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Leadership Scale L5 – L10 (£46,796 – £52,933)


We have an exemplary track record for innovative and radical work with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health complexities at Avocet House, a dual registered Children’s Home and Residential Special School, providing highly individualised education and care packages for 8 children in the 8 to 19 years age range.

Avocet House Learning Centre has recently been judged “Good” under the new education inspection framework, having previously been “Outstanding” on all Ofsted criteria since 2009.  It is regarded as a National Model of Excellence and holds Investor in People GOLD status. 

We set no limits for the progress of our students or for the development of our staff. A post with Specialist Education Services is ideal for candidates who feel they would relish the opportunity to be part of a team that is innovating and extending exciting personalised programmes for the children in our care.


This key executive manager works alongside the home’s Registered Manager and under the leadership of the Principal of Specialist Education Services to deliver our 24 Hour Learning philosophy. The Head of Education leads and manages a Deputy, and a team of teachers and teaching assistants in our Learning Centre.

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

You will not be running our Learning Centre as a separate “school”, our holistic philosophy demands a team approach from all of staff under the leadership of the Principal.

We are seeking experienced, creative professionals who already have 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.

Discussion about this post is encouraged with the Principal, Vicki Collings, on 01508 549320, especially if you are unsure whether this role is for you.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 8 December 2021 and interviews will be held on Thursday 16 December 2021.

Required start date Easter 2022 or earlier if possible.

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.

We are an equal opportunity employer with diversity and inclusion at the centre of everything we do.

For more information or to request a detailed application pack go to our contact page, call Zoe James on 01508 549320 or email

Closing Date: Wednesday December 8th, 2021