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Principal - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Helen Allison School, Meopham

  • Ref:KCC886-6046-84L
  • Posted:11/02/2019
  • Pay:£75,012-£84,637 (L24-L31) plus £2,000 add. allo.
  • Start Date:Sep 2019
  • App Close Date:04/03/2019 at 14:00
  • Interviews:11th March 2019


About the school:

Helen Allison School is an independent National Autistic Society day and residential school opened in 1968. Currently the school has 83 pupils aged between 5 -19.

Helen Allison is a warm and welcoming school for children with autism that has a long and impressive history of providing specialist education to autistic children.  At its heart is a never-ending desire to continue the legacy of the first few autism schools and to continually innovative and be led by knowledge of best practice.

 Who we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced Principal to support the staff, pupils and families so we make sure all our children and young people continue to thrive and reach their potential. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and inspirational leader within specialist education to lead the way in transforming the lives of young people on the autism spectrum and develop a true community school which is linked with community groups, parents, local authorities, and other schools in the region.

 You will:

  • Embrace the changing landscape in specialist education and oversee the development and operational management of the school with the support of the UK’s leading charity for autistic people.
  • Create a distinctive culture and philosophy so that from the moment a person enters the building they will know this is a school where pupils are respected, achieve beyond what is expected, are empowered to make positive choices about their own lives and have rich and varied experiences.


To be considered for this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities (including those of innovation and vision), as well as demonstrating specialist autism knowledge (through experience and practice).

What we can offer you
•    Excellent induction, training and development programme including Autism specific interventions and NAS conference opportunities
•    Reflective supervision, mentoring and coaching
•    24 hour access to online training
•    Online staff discount scheme for a range of benefits(e.g. childcare voucher and cycle to work schemes)
•    Access to a 24 hour Employee Assistance counselling programme
•    Teacher’s Pension scheme
•    Annual leave entitlement of 12 weeks inclusive of bank holidays
•    Career progression opportunities

How to apply
•    When completing the supporting statement, please refer to the job description and person specification and highlight any information that shows your suitability for the role.
•    For more information about this job please email Kirstie Fulthorpe, Director of Education on kirstie.fulthorpe@nas.org.uk or Dr Khursh Khan – Head of Education Improvement and Operations on khursh.khan@nas.org.uk

Closing date: Monday, 4th March 2019

Interview date: Monday, 11th March 2019

Information about the school

The National Autistic Society are the UK’s leading autism charity. Since we began over 50 years ago, we have been pioneering new ways to support people and understand autism. We continue to learn every day from the children and adults we support in our schools and care services.

Based on our experience, and with support from our members, donors and volunteers, we provide life-changing information and advice to millions of autistic people, their families and friends. And we support professionals, politicians and the public to understand autism better so that more autistic people of all ages can be understood, supported and appreciated for who they are.

Until everyone understands.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Amelia Branch
  • Address:Helen Allison School, Longfield Road, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0EW
  • Telephone: 01474 814878
  • Email: HAS.HR@nas.org.uk

Fax: 01474 812033


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.