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Head of Residential Care

Hours: Term time (39 weeks), 42.5 hours per week. Not split shifts and weekdays only.

Salary: up to £50,000 pro rata


Are you an experienced care manager in a children’s setting?

Are you amazing with vulnerable and challenging young people?

Do you have fantastic working knowledge of care regulations and legislation?

Do you want a job where you have school holidays and weekends off?

Would you like to work in the grounds of a beautiful country house with forests, fishing lakes and sports facilities all at the disposal of your young people?

If so we have the role for you!


We’re looking for a Head of Residential Care to join The Grange Therapeutic School team. Someone with a holistic and integrated approach to care, education and clinical services would be perfect for this role.


About the School

The Grange Therapeutic School is an independent special school for young people aged 7 -18 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school is 38 week, term time only and has 16 residential places out of a total capacity of 85.  Our school is based in a Victorian country house in Leicestershire with stunning views and fantastic facilities to develop not only the educational, but also the social and emotional needs of our pupils. With access to woods and lakes on site, the school has an ethos about delivering a personalised curriculum tailored to, and driven by, the individuals. The school has two residential houses in the village with experienced, hardworking and skilled staff. At the last Ofsted inspection care was assessed as “good” with the impact of leaders rated “outstanding”.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

The Head of Residential Care role is a senior operational management role responsible for the management of the care services offered by all of locations at The Grange. Reporting into the Head Teacher, this role is currently responsible for the direct line management of two Team Leaders and a staff team of 11 at The Grange. The Head of Care is also responsible for the operations, quality of care, safety and financial performance of those services in line with the NFA/Acorn Care & Education’s vision, mission and values. The core purpose of the role is to lead The Grange to an ‘Outstanding’ judgement and facilitate the growth of the provision at an exciting time in the schools development.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has had extensive and successful experience as a senior leader within a children or young person’s care environment. You should have a positive work ethic and be able to work effectively to produce an effective leadership team.

You will be working with a bubbly team of skilled staff who have a lot of experience working with children with social and emotional needs. Good communication skills and the ability to lead and manage strategically are vital.

You should have an extensive knowledge surrounding safeguarding of children and young people, as a main responsibility of the Head of Residential Care will be ensuring that safeguarding procedures are implemented correctly.  We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and takes responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people.

While experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs is desirable, excellent leadership skills, the right motivation and personal qualities are just as important.


Essential Criteria

  • Must have experience as a senior leader within children or young person’s care environment.
  • Experience liaising with local authorities.
  • Experience of independent visits and QA processes
  • Experience of leading CPD in care and safeguarding
  • Experience leading Ofsted inspections
  • Good knowledge of the regulatory framework
  • Ability to motivate and challenge staff
  • Confident dealing with a range of external stakeholders (LADO, LA commissioners, Social Workers)


Why work for us

  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
  • Supporting team environment
  • Well resourced provision
  • School holidays and weekends off


Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting Stephanie Watt on 01664 454264 or

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website

Acorn care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for