Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: Excellent, Depending on Experience
School Type:
Special Primary
School Size: 0-250
School Age Range: 3-19
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: Verney Avenue High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP12 3NE
Ofsted Ranking: Good 2



We are looking to appoint a new headteacher who is a strong leader and role model for staff and students, who is able to provide a clear vision and direction for the school.

The ideal candidate will share our passion and vision for all pupils; their learning and ability to reach their full potential must be at the heart of all school decisions. To be successful in this role you will have the ability and commitment to continue developing our unique curriculum and high standards of teaching, you will have the dedication to providing a safe, calm, and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, and possess strong financial management skills as well as business acumen.

Chiltern Wood School is committed to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all children. The school stipulates that all staff and volunteers working with our children must share this commitment. The successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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About Chiltern Wood School

We are a special school for 200 children and young people (age range is 3 to 19) and are located on two sites in the High Wycombe area (Downley and Cressex). Our pupils have a broad diversity of complex needs, including complex autism spectrum disorder (ASD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe (SLD), and moderate learning difficulties (MLD). We support children with a range of needs including emotional behaviour, communication, medical, physical, sensory, and social needs.

Our school is forward-looking and well respected in Buckinghamshire for the range of services we offer to our cohort and also, via Side-By-Side outreach, with other schools where we are an exemplar of best practice in the community. Over the past year, we have successfully introduced the reflective practice into our teaching and learning and this is driving our vision for continual improvement in quality and outcomes. We are offering our new Headteacher the opportunity to develop and embed it, building upon existing successes, maintaining our momentum.

Our school community was created following the amalgamation of Chiltern Gate and Maplewood schools in September 2016 and we are now one big school across two sites. Regardless of location our people and work always reflect our practices which involve working towards the best possible outcome for the children and young people who attend our school. We pride ourselves on putting the wellbeing of our children and staff at the centre of the learning process, as we believe that sustained success is only seen when embedded in a safe, secure, and happy environment. We enjoy strong links with other special schools in the area and hope to further develop these.