Assistant Headtecher – Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Assistant Headtecher

Southfield School

Welwyn, Hertfordshire


About the role

Assistant Headteacher:  Southfield School

We are looking for a passionate, inspirational, driven, positive and proactive leader to join our Senior Leadership team as Assistant Headteacher at Southfield School.

  • You will need to demonstrate a proven track record of outstanding teaching, working with pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs and will have experience of leading new initiatives at a whole school level.
  • You will have an inclusive approach to education, high aspirations for all pupils, staff and the school and the ability to lead and motivate a team. You will be a reflective practitioner who is proactive and constantly seeks to improve provision and outcomes for all pupils.
  • You will take responsibility for driving specific aspects of the school improvement plan, which will ensure that your work remains exciting and that you continue to grow and develop in the role. You will play a key role in the school's self-evaluation and monitoring activities. 
  • You will work with colleagues on the leadership team to provide quality assurance in all the school's activities. You will also have responsibility for aspects of the day-to-day management of the school.
  • You will be a forward thinking, innovative practitioner, up to date with the latest evidence-based thinking and practice.

Please see the accompanying recruitment pack for further details

Applications are invited from experienced, qualified teachers who are passionate about working with children and young people with a wide and diverse range of Special Educational Needs.

Prior experience of working within a middle or senior leadership role is highly desirable. In return we offer fantastic, positive students, a supportive Senior Leadership Team and a comprehensive training package of professional development.





Start date: 05 June 2023

Closing Date: 09:00am, 30 March 2023 

Interviews:  20 April 2023


Southfield is a primary school for approximately 80 pupils with Learning Difficulties, which include, Autism, Speech Language and Communication Needs, Global Developmental Delay and other conditions.

Admissions are via the Local Authority, and the present criteria is that children are accessing learning approximately 34% – 50% of their chronological age.

We follow the EYFS and Key Stage 1 National Curriculum and adapt these to meet the individual interests and needs of our pupils. We do this through a 3 Phase curriculum that is presently being embedded. Priority is given to communication, self-regulation, independence and functional Literacy and maths.

We use a wide range of approaches and strategies to support learning, including multi- sensory communication, social stories, TEACCH and Hertfordshire Steps. We also work with a range of other professionals, from advisers in the Local Authority to Therapists and social care colleagues.

Access to sporting and creative arts organisations, provide a range of enhanced learning opportunities, both in school and the local area.

Southfield is going through a period of rapid and exciting change, that you could be part of. It is a journey of challenge, in the pursuit of excellence, but one that provides huge rewards both personally, in your professional development and when you see the difference you make to the lives of our young people and their families. Recruitment will be made in line with our Safer Recruitment Policy and online searches may be conducted.

To arrange a visit or a tour of the school , please contact Angela O’Rourke (Headteacher) [email protected] / 01707 276 504





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