Assistant Headteacher (Learning and Achievement)

Aurora Hanley School
12 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Headteacher (Learning and Achievement) - Hanley School

Location: Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent

Salary: Pay in line with Leadership scale.

Hours: Full-time

Aurora is an innovative provider of education and care for children, young people and adults with special educational needs and disabilities. We are currently looking for a dynamic and creative Assistant Headteacher to join our growing team and be a key player in our developing service.

Aurora Hanley School, opened in September 2017 as a special school for children with complex communication and social difficulties. We provide flexible day and residential placements for students aged 6 to 19 years whose difficulties are typically associated with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other associated issues that impact their emotional health and wellbeing and create barriers to learning.

The school provides a modern learning and living environment designed for the students’ needs. In February 2018 capacity at the school increases with the addition of new residential accommodation adjacent to the school building which means even more young people will be able to benefit from the specialist support we provide.

The school is going from strength to strength and has good relationships with the local authority and the local community. It’s an exciting time to be part of a new and developing school and we’re looking for passionate and dedicated people to be part of this exciting journey. As Assistant Headteacher you will make a valuable contribution to shaping the ‘outstanding’ school that we want to be.

The Role:

We have an exciting new role available for a leader looking for a new challenge in their career.

You’ll be working closely with the Headteacher and wider leadership team to promote the vision and ethos of the school and have plenty of opportunities to express yourself and introduce new ideas to shape its future.

Leading by example, you’ll be confident in modelling good practice, developing positive and productive relationships with students, parents, staff and others and in supporting training and development within the rest of the team.

You will relish the opportunity to take the lead in ensuring the best possible curriculum is in place, constantly exploring new ideas and creative ways for the curriculum to be adapted to meet our students’ needs. This includes enrichment activities, creative learning, extended services, partnerships and collaboration. This role will spend approximately 50 percent of the time being classroom based, ensuring the teaching practice is firmly embedded.

Measuring outcomes against progress, achievement and wellbeing for all children will be a core focus of your work.

You’ll already be an experienced professional but also bring enthusiasm and energy to the role along with a commitment for developing an outstanding school.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • To support the Headteacher in leading, managing and organising the school to the highest professional standards with specific designated areas of responsibility
  • To work closely with the Headteacher in promoting the strategic development of the school, ensuring the vision of the school is communicated in compelling terms to all staff
  • To manage the school in the Headteacher’s absence
  • To assist the Headteacher in the continuous improvement and development of the school
  • To carry out the professional duties of a class teacher as required
  • To assist the Headteacher in monitoring and quality assuring the standards of teaching, learning and assessment across the school
  • To take a lead role in the day to day organising of the school to ensure a purposeful and safe environment, including close liaison with care managers
  • To take lead responsibility for promoting the welfare and safeguarding of students within the school and ensure all staff share this commitment


  • Qualified Teacher Status with degree qualification (QTS teacher reference number required)
  • Evidence of recent continuous professional development relevant to the post


  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with students who have SEND
  • Clear understanding of the role of the Assistant Headteacher within a special school environment
  • Working knowledge of the SEN code of practice
  • Sound understanding of the use of data to track the progress of students.
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding issues and their significance within a highly specialist learning environment
  • Awareness of the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and Ofsted framework for the inspection on non-association independent schools


Be part of our successful team and benefit from a generous package that includes:

  • Life assurance
  • Pension plan
  • High street discounts
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Paid holiday
  • Training and Development


For more information or to request a job description, please call Hanley on 01782 973737.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment safeguarding checks including an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

The Aurora Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young adults in our care.

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