Downs View is an outstanding & innovative school & college for children & young people with SLD, ASC, PMLD & complex needs. We serve learners from 4 to 25 years of age.
Following a city wide restructure of its SEND provision, Downs View is now the generic learning difficulty hub for the East of the city with 246 places in total. Following extensive building work the newly merged school provision is based in Woodingdean. Downs View Link College is for learners aged 16 – 19 and is based next to Varndean College. Downs View Life Skills College for learners aged 19 -25 is based in Patcham Village.
There are three Deputy Head roles at Downs View. This post will be based at Downs View Link College but aspects of the role are whole school. The role will give the appointed postholder diverse comprehensive experience in leadership & management in a large highly successful specialist provider. Applicants need to evidence successful teaching and leadership practise, be committed, enthusiastic but also flexible in outlook to contribute to the development of the organisation during a time of significant change.
The roles are the perfect springboard to Headship, equally they will provide an enhanced sense of autonomy and responsibility being a deputy/head of a large site as part of a close knit leadership team.
The successful applicants will be required to have a DBS check and an overseas check if applicable. Downs View is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Downs View is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all members of the community, regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, ethnicity, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
Visits prior to interview are encouraged to discuss the opportunities presented.
Paid weeks per year: 52
Start date: September 2021
About the role
What do we need from you?
- Comprehensive experience of teaching our population, that is, severe and profound/multiple learning difficulties, autism, complex needs.
- Work experience across phases and key stages up to KS5.
- Proven track record of success in your current senior role.
- Experience of delivering high quality training, advice and support to diverse audiences including providing outreach services.
- Understand the needs of parents and be able to demonstrate mechanisms and practice which they would find supportive.
- As a person, being enthusiastic, flexible, self motivated, persistent, energetic.
- As a professional, being supportive, having clarity of thought, ability to think strategically, shoulder responsibility, lead and manage with both challenge and sensitivity.
Why Downs View?
- Graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in its last 4 inspections. (February 2020)
- A vibrant and innovative environment in which to work and develop one’s professional skills.
- Our staff development and support means all staff are able to grow and improve systematically to maximise their own and their pupils’ potential. Staff at all levels engage in a constant professional dialogue which stimulates enquiry and improvement.
- The environment supports staff to grow and move on to what is invariably a promoted post.
- Staff at all levels are exceptional in their commitment to our work. It is a highly stable team of very motivated and enthusiastic people.
- Our pupils learn and behave outstandingly well and we continue to strive to improve their progress further.
- Our outstanding curriculum is supported by adventurous activities through the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Hindleap Warren Activity Centre and other challenging opportunities.
- We draw our community in through the weekly Link College based ‘Fab Café’ run by our students. There is also an outlet at a local tennis club.
- Downs View is a specialist school with an SEN specialism in communication and interaction. We chose that specialist strand as the development of effective communication underpins every aspect of a child or young person’s life. It unlocks their world and ensures their wellbeing.
- We have established a reputation with pupils on the autistic spectrum in the field of AAC and particularly innovative work on self-regulation as well as with voice output communication aids. Pupil communication and behaviour has improved demonstrably. Our school community is a happy one. Our families feel as supported and engaged as our pupils. Both Ofsted and the Brighton & Hove Parent Carer Council have acknowledged our outstanding work with parents.
- The Friends of Downs View are very active and support the excellent level of resources. In addition, they organise events solely to enable parents to get together in an informal/social context.
- Our SLD and specialist status outreach and training) is highly regarded and respected and enriches the Downs View staff expertise through its delivery.
- We deliver the Tier 3 training for schools in the city in relation to ASC.
- The Governing Body and Board of Trustees (Life Skills College) are very active and have a clear professional understanding of the organisation and its needs. They are absolutely supportive of the leadership and staff team, parents, carers and above all pupils.
- The successful candidate will benefit from a rich cultural and professional working environment.
- Finally – we enjoy ourselves. We can and do have fun at work whilst remembering first and foremost we are a unique provision for children and young people with SLD who need our absolute attention. Downs View is an exciting place to be and to work, never dull and always refreshing. Come and join us!!
Closing date: 19th April
Interview date: Week commencing 26th April
Completed application forms accepted by email/post direct to the school address:
Surrenden Road, Brighton, BN1 6WQ, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Office: (01273) 601680
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
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