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Head Teacher

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Sketchley School, Manor Way, Sketchley, Burbage, LE10 3HT

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£50,000 - £65,000


37.5 hours per week - Term Time

Job Advert Role Description

Do you want to make an impact?

Do you enjoy a challenge and want to change the lives of young people on the autism spectrum?

Our schools provide specialist education for young people aged 8-19 with high functioning autism. Pupils may also have challenging behaviour as a result of their communication difficulties and a lack of social understanding. 

We are seeking to appoint a committed and reflective head teacher to lead our vibrant and enthusiastic team at Sketchley School, Forest House School and Progression House .

You will have the opportunity to work with fantastic students and a motivated staff team of teachers, high level teaching assistants, classroom support assistants and therapists.

Demonstrating excellent leadership skills, you will be a qualified teacher with significant experience of special educational needs. You will also have the ability to support student’s academic learning in an autism friendly way, as well as supporting staff welfare, development and progression.

You will also:

  • Share our passion for high aspiration and achievement for all
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be highly organised and adaptable
  • Be committed to working in partnership with parents and outside agencies.

The following skills would be of benefit to the role:

  • An in-depth knowledge of autism and experience of working with young people on the autism spectrum
  • Experience of leadership in an SEN environment, QTS and additional relevant higher level qualifications, such as NPQH or Masters Degree.

Priory Education Services are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with current and past employers and the Criminal Records Bureau.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

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For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.


About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.



Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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