Deputy Headteacher

Start Date:
Interview Date:
Week Commencing 18/10/2022
Pay Scale:
Salary Range L15-L20
The Heights Academy
Contract Type:
Closing Date for Applications:
10/10/2022 9:00 am

Job Description

The Heights Academy will open in Solihull in September 2023 for up to 116 children and young people aged 7 to 16 with a diagnosis of complex autism with SEMH needs. This is a fantastic opportunity to join as Deputy Headteacher and work with the newly appointed Headteacher to lead the pre-opening phase of the academy and establish the culture from the ground up so that the pupils receive the best possible education, care and life chances.


The school will be located in a brand new, purpose-built setting which will have a contemporary feel and will inspire new ways of teaching, focused on providing high quality education. It will provide pupils with a variety of accommodation to support the counselling, sensory, therapy and one-to-one support rooms.


You will recruit all staff prior to opening and establish the practices, structures and ethos which will be the basis of future success. You will also work closely with Forward Education Trust colleagues to ensure you deliver on the Trust commitment to move forward together, striving for and achieving opportunities to improve outcomes and provide stability and success for all.


The school is part of Forward Education Trust, an established and developing MAT of 6 special schools in Birmingham and Sandwell. The Trust is working through a period of positive change with a new CEO and Deputy CEO recently appointed and plans for future expansion. Central to the Trust’s development will be a commitment to ensuring its schools develop individual personalities, recognising their own particular characteristics and celebrating the many good things that happen day-to-day.


The Trust believes its staff and leaders are its most important asset and valuing them and utilising their many talents will deliver the best experiences for pupils. You will be empowered to make decisions and to be creative and must be committed to the trust ethos of moving forward together, striving for and achieving opportunities to improve outcomes and providing stability and success for all. Your professional development will also be a key priority and you will have the support of a network of highly skilled and experienced senior leaders alongside the opportunities that will inevitably present themselves from being part of a developing trust.


The successful candidate will be an exemplary leader, teacher and role model with experience of working with children with autism and SEMH needs. Experience of working with primary aged children is desirable but not essential. They will be a dynamic, innovative and proactive leader; a change agent who is able to play a key role in developing and growing The Heights into an outstanding school that meets the needs of all of its pupils in an ever-changing educational landscape. We are seeking a motivated leader with vision and energy who can initiate and lead change in a positive way which makes a real difference to learning.



Forward Education Trust is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality staff. To do this, we have an Employee Value Proposition offering a range of benefits to help our staff on a personal and professional level, which includes:

Teacher Pension or Support Staff Local Government Pension – Employer Contribution FET HUB – information all in one place, access to a range of benefits Paid for Health Cash Plan – employee and dependent children benefit – option to add partner
Employee Questionnaire – Consultation with staff on a range of issues and ideas Salary sacrifice scheme – Cycle to Work Scheme Access to the NHS approved Thrive App – to support mental health & well-being
Comprehensive induction and probation support and an ongoing performance management & appraisal system Easy purchase scheme (salary deduction) – Smart Tech in association with Currys Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme – free, totally confidential advice, with face-to-face consultations
Personal & professional learning & development – including FLICK online learning and other resources Access to discounts and offers from Reward Gateway and MyPerks Occupational Health Service – accessible to support the needs of individual staff
Staff recognition – e-cards to celebrate success among colleagues Mental Health First Aiders Policies being developed to support positive health & well-being: Family Friendly Working, Special Leave of Absence, Flexible Working, Menopause
Staff recognition – awards throughout the year, in line with Trust behaviours and values A commitment to develop new ideas to show we really value what you do for our children




To find out more about this exceptional opportunity please visit:


Contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership for a confidential discussion, to arrange a visit to the school or to discuss making an application.


Closing date: 8am, Monday 10th October

Interviews: 18th October

Start date: January 2023

Martin Blair

T: 07736791138



FET and The Heights Academy value equality and diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment practises including satisfactory references and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check


To apply, please complete an application form and email it to

The Trust may review applications upon receipt and may call applicants for interview prior to the advert closing date. Therefore, you are encouraged to make an early application for this role and we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date.

Please note that only fully completed Forward Education Trust Application forms will be accepted; we will not read accompanying Curriculum Vitae (CV) or accept them in place of an application form.

If you do not hear from the school within 14 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. The successful applicants will require an enhanced DBS check and will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

 Forward Education Trust is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate must promote this ethos.

Related Documents

The Heights DHT JD Sept 22 V2