Assistant Headteacher – Senco
Scientia Primary Academy
Mona Road , East Staffordshire, England DE13 0UF
Start Date
September 2023
Leadership scale, L5 to L9

About the Role

About The Role:

Are you an outstanding teacher? Are you looking for a position in Senior Leadership? Are you a creative, inspiring, and dynamic leader with a passion for SEND? Do you have a strong understanding of the Code of Practice and a commitment to providing the best possible support for pupils with SEND? If so, we want you to join our team as our Special Educational Needs Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO).

Scientia Academy is a popular two form entry primary school with a nursery, we are committed to inclusion and provide a safe, nurturing environment where all children thrive. We are passionate about realising the life chances for every child.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead SEND across our school. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding, enthusiastic, highly motivated and dedicated Assistant Head Teacher who will play a major role in the leadership and development of the school as part of our effective Senior Leadership Team.

We are looking for someone who has a passion for SEND, inclusion and behaviour management and who shares our very high expectations of children’s learning, achievement, and behaviour.  You will be able to demonstrate that you are an outstanding, experienced classroom practitioner, an inspirational leader who can motivate pupils and colleagues with strong and proven leadership skills and that you are committed to working in partnership with pupils, parents, governors, and the wider community.

The school welcomes applications from both experienced SENDCOs and those already working towards the recognised SENCO qualification (NASENCO).

The successful candidate must:

  • Have experience as a SENCO.
  • Demonstrate and deliver excellent teaching with a strong record in KS2 (teaching commitment to be confirmed).
  • Be able to work under pressure within a strong team focused towards challenging goals.
  • Have high expectations of every child enabling them to make exceptional progress.
  • Have excellent organisational and communication skills and be able to manage their time effectively.
  • Knowledge of leading and managing the EHCP process and ensuring all applications for funding is identified, accessed and traced.
  • Able to co-ordinate support for children from specialist outside agencies.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of children’s needs and demonstrate knowledge of robust strategies and understanding of the challenges children with specific needs face.
  • Able to effectively lead a team of teachers and teaching assistants and manage the provision for pupils with additional needs across the whole school.
  • Be an excellent practitioner who can inspire, challenge, support and empower others in the delivery of SEND provision for all children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Demonstrate a passion for supporting children through the curriculum who face challenging circumstances.
  • Committed to helping children access learning to make accelerated progress.
  • Have knowledge of specific interventions and how to measure impact of these interventions.
  • Able to work well as part of a team, and across a range of stakeholders.
  • Be keen to take a full and active role in the life of the school.
  • Be keen to learn and develop their skills as a school leader.
Closing Date
Thursday 1st June 2023
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You are invited to submit an application form to Marion Chimenes, School Business Manager, [email protected] .


REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions. 

We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.

REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.

Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.

We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.

In return we can offer:

  • A vibrant learning community with a warm and welcoming team who are committed to great teaching and learning for all its pupils.
  • Children who love learning and want to achieve.
  • A well-resourced and stimulating environment .
  • An established MAT of schools which shares and builds on effective practice.
  • A great place to work where colleagues are valued and receive high quality support with rich learning and development opportunities.

If you require any further information, would like more details about the role and school or wish to have a look around, please contact us to arrange a visit or speak with the Headteacher, Helen Bye.