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Unsted Park School Head Teacher Personal Statement

Special needs catered for

Specialist education for children aged 7-19 with Asperger's Syndrome and associated disorders. The school is specifically designed to allow young people to thrive effectively within an ever demanding and complex society. This is achieved by developing personalised, predictable routines with high levels of individual support.


Specialist facilities

A broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, including a modified National Curriculum, relevant to the needs of pupils with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). We use teaching, residential and leisure situations as learning opportunities.

Support services provided

Each pupil has the support of a key worker who ensures that individual needs are being met. Pupils have access to a range of specialist therapies including SALT, counselling, art therapy and psychologist and psychiatric support. Flexible programmes are available, tailored to meet the individual’s need, including full and weekly boarding, respite and extended day options.


A highly trained and dedicated staff team aim for academic achievement and development of social and communication skills, giving pupils increased confidence, independence and organisational skills. Pupils have individual educational plans (IEP’s) tailored to meet their specific needs and designed to maximise their strengths and ambitions. We expect pupils to achieve success in GCSEs and other accredited qualifications.

Extended day

An extended day running from 8am-8pm is available for those day pupils who benefit from more support beyond the normal school day. Activities focus on independence and social skills training. This extended support enables many children to live at home with their families where residential schooling may otherwise be the only option.

General environment

Set in 44 acres of picturesque countryside, the school offers a safe and spacious environment in which to learn and grow. It includes specialist classrooms for subjects such as IT, home economics, science and music. Sports and leisure facilities include outdoor hard and soft playing areas and an indoor swimming pool and gym.

Aims and philosophy

Unsted Park School provides a pathway to independence, empowering pupils to manage everyday life scenarios safely and appropriately. There is emphasis on independent living skills, training and work experience. Typically young people will go on to further education, training and employment.

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for commissioners across the UK. With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

Unsted Park School is a specialist residential and day school/6th Form College for children and young people with high functioning autism and associated co morbid conditions such as OCD, PDA and ADHD.  We are committed to providing the highest level of education and care in a safe, positive environment and it is our intention that every pupil will achieve their full potential in both academic and personal development, take up new challenging goals and work hard to achieve them. 

We are looking for an exceptional, hardworking and highly motivated Headteacher to lead high outcomes in the school and residential home and to provide vision, professional leadership, management and direction for the service, promoting a secure foundation from which to achieve continuous improvement and high standards in all areas of the service’s work.

To establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all children through a culture of excellence, equality and high expectations.

You will need to work in partnership with the School’s infrastructure to lead and manage both employees and resources to ensure high standards of learning are achieved within the service, exceeding regulatory standards.

The post holder will currently be an innovative, inspirational, confident leader with previous experience in a senior leadership and management role (although not necessarily at Head Teacher level). You will be able to demonstrate experience of improving special educational needs provision, you are an enthusiastic and resilient leader who has the drive, ambition and high standards to build on our achievements and further develop all of our educational delivery to a position where it is recognised as ‘best in class’.

You will combine an extensive knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs, with creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. An effective people manager, you have the interpersonal skills and high professional standards to engage with and motivate employees, learners and parents and the focus and drive needed for whole service management.


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 5 years.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

If you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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