Thank you for your interest in The Sunbeck Centre's Headteacher opportunity

Dear Applicant,

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our Headteacher opportunity. I am proud to be Chair of the Management Committee to this unique alternative provision, where our aim is to create a pathway to success through bespoke education tailored to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable students in our area.

We pride ourselves on supporting every student for whom the journey through school has proved challenging. We work hard to welcome them, supporting them as a shared goal with individuals and their parents to gain the necessary skills to return to mainstream and be successful in their education. This is something that we care deeply about and have great success with.

We are seeking an outstanding leader to join us in September 2024 to continue our outgoing Headteacher’s work leading a resilient and positive team of staff with vision and expertise.

We would encourage you to come and visit in advance of your application and see for yourself the enthusiasm that our students have for their education. Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome. We would also encourage applicants to have a look at the school website to get a feel for our school.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply. On behalf of the Management Committee, thank you again for your interest in The Sunbeck Centre.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Kelly,
Chair of the Management Committee

Learn more about The Sunbeck Centre's Headteacher opportunity

School: The Sunbeck Centre
Post: Headteacher
Number on Roll: 28 + 8 place TMP
Commencing: September 2024
Salary: L17-L21 (£69,970 - £76,430). A recruitment & retention payment of £2,000 is applicable to this post subject to our R&R Policy (pending ratification).
Contract Term: Permanent

“Improving life chances for all students”
This is an exciting opportunity for an aspirational Headteacher who has a holistic approach to developing individuals, many of whom start their lives a long way behind the starting line.

We are looking for a resilient and driven leader who can lead ‘from the front’ with calmness, fairness, and balance compassion with firmness in a challenging, yet extremely rewarding environment. With a meticulous eye for detail, you must be able to support the diverse needs of pupils and the provision, whilst maintaining the ability to balance budgetary constraints.

 About You:

The pupils, parents, staff and governors are looking for a new headteacher who will:

  • Hold excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for inclusive education
  • Lead, motivate and inspire confidence in others
  • Be a resilient and principled thinker with the vision and ability to follow-through objectives to completion
  • Have a collaborative approach to leadership and management across a variety of stakeholders

You may be an experienced Assistant or Deputy Head, SENCO with SLT responsibilities ready to embark on your first Headship. Alternatively, you may be an experienced middle leader with responsibility for a SEND unit within mainstream ready to step up to this exciting challenge.

 We can Offer You:

  • The opportunity to lead a thriving school community, supported by a talented team of committed staff
  • A supportive and aspiring Management Committee, dedicated and experienced staff and the freedom to shape the future of our school
  • A beautiful and central market-town location with accessible transport links

 For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah on 07816 251271 or email Sarah has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this exciting opportunity.

Key dates

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 7th April
Shortlisting: Wednesday 10th April
Interviews: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April


We strongly recommend that you visit us so we can share with you why we are so proud of our school, and you will have the opportunity to see what we have to offer. Dates when we can accommodate visits are detailed below - if these are not possible for you please contact Sarah, as we may be able to offer alternatives.

Wednesday 10th April 1:30pm
Friday 12th April 1:30pm

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We have a robust child protection policy and all staff will receive training relevant to their role at induction and throughout employment at the school. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please note this post is in regulated activity and exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS criminal records and barred list check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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