• Oriau: Full time
  • Math o gyflog: Annual
  • Salary Range: £85,000.00 - £90,000.00
  • Iaith: Saesneg
  • Dyddiad Cau: 13 Mai, 2024 12:00 y.b

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Headteacher - Portfield Special School

Cyngor Sir Benfro
Application Pack & Job Description

Owing to the forthcoming retirement of our current Headteacher, the governing body, staff and pupils of Portfield Special School are seeking to appoint an inspirational Headteacher who is fully committed to securing the best outcomes for every learner in our successful and happy school. The governors are willing to consider support with relocation costs for a suitable candidate.

Portfield School is an 'excellent' special school which specialises in the education of pupils with severe, complex, multiple learning difficulties and ASC from its base in Portfield, Haverfordwest along with satellite provision at Ysgol Bro Preseli and Pennar Pre-school. Catering for pupils from 3 to 19. We also provide outreach to support the mainstream schools of Pembrokeshire in meeting the needs of pupils with complex special needs.

The Governors are seeking a well-qualified, committed, and experienced leader who will -

  • put children at the heart of everything you do and have high expectations for them
  • be an enthusiastic, inspirational, innovative leader with proven teaching and management skills
  • understands and will promote 'Trauma Informed' practice to ensure equity for all pupils
  • provide leadership and management to enable every pupil to achieve their potential and promote the highest possible standards of achievement and well-being
  • secure the long-term success of the school by maximising the skills of teaching and support staff and management of the wider resources of the school
  • Creatively promote partnerships and collaborative working
  • be able to coach and develop leadership at all levels to ensure a first-class educational experience for all learners
  • demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • bring creativity, energy and innovation to the future development and direction of the school, with the ability to implement a clear vision for the ongoing development of this 'excellent' special school
  • continue with our strong collaborative relationships with external partners
  • demonstrate a dedication to excellence in education
  • be welcoming, open and approachable
  • sustain our commitment to working positively with parents and carers

The children are looking for a Headteacher who is-
  • there for us as we are there for you
  • kind, caring and fun
  • a good listener
  • approachable
  • happy

The school offers
  • Happy, motivated, enthusiastic children who enjoy learning
  • Dedicated, talented, experienced and professional staff team
  • A supportive and committed Governing Body
  • Opportunities to grow existing partnerships with Health, local industry, businesses, and the voluntary sector
  • Welcoming and safe inclusive learning environment
  • Highly supportive parents/carers
  • A highly skilled mulit-disciplinary team to support the learning, health and welfare needs
  • Support for your own professional development

Please take the opportunity to view the short film on the school website, prepared by some of our pupils, about what they are looking for in their new Headteacher and why you should consider Portfield Special School as a fantastic opportunity.

Our children are our best advert!

Visits to the school are welcome, to arrange a visit please contact the school. If you would like further information about the school, please contact either the Chair of Governors, Sam Lawrence, by contacting the school in the first instance or the school's Improvement Adviser, Alison Botarelli, on 07341 243263.

Closing Date: 13 th May 2024

Shortlisting Date: 15 th May 2024

Interview Dates: 23 rd and 24 th May 2024

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Support & Additional Info
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  • Local Government Employees on National Joint Council (NJC) terms are subject to national pay bargaining; all salaries currently stated in our adverts are as 01/04/2023.
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