Headteacher Vacancy


Leadership Pay Range L15 to L22 (This is a group 2 school)

Following the retirement of our current Headteacher, after 30 years of exceptional and dedicated service to this school the governors are seeking an experienced and ambitious school leader to be our new Headteacher from September 2023.

Royal Cross is a very successful special school for deaf children, judged outstanding at its last three inspections. Well established in the local and regional community, we work particularly closely with families.  Pupils come from across Lancashire and the North West.
Royal Cross is a small and lively environment, where everyone is enthusiastic about learning through enjoyment. Staff are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of pupils, particularly in developing their ability to communicate in whatever way works best.

We are looking for an excellent leader with the following qualities:

  • strong interpersonal skills and commitment to an inclusive communication environment as the key to progress and well-being
  • knowledge and understanding of the specific needs of pupils and their families in a school for deaf children
  • passion to ensure high quality provision and continuous improvement
  • ability to manage a small school where natural fluctuations in numbers (due to low incidence needs) have an impact on funding
  • vision and drive to lead the school’s future development

If this sounds like the type of challenge you would relish, please have a look at the School website (www.royalcross.lancs.sch.uk), where you will find a range of information including the schools Child Protection Policy. Potential applicants are welcome and encouraged to visit the school by arrangement with the Headteacher - Bev Hennefer.

Application forms and further information can be found below.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically to: bursar@royalcross.lancs.sch.uk

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

We will be undertaking a Disclosure and Barring Service check. This is an online check and access to the system will be provided to you should you be the selected candidate. Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance, regardless of what is discussed at interview.

In addition to this, we ask that candidates selected for interview complete an enclosed self-declaration of your criminal record or information that might make you unsuitable to work with children. This is so that the recruitment panel can discuss such matters with you should you be the selected candidate. This needs to be returned to the school at least one day before the interview. If we have not received this, we reserve the right to withdraw the offer of interview.

Please note that in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, an online search will be carried out as part of our due diligence on shortlisted candidates.

Closing Date:  12am, 6th January 2023

Shortlisting for Interview: 12th January 2023

Pre Interview visit to school: 25th January 2023

Interview date: 26th January 2023


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‘Communication is Key’