The Observatory Special School, Wirral
L13 – L20
The Observatory School is a very special, caring and popular school in a peaceful and green part of the Wirral, teaching boys and girls aged 9-16 with a range of educational needs. Judged Good by Ofsted in 2018, our number on roll has nearly doubled in the past year (and attendance is at record levels), so it looks as though we’re doing something right! We’ve just launched a fully personalised curriculum and learning model, with innovation at its heart; we’re investing in a highly sophisticated new sensory facility, which we believe will be the first of its kind in the local maintained sector; and we were the proud recipients of the TES International award 2019.
As a result of this growth and aspiration, we’re looking to appoint an additional senior leader to the team. You’ll work closely with and support our excellent Headteacher in ensuring that our high standards and exceptional outcomes are maintained and extended. You’ll be joining an innovative and experienced staff group, with a strong collaborative ethos and a shared vision for teaching and learning. The school is notable for its pupil-centred and responsive approach, which allows us to adapt provision to the specific needs of an individual child, and we’ll expect you to share this absolute commitment.
We want to hear from ambitious, capable and well-organised candidates who are looking to accelerate their leadership journey. You’ll take responsibility for the smooth day-to-day management of the school, including observing lessons, overseeing the timetable, managing any staffing issues (including training), and liaising with parents; but you’ll also play an important role in longer-term strategic planning, including setting and monitoring budgets and reporting to the governing body. Calm, personally credible and resilient, strong candidates will show a good track record of leadership in high-performing settings, and you must have an impressive grasp of ‘what good looks like’ in special education.
It’s a perfect role in which to consolidate the full set of leadership competencies and skills, as part of the small senior team in a financially strong and in-demand school. And while we make no apology for having high expectations, you’ll benefit hugely from the professional guidance and support of a well-regarded and successful Headteacher.
Closing date: 10am, 21 October 2019.
Our large, happy, and well- regarded primary school & nursery is located on the outskirts of an historic market town in Buckinghamshire, serving children aged between six months and 11 years. Set in well-appointed grounds, it’s an inspirational environment for exploring and learning. We also benefit from excellent sports facilities, extensive music and dance provision and a beautiful performing arts studio.
We’re looking for someone who can carry on and build upon the excellent, dedicated work of our outgoing Head. Experienced and positive, with a nuanced grasp of school leadership, candidates will bring us a clear vision of how a school like ours can continue to thrive. You’ll understand that improvement’s a journey rather than a destination, and will be able to engage pupils, staff, parents and the local community in a compelling shared vision of innovative and creative learning
Any school leader today needs reserves of resilience and adaptability, and we’ll also look for evidence of proven organisational, financial, and management skills. A deep commitment to driving educational excellence for all children is non-negotiable. You’ll show us that you understand how to lead and inspire a highly motivated, experienced, and dedicated staff team, and can work effectively with a well-informed, active and supportive governing body.
It’s an excellent opportunity to join an already successful school with yet more potential, and it will be a fantastic home for your talents. To arrange a confidential conversation, please email email@example.com or call David Gooda on 01625 800862.
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To find out more about the role, please contact Dilani Gooda on 01625 800862 or send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org