COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

Download our Covid 19 Action Plan for further information and for details of our remote education offer.


SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.


Leadership Scale L1 – L5 (£42,195 to £46,566)

Specialist Education Services has an exemplary track record for innovative and radical work with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health complexities.  At Turnstone House, a dual registered Children’s Home and Residential Special School, we provide highly individualised education and care packages for 8 young people in the 8 to 18 years age range.

The purpose built Learning Centre at Turnstone House has been judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted, it is not run as a separate school as our holistic philosophy demands a team approach from all staff under the leadership of the SES Principal.

As Deputy Head of Education you will be supporting the Head of Education in their leadership and management of the Learning Centre adults, as part of our larger holistic multi-professional team, and in providing a personalised learning curriculum for the children and young people in our care.

We are seeking an experienced, creative professional who already has a degree of management experience coupled with the ability to innovate.  If you have the potential we will develop it.  You must be at one with our ‘no limits’ philosophy, understand the notion of 24 hour learning and have an informed view of learning in its widest sense.  An SEN specialism would be useful as would a knowledge of social, emotional and mental health issues, but this should not pre-determine whether you enquire or apply.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Appointments are dependent on a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.

Further discussion about this post is encouraged with our Head of Education, Chris Morris, on 01508 517000.  We are happy to talk to you about the role and your candidacy if you are unsure whether this role is for you, or if you would like an informal discussion.

To request a detailed application pack please call Thirza Kempton on 01508 517000 or email, or go to our Contact page.

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Closing date: 27 November 2020

Interview date: 7 December 2020

Closing date: 27 Nov 2020