Deputy Headteacher

Location Lewes
Discipline: Education
Job type: Permanent Term Time Only
Salary: L14-L18
Contact name: Yasmin Churchill

Contact email:
Job ref: 006724
Published: 24 days ago

Deputy Headteacher 


Chailey Heritage Foundation has an exciting new opportunity for Deputy Headteacher to join a unique place to work.  


  • LOCATION: On site, BN8 4EF  

  • SALARY: L14-L18 

  • HOURS: Monday – Friday, Term time 


Why Us   


Chailey Heritage Foundation is a leading charity dedicated to providing exceptional education and care for children and young adults with complex neurodisabilities, physical disabilities and health needs. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert colleagues create a nurturing environment where individuals can thrive, reach their full potential and make a difference to their lives and that of their families. 


There is a real sense of making a difference and belonging to something very special.  


We don’t just offer jobs; we provide opportunities to be part of a team that demonstrates empathy and a genuine passion to help others and a capacity to build rewarding relationships.  We will provide extensive support, and training, as well as opportunities for career progression. 


What you’ll be doing:  

You’ll be promoting the vision, values and core purpose of the school and ensuring that the CHILD curriculum, teaching and learning continue to be judged as outstanding.  


Key responsibilities include:  

  • Provide leadership which secures the success and improvement of the school, ensuring high quality education and care for all the pupils 

  • Presenting the school’s performance in mediums appropriate to a range of audiences. 

  • Reviewing key areas of the School Development Plan (SDP) and implementing changes.  

  • Monitor, analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of policies, practices, protocols and priorities 

  • Ensure readiness for Ofsted/Local authority 

  • Work with Assistant Headteachers to assess and enhance the CHILD curriculum and drive teacher professional growth 

  • Devise a facility timetable for learning, rooms, activities and other resources to support the CHILD Curriculum.  Support the organisation of class groups and their resourcing.  

  • Develop and embed integrated learning strategies with therapists and other clinical colleagues 

  • Develop, monitor and update the learning strategy for teaching colleagues. Review and revise the learning strategy, to ensure a robust flow from the SEF to the SDP and appraisal to CPD, including systematic review of the impact of learning and INSET 

  • Work closely with Assistant Headteachers to strategically develop links with Learning & Development manager and other senior school leaders to support training development.  

  • Lead on teacher training links with universities. 

  • Support the headteacher to manage colleagues and resources efficiently and effectively in line with the objectives in the School Development Plan and within the school budget. 

  • Ensure pupils, parents/carers and families are informed about learning and teaching, the CHILD curriculum and My Next Steps 

  • Provide line management and support for the Family Liaison Workers 

  • Attend SEND tribunals and represent the Foundation as a witness when required 

  • Identify where CHF may attract new additional pupils and work alongside the Communication Team to ensure literature and media outlets promote CHF effectively. 

  • Ensure each family receives the appropriate support and advice re statement/ EHCPs changes and reviews of placement. 

  • Be the school lead ensuring integrated holistic approach to pupils across the site including CHS, Chailey Residential teams and Chailey Clinical Services 

  • Lead on medicine safety 

  • Manage the everyday health needs of pupils and the systems relating to the effective and efficient management of complex medical, physical, sensory and communication needs 

Please read the job description for a more detailed description of the roles responsibilities.  


What you bring to the table: 



  • Qualified Teacher Status 

  • Degree 

  • Evidence of further professional development 

  • Successful teaching and curriculum experience 

  • Exemplary classroom practitioner 

  • Successful experience in leading and managing colleagues/teams 

  • Knowledge of successful monitoring and assessment 

  • Understanding of the needs of pupils with SLD, PMLD and pupils with profound and multiple barriers to learning. 

  • Ability to use ICT to support the curriculum effectively 

  • Understanding of assessment 

  • Understand the SEND code of Practice and how it relates to ECHPs, annual reviews, admissions and possible tribunals 

  • Ability to represent the school to a variety of audiences including, OFSTED, Local authorities, social services, CCG and SEND Tribunals 

  • Understanding of CPD/Performance Management procedures 

  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that any personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position 

Other useful skills and experience:  

  • Training in SEN strategies 

  • Experience of working with pupils with SLD and PMLD 

  • Experience of policy development 

  • Understanding of budgets 

  • Understanding of quality in special educational provision and strategies for raising pupil performance 

  • Coaching skills 


This is a tremendous opportunity for someone to leverage their knowledge and skills in advancing the school's vision, values, and core purpose. 



Our comprehensive benefits package includes a diverse range of rewards and benefits, ensuring that there's something for everyone. 

In addition to a competitive salary, we provide access to: 

  • Discount facilities 

  • Enhanced Pension Scheme 

  • Healthcare Cashplan 

  • Cycle to Work scheme. 

  • Employee Assistance Programme 

  • Health & Wellbeing Centre 

  • Death in Service benefit 

  • Free tea/coffee/kitchen facilities 

  • Onsite Café 

  • Free parking. 

Plus, we cover the cost for all DBS checks and renewals! 


For full details of the role, you can find the job description here.   Deputy Headteacher Job Description

Learn more about our organisation, our purpose and values here. CHF Website


Application Deadline: Closing date Friday 17th May and Interviews will be held the morning of Friday 24th May. 


Apply now for your chance to be considered to join a place where you can make a real difference.  


For any enquiries please contact us by email: or via WhatsApp on 07923233178.  


Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance. It is an offence to apply for any job in regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults if you are barred from doing so. 


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