Assistant Headteacher (SENDCo)
Tymberwood Academy
Cerne Road Gravesend, Gravesham, England DA12 4BN
Start Date
September 2024
Leadership PayScale L1 – L5

About the Role

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to join a school that is passionate about providing every child with the opportunity to succeed? This is a chance to join a school with a really positive atmosphere. It is a great place to work, with a fun, vibrant group of staff who genuinely care about each other and the children they work with.

Tymberwood Academy is looking for an enthusiastic, inspirational Assistant Headteacher (SENDCo) to join our happy and thriving team on a full-time basis to manage the provision for pupils identified as having Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), including promoting high quality teaching, effective use of resources, and high standards of learning and achievement for all pupils. As a school with  a Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) for children with Physical Disabilities you will also be leading a large team of support staff and supporting children on their individual journeys.  You will be an integral part of our Pastoral Team, ensuring effective provision for all pupils with additional needs and will work with senior leaders as part of the Senior Leadership team.  The successful candidate will be a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader as well as the Designated Teacher for Children in Care.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, dedicated and creative teacher who has a passion for teaching and learning within special needs. Applicants will have to demonstrate that they have excellent classroom practice, the energy and commitment to make a difference and a desire to ensure that all children reach their full potential.  Candidates do not need to hold the SENDCo accreditation but need to be committed to work towards this.

We are looking for an individual who is:

  • Able to make learning engaging, inclusive and fun;
  • Willing to contribute to the wider life of the school;
  • Confident in using a range of resources to make the classroom more engaging;
  • Dedicated to on-going professional development.

For successful candidates we can offer:

  • Amazing children who want to be the best versions of themselves
  • A dedicated, motivated staff
  • A leadership team who works with the staff and listens to feedback
  • An active school community with supportive families
  • A commitment to bespoke professional development based on EEF research
  • Feedback to ensure growth
  • A vibrant and welcoming learning environment
  • Excellent training at all levels through the school and REAch2 Academy Trust
  • A recently judged ‘good’ rated ofsted school

Background to Tymberwood Academy

Tymberwood Academy is a thriving two form entry school (with a Nursery) which serves approximately 450 pupils. The school is often called, “The hidden gem of Gravesend!” as not many parents and carers know that it exists – but when they send their child to Tymberwood they can see that the school gives them the best possible chances to succeed through nurturing their potential; aiming to inspire this generation of children to be the best that they can be by providing them with excellence in all areas. The school is lucky to be able to do this in the expansive grounds that we have.

Tymberwood has a broad, balanced and community relevant curriculum. The three main pillars in which we build around are: Skills and Knowledge, Enriching Opportunities and Behaviours for Life.  We want our children to acquire targeted and transferable skills whilst learning critical and broad banks of knowledge which allow pupils to fully prepare for the next stages of their learning journey. Distinctive enrichment opportunities are woven throughout the school; they explicitly link to learning where cultural awareness and capital is built upon and solidified. This also includes our 11 promises of experiences that the children will have before they leave our school, 11 before 11.  Preparing pupils for the next stage of their learning, and for a place in modern Britain, is about developing the whole child. We must prepare them with the character, virtues and values to withstand the winds of change and positively impact on society.

We whole heartedly believe that enticing children to read and building a real passion towards reading for pleasure is essential in laying the strong foundations needed for all areas and aspects of learning.  We equip them with the ability to decode whilst growing them as individual readers.

Tymberwood has a SRP (Specialist Resource Provision) for Physical Disabilities and we serve a higher than average number of pupils with SEND, the staff are unrelenting in their drive to give the children the highest quality provision. Staff thinking and daily action is fully child and need centred  and staff see no barrier in what children can achieve, no matter what their starting point. Moreover, the everyday ethos and climate at Tymberwood is something that we are immensely proud of.

At Tymberwood, we are absolutely committed to continuous improvement where we are always striving to sharpen the quality of the children’s learning.

We are a caring employer who invests in the future of our employees, as only through their excellence can we deliver excellence for the children and families whom we serve. To see more information about the school, please visit our website Tymberwood Academy

As a member of the REAch2 Trust, a national family of primary academies, Tymberwood Academy is committed to raising standards and achieving excellent for all pupils whatever their background or circumstance. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike. Tymberwood Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory written references.

Closing Date
Sunday 21st April 2024
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The Application Form can be downloaded from the Documents section of this advert.

Completed applications forms should be sent by email using [email protected]

REAch2 Academy Trust have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Trust’s online Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separately.

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.

  • A wide range of professional development opportunities and the opportunity to work with some of the best educational professionals in the country,
  • A great ECT experience,
  • Membership of the Teacher’s Pension Scheme TPS,

As part of REAch2 employee benefits we also offer an eye care scheme, access to an Employee Assistance Programme for you and your immediate family and membership of ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.