Medway, Kent and the surrounding areas.

We believe it is important for students to achieve their full potential both within school and in their lives outside, to ensure this we offer a rich and stimulating curriculum, individually tailored to our student’s needs, supported by strong pastoral care, social and emotional support and various therapies. We reflect good practice in an environment that supports our students learning and allows them to progress to live happy and fruitful lives.

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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.