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Head Of English - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Meadows School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-7011-17T
  • Posted:17/09/2019
  • Pay:MPS/UPS plus TLR plus SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:30/09/2019 at 23:00
  • Interviews:w/c 14.09.2019



Head of English






Meadows School is seeking an experienced/aspiring, enthusiastic and dynamic Head of English to work across Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5 to lead English in the school with a small, committed department.

 Key requirements:

  • Excellent curriculum knowledge
  • Flexible, engaging and adaptable
  • Pro-active, creative and innovative
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding of SEMH
  • Full driving licence
  • Oversight of all key-stages and qualifications offered in the subject
  • Responsibility for the overall long-term planning and leading a collaborative approach in moderation.
  • Responsibility for leading reading and writing across the curriculum and raising standards.
  • Ability to lead an intervention programme to support the least/most able


  • Small class sizes = reduced marking
  • Free fantastic school lunches and free on-site parking
  • Excellent opportunities for relevant CPD
  • Opportunities for leadership projects across the school and CPD
  • Regular supervisions, mentoring and coaching
  • Supportive staff team
  • Teachers’ pension scheme
  • Barnardo’s Benefits Portal
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Recognition and reward

Meadows School is a successful non-maintained residential and day special school (7-19 year olds) on a main campus and off-site primary provision run by Barnardo’s, providing education for students with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties.


It is vital that you have the passion for making a difference to the education and lives of the young people within the school and in building positive and supportive relationships. You should be a team player, resilient and motivated by challenge and have the ability to think creatively. You will need to be willing to work to Barnardo’s Basis and Values.


You may be required to work anywhere within Meadows School.


For further information on Meadows School in the first instance please consult the school website at: www.barnardos.org.uk/meadowsschool or contact Katie Bain (Deputy Principal and Head of Education) on 01892 529144. Visits to the school are encouraged.

Information about the school

Meadows School is a successful non-maintained day and residential special school (7–19) and off-site junior campus run by Barnardo's. The school provides education for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Speech and Language difficulties and associated learning difficulties. Students all have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) or are in the process of obtaining one. We offer placements on a 38 week Monday-Friday basis. Meadows School provides education and care for up to 90 students (on a day or residential basis). The main campus is a 19 acre site with a large purpose-built school building, a gym block and post-16 provision. There are 8 classroom bases and several subject-based rooms including; science lab, IT suite and Food Technology area. A mixed-gender residential unit is sited in the local community. The recently-opened junior site is in Tunbridge Wells and caters for KS2 students. Currently some 80 staff are employed across the school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Rachel Hyden
  • Address:Meadows School, London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0RJ
  • Telephone: 01892 529144
  • Email: rachel.hyden@barnardos.org.uk

Fax: 01892 527787


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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.