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Deputy Headteacher - Hazel Oak School

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£71,729 - £79,112 Per Annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

Job Details

Hazel Oak Special School  - Deputy Head Teacher Vacancy

Full time, permanent - required for January 2025

Leadership scale point 18 - 22 

Our Values;       Community       Respect    Wellbeing    Growth       Creativity

We are seeking to appoint a Deputy Head Teacher to join our dynamic and experienced leadership team, to lead and develop our vibrant and inclusive special school. We welcome applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experience within education. We celebrate the diversity of our population, celebrating difference as one of our strengths. 

Hazel Oak supports a broad range of pupils with learning difficulties which include Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, social, emotional and mental health, speech, language and communication difficulties, plus more complex and medical needs. Communication, wellbeing, life skills and the functional use of core skills are central to our curriculum, which brings real life experience into learning.

The successful applicant will have substantial leadership experience in senior roles within schools, managing teams of people effectively, and supporting staff to deliver high quality curriculum content and outcomes.

As an inspiring and creative teacher and leader, you will be able to support staff to deliver an adapted national curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our learners, developing staff pedagogy through collaborative team working, creating inspired experiences and cultural capital for all. 

Alongside the Head Teacher, and two Assistant Head Teachers, you will be instrumental in driving the school’s development through research-based, aspirational and innovative training, appraisal, peer and wellbeing support. You will also have a commitment to trauma informed, restorative practice, championing individual pupil needs, modelling high expectations to staff and pupils. 

Hazel Oak is a supportive family team with a passion for progress, both in our pupils and our staff. Come and see what we can do to support your next challenge, pre visits are welcome.

Leadership structure;

Head Teacher; Deputy Head Teacher

2 x Assistant Head Teachers

Head of 14 to 19

TLRs; Key stage leads for EYFS, Primary and KS3

TLRs; Inclusion, English, Maths & Science

Our vision;  Having fun, discovering our place in the world, building relationships and overcoming challenges. Learning about life beyond the classroom to shape a successful future.

This is your chance to be a part of something special.


Call Emma Fitzpatrick on 0121 744 4162 or email for further details, or to arrange a visit.

Further information about the school can be found on our website;  “Reaching for the Stars”

Closing date for applications is 8.30am on Thursday 4th July 2024

Interviews will take place on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th July 2024 

Hazel Oak School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and Safer Recruitment checks. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender assignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.  

Hazel Oak strives to be a fully inclusive school, supporting a diverse workforce with equity as a key priority. In supporting applications from neuro diverse applicants, we adapt recruitment processes to include all candidates. 

The post falls under the requirements of the Fluency Duty (part of the Immigration Act 2016) which makes it a requirement for all public sector workers operating in ‘customer facing’ role to be able to speak fluent English.

Emma Fitzpatrick


Attached documents
Reference Request Form2.doc
Standard Job Application Form DBS [SCHOOLS] v4.1 December 2019 Updated.doc
DHT Person Spec June 24 HO.pdf
DHT JD Hazel Oak June24.pdf
Recruitment Monitoring Form v1.doc


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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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