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Principal, Hastings, East Sussex

Closing Date Monday 14th September 2020.

The Flagship School Special School, Hastings East Sussex.

Date posted: 21 August 2020

Start Date: January 2021

Contract Type: Full Time

Salary: Head Teacher Group L26 -L29 (England and Wales – excluding the London area)

Contract term: Permanent


The Flagship School is seeking to appoint an outstanding professional to be the Principal of a new Free School in Hastings.


The school has been founded by a group of committed parents and professionals, working collaboratively together to develop an exciting, innovative and pioneering school in Hastings for children with neuro-diverse profiles and social emotional and mental health needs who have the capacity to meet age related expectations and who have education, health and social care plans.



The school will be located on the site of the former Helenswood Upper School, situated upon the Ridge in Hastings. It will be a new build, with design work for the school currently underway and construction of the site due to start in September 2020. There will be 72 places; pupils will range from year 3 to year 11.


The school will open in September 2021 with the Principal Designate in post from January 2021, to lead pupil and family engagement, establish networks with agencies involved with the pupils, continue and develop partnership with the Local Authority and with the support of the Trustees, manage recruitment, agree budgets and take forward all aspects of the detailed planning work necessary to open a new, innovative and pioneering school.


At the Flagship School, we are committed to being a trauma aware, attachment aware and neuro-diverse aware organisation. We aspire to being a pioneering school, drawing on best practice and emerging evidence from psychology, science and educational research to provide an inspiring, integrated and aspirational education for our children. All staff at the school; teachers, therapists and all school staff work will be expected to work together collaboratively to ensure that every aspect of the school day providers opportunities for students to make progress, academically, socially and emotionally.

As principal of the school you will deliver inspirational leadership; working in partnership with parents and carers and valuing and supporting members of the wider school community. You will model outstanding child-centred care and pedagogy, have sky high expectations of the children, your colleagues and yourself and be a fluent, experienced practitioner with autistic and neuro-diverse children and children with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs.


The Flagship School is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Applicants will be expected to contact and have a conversation with the Chair of Trustees and other members of the Board, prior to the formal selection process. There will be a selection process for candidates in September.


To discuss the role further, please contact Helen Kay at


To request an application pack and apply for this position, please email This is a second round or recruitment, and previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.


Please note that recruitment packs for this vacancy will only be provided directly to an individual considering applying to our school for this opportunity. This school does not enter into business with Recruitment Agencies, or other commercial organisations, on behalf of their clients seeking employment.

Please do not apply for this position via the TES online application process, please follow the instructions in the advert and obtain and return a completed application form from the Leadership Recruitment Team.


Closing date: Monday 14 September 2020.

Shortlisting: Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Interviews: Tuesday 29 September 2020.


This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.


The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.


If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.


The Flagship Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and election practices reflect this commitment.


All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.