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Deputy Head Of School - Full-time

Break Through - i.e. (Informal Education) , Belvedere

  • Ref:KCC303-6001-11L
  • Posted:24/10/2019
  • Pay:£36,000.00 to £42,000,00
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:21/11/2019 at 15:00
  • Interviews:Trial day 04.12.19, Interview day 11.12.19


Are you a Dynamic Leader who is passionate about young people's futures and innovative and creative in your approach to working with young people?

This is an exciting opportunity, Break Through is a small, 25 to 45 young people a day, growing alternative independent school, which took on a new site in July 2019

We are seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, committed and focused Deputy Head of School

As a Deputy Head of School you will, under the direction of the Head of School:

• Ensure the school is managed and organised to meet and maintain its high standards.
• Ensure the well-established values, ethos and traditions of the school and the needs of the pupils are managed in a cost-efficient and timely way.
• Identify and implement priorities for continuous improvement, to secure the school’s  viability.
• Promote PR and marketing activities, developing professional relationships with Parents/Carers/Guardians, the community and stakeholders and new customers.
• Ensure quality of teaching and a flexible and creative curriculum matched to learner needs, with a strong focus on core skills to underpin high achievement.

To secure this exciting opportunity, you will have:

• Qualified Teacher Status and extensive teaching experience, preferably with a relevant qualification in Special Educational Needs.
• Evidence of successful substantial senior leadership at Secondary age-range co-educational school in the independent or state sector.
• Extensive and up to date knowledge and understanding of good practice relating to Secondary years and SEN education.
• The drive and determination to push Break Through towards an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’.

Further Information:

Applicants who are shortlisted for progression will be required to attend a partial trial day before having a final formal interview.

Position start date: preferably January 2020.

Break Through is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check is required for all successful applicants.

Information about the school

Break Through is a small alternative independent school with 25 to 45 young people on roll a day, years 7 through to 12 at risk of exclusion, not on an educational roll, the self excluded and on fixed term exclusion.Some students are on roll at a mainstream school and some are on roll at Break Through only. A number of students have an EHCP plan and some have Social Service support.

The staff team at Break Through recognise there are often multiple and complex needs that can be reflected in young people’s behaviour. Some young people are not yet equipped with the emotional intelligence to sustain or engage with education. Others need to be re-motivated, refocused and re-engaged towards viewing their futures positively. Our over arching aim is for young people to successfully reintegrate into mainstream provision. If reintegration is not considered a suitable option, in partnership with other agencies Break Through will support the young person onto their next progression route.

A structured timetable includes Maths, English, ICT, Science, Art, Life Skills and PE; other curriculum areas are also covered and linked to accredited programmes; all of which are embedded with Personal, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development. Partnership working is paramount to this programme, Break Through work closely with Teachers, Key Workers, Parents/Carers/Guardians and Young People to seek resolutions to presenting problems.

Break Through’s needs led approach enables staff to be adaptable and holistic in delivery and assessment; and barriers to participation are alleviated.

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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.