SENCO - Assistant Headteacher

Becket Keys Church of England School, Brentwood
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Job Ref No. ECC4005-221L Position Type: Assistant Headteacher Pay Range: L1-L15 MPS Fringe
Position Start Date: 01/09/2021 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 16/04/2021 Midday Date of Interviews: TBC  

Job Description

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It is an exciting time at Becket Keys Church of England School (Outstanding, 2014). We are working hard to build upon the exam successes of our founding cohorts, whilst also establishing our 6th Form into its fifth year.

Due to one of our Assistant Head Teachers relocating, we are seeking a suitably qualified colleague to continue her excellent work. This demanding position will see the successful candidate joining our highly successful senior leadership team. This crucial, but demanding, role will oversee our outstanding SEND department.

This post is a vital appointment in terms of fulfilling our Christian vision and ambition for our inclusive school to secure and enhance positive life chances for our most vulnerable students. As such, we are determined to recruit a highly capable, dedicated and ambitious professional who will add value to the school in ensuring excellent levels of academic progress and securing the safety and best possible social and emotional well-being for our students

We would expect a demonstrable unstoppable passion for supporting our SEND students and those with barriers to learning. However, our expert Trust (The Russell Education Trust) will always provide further training, advice and support.

The successful candidate will be able to model outstanding teaching in the classroom to develop the practice of all staff. We would expect the appointee to teach around 8-12 (50 minute) periods per week - preferably in an Ebacc subject.

Although holding qualifications in SEN and DSL safeguarding would be an advantage, they are by no means a pre-requisite. We are looking to appoint an ambitious individual capable of progressing in the long term to deputy headteacher and beyond. Key attributes include a fastidious attention to detail, relentless passion for SEND and a very diligent attitude. Full training and support will be provided for candidates including training to gain the SENCO award, if necessary.

The successful candidate will lead our dedicated inclusion team to support our students. We do not use 'teaching assistants' but instead prefer to use 'learning support technicians' who support the 'assess, plan, do, review' process - keeping the responsibility for delivering all SEN support with the class teachers who are always the experts in the room.

The successful candidate will need to have the skills and experience to deal with parents, local authority officers, educational psychologists, SEN specialist teachers, social workers and police. It is a particularly demanding rôle in this respect as there can be very difficult conversations to be had and these must be handled skilfully and sensitively.

If you think that you possess the qualities and passion we need for this vital role, please contact us to discuss further.

In line with Government guidance, we are currently limiting access to our school. However, we are still busily planning ahead for the forthcoming academic year and are excited about welcoming new recruits to come and join us. In some instances, we may use remote processes in place of school-based interviews and therefore we have set up systems to ensure that alternative options are available via Teams/video conferencing. Every effort will be made to try and accommodate any specific requirements so that no-one is at a disadvantage.

Understandably, visits to the school may be limited at present, however we are really keen to ensure that you have as much information to proceed with your application as possible, so if you would like a conversation about either the school or the position please contact email us at

We reserve the right to close advertisements early. Advertisements will therefore close at 12 noon, either on the advertised closing date, or the day the decision has been taken to close the advertisement early.

Becket Keys is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

The appointee will be committed to our high expectations and core Christian values. However, we welcome applications from teachers irrespective of their faith or lack of it. All we ask is that all applicants appreciate and respect the beliefs of others and have strong moral principles.

Staff will be provided with a comprehensive induction programme and laptop.

Relocation packages and childcare vouchers are available.

Staff of the school benefit from priority admission for their children. Our admissions policy effectively guarantees staff children a place in the school. With nearly 800 applications for our 150 places each year, this is a significant perk!

To Apply

Please complete both our application form and equalities monitoring form and email it with a personal statement to

Closing date:

Noon, Friday, 16th April 2020.

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Contact Information

Ms. Emer McNeela
Becket Keys CofE School
Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood
Essex, CM15 9DA
Telephone: 01277286600

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