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Principal for Bradstow School & Registered Children’s Home

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Start date - April 2022

Bradstow is a residential special school registered as a childrens' home in Broadstairs, Kent. It is maintained by the London Borough of Wandsworth for children and young people with severe intellectual disabilities who are on the autistic spectrum continuum. Many of our children and young people have associated communication difficulties and emotional/behavioural challenges associated with their disabilities and medical needs.

Bradstow has a full staff of nearly 300 to support the education and development of young people from Wandsworth and other local authorities: some are 38 week residents, some 52 week, and there are some day students from the local area of Kent. The successful applicant will find an able and experienced team of senior managers who provide excellent support.

Due to the retirement of our current Headteacher, the Governors of Bradstow School are looking to appoint a leader who will drive our unique vision and values, organisational behaviours, ethos and ambition for Bradstow School, its young people and our community.

We are looking for a Principal who will lead by example to develop and deliver our vision for the highest standard of education and residential care provision. The successful candidate must have a commitment to sustain the school’s current vision statement and Culture of Gentleness.

The successful candidate will be able to articulate an affinity and commitment to our school community’s vision and values, as well as have a demonstrable record of leading outstanding teaching and learning, and excellent leadership experience.

Candidates should have experience as a Headteacher or senior leader in a SEN school. 

In addition to being an ardent advocate for inclusion and for our young people, the successful candidate will be experienced in the field of SEN, preferably in a residential school or care setting, and leading, supporting and developing multi-disciplinary management teams to succeed and work collaboratively. They will be tenacious, reflective and a deep listener, with the ability to keep calm in challenging situations, to deliver the best possible outcomes for the complex young people in our care.

We encourage all potential applicants to visit before making application. To arrange a visit please call James Lockwood, HR Manager, on 01843 862123.

For the successful applicant, relocation expenses will be considered.

An information pack, including a Job Description and Person Specification can be downloaded below.

Alternatively, the school website http://www.bradstow.wandsworth.sch.uk  contains all relevant information for this appointment, including the school prospectus, Job Description and Person Specification. 

For further details please contact Angela Esson Senior HR Officer, on 020 8871 8272 or csschools@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk .

Completed application should be submitted via email to: csschools@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk , please call 020 8871 8270 and confirm the receipt of your application.

Closing Date: Sunday 21 November 2021 (at midnight)

Shortlisting will take place on Monday 29th November 2021

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview and assessment day at the school on Thursday 9th December 2021.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please note that we do not accept CVs

Bradstow School
Dumpton Park Drive
Kent, CT10 1BY
Tel: 01843 862 123
Web: www.bradstow.wandsworth.sch.uk/


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