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Wolverdene Special School


Closing date: 04/01/2021 at 12:00

Interview dates: 20/01/2021

Job Start Date: April 2021

Contract/Hours: Permanent , Full-time

Salary Type: Leadership Scale

Salary Details: LDR 34-46 (£61,662- £71,433) with a discretionary allowance of up to 25% for the right candidate, to be negotiated, plus an additional residential allowance (currently £5426 pa)

Hours of Work: Full Time

Location of Role: Test Valley

Job/Person Summary

The governing body of Wolverdene Special School is looking for an experienced and ambitious head teacher to lead this exceptional special SEMH primary school, which includes an outstanding residential provision.

Wolverdene Special School (NOR 57) is one of only two SEMH maintained primary schools in Hampshire, serving a wide geographic area of the north and west of Hampshire.

Wolverdene has established itself as an important influence within the special school community and as a provider of highly valued outreach for mainstream primary schools. The successful candidate will wish to continue on this journey, leading by example and seeking to influence outcomes for the county’s most vulnerable children.

Rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted in 2016, Wolverdene’s education is based on the philosophy that every child can achieve given the right intervention and the right environment in which to learn. We operate a therapeutic model, with multiple elements of intervention supporting a personalised approach to each child’s learning and development.

There are currently seven classes on the main site (one of which was – prior to Covid - situated in a nearby mainstream school, see attached information); each class is managed by a teacher supported by two LSAs. Our staff team is specialist, dedicated, well trained and highly articulate about what they seek to achieve. In addition to the class-based staff, we have a team of support staff, including a Head of Care, a Head of Pupil Support, a Behaviour Manager and a specialist Nurture team, which supports children who need a developmental curriculum. Our two Family Support Workers provide an essential and highly valued service to our families, ranging from individual support to group sessions.

Over the past few years, the needs of our children have become increasingly complex and, to this end, we employ an external team of therapists and psychologists who work both with individual children and to support staff, so that there is an informed and cohesive approach to meeting children’s needs throughout the school day and within the residential provision.

As the next Headteacher of Wolverdene Special School, you will:

Application Procedure

Please visit our school website: www.wolverdene.hants.sch.uk for further information about the school and a virtual tour.

It is anticipated that prospective candidates will wish to visit the school prior to application. Please contact the School Office on 01264 362350 to arrange this (visits will depend on Covid restrictions current at that point).

Shortlisting of Applicants will happen on 7th January 2021. All candidates will be notified of the outcome of this meeting the following day.

Interviews will take place on 20th and 21 January 2021. The interview will include a presentation, and other tasks pertaining to the role.

The decision and any potential offer will be made on 22nd January following governing body ratification.

Please find attached information for applicants and an application form.

Applications should be returned to Education Personnel Services, electronically to eps-recruitment@hants.gov.uk

Safer Recruitment

Wolverdene Special School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

About us

Address: 22 Love Lane, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 2AF

Telephone: 01264 362350

Website: www.wolverdene.hants.sch.uk

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