Assistant Headteacher Inclusion and SENCO

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Academy: Armfield Academy

Salary: £50,151 - £55,338

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2020, 12.00pm

Interview Date: 3 December 2020

Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion and SENCO - Armfield Academy


Salary: L8-L12 on the Leadership Pay Scale (currently £50,151 - £55,338)

Contract: Full Time, Permanent

Start Date: May 2021 or earlier

Firstly thank you for your interest in becoming part of Armfield Academy staff team.  This is a very exciting and unique opportunity in helping establish our brand new school; developing policy and procedures and putting these into operation so that we become ‘an Academy to be proud of’.


We opened in September 2018 on Lytham Road, Blackpool with children joining the school in Reception and Year 7 only. This will then be repeated in the following years which enables the school to grow. Our nursery provision opened in January 2019.  The building programme has now been completed and staffing numbers will increase year on year until the school is at full capacity.


The Academy, named after Jimmy Armfield, has the strapline “an Academy to be proud of”. It therefore relates very much to traditional British values and supports the core values of our Trust; pride, ambition, respect, resilience, integrity and excellence.


Armfield Academy is part of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) and is our second “all-through” school. FCAT is a Multi Academy Trust with 9 primary and secondary schools across the Fylde Coast and Lancashire with a proven track record of delivering rapid improvement in progress and outcomes. Armfield is now our 10th school. Our aim is to ensure first class learning opportunities for all young people. Learners are at the heart of what we do and their outcomes and successes are what drive us to be the “best we can be”!


An excellent opportunity has arisen for a colleague to join the senior leadership team at Armfield Academy by becoming Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion and SENCO.  This leadership role will secure exceptional provision for students with additional needs, design, develop, publicise and promote the ethos, structures and systems to achieve this goal.


We are looking for someone who can lead this area of our work with kindness, warmth and dynamism, but also with total clarity, relentless consistency and a refusal to accept anything other than the very highest possible standards.


The successful candidate will play a major role under the overall direction of the Headteacher who will be empowered to improve policy, process and practice in Inclusion and SEND.


We are looking for someone who has a proven ability in strategic thinking and outstanding academic leadership, ensuring the Academy continues to provide high quality education for all our children in a caring, inclusive environment.  The successful candidate will have experience at senior leadership level. 


This post will enhance the senior leadership team of the academy and will take a lead role in all aspects of school improvement related to Inclusion and SEND.  The post will include a teaching commitment commensurate to the role.  Within your application you should state clearly why you are the ideal candidate for this role stating examples of where you have had significant impact on academic standards.  The Job Description and Person Specification are attached with this advertisement.


How to Apply

To apply for this post please visit our website and complete the online application form and equal opportunities form at

Closing time and date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 30th November 2020.

Shortlisting to take place on or after Tuesday 1st December 2020.

Assessment and Interview Day to be held on Thursday 3rd December 2020.


Please visit our website where you can read more about our brand new school or for more information about FCAT.

For any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Karen Ashton at

Thank you again for your interest in this post and I look forward to receiving your application.


Chris Lickiss                                                                              Mark Kilmurray
Executive Headteacher Armfield Academy                         Headteacher Armfield Academy


The Fylde Coast Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Fylde Coast Academy Trust is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners, staff and visitors.  All staff will be carefully selected using recruitment and selection procedures designed to emphasise our commitment to safeguarding. All posts, including volunteers, are subject to enhanced DBS clearance.


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