Vacancy: Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion & SEMH Provision)

The Mead Trust
Job reference
Closing date
5.00pm on 10 July 2023
Interview date
14 July 2023
Start date
1 September 2023
Contract type
L1 - L5 pro rate dependent on skills and experience
0.6 FTE
Your time will be split between the Trust Central Office, based at River Mead School, and The Harbour, based at Castle Mead School
Role overview
The Mead Trust is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire: The Mead School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River Mead School in Melksham. The schools are individual learning communities, and their differences are valued. Our Headteachers are enabled to focus on the core task of the development and improvement of teaching and learning through the provision of a strong Trust Central Services team. The Central Team ensures that a range of administration, business and health and safety activity is carried out effectively and efficiently. This includes recruitment, marketing, technical infrastructure, compliance training, estate management and finance / budget support.

To support growth and developments within the Trust, we have a vacancy for an Assistant Headteacher. This role will be based within the Trust Central Team, working with and supporting inclusion and SEMH provision across all of our schools. In particular, the role will be responsible for the strategic management of our early intervention SEMH programme, called The Harbour.

The Harbour is an holistic, collaborative programme that incorporates therapeutic approaches to enable children to develop relationships and positively engage with learning in school. With the child at its heart, The Harbour adopts a holistic partnership approach (alongside families and schools) to support children with social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs. With responsibility for our Harbour practitioners, plus the external experts that support the programme, the Assistant Headteacher will be a lynchpin in the ongiong success of the programme.

In addition to managing The Harbour, the Assistant Headteacher will also be responsible for:
• Developing the Trust’s Alternative Provision offer for children who require support beyond our mainstream classrooms
• Building our Forest School provision
• Working with families of children referred to The Harbour, to ensure their time in the programme is as successful as possible
• Building relationships between the Trust, The Harbour, external practitioners and agencies to ensure our SEMH provision is well-rounded, guided by experts, and meets the needs of all our children

This role will work collaboratively and in partnership with our existing team of Assistant Headteachers with Inclusion responsibility and build meaningful relationships with all Inclusion Team members across our family of schools.

We would like to hear from you if you are:
• Dedicated to, with high expectations of, all children - with a belief that all children can succeed
• Able to demonstrate how your work will impact on the Trust as part of our Trust Central Team
• Able to demonstrate strong leadership in inclusion, with a proven track record of supporting others to improve their practice and be able to hold people to account
• Experienced in working with colleagues (including multi-agency professionals), children and parents to ensure that all learners make good progress from their starting points, and are advantaged by your leadership
• Able to lead staff development and actively contribute to strategic planning for the Trust
• An Advanced Safeguarding qualified professional (or willing to attain this)
• An excellent communicator, with very high levels of interpersonal skills
• Innovative, creative and forward-thinking
• Committed to your professional development and learning
• Enthusiastic about developing strong engagement with the local community and multi-agency professionals

How to apply
Please refer to the Information Pack for details on how to apply for this role.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff

Information Pack >

Job Description >
Person Specification >
Application Form >
Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

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