Deputy Head (Maternity Cover)

Deputy Head (Maternity Cover)

Location:          Oakfield House School, Salwick, Preston.

Salary:             TBD, depending on experience

Hours:              8.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Contract:          Fixed Term to cover maternity leave


We have an exciting new role and we are looking for a Maternity Cover Deputy Head to join Oakfield House School, located in Salwick Preston.

Our vibrant school caters for boys and girls aged 5-11 with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

We follow the national curriculum and offer our pupils a wide range of creative, indoor and outdoor learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities.

We are a small school dedicated to working closely with parents / carers and local authorities to provide for the individual needs of our pupils.


About the Group

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

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning


About the Role

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education – the single largest private sector provider of specialist education and care services to local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. You will work and to with an ambitious senior leadership team alongside the Assistant Director of Acorn Care and Education, in sustaining the schools excellent reputation, performance and ratings.

As Deputy, you will promote a relentless focus on the quality of education and delivery of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of children and young people and produces positive outcomes. A child's place at Oakfield will ensure improvements in behaviour, confidence and self-belief, which can then be transferred into appropriate and accelerated learning inside the classroom and beyond. At our school we offer a flexible, personalised, engaging skills based curriculum providing both choice and challenge focussed on developing emotional literacy, core subject knowledge and offering a wide range of accredited outcomes.

Working with the senior leadership team you will ensure the school has effective systems in place and the required team capability to continually improve. You will be joining a high achieving company and executive team, and will work closely with the Executive Head and Head of School in positively impacting the lives of many young people. As part of our team you will focus on developing self-esteem and wellbeing, as well as academic performance and development.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking to hear from experienced or rising Senior Leaders with experience of inspiring multi-disciplinary teams to deliver outstanding learning for children and young people with special education needs.

We are looking for someone who knows how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils and their families. An excellent communicator, you will act as an ambassador for Oakfield and will have demonstrable experience of working in partnership with parents, commissioners, local authorities and other stakeholders.

If you are a truly inspirational, highly motivated and forward-thinking leader, with the energy and passion to change lives coupled with proven experience of whole school development and improvement, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.

In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities and access to a network of colleagues within the Acorn Care and Education Group.

This position is due to commence in November 2020. The post is a Maternity Cover Post. 

Subject to approved reference/DBS checks – safer recruitment processes are robust and thorough. Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website if you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email 

During these uncertain times we are unable to offer an open day, however if you would like to see the school prior to submitting your application please contact us and we will aim to accommodate a visit – due to social distancing requirements on this occasion it is unlikely to be when the pupils are not on site.

Please call 01772 672630 or contact  to discuss further.