Deputy Headteacher

Job Specification

When: From September 2018

Salary: L12 – L16

Contract Type: Full Time

Contract Term: Permanent

The Head teacher and Governors are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dedicated and inspirational Deputy Headteacher who can join a team of professionals working with students with a wide range of complex needs including severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, medical needs and autism.

Fordwater is a highly successful special school for pupils aged 2-19. Our Ofsted inspection in January 2018 judged the school to be ‘good with outstanding features’. Experience of working with pupils with special educational needs is essential and we are looking for a colleague who will demonstrate a high level of commitment to our very special young people.

You will be:

  • An experienced senior leader in a special school
  • An outstanding classroom practitioner
  • Committed to the highest achievement for all
  • Experienced with a passion for special education
  • Abe to collaborate and build partnerships
  • Able to innovate and think ‘outside the box’

We can offer you:

  • An exciting opportunity to lead and drive the outcomes for our pupils
  • A hardworking and professional team of staff
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Supportive governing body and senior management team
  • A school with an excellent reputation in the community
  • Wonderful and special children

Please contact Sophie Clarke Headteacher on 01243 782475 or email for a preliminary discussion if desired. Visits to the school are welcomed.

Closing date: 9am Monday 12th March 2018

Interviews:  Tuesday 20th March 2018

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the application form and Shortlisted Candidate Information Form below and email this to:

Unfortunately we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually. We would therefore like to thank you for your application and interest in Fordwater School.

Fordwater School is committed to safe recruiting, all posts are subject to a D.B.S. check.


Deputy Headteacher - Job Description

Deputy Headteacher Person Specification

Deputy Headteacher - Job Application Form

Shortlisted Candidate Information Form


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Posted on: 8/03/2018

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Website News Blog It’s been a busy Spring Term so far, with such a short term there’s a lot to pack in. We were delighted with our inspection in January which highlighted our positive, nurturing environment and how we promote positive achievement for our pupils. If you haven’t already done so, please take the opportunity to read the Ofsted report on the website.  We also featured in a double page spread in the Chichester Observer highlighting this positive achievement. We were pleased to host the PTA Valentine’s Day disco before half term where children enjoyed a boogie with their friends and some tasty snacks!  We welcomed our local authority Link Advisor, Louise Stallard, into school to specifically look at how we include our pupils with a range of diverse needs; she was really impressed with our schooland how we differentiate support and learning to our pupils. We have had an Inset Day where staff received training in a range of statutory courses including First Aid, Poolside Safety, Moving and Handling to name a few. Thank you for your understanding regarding the enforced closure of the school due to adverse weather on 1st and 2nd March. We have rescheduled World Book Day for Friday 9th March and hope to have a fun day. We look forward to Science Week, and also our Easter Fayre which is being held on the 28th March.  You will have received a letter asking for donations of chocolate eggs and any tombola prizes and we hope to see as many of you as possible.  There is a Non-Uniform Day on 23rd March – please remember to bring your donations on the same day.  This coincides with Sports Relief Week and you will receive a letter explaining activities in due course. We have received lots of enquiries from prospective parents looking to place their children at Fordwater which is positive for the school.  We are currently advertising for a Deputy Head and look forward to making an appointment before Easter to start in September 2018. Have a fantastic Easter break when we get to it and please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.   Sophie Clarke
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