The school is registered with the Department for Education (DfE) to meet the needs of up to 15 students.
Penarth Group School is located in Reddish, in the borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester. It is a Specialist Private Independent Secondary School (Non-resident) for young people aged 8-16 years (Key Stages 2, 3 and 4) This school is independently managed and maintained by Penarth Group, the Governing Body, Headteacher and staff of the school.
The school opened in March 2008 and moved to the current premises in May 2017 and caters for young people who have social, emotional, or mental health difficulties. Many students also have additional complex needs including Autism, ADHD, ADD, OCD, SEMH, Specific Learning Difficulties, and Communication Difficulties.
The admission criteria is selective, through Local Authorities referrals. There is no set catchment area as students are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes both in the local area and beyond.
This role would suit:
• A Deputy Head looking for their first Headship - If you are looking for a school where you can make an impact and quickly improve the lives of children, thrive, succeed, and really make a difference, this is the ideal opportunity.
• OR - A Headteacher who wishes to work in a Specialist Independent School - Perhaps you have already shown that you can deliver excellent results? If you are now looking to put what you have learned to a new challenge and a different setting, this is the ideal opportunity.
The Governors are seeking a Headteacher to lead our wonderful school on the next stage of its journey. We are looking for an outstanding senior leader with a strong track record of success and the vision and ambition to lead the school under the guidance and assistance for the Governing Body and in the first 6 months support from the External Consultant. Whatever your previous experience, Penarth Group will ensure this post is the right one for you, with real prospects of personal development and job satisfaction.
This is an opportunity to take up headship in a school that prides itself by nurturing confident individuals and confident citizens, who can lead safe and happy lives and who will make a positive contribution to society.
The successful candidate will benefit from:
• Governors who have high expectations and are positive and supportive.
• Staff that are relentless in their focus on school improvement and fully aligned to the school’s ethos, vision, and values.
• Supportive parents/carers who are dedicated to school success.
• Good OFSTED rating in March 2019.
• The school met all the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements in March 2019 and again in October 2020.
• An upward trend in results, projected to continue.
The successful candidate will:
• Have successful senior leadership experience in special secondary education, working with students who have additional and complex needs and behavioural complexities.
• Possess outstanding interpersonal skills to lead, motivate and further develop a hardworking and talented staff body.
• Lead with an inspirational style, developing strong academic, co-curricular and pastoral systems.
• Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity.
• Have the character and values that align with a school focused both upon inclusivity and striving for much higher achievement and attainment.
• Sustain wide, current knowledge/understanding of education.
• Pursue continuous professional development.
• Instil a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupils’ outcomes.
• Establish an educational culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice.
• Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other.
• Have high expectations for students and demonstrate a track record of improving outcomes for students.
• Have the political skills to engage with stakeholders within the wider community and develop the school’s contribution to the Governing Body.
• Embrace the opportunity to lead and develop a school, supported by the school’s Governing Body that is on a journey to excellence, striving to raise standards, but also to maintain inclusivity and social mobility.
• Create an outward-facing school which works with other schools and organisations to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all students.
Penarth Group School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to an enhanced criminal conviction check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a declaration relating to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation (Childcare Act 2006).
Visits to our school are warmly welcomed.
Penarth Group School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.