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Fox Hollies Special School

Fox Hollies Special School

Assistant Head Teacher Job Advert


Assistant Head Teacher Job Advert

Start date: 1st September 2024


To increase capacity within our leadership team, we are seeking to appoint a talented, dedicated and inspirational Assistant Headteacher from September 2024 who will support and sustain the school's ethos, values and strategic direction in securing positive outcomes for our students and school community.


We are looking for someone who:

  • Has outstanding teaching ability and experience within SEND 
  • Is reflective and committed to learning and development – both personally and in the wider context of school needs and improvement
  • Is resilient and flexible and has excellent interpersonal skills
  • Is proactive and able to initiate and lead change in a positive way
  • Will embrace the diversity of our school and be committed to getting the best out of everyone 

We can offer you:

  • The opportunity to make a huge contribution to the education and lives of our children and young people 
  • A friendly and inclusive working environment that places staff and student wellbeing at the forefront of what we do 
  • The opportunity to join a school that is on a positive journey to excellence with a committed and forward-thinking team of staff


If you feel you possess these qualities, are passionate about achieving positive outcomes for our students with SEND and would like to work in an inclusive and progressive school, then we would like to hear from you.

About us

Fox Hollies is a special school for students aged 11-19 years who have severe learning disabilities. 

We are a small school of around 110 students and this allows us to get to know our students and their families well.

Our purpose is to enrich our students’ lives through providing a high quality of education made up of rich, diverse and creative learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and building on key communication, functional, social and life skills that will better equip them for life outside and beyond Fox Hollies.

Our shared values are at the heart of what we do at Fox Hollies, these are:

  • equality of opportunity,
  • valuing our staff,
  • providing a supportive environment and
  • enabling our students to find their place within the community. 


How to apply:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please contact the school business manager, Nicky Ratcliffe at or on 0121 464 6566 for an application form, outlining in your application the skills and experiences you would bring, in line with the job description and person specification. Visits to the school are encouraged, please arrange this via the school office. 


Deadline for applications: midday Friday 1st March 2024  

Interviews: Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March 2024 

Our 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 successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS.

In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) an additional pre-employment check of an online search will form part of this recruitment process


Assistant Headteacher job description

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Employment details

Job title

Assistant Headteacher

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Hours of work

Full-time, 5 days a week 


 L13-L17 (£63, 430- £69, 970)


General duties and areas of responsibility

  • Be a proactive member of the senior leadership team (SLT) and assist the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in leading the school
  • Take on teaching responsibilities as required by the school (up to a 40% teaching timetable in any learning pathway in school) and undertake all relevant duties of a teacher while acting in that capacity
  • Take strategic responsibility for the area of Personal Development (including Attendance),  Assessment and Qualifications across the school
  • Contribute to a safe and welcoming learning environment for all our students and staff
  • Undertake additional duties as reasonably expected under the direction of the Headteacher and in line with school development priorities



Leadership and management

  • Take responsibility for leading other class teams across the school in relation to your strategic responsibilities around Personal Development, Assessment and Qualifications 
  • Lead on providing effective and strong support for all students, developing strategies to improve and develop their well-being and voice as well as promoting high aspirations and expectations as part of curriculum pathways  
  • Plan, allocate, support and evaluate the work undertaken by teachers, relevant working groups and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and responsibilities in relation to your strategic responsibilities
  • Liaise with SLT, the wider leadership team and other colleagues to monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and standards of learning and achievement for all our students with a wide breadth of SEND across the different learning pathways. 
  • Ensure curriculum and class arrangements maximise students’ access, choice and opportunities, and teaching and learning strategies are adapted to support our students
  • Ensure that parents, students and colleagues are well-informed about student attainment and progress.
  • Lead processes for identifying and supporting learners where there are progress concerns, ensuring the availability and implementation of appropriate support and intervention.
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the effectiveness of curriculum pathways in relation to assessment data and qualification routes
  • Contribute to the development of policies related to your areas of responsibility
  • Develop proactive strategies and partnership working to promote good  attendance




  • Collaborate with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher to manage overall performance and be responsible for the line management and appraisal of groups of staff
  • Support staff to be accountable for their own performance and develop approaches to review, evaluate and grow leadership skills in others 
  • Make use of attainment data to set challenging yet realistic targets for students and analyse the outcomes of groups of students as well as individual students
  • Monitor and report on student attendance and address areas of concern
  • Maintain and present accounts of the school performance to the school’s stakeholders
  • Demonstrate strong awareness of the school’s policies and procedures through your practice
  • Promote the safeguarding of all students in accordance with the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy


Assistant Headteacher person specification

Qualifications and training



  • Qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • A degree-level qualification or equivalent
  • Further relevant professional and/or academic study and evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of current issues in Education.
  • A relevant leadership qualification or evidence of training.

Skills and experience



  • At least one year of proven successful leadership and management experience in a school.
  • Experience of teaching within SEND
  • Experience of analysing data and using it to inform future practice
  • Experience of line managing other members of staff

  • Evidence of demonstrating strategic leadership

  • Experience of raising standards that have impacted positively on students and teaching and learning





  • A clear understanding of what makes good and outstanding teaching through a deep understanding of how SEND students learn, and the ability to develop a culture where striving for outstanding teaching and learning is central to the school’s work
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to safeguarding students
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to listen to, understand and work effectively with the school community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the statutory frameworks which set out their professional duties and responsibilities


Personal traits

The successful candidate will be

  • Able to demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour
  • Able to build positive relationships rooted in mutual respect
  • Committed to valuing, supporting and encouraging the professional development of all staff
  • Able to build and nurture a strong, positive and collaborative team culture that enables all staff to carry out their roles to the highest standard and for all staff to work together to deliver school improvement
  •  Committed to building and maintaining effective and positive relationships with parents, governors and the wider school community
  • Able to foster an open, transparent and equitable culture and deal effectively with difficult conversations and conflict at every level
  • Able to show tolerance and respect for the rights of others, recognising differences and cultural diversity, while upholding the fundamental British values
  • Able to ensure that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit their position, students’ vulnerability or might lead to students breaking the law

Additional requirements

The successful candidate will have

  • An enhanced DBS certificate with barred list check
  • Evidence of previous leadership experience in a school
  • Two valid professional references