Director of Safeguarding, Personal Development, CPD, Behaviour and Attitudes

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About the role

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday 13th September 2019 at 5pm

INTERVIEW: Friday 27th September 2019

We welcome applications from our mainstream colleagues with Head of Year, Head of Department or Teaching & Learning responsibilities

We are looking to appoint a Director of Safeguarding, Personal Development, CPD, Behaviours and Attitudes who will assist Garston Manor School achieve its goal in becoming an 'Outstanding' school. The successful candidate will work alongside the Director of Curriculum, Assesment, Teaching and Learning and the Director of Resources and Finance, reporting directly to the Headteacher. The school has recently gone through a restructure of SLT resulting in three director roles.  

Garston Manor School is a Specialist School for Autism, Learning Difficulties and Speech and Language. It serves students aged 11 - 16 with Learning Difficulties, Autism and Speech Language and Communication Needs. All subjects are taught in mixed groups across the curriculum.

Our school is a good school where all visitors comment on the evidently happy students and staff, the lovely building and the calm, open and very welcoming atmosphere. We offer creative, exciting and relevant learning opportunities to all members of the school community, particularly our students, who are aged between 11 and 16 and who have a very wide range of difficulties and needs, from mild or moderate through to severe and complex, with an increasing co-morbidity of needs, especially related to complex medical needs.

The school recognises the individuality of each student and using the slogan ‘different for different’, together with good to outstanding staff and practices, through constant evaluation of our work and in collaboration with parents, carers and other professionals, strives and endeavours to help each student achieve their maximum potential.

The role will involve a teaching commitment of approximately 20%. It will involve teaching across the age ranges and the candidate should have relevant expertise within the primary or the secondary sector. Experience of working with students with learning difficulties is also preferred but not neccesary.

Garston Manor School offers:

  • Happy and enthusiastic students who enjoy learning
  • A committed team of passionate professionals
  • A competitive salary: a 5 point scale within the range L7 – L11
  • Strong support for your further professional development
  • Exposure to a wide range of leadership responsibilities
  • A good work/life balance

We want you to bring:

  • A clear vision for raising standards
  • A passion for education in its widest sense
  • Exemplary understanding of teaching & learning process
  • A proven ability and confidence to lead and inspire others
  • Ability to hold people to account effectively
  • High expectations of both professional conduct and pupil behaviour
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and delivery
  • Knowledge of data to inform school improvement
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • High levels of resilience
  • Enthusiasm, common sense, initiative and good humour


Garston Manor School follows Safer Recruitment practices: all posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check and references will be required in advance of interview. All references are sought via email, so a valid email address is essential for all referees. Interviews will not be held without both references being in place. All staff are expected to embrace our Child Protection policy and safeguarding procedures.


What next?

Visits to the school are recommended, please come along and see for yourself. To arrange a visit please telephone Mrs Keaney, Office Manager, 01923 673757 to arrange a visit to school or email



Contact details

Miss Christine deGraft-Hanson , Headteacher
Garston Manor School Horseshoe Lane Garston Watford
Hertfordshire WD25 7HR

Telephone: 01923 673757
Fax: 01923 440344