Assistant Head Teacher – Primary

Assistant Head Teacher

Location:          Meadowcroft, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Salary:             Up to £44,000 dependent on experience

Hours:             Full Time, Monday to Friday


Contract:          Permanent, Term Time only


Meadowcroft is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19, catering for children with a wide range of needs in 3 sites across Wakefield. 

Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group:

We are part of Acorn Education and Care and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as 'Outstanding' or 'Good'.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role:

As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Primary Assistant Head teacher to join our close-knit team.

The ideal candidate will successfully set a vision and targets for pupil success and be confident in using their knowledge and expertise to monitor progress, give regular feedback and encouraging our young people to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study. As Assistant Head teacher for Primary you will be responsible to support the delivery of a stimulating, innovative and responsive curriculum which will further develop the knowledge and cultural capital the pupils need to succeed in life in British Society. To Champion outstanding teaching & learning and exemplify this in every aspect of your own practice. To support and assist teaching staff in ensuring that the teaching and learning needs for the pupils are met including the most able. To implement and liaise with other staff to ensure literacy and numeracy intervention programmes and improving reading levels are in place to support individual student needs.

Meadowcroft is part of the Acorn Care and Education Group. We can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.


Who we are looking for?

We are looking for a Qualified Teacher who has led a Primary site, who wants to spend less time on paperwork and more time developing creative learning opportunities for the most reluctant and troubles learners.

No two days are the same at Meadowcroft so we want Teachers who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour, whilst being resilient using an innovative style of teaching motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.

Whilst previous experience of working in an SEN environment would be desirable, excellent teaching skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people;
  • Work in accordance with professional practice, statutory and legal requirements and the policies of The Meadowcroft School;
  • Take on specific tasks related to the day to day administration and organisation of the school and the Primary site;
  • Take responsibility for specific areas of work which will be reviewed annually then negotiated and agreed within the performance management cycle and school improvement process;
  • Take on any additional responsibilities, which might from time to time be determined;
  • Support all staff in achieving the priorities and targets of the school improvement plan and monitor the progress of those which relate to Primary;
  • Ensure that parent/carers are well informed about the curriculum, targets, children’s progress and attainment in Primary.
  • To play a key role in the development of SEN provision within The Meadowcroft School;
  • To work with schools, parents, key agencies and the young people with SEN to ensure effective and successful inclusion of pupils including those with a diagnosis of ASC within The Meadowcroft School;
  • To support the development of teaching approaches, behaviour management, classroom strategies, resources and whole school policies for children with complex needs and diagnoses within the school.
  • To initiate and model autism specific teaching strategies for Teachers/Teaching Assistants in conjunction with The Meadowcroft School’s therapy team, relating to individual pupils within the classroom and whole school;


A Meadowcroft Person will aspire to live our core behaviours: 

  • Take personal responsibility for yourself, colleagues and children
  • Work well and “get stuck in” with the team
  • Excellent communication skills Demonstrate determination and resilience
  • Plan and organise workload Commitment to developing your own expertise
  • Positive “can do” approach to work


Essential Criteria

  • Must be educated to degree level or be of Qualified Teacher Status
  • Must have experience in teaching Key Stage 1 or 2
  • Ability to use ICT for teaching
  • Resilience
  • Understanding of the curriculum in order for successful planning and delivery
  • The ability to manage challenging behaviour effectively
  • Be able to manage a team


Why work for us?


A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same

Acorn Education and Care are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check