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Assistant Headteacher




Coxlease School, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7DE

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£42,195 (L1) to £46,566 (L5)


Weekdays, term time

Job Advert Role Description

Aspris Children’s Services (an independent company which was formally Priory Education and Children’s Services) is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of specialist care and education for a reason. We recruit some of the most committed people in the sector.

We are seeking a forward-thinking Assistant Head Teacher - Head of Post-16 and Pupil Development who will encourage and inspire our teachers, support staff and learners at Coxlease School. 

Coxlease School is a specialist provision set just outside of Lyndhurst.  Boasting direct access to New Forest walks and a calming, spacious site, Coxlease School provides a therapeutic approach to teaching SEMH students. 

We are a small school with ages ranging from Primary years to post-16, so it comes to no surprise that positive relationships with staff and students is at the forefront of what we do. We provide education through a holistic, SEND friendly curriculum, incorporating therapy, social skills and an enrichment programme into our everyday teaching.

Within the role you will:

  • Lead and manage our two post-16 provisions: The Hub and The Skills Centre.
  • Motivate and inspire staff in supporting pupils so that they receive the best possible educational experience that enhances the life chances and prepares them to be successful members of society.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the post-16 provisions, including the programmes of study, health and safety, safeguarding and management of staff are effectively managed and rigirously quality assured.
  • Establish and maintain positive links with stakeholders, including local colleges, local authorities, parents/carers and the wider community.
  • Lead and oversee the CIEG programme, ensuring that staff across all sites are armed with the skills and knowledge to effectively support pupils to make appropriate choices about their futures.
  • Effectively implement monitoring and evaluation procedures so that pupils are set challenging goals that maximise their potential to make holistic progress.
  • Monitor, in laision with the SLT, the teaching and learning, curriculum, environment and pupil voice of post-16 so that the quality of education is ensured.
  • Support and attend PEPs and Annual Reviews, ensuring that the pupils targets and best interests are represented through the school.
  • Effectively manage staff, ensuring that, through the PDR appraisal system, that their wellbeing, career and CPD aspirations are being fully supported.
  • Responsible for the admissions at post-16, ensuring that pupil numbers are managed so that programmes of study remain viable and appropriate for need on an individualised basis.
  • Contribute, alongside the SLT, to the overall development of the school, ensuring that the school ethos and vision is embodied in your practice to strive for continual improvement.
  • Ensure, alongside the SLT, that the attendance, behaviours and personal development of pupils are tracked, monitored and actioned upon effectively when necessary.
  • Implement forward thinking strategies to further grow and develop our post-16 provision. 

Aspris 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 the Disclosure & Barring Service.

What do you get in return?

  • A generous salary
  • Being part of a company that invests in you and your team for personal and professional development
  • Reward and discount schemes
  • Pension
  • Enhanced DBS fee paid
  • Access to a holiday package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Wellbeing support

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 may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

Our UK specialist schools, colleges, children’s homes and fostering agency provide the highest standards of support to children with a range of needs. This includes autism, learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties and supporting some of society’s most vulnerable children. With a large national footprint, as well as education services in the Middle East, this also offers significant and exciting development and progression opportunities for our staff.


Aspris Education & Children's 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. Aspris Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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