Assistant Headteacher (SENCO)

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

Assistant Headteacher (SENCO) - Hanley School

Location: Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent

Salary: Pay in line with Leadership scale.

Hours: Full time, term 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:

The Assistant Headteacher will have the ability to model good practice, develop relationships, support training and development and ensure ‘quality teaching first’ and secure the smooth running of the school.

As Assistant Headteacher for SENCO you will be approx 50% classroom based with a well-qualified and experienced person to take responsibility for the leadership and further development of this key area across the school. The scope of the role will vary depending upon the specific student’s needs and the needs of school.

The purpose of the role is to liaise with other senior leaders and work with other managers to ensure all pupils are supported to achieve in line with their EHCP. The SENCO will also have responsibility for the personal and professional welfare of their staff, the efficient organisation of the department and for the quality of education experience offered to the pupils.

The role may require participation in physical intervention and personal care routines.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • To deputise for the Headteacher in their absence at both short notice and over a longer term as required
  • To support the Headteacher, providing appropriate challenge and opportunities for reflection
  • To contribute to the strategic direction of the school and the implementation of the school development plan
  • To act as SENDCo for the school including chairing annual review and PEP meetings
  • To work in partnership with other agencies and services to ensure the best possible outcomes for students at the school
  • To be the Designated Safeguarding Person for the school
  • To lead on the collation and analysis of data
  • To co-ordinate new student referrals and arrange assessment and transition visits as required
  • To contribute to reviewing and developing school policies
  • To participate in the selection and recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff
  • To assist the Headteacher in leading the curriculum development for the school
  • To work effectively with the Headteacher to systematically evaluate the quality of all aspects of provision across the school


  • A good honours degree
  • A recognised teaching qualification (eg PGCE)
  • A post graduate SEND qualification


  • Have experience of administering and interpreting a range of standardised literacy assessments;
  • Have experience of interpreting diagnostic reports;
  • Ideally hold a post graduate SEND qualification;
  • Possess the drive and energy to develop the SEN provision including EHCP reviews across the school.
  • 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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