Ref 178695
Grade L10 to L15
Salary £52723 to £ 59581 
Term Full Time
Perm / Temp Permanent
Required From April 2022 
Closing Date 12 noon 17/01/2022
Chapel Hill , Longridge , Preston , Lancashire , PR3 2XA
Tel: 01772 783074
School website:
Roll: 506
We are delighted to offer the opportunity to join St Cecilia’s RC High School, a popular and growing school on the edge of the Ribble Valley at a very exciting time, where you will join an ambitious and driven Senior Leadership Team, led by commitment of the Headteacher to provide outstanding education and formation.

The Governors are seeking to appoint an experienced, passionate and suitably qualified leader who will drive our commitment to SEND provision, personal development, well-being and safeguarding of all our pupils.  They will be an outstanding classroom practitioner and leader with a drive to improve the life chances of young people through education in an environment that will support their leadership development.

The successful candidate will be joining a thriving and growing school which has been judged ‘good’ by Ofsted in October 2019 under the new inspection framework and in September 2021 welcomed 109 pupils for 97 places.  

The Governors and Headteacher are committed to your professional learning with a culture of research and reading and the heart of what we do, including staff well-being and workload. The successful candidate will be supported via a well-developed, bespoke professional learning package appropriate to their individual needs and aspirations.

Main responsibilities
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s Special Education Needs Policy
  • To work as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, providing advice and support to staff, liaising with the Local Authority and working with a range of other agencies
  • Liaising and supporting teachers and other professionals working with pupils with Special Educational Needs
  • Providing weekly updates on pupil progress, overseeing interventions and regularly updating parents of these matters
  • Support teachers to develop their provision for pupils with SEND
  • The line management of Teaching Assistants, PSHE Lead and Curriculum Leaders within the school and supporting them in developing appropriate strategies and interventions
  • Strategically coordinate leaders of the effective implementation of the wider curriculum (inc. SMSC, PSHE and RSE provision)
  • Ensuring Heads of Year, subject leaders and all staff are clear about their accountabilities for the delivery of personal development and wellbeing

    In this role you would be be responsible to the Deputy Headteacher

    Shortlisted candidates will be contacted shortly after the closing date

    Interview Dates - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2022

    The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Information provided by you or the Disclosure and Barring Service will be dealt with in a confidential manner in accordance with the DBS's Code of Practice. You may view the Code of Practice on the DBS website at or alternatively a copy is available on request. Lancashire County Council has a Handling of DBS Certificate Information Policy this is available from the recruiting manager to applicants who are asked to complete a DBS application.

    Lancashire County Council has a Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders this is available to all applicants upon request.

    More Information can be found at
  • Essential Qualifications
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Degree or equivalent
  • Desirable Qualifications
  • SENDCO qualification (commitment in attaining the qualification within 3 years)
  • Essential Experience
  • Has successfully undertaken Designated Safeguarding Lead Training or has a commitment to do so, supported by the school, within the first year
  • To have demonstrate successful/effective leadership in a secondary school
  • To have implemented and developed a whole school initiative
  • Desirable Experience
  • Evidence of appropriate professional development for the role of Assistant Headteacher
  • To have substantial and recent experience as a Senior Leader in a secondary school
  • Proposed Interview Date:

    For an informal discussion please contact:

    For visits to school, please contact Barbara Clarke 07375 324661

    Application forms and further details are available from/returnable to

    Completed applications using the Catholic Education Services form should be submitted via email or post the school address to: 
    Barbara Clarke, School Business Manager on

    We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.