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Shape a new school

We are seeking an exceptional educational practitioner to open, shape and lead a new independent ASC provision for up to 36 pupils aged 5-14. As Head Teacher you will design the curriculum and grow a nurturing and therapeutic environment to meet the needs of the more complex ASC placements for which there is demand in the North West. Your school will be outstanding and a leading light for our young people and their families.

Maple Grove School site is currently going through significant refurbishment and is based in Chester, North West. The red brick school sits on an island surrounded by a quiet residential community and has a large, recently resurfaced playground. . The accommodation provides a school hall and generously sized classrooms with high ceilings, good natural light and ventilation. This a great opportunity for us in the North West to expand and complement our current SEMH provisions that are struggling to facilitate for all ASC referrals due to their complex nature.


About the Group

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the National Fostering Agency Group, we 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 to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the role

You will work with James Joyce, Assistant Director of Education, who already oversees a number of successful schools in the North. You will be instrumental in the staff recruitment and setup of the school in advance of opening late 2019.

As Head Teacher, you will promote a relentless focus on the quality of education and delivery of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of children and young people along with producing positive outcomes.  You will ensure the school has effective management and the required team capability to continually improve as the school grows. A place at Maple Grove School will equip pupils with the best opportunity to prepare them for the next phase of their education.

You will be joining a high achieving company and executive team, leading your own outstanding school and positively impacting the lives of many young people. As part of our team you will focus on developing self-esteem and wellbeing, as well as academic performance and development. 


Who are we looking for?

We are looking to hear from SEND professionals with the ability and ambition to inspire a multi-disciplinary team to deliver outstanding learning for children and young people with special education needs.

We are looking for someone who knows how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils and their families. An excellent communicator, you will become an ambassador for Acorn Care and Education, as the role will include working in partnership with parents, local authorities and other stakeholders.

If you are a truly inspirational, highly motivated and forward-thinking individual, with the energy and passion to change lives coupled with proven experience of impacting upon whole school development and improvement, this could be an excellent opportunity for you.

In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities, plus access to a network of great leaders within the Acorn Care and Education Group.


Want to explore further?

Call the Recruitment team on 01204 556360 for an informal discussion or email

We will be hosting an open day for the school once shortlisting has been completed. The site is undergoing significant refurbishment but this is a great opportunity to see our vision for the site and learn first-hand about Maple Grove School and hopefully help you to decide if we are the right school for you. 

We offer an auto enrolment defined contribution pension. Please note this is not part of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. A Headteachers bonus scheme is available if annual quality measures are met, which is up to 10% of the basic salary.

This position is due to commence in September 2019. An earlier or a later start could be possible. The school will be opening in late 2019 once DfE approval has been secured.

Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.