Deputy Headteacher

Location London
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £52723 to £61166
Contact name: Special Partnership Account Manager

Contact email:
Job ref: 51882
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: 11/07/2022


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OPPORTUNITY TO RELOCATE TO SUNNY CORNWALL - Are you a Deputy Headteacher in London looking for a change of pace and relocation to the beautiful Cornish coast? 


Opus Education Recruitment, the South West’s leading Education Recruitment Agency, is working in partnership with Special Partnership Trust to find a Deputy Headteacher for Pencalenick School.

Pencalenick School are looking to appoint a dedicated and passionate Deputy Headteacher to join their incredible team. This rare and exciting opportunity to  be at the centre of one of Special Partnership Trusts’ vibrant SEN Schools,  with a passion for student progression set on the outskirts of Cornwall’s magnificent Cathedral City hidden amongst nature.

The Historic Pencalenick  site is located in the Parish of St Clement on the outskirts of Truro, overlooking a tributary of the River Fal hidden amongst stunning woodland. The name itself is derived from the Cornish ‘Penkileyneyk’ meaning ‘the end of the place where the holly trees grow’. Whilst Pencalenick started as a residential home, back in the 1800’s it has been a school since 1952 and celebrates 70 years this year. Despite having been a school longer than it was a home, Pencalenick’s homely and nurturing feel has remained giving every student the opportunity to thrive at Pencalenick and beyond.

The new Deputy Headteacher will build on this excellent tradition, bringing fresh challenge and innovation to lead the school forward into its next chapter. At the centre of the school’s current successes are their committed and talented team of staff who embrace change and continual innovation to enable their students to achieve every aspiration and play a meaningful role in the community. The new Deputy Headteacher must share this ‘can-do’ spirit and model it in their daily practice and leadership.

If you share this determination and ambition, it offers an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the development of a forward thinking and outward looking organisation. You will receive excellent support and advice from a talented team of colleagues, along with leadership coaching and mentoring.

The Ideal  candidate must be able to demonstrate significant participation and quantifiable impact within a senior leadership team along with evidence of continuing professional development in SEND. You must be committed to high quality teaching and learning and should have the creativity and vision to inspire and lead change but also the focus to ensure successful outcomes are reached. Your ‘can-do’ attitude will inspire and engage children and young people, parents/carers, staff and the local community and you must be a compassionate and strong leader who can hold staff to account whilst being accountable yourself. You must be confident and positive and have the skills to build effective teams and also to be a team player. Above all, you will share the passion and belief that children and young people, their learning and developing their potential are at the heart of all decisions.

Your Opportunity

The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking senior leader looking to bring fresh ideas to support the school's next chapter, while celebrating the traditions of this historic school. The school's current successes reflect staff commitment, who continually challenge their own practices and enable their young people to achieve their aspirations through innovative learning techniques. The new Deputy Headteacher will share this approach and model it in their daily practice and leadership.

Candidates will need to be an articulate and strong communicator with proven strengths in engaging, inspiring, and motivating, staff and local stakeholders.

The successful candidate will:

           Be an exemplary classroom practitioner with proven curriculum leadership skills

           Have strong leadership qualities and significant management experience

           Be an innovative and strategic thinker to inspire even the most challenging of minds

           Have excellent communications skills with proven strengths in engaging and motivating staff at all levels

           Be a positive, open-minded professional who actively supports the ethos, vision, and values of Pencalenick and Special Partnership Trust.

           Be a flexible member of the team who can build strong relationships with the many stakeholders in a school

           Have a strong professional development record and aspirations for leadership

           Promote an environment which encourages all students to have a lifelong love of learning

           Create an inspiring centre for learning to enrich the lives of all students regardless of ability.

Supporting Documents 

Full Application Pack 

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Form

Application process 

The Headteacher/Governors welcome applications from school leaders who have not yet worked in a special school, but have had some experience with children or young people who have additional needs which have been supported in mainstream, but we would ideally like you to come and visit us informally so that you have a chance to meet our pupils. We have very useful websites for the school and Special Partnership Trust which will help provide further information. We look forward to receiving your application.


  • Application form must be completed in full. An incomplete application form may be returned for completion before it can be considered. You must give details of all employment, training and unemployment since leaving secondary education to the present day. Any additional information which you wish to bring to the notice of the Trustees should be included in your supporting statement.


  • References must cover the previous five years of employment. If there has been a gap in employment, then a personal reference covering this period from someone who can comment on your ability to do the job is acceptable.



  • As well as postal addresses for your referees please provide correct email addresses for contact. Please inform your referees when you apply that they may be contacted.  References are normally requested immediately following short listing by email and sometimes with only a few days’ notice.


  • You may submit your application, equal opportunities form and any declaration forms either by email, by post or in person.


Postal applications should arrive at least one working day before the closing date, please ring to check it has arrived safely. You can also deliver your application in person to the address below during normal office hours (8.30am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday).  All applications will be acknowledged by email. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.


Email Address - 

Address - SPT Account Manager, Opus Education Recruitment, Stephenson House, Calenick Street, Truro, TR1 2SF





Job title: Deputy Headteacher, Pencalenick School
Closing date: 14th July 2022 
Interview date: 21st July 2022
Start date: September 2022 or earlier
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L10- L16 (£52 723 - £61 166)
Contract term: Permanent