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Vice Principal & Strategic Head of Centre - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Goldwyn School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-7041-255L
  • Posted:05/11/2021
  • Pay:L13 – L17
  • Start Date:April 2022
  • App Close Date:29/11/2021 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Goldwyn School

We are an Outstanding and unique secondary (11-18) SEMH special school in Kent, operating over 4 sites in Ashford and Folkestone, with each site running its own distinctive educational pathway. We are a highly regarded and successful school which has expanded its provision to meet the needs of our increasingly complex and vulnerable students.

Following an internal restructuring, we are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed senior leader to work with the Principal to maintain the outstanding provision we have created, whilst seeking to develop innovative and exemplary practice within SEMH education.  The Vice Principal will be responsible for one of the main sites, Goldwyn Ashford.

The role will fall into two parts:-

Strategic Head of Centre - strategic management of the Goldwyn Ashford centre and line management of the centre leadership team.  With the Centre Manager, the Vice Principal will maintain an overview of the centre’s daily operation and carry out monitoring and reporting on all aspects of Quality of Education, Personal Development, and Behaviour and Attitudes for the Goldwyn Ashford Centre

Vice Principal – working with the Principal, other Vice Principal, Teaching and Learning Lead and Head of Sixth Form to strategically lead Goldwyn School in all aspects.  The Vice Principal will have specific responsibility for safeguarding, student behaviour & attitudes, strategically leading our approach for liaising with parents and other agencies and having a strategic overview of Health and Safety. Both Vice Principals will deputise for the principal in her absence.

The role of Vice Principal & Strategic Head of School will require:

  • An inclusive mindset with high aspirations for our students
  • Strong interpersonal skills where trust and respect are demonstrated to all
  • The ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders
  • Experience of leading a team of teachers and support staff
  • An understanding of the complex needs of SEMH students and those with a diagnosis of Autism
  • Positive leadership qualities that promote and support a team approach
  • A track record of outstanding classroom practice, with experience of delivering level 2 qualifications in a core or a range of subjects.
  • An understanding of the requirements for monitoring and quality assuring effective SEMH provision.

The post will start in April 2022 (Term 5) or sooner.  Interviews will be held during the first week of December.

We urge potential candidates to visit the school prior to making a formal application for the post.

Please contact Tina Brobyn HR Manager tina.brobyn@goldwyn.kent.sch.uk to make an appointment with the Principal.

Information about the school

Goldwyn is a pioneering school that provides an exciting, high achieving and creative curriculum for students who have social, emotional and health needs. Every child at Goldwyn is unique and it is our mission to design a learning pathway that reflects high aspirations as well as encouraging their inherent talents through music, art, languages, technology, science, sport, vocational education and much more. The Goldwyn leaders and all our staff are inspirational and committed to providing a happy, secure and stimulating school in which students enjoy their learning. We provide an education which develops the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. We focus our energies on ensuring that all children aim for excellence in their work and are able to achieve the very best that they can.

Goldwyn School is a KCC Foundation Special School for children and young people with an EHCP for SEMH needs from age 11 to 18. Students who are admitted to the school have complex and wide ranging difficulties and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and a wide geographical area.

Goldwyn School is an Outstanding School for students with SEMH needs, and consists of: • Goldwyn Ashford in Great Chart, Ashford (TN23 3BT) • Goldwyn Folkestone in Parkfield Road, Folkestone (CT19 5BY) • Goldwyn Sixth Form in Leacon Road, Ashford, Kent (TN23 4FB) • Goldwyn Plus in Beaver Lane, Ashford (TN23 5NX) (our alternative curriculum programme)

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01233 662177


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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).