Welcome to West Lea School, a place where students, parents, staff and the  wider community feel truly valued. We are a school that prides ourselves on creating  an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome, no matter who they are or where they come from. Catering for students aged 4-19 with special educational needs, our three campuses –  Meridian, Haselbury and Learning for Life – equip children with a ‘suitcase’ of skills to help them progress on to further education  and into the world of work. While the world provides many obstacles, we believe in tearing down walls and encourage  each individual to reach beyond their realities, take risks and above all, believe in themselves. 

As a part of a strong community, we are a group of people who work together to help  each other, both socially and professionally. What makes a community strong is its agreement towards a common goal.  ‘Learning for Life’ is at the heart of everything  we do, and our values are directly linked  to all the work and support that goes on throughout the school community. We are a place of opportunity for growth and experience. Promoting innovation,  independence, kindness and inclusion, we want our students to leave West Lea in a position where they feel confident, not only in their academic abilities, but in themselves too. 

West Lea School is always looking out for the best interests of the people it serves. Working together, there is never a shortage of opportunities for our children to strive for greatness.


About Us


Believing that to truly flourish children must feel valued, we focus on what each child can achieve  and celebrate their successes. Recognising  that every one of our pupils has quite specific  requirements, we also place great importance  on personalised learning. By bringing learning  to life through trips, clubs, work experience and  other extra-curricular activities, we encourage  independence and develop the interests that help prepare each child to take their place in society. 

Our vision is to seek an enriched understanding of the needs of our children, so that the  response is targeted and effective, delivering the best possible outcomes. Through our experience, and the skills and  expertise of the staff at the school, including the  thoughts and wishes of our children and their parents, we seek to ensure that; 

• Our children have access to support groups with their peers to help them develop friendships and interests. 

• Each child receives high quality teaching, which develops social and self-care skills for future independence. 

• Each child feels confident and respected by others and has the opportunity to experience  success and achievement at every level. 

• Each child benefits from the outcomes of physical and emotional wellbeing, as well  as communication and personal safety,  to      encourage higher levels of enjoyment, achievement, and feelings of value and respect. 

What we value

As a school, we believe in working together towards one common goal. Our values are  reflected in everything we do, at all levels, in order  to inspire teachers, pupils, parents and the wider  community: 

• Community: We believe that every person at our school has something to offer, helping us to create a united environment. Our sense of community is founded on the fact that we all  must work together to achieve the very best.  Sharing a common purpose, each individual  plays a key role in helping everyone to feel  valued and a part of our ‘big family’. 

• Inclusion: We believe in creating a community for everyone, going the extra mile to ensure  our children can flourish, no matter who they  are or where they come from. We are prepared to take risks to ensure no one finds themselves  isolated and alone, but instead become a place  where each child feels part of the school and  local community. 

• Innovation: We believe in inspiring individuals to become creative thinkers, with the power  and potential to make dreams become realities.  We aren’t afraid to tear down walls and build  bridges and encourage creative, positive and  hopeful mindsets that see beyond current  realities and ‘dream’ of what can be. 

• Kindness: We believe that one act of kindness can change a person’s day and can even  change lives. Therefore, we encourage children  to always be considerate of other people’s  feelings and situations. In a world of judgement  and exclusion, we inspire our community to  always be caring and kind to others.


Join Us


  • Job Title

    Assistant Headteacher

  • Location


  • Posted

    20th November 2020

  • Salary

    L10 (£56, 072) to L14 (£61,479)

  • Hours

    Full Time

  • Description

    Assistant Headteacher Thank you for your interest in working at West Lea School. We are seeking a dynamic individual, who will continue to inspire and motivate our staff and suppo ...

Working for us

We are always looking for practitioners who:

• Have a commitment and passion to work with pupils with a wide and diverse range of SEN including mainstream commissioning support 

• Have excellent interpersonal skills;

• Can motivate and inspire pupils to raise standards and progression;

• Want to be members of a creative and dynamic staff team with outstanding expectations for our learners to achieve in life.

We can offer you:

• The opportunity to work in a successful and supportive environment

• Motivated children who are willing to learn

• Well-equipped and resourced classrooms

• An Innovative Learning Centre Continued professional development

• A vision for SEN that will take learning beyond the environment of classroom based learning.

As West Lea is continually evolving, the only true way to experience what we can offer is by coming to see us and discovering why we believe you should apply for this position.  

West Lea has an open door policy and we would love to meet you.

Informal visits and enquiries very welcome.

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. 

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