Job Description

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Job Title: Headteacher

Location: New Options School, Walton on Thames, South East, KT12 1LE

Salary: £75,000 – £85,000 per annum dependent on qualifications and experience plus performance related bonus scheme reviewed annually

Hours: 40 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

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

This is a great opportunity for an inspiring Headteacher to lead on the full set up and opening of our new specialist Autism School, New Options School in Walton on Thames. Our New Options School will be part of Options Autism Group, the leading independent provider of autism specialist schools and homes in the UK. As Headteacher, you will promote a relentless focus on high quality, creative learning, delivering our pupils educational needs, maximising children’s achievement, and their ability to develop.

As Headteacher you will have an infastructure 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.

About the role

You will exercise dynamic leadership of the School and to ensure the full development of the vision for the service, its promotion and continuous improvement. You will create and maintain a Centre of Excellence in the education of our students.

You will create a shared vision and strategic plan which inspires and motivates pupils, staff and all other members of the school community. This vision should express core educational values and moral purpose and be inclusive of stakeholders’ values and beliefs. The strategic planning process is critical to sustaining school improvement and ensuring that the school moves forward for the benefit of its pupils.

You will work in collaboration with other senior managers, to provide a complete service and to develop and grow the wider services offered by the Centre to encourage an increase in referrals.


  • Qualified Teacher Status of Equivalent
  • Willingness to extend personal and professional development
  • At least three years’ experience as a senior leader in a specialist autism school for children with complex communication needs
  • Competion of NPQH
  • Higher Degree Qualification, Postgraduate qualification in SEN (in particular Autism

Please see job description for more details and information.

About us

Our New Options School is located in the stunning market town on the south bank of the Thames in the borough of Surrey. It forms part of the Greater London built up area and is served by a wide range of transport routes to school, making it easily accessible. Our new specialist school will cater for young people with complex communication needs, autism and associated learning and motional needs.

For over 16 years, Options Autism have provided care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. As part of Outcomes First Group, we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join Options Autism?


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 children 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 children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.

Job ID: 191346