Assistant Head Teacher

Posted on 17 June 2022
  • Salary £50,151 - £55,338 pro rata
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date Apply by 1 July 2022


Downs View School, Woodingdean

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    0.6 per week
  • Closing date
    1 July 2022
  • Job category
    Teaching & Leadership
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Directorate
    BHCC: External

Job introduction

Paid weeks per year: 52

Start date: September 2022   or following relevant notice period

Thank you for expressing interest in this exciting role at Downs View.  This role is based around managing the primary department within the school.

It is a good opportunity either for someone who wants to develop in a leadership role as there is a Deputy on site to support. The role will be working closely with the Deputy to ensure consistency in all school systems.

It is a very difficult time to recruit due to the impact of Covid 19. I would encourage anyone interested in the roles to email to arrange a phone call or visit where I can clarify the current situation for the organisation and give detail about the position.

About the role


Following a review of the special school and special facility provision across the city, three hubs have been created; two around SEND (learning difficulties, autism, complex needs) and one around SEMH from a total of 6 special schools. 

In the East of the city, Downs View School & Link College (broadly SLD, PMLD, ASC)  merged with the Cedar Centre (complex needs) to form a generic school to serve half the city. The school has been operating on 2 sites but came together in January 2021 at Woodingdean.

Downs View has three sites:

  • Downs View Woodingdean in Warren Road, Woodingdean.  NoR 155, 2 to 16 years
  • Downs View Link College in Surrenden Road.  NoR 46, 16 to 19 years,
  • Downs View Life Skills College in Patcham Village.  NoR 35, 19 to 25 years.

The Woodingdean site has been extended and refurbished to enable all school age (2 to 16 age pupils) to come together onto one site in January 2021. This site now has 155 pupils.

As you can see from the above, there has been significant expansion as well as change, which means that the successful candidates will have enormous opportunities for professional growth and development within the context of an outstanding supportive special school.

The post -  Assistant Head Teacher

This post will be based at the school site. We are seeking applicants with a broad range of SEND expertise and experience to fulfil this role.

The focus of the role is ensuring that all pupils within the Primary department access a high quality curriculum with outstanding teaching leading to outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

I am hopeful that applicants will be able to visit the site and discuss any aspects of the role.

Vanessa Hickey

Executive Headteacher

We are absolutely committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.  The role is subject to a successful enhanced DBS check. 

Teachers may be required to carry out the duties set out in Schedule 3 of The Education (School Teacher’s Pay and Conditions of Employment) order 1993. 

Closing date: 1 July 2022

Interview date: w/c 4th July or w/c 11th July 2022

Completed application forms accepted by email/post direct to the school address:

School Office: Downs View School, Warren Road, Woodingdean, Brighton, BN2 6BB


Additional information

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.


Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

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The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Brighton & Hove Schools do not accept CV or resume.


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