Location Totnes
Discipline: 1:1 SEN
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £L14 - L21
Contact name: Alex Moore

Contact email:
Job ref: 49882
Published: about 2 months ago
Startdate: 11/04/2022

Opus Education are currently acting on behalf of a longstanding client of ours who are looking to appoint a Principal. 

The school is a SEN academy based just outside of Totnes and work with Children where there school placement has broken down. The school aim to support and create an environment where everyone can grow and develop, as they become responsible citizens and lifelong learner.

The school aims to help pupils get back on track, either through a return to regular schooling or by completing Year 11. 

Responsible for:

The Principal is responsible for effectively leading, managing and inspiring the academy, ensuring all children/young people referred to the Trust and employees in the academy achieve their full potential in an inclusive and safe environment in accordance with local and statutory policies and guidance. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Be accountable for ensuring that the academy is a safe place to work and learn and that all Health and Safety requirements are met; 
  • Maintain and promote the academy as a safe place for pupils by enforcing safer recruitment and safeguarding systems
  • Ensure all staff are trained and understand how to keep pupils safe and deter unsuitable persons; 
  • Be responsible for the academy premises making sure that they are fit for purpose and identifying future needs; 
  • Ensure that all responsibilities delegated by the Executive Committee and the Local Governing Body/Board are carried out; 
  • With the CFO & HR Manager create and regularly review an academy structure that reflects the Trust’s values and enables management systems, structures and processes to work effectively and efficiently; 
  • Be accountable for the management of the academy budget and ensuring value for money and robust and effective financial management systems are in place within the academy; 
  • With HR, manage the employment of the staff within the academy in accordance with their conditions of employment and current employment legislation; 
  • With finance, manage the procurement of resources for the academy in line with Trust policies and financial frameworks; 
  • Ensure that all resources available to the academy are used in ways which are for the promotion and achievement of the Trust’s priorities, values and objectives; 
  • Report regularly to the Executive Committee and the Local Governing Body on all resource matters within the academy. 
  • Use all resources available to provide a stimulating curriculum and environment which will prepare pupils for their futures with confidence and determination; 
  • To provide advice on specific issues for the Executive Committee on request, and to attend case conferences and other pupil specific meeting as requested 
  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the Trust 
  • Provision of up-to-date and accurate statistics

Leading Teaching and Learning: 

  • Management of teaching and non-teaching staff associated with your academy, to include monitoring of appraisals and staff performance management 
  • Ensuring efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources 
  • Developing programmes of formal and informal education to provide up to 25 hours per week 
  • Provision of educational advice for Statement of Special Education Needs under the Education Act 1996 and ensuring the needs defined in the statement aremet 
  • To instigate and organise multi-disciplinary assessments of special educational needs, including arrangement for transitional reviews
  • Timetabling of appropriate staff and groupings of children in the academy and elsewhere 
  • lead, design, implement and review a curriculum for the academy which inspires and engages all pupils and makes learning really exciting and relevant for every child and is in line with the Trust’s curriculum policy; 
  • improve and explore new ways of working, alternative curriculums and innovation, sharing with the Executive Committee and staff in the academy as appropriate; 
  • ensure a consistent and continuous focus on pupil assessment and achievement, using appropriate data and benchmarks to set, monitor, track and evaluate individual pupil progress; 
  • ensure that achievement is recognised and rewarded in every individual the academy; 
  • develop, implement and review effective strategies for behaviour and attendance management ensuring that these are understood and implemented by staff; 
  • monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies, aiming for outstanding standards of teaching and learning at all times; 
  • ensure that communicate is effective with pupils, parent and carers on any matter relating to learning, progress, behaviour, attendance and any other aspect of school life; 
  • participate in the teaching of pupils as is appropriate within the academy and in the management of other duties; 
  • ensure that teaching is sufficiently differentiated to enable pupils individual needs to be met; 
  • develop robust systems to monitor and quality assure predicted outcomes across the curriculum in a systematic way 
  • achieve a sense of community within the academy through the management of expectations, raised aspirations and increased self-belief 
  • implement effective pastoral care systems and behaviours to maximise positive pupil welfare and a shared zero tolerance of bullying and other anti-social activity. 
  • involve relevant stakeholders in a constructive way in decision making processes within the academy and develop policies and practices that recognise pupils as partners in the learning process. 
  • actively participate in QA reviews of other academies within the Trust 
  • Be responsible for monitoring progress and ensuring national and local performance targets are met 
  • Where appropriate, attending and/or contributing to meetings called by education and other agencies, including Child Protection, statutory reviews and Children in Care reviews 
  • To attend and contribute to team meetings on a regular basis 
  • Setting appropriate educational and behavioural targets
  • Arranging INSET for staff working at the academy and within the MAT 
  • Ensuring that children have access to appropriate accreditation according to aptitude and ability (including GCSE, RSA etc.) 
  • Arranging and supervising work experience for pupils as appropriate 
  • Negotiating and implementing academy re-integration plans

Additional Requirements: 

  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • NPQH, Masters Degree (Both Desirable)
  • Current Driving License with Access to car that holds business motor insurance
  • Substantial experience in main stream/special school, Academy or PRU

Salary: L14-21

Hours: Full Time

Interview + Start Date: TBC

This is a great opportunity for an individual who is looking to make a genuine difference in peoples lives, for the better. 

If you are interested in this role and would like to discuss further, please apply within or contact Alex on 01392322419.