Job Title:         Principal

Location:         Sutton in Ashfield

Salary:              £70,000 – £80,000 per annum plus 10% performance bonus and car allowance

Hours:              37.5 per week (Monday to Friday)

Contract:          Permanent

Are you an innovative and strategic Principal committed to improving the lives of children and young people?

We are looking for an inspiring Principal to join our fantastic team at Westbourne School. As Principal, you will promote a relentless focus on high quality, creative learning and safe and secure care. You will oversee our pupils educational needs, maximising children’s achievement, and their ability to develop as well as maintain a safe and secure environment for our residential children.

This is a great opportunity for a Principal who is looking to be an innovative and strategic leader, ensuring both Schools and Care homes have the resources, staff and ability to inspire learning in both academic and personal SEN environments, for children with varied Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and complex needs. Your work will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure and you will be the custodian of our strong safeguarding culture, where pupils are listened to, respected, and involved in as many decisions as possible.

With line managing responsibilities over your Head of Education and Head of Care, you will deliver clear, authentic leadership to our multidisciplinary team, establishing a school vision and strategic plan, which inspires your team to deliver high levels of safety, quality, compliance, and dedication. You will ensure your school and residential provisions have effective management and an engaged, high performing team to deliver outstanding education and care.

Quality is always top of our agenda and we pride ourselves on the quality of what we do. We are looking for a Principal with the experience, leadership skills and vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

About us:

Westbourne School is a specialist SEN school which is based in Sutton-in-Ashfield and has an occupancy of 49 pupils. We cater for children aged 11-18 who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health challenges (SEMH). Classes are located in the original school building, with classrooms brought right up to date with top class learning and vocational facilities. There are also a number of residential Children’s homes aligned to Westbourne School.

We are opening a new School site later this year to add to the capacity of Children we look after,which will sit in the Westbourne cluster. This will be an exciting opportunity to drive the expansion of the site.

The aim of the school is to provide specialist individual support to each child, enabling them to reach their potential so they can live fulfilling and productive lives. We provide the young people with as much freedom as possible while offering a safe and supervised environment. This is achievable due to the dedication and support from a range of employed professionals who are passionate, reliable and understanding including dedicated education, care and clinical teams.

Acorn Education & Care is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable children and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join us?

Westbourne have an engaged and committed staff team and this was reflected in results in the recent 'Great Place to Work' survey. 91% of our staff said they are proud to work here and felt that their work has a special meaning with 90% of our staff saying they felt welcome upon joining the team.

All of our Principal's receive a competitive salary, annual car allowance, a 10% performance and target related bonus and 30 days holiday, excluding bank holidays.

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference.

Application process & dates

To be successful and start your next opportunity, you will need to complete a full application form and pass two rounds of interviews, which will include a presentation and competency-based questions.

Closing date is the 12th of May with interviews being held the following week.

Acorn Education and Care is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.