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Head of School (£1,000 Joining bonus)




Sheridan School, Thetford Road, Northwold, Thetford, IP26 5LQ

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£53,611 + SEN allowance of £2,209


37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday

Job Advert Role Description

This is an exciting time to join Priory Group and we are looking for a talented and experienced Head of School to provide vision, professional leadership, management and direction for the school, promoting a secure foundation from which to achieve continuous improvement and high standards in all areas of the school’s work.

Sheridan School offers an integrated programme of education and therapy for young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, compounded by complex disorders including Autism.  We teach students from Year 4 to Year 13 and the school is comprised of Primary, Secondary and ASD provisions.

What we'd like from you:

  • Knowledge and experience of working with young people with special needs
  • Fully qualified experienced teacher with relevant post-graduate qualification together with a sound understanding of the current legislation and statutory regulations relating to education and care
  • Proven people leadership and management skills within an education setting, including motivating, directing, delegating
  • You will have sound organisational skills along with financial management skills
  • The successful applicant will have at least 2 years’ experience of working within a relevant environment involving leadership and management responsibilities for education schools and classroom facilities.

Because we want you to get off to the best start with us we are giving you an extra £500 to you when you first start with us, and then when you are settled in in 6 months’ time we will give you an extra £500 for your hard work.

This post will suit a professional individual who is prepared to work flexibly in a vibrant, caring and supportive educational environment.  The successful candidate will be able to manage and lead the education and operational performance of the school, ensuring compliance with company standards, quality indicators and inspection report recommendations.  They will ensure all legislative and regulatory requirements are fully met and monitored and that learning strategies in place are relevant and best meet the needs of our learners.

Our school has an innovative programme where therapy is fully embedded into the curriculum. There are opportunities to expand the alternative education within the school to enhance the learning of all young people who attend.

Please familiarise yourself with the comprehensive job description which outlines the key responsibilities, knowledge, education and skills that are attached to this role.

Your benefits:

  • Online benefits and cash back rewards (including popular retail discounts)
  • Priory Group Pension scheme
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Reduced price Gym membership
  • Gourmet Society Card
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Priory Group Career Pathways - build your skills and plan for your future career with on-going training supported.

Next Steps

Priory Group are committed to equal opportunities.  For safeguarding and safe recruitment processes, please click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application form to be considered for this exciting opportunity. 

We welcome enquiries around the roles we advertise.  Please contact Nicki Ablett within the Education Resourcing Team on 0116 240 8682, option 2.

*Candidates referred by an agency or other 3rd party may not be eligible for the joining bonus

Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services 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. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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