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Are you an innovative Headteacher committed to improving the lives of pupils and young people?

We are looking for a Headteacher for Castle Garden School in Guildford. 

  • From £70,000 per annum, depending on experience (not pro rata) – and performance related bonus. 
  • 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
  • Term Time only
  • Permanent
  • Start: September 2024 or sooner
  • UK Applicants only. This role does not offer sponsorship.

Through your knowledge and passion, you will have a real impact on the lives of pupils and young people. As Headteacher you will provide effective leadership and management of the school that ensures the school meets its aims and objectives and operates within the overall strategy and guidelines of Options Autism. 

About the role

As a Headteacher, you will promote a relentless focus on high quality, creative learning, delivering our pupils educational needs, maximising pupil achievement, and their ability to develop.

As Headteacher you will have an infrastructure of support from central services for Finance, Resourcing, HR and IT including a network of supportive Headteachers from other schools alongside central school improvement support. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Outstanding outcomes for pupils and young people that are a reflection of their needs, abilities and aptitudes.
  • A safe environment that protects the welfare of pupils and young people and staff in the school.
  • Meeting all statutory requirements as defined by the DfE, Ofsted and other external bodies and achieving the highest inspection ratings possible.
  • ​A motivated staff group that is fully engaged in the goal of achieving excellence in all areas of school life and who are committed to continuing personal and professional development.
  • The commercial success of the school as defined by 100% occupancy, the rigorous management of costs and the development and implementation of growth plans as appropriate.
  • Effective strategic and operational planning, that includes self-evaluation, school improvement and delivery.
  • A shared vision, that fits within the overall Options Autism strategy, which inspires and motivates students, staff and all other members of the school community.

Essential Criteria:

  • At least three years’ experience as a senior leader in either mainstream or special educational needs schools.
  • Qualified Teacher Status or Equivalent; NPQH (desirable)
  • Willingness to extend personal and professional development.
  • Ability to lead and provide a clear vision.
  • Appreciation and understanding that leadership and management of school encompasses processes contributing to pupil outcomes, staff motivation, keeping pupils safe, filling the school with pupils, managing costs, meeting regulatory requirements and applying growth plans as appropriate.

Please see job description for more details and information. 

To learn more about Outcomes First Group, Acorn Education and Options Autism please visit our website for more information: https://www.outcomesfirstgroup.co.uk/

About the school

Castle Garden School is a brand-new independent specialist school for pupils with autism between 5 – 11 years of age.

Castle Garden School strives to provide effective, specialist education and support to autistic pupils and their families, which will allow pupils to achieve their full potential in education and life. Located in the town centre of Guildford, the school provides primary education and offers a unique mix of education and support to pupils within a wide spectrum of needs and abilities. Personalised teaching and learning in an autism specific environment allows pupils’ individual needs to be addressed completely and their capabilities fully realised.

Castle Garden School is part of Outcomes First Group. The group is a leading national provider of outcomes-led learning, life skills and therapeutic care for pupils and adults with autism, complex needs and social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

We are really proud to say that in 2024, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the fifth year running.

Why join Options Autism? 


We are really proud to say that in 2024, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the fifth year running.

Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the pupils and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people. All applicants will be subject to social media checks and successful applicants to a fully enhanced DBS.

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy. 


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