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Assistant Headteacher - Full-time

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-253L
  • Posted:13/09/2019
  • Pay:L12 to L16
  • Start Date:January 2019
  • App Close Date:30/09/2019 at 09:00
  • Interviews:W/C 7th October


Due to the recent promotion of the current post holder to headship, we wish to appoint an experienced special needs practitioner as Assistant Headteacher to play a significant role in supporting this outstanding school. This role represents an excellent opportunity for someone to use their deep understanding and strong commitment to educating children with special educational needs, and to be directly involved developing our personalised provision, while continuing to promote our existing high standards.


We are looking for a caring, inspiring and motivated individual with experience of successful middle or senior leadership who has excellent interpersonal skills, strong leadership skills in managing and motivating staff, enjoys teaching and can help pupils to enjoy their learning. A background in ASD, PMLD or SLD is desirable, but a dynamic and enthusiastic approach is essential.


The successful candidate must have an understanding of how to evidence pupil progress and outcomes alongside excellent curriculum knowledge. A commitment to providing the very best for our pupils is paramount.

The successful candidate will have responsibility for:

  • Leading on the schools curriculum
  • Leadership of the primary phase, including EYFS
  • Oversight and analysis of assessment and accreditation
  • Ensuring high expectations for pupil progress, academic and personally
  • Supporting other leaders to raise the quality of education, including teaching and learning
  • Oversight of staff CPD
  • Daily cover arrangements across the school


This would be an exciting and rewarding opportunity for career development, within a supportive and experienced leadership team.

Applications from staff in both mainstream and special schools are welcomed.

Informal tours will be held on 16th and 17th September from 1.30pm-2.30pm and 19th September from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Please contact Leigh Picton on 01474-365485 to book your visit.

Information about the school

Ifield is a Foundation District Special School for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs and communication and interaction difficulties from age four to nineteen. We have a dynamic and innovative staff who work closely with pupils to create an ethos of care, respect and success. Inclusion is one of our priorities and this is achieved through our outreach, resources and training centre, Ifield SMILE.

In May 2018 Ofsted judged Ifield as an Outstanding school.

Ifield was designated a National Teaching School in September 2014 and is committed to the development of the Thames Teaching Alliance.

Ifield School is one of the founding members of KSENT, a Co-operative Trust for Kent Special Schools.

In September 2015, Ifield School federated with Kings Farm Primary School under one Governing Body known as the Cedar Federation.

Ifield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Abigail Birch
  • Address:Cedar Avenue, Gravesend , Kent, DA12 5JT
  • Telephone: 01474 365485
  • Email: ifieldschool@aol.com

Fax: 01474 569744


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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.