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Deputy Headteacher opportunity with Uffculme School

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Welcome

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the post of Deputy Head of Uffculme School (Secondary and Post 16). I joined the school as Headteacher three years ago and am pleased, but not complacent, with the progress made within this time. We have grown significantly in student numbers, whilst facing the challenges of recruitment in the midst of a global pandemic. However, we are at a point where we need to consider where we are going to be in five years and beyond. The role of Deputy Head for Secondary and Post 16 is pivotal in that.

The roadmap for schools has changed since the beginning of pandemic, for Mainstream Schools, there is the inevitable issue of catching up on missed learning, as well as addressing the challenges of student and staff wellbeing. For Special Schools we have the added and currently unknown challenge of the SEND Reform. This is further complicated by the Ofsted outcome for Birmingham in June 2021. As a maintained school we also face the strategic discussions around partnership working and academisation.

Uffculme has a history of outstanding teaching and learning. Our most recent Ofsted in June 2019 reflected practice at the time. We were a good school. We are driving towards outstanding. The challenge for the Deputy Heads and the extended Leadership Team is how we navigate the external pressures, whilst keeping focussed on the daily experiences of the children and young people in school.

Uffculme’s Mission Statement is: to enable all young people to have the skills, knowledge and experiences to lead meaningful and enjoyable lives, and optimise lifelong opportunities. Our recent curriculum reforms have focussed on asking ‘why’? Why does this child need to learn that right now? Why will learning this make a difference to their lives as adults? This is a question that can only be answered in partnership with students, parents and carers as well as other professionals. This is a critical area of development as we push towards Outstanding.

The question of ‘why’ is also one that we are discussing with colleagues in the local authority and other schools. As opportunities for collaboration begin again, we are working with others to ensure that we are supporting the development of provision for all children and young people with Autism in Birmingham. We are keen to further develop peer reviews and outreach, as well as more strategic models of provision with our Mainstream colleagues.

I hope in this brief outline that you gain an insight into the diverse opportunities for a Deputy Head at Uffculme School. You would join a committed and experienced school team. More importantly you would have the opportunity to work with some of the most delightful, caring and wonderful students you will ever meet. They really are the best-selling feature of our school.

You will alo get a flavour of our school at our website www.uffculme.org.uk and you will also find us on Facebook and Twitter (@uffculmeschool).

If you are interested in this opportunity at Uffculme School, we would welcome a visit from you so that you can meet some of our students and see what we offer them. I would also welcome informal conversations with interested colleagues. Arrangements for this can be arranged by contacting our recruitment partner, Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments. Martin is also available for a private and confidential discussion about the role or advise on making an application.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Charlotte Stubbs
Headteacher

About us

Uffculme School is progressive and outward-facing school for children and young people aged 4 to 19 with a primary diagnosis of ASD. It is successful and highly regarded school with a long and proven track-record of providing high quality education. The school is located on three sites, for primary, secondary and post-16, in the Moseley/Kings Heath area of Birmingham. Students represent the wide cultural mix that makes up the general population of Birmingham. It is an oversubscribed popular school with a total of 234 students on role over the three sites.

Headteacher, Charlotte Stubbs, joined the school in September 2018. The school also appointed a new Chair of Governors, Mr John Garrett in July 2019.

The Foundation, KS1 and KS2 students are based on the Woodlands site in Queensbridge Road in attractive grounds, comprising 7 acres. This borders onto Highbury Park which has enabled the school to develop part of the site to accommodate a Forest School. KS3 and KS4 students are primarily based at Chamberlain House, which is situated 400 metres from the primary building. The Russell Road building (400 metres from Chamberlain House) caters for KS5 students who have the most complex ASD needs. This newly renovated building had its first intake during the summer term 2016. The education here focuses on preparing the students for adult life with an emphasis on daily living skills.

Student and staffing numbers have increased over recent years and continue to do so. There are an increasing number of referrals being made to the school throughout the year including those from mainstream provision. The school agreed with the local authority to support an additional class group in KS3 of more complex learners. This shows the ongoing commitment to the Local Authority and wider community. It has also challenged staff to vary the curriculum model for more complex learners and to ensure that the curriculum is relevant for all learners at all points in their development.

Location

Sites:

Woodlands

Chamberlain

Post 16

Vacancy

Deputy Headteacher (Secondary and Post-16)

Salary: L19 – L23

Timeline

Closing date – 8am, Monday 31st January

Interviews – 10th and 11th February

Start date – September 2022, or sooner if available

How To Apply

For further information, an informal and confidential discussion about the role or to discuss the application process please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments.