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Watling View is a maintained special school in St Albans, in the county of Hertfordshire. The school caters for up to 92 pupils aged 2-19, with a wide range of complex and profound learning difficulties. These include severe autism, complex medical conditions, physical and mobility difficulties, as well as severe developmental delay. 

At the heart of Watling View's curriculum is the belief that all pupils are entitled to a stimulating, personalised curriculum where each and every pupil can learn, develop and make progress. We strive to ensure the curriculum is broad, balanced and flexible for all pupils. The school is separated into the EYFS department, Lower/Middle School and Upper School. The curriculum is based on a thematic approach and is designed to ensure personalisation for individuals and so that each and every pupil makes progress in all areas of their learning and development.

The Governing Body wish to appoint a new Headteacher with the skills and vision to build on Watling View’s current success and achievements.

You ideally will have experience of senior leadership in special schools dealing with PMLD and SLD and a good understanding and awareness of what is required to be a headteacher of this type of school.  You will need to be a great role model and have the ability to lead and manage change, and to build relationships with a wide variety of external partners. You will share  our passion and belief that children, their learning and the development of their potential must be at the heart of all school decisions.

Watling View can offer you a dedicated and committed team of staff and governors and amazing children and their extended families/carers.  You will also have the opportunity to play a key strategic role in driving the school forward from Good to Outstanding and to continue your own professional development.

We appreciate that contact is limited during the Easter holidays so please contact Jo Roberts, School Business Manager on 01727 850560 or by email jo.roberts@watlingview.herts.sch.uk (from Tuesday 23rd April) to arrange a visit.  Tours are to be held on Monday 29th April and Wednesday 1st May, however the school can be flexible if candidates cannot make these dates.

If you would like an informal conversation about the post, please contact Richard Gutowski, Chair of Governors via email: Richard.gutowski@watlingview.herts.sch.uk

Important dates to be aware of:

Closing date:  Monday 13th May at 9am

Shortlisting: Thursday 16th May 2019

Interviews: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May 2019

For application queries please contact the Recruitment Team on 01438 845785

To apply please download and complete the attached application form. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat will be required to download and edit the form. If you experience technical difficulties please telephone 01438 845111 Option 1 then Option 6 for Teach in Herts.

Please be advised that CVs will not be accepted.

Watling View is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).


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Contact details

HFL Recruitment Services
Herts for Learning Ltd, SROB201 Robertson House Six Hills Way Stevenage
Hertfordshire SG1 2FQ

Telephone: 01438 845785
Email: leadership.recruitment@hertsforlearning.co.uk
Website: www.watlingview.herts.sch.uk