Head of School

  • SchoolShenstone School
  • SalaryL19-L24
  • Start Date1st September 2021
  • Closing DateFriday 30th April 2021
  • InterviewsW/C 17th May 2021

Job Summary

Shenstone School is a primary aged special school for pupils with severe, and/ or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Shenstone School is one school based across two sites which are 5 miles apart - the Sidcup site age ranges are from nursery to Year 3 and the Crayford site is mostly Year 2 – Year 6. They are supported by a dedicated staff team and we stand by our motto of “together we engage, thrive and achieve”.

Shenstone School was inspected in October 2019 and the outcome is that we continue to be a ‘good’ school, where the children are happy and learning is made fun. We have been part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) since 2017. TKAT is one of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in the South of England with over 42 Primary and Secondary Academies in the TKAT Family.

An exciting opportunity has arisen with Shenstone School for the role of Head of School. As the Head of School you will work alongside the Executive Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board, TKAT Trust and staff to develop the shared vision and strategic plan, which serves to inspire and motivate pupils and all other members of the school community. You will lead on teaching and learning and help to ensure that we consistently offer an environment which enables each child to achieve their full potential through the provision of quality teaching and learning at our specialist school setting.

Shenstone School is a special school for pupils who have severe and/or complex learning difficulties within the London Borough of Bexley. Shenstone School is located on two sites, Sidcup (for younger pupils) and Crayford (for older pupils).  We work hard to ensure that Shenstone is a safe, happy, welcoming and truly outstanding place for our pupils to thrive.  Our school benefits from impressive facilities across the two sites, enabling us to offer a wide range of opportunities and activities for learning both inside and outside the classroom.

For more information about the role please email and request a virtual meeting or COVID risk assessed face to face meeting with the Executive Head Teacher.

For this role, you will have:

Professional qualifications

  • Is a qualified teacher with QTS
  • Experience of senior leadership in a school (NPQSL/ NPQH)
  • Evidence of relevant CPD
  • Experience in a special school setting is essential

Shaping the future

  • Has a clear philosophy for the education of young people
  • Possesses leadership and management skills and the personal qualities to build strong relationships with all stakeholders
  • Inspires confidence and trust, is approachable, shows integrity and care for others

Can demonstrate experience of:

  • Thinking strategically
  • Leading and bringing about effective School improvement
  • Implementing and managing change

Leading teaching and learning

  • Committed to achieving aspirational goals and targets
  • Celebrates the successes of pupils and staff regularly, both as individuals and as teams
  • Experience of teaching and learning strategies appropriate for special school setting

Can demonstrate experience of:

  • Focusing on pupil’s achievement using data and benchmarking to monitor progress for every child
  • Monitoring, evaluating and improving teaching and learning

Managing the organisation

  • Understands the principles of change and the process of managing it effectively
  • Empowers others and creates leadership opportunities
  • Can communicate well and explain ideas clearly
  • Prepared to ask for advice and support where necessary
  • Able to set up an appropriate work/life balance and to model it to staff

Can demonstrate experience of:

  • Staff development and appraisal, including effective coaching
  • Recruiting and deploying staff appropriately

Strengthening the community

  • Able to articulate core values of the School within the community

Can demonstrate experience of:

  • Working effectively with parents
  • Building effective relationships with the community and other schools

Working for TKAT:
Leadership within TKAT schools requires passion, understanding, empathy and above
all, a genuine love for the profession. Our role is to support you by giving you the
flexibility to work how and when you need to; to open up opportunities to develop your
career; to take care of your wellbeing at work; to enable you to flourish as an individual
and to offer the kind of rewards you can only find from improving the prospects and
life chances for literally thousands of children and young people.

TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects
all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject
to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring
service check.

Equal Opportunities
TKAT is committed to equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all
suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic for example race,
gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit. This
includes applications from individuals wishing to work full time, part time or on a flexible

How To Apply

To apply for this role please download and complete the attached Application Form then send to:

94 Old Road, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4DZT: 01322 524145
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