Job Title: Head of Service
Salary: £70,000 - £80,000 dependent on experience

Location: Jubilee School, Portsmouth
Hours: Full-Time

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Head of Service to join our team at Jubilee School. Someone who can deliver a holistic and integrated approach to care, education and clinical services would be perfect for this role.

About the School

Jubilee School is a co-educational day School, which helps educate and support Children aged between 8 – 16 who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges and additional complex behaviours. Jubilee School is linked with four residential homes and is located in Portsmouth. The School requires a strong leader who has a strong Education background and may have some Care home experience.

About the Group

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

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role

The Head of Service will exercise strategic and operational leadership to ensure the full development of our vision for the Service. They will take full responsibility for the operational and financial performance of the Service with the support of the Board and key Senior Leaders.  

The successful candidate will utilise their personal expertise, experience and contacts to ensure development and implementation of the strategy. They will be a direct line manager for the Headteacher who looks after the 38 week provision and the Head of Care in the 52 week residential provisions. The post holder will ensure appropriate standards are maintained in relation to care, education and clinical programmes. This will be achieved by working collaboratively with Senior Professional colleagues to ensure services are structured, staffed, trained and operated to deliver high quality, individually tailored programmes to meet the needs of each young person.

It is essential that we ensure that the Service operates in a commercial and cost-effective manner, meeting financial targets. The Head of Service will be responsible for operating to agreed budgets and contribute to keeping within these budgets as instructed.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has had extensive and successful experience as a senior leader within a children’s environment, preferably within an Educational setting but may have some experience of residential services. This must include experience within the specialist area of working with children with SEMH and/or challenging behaviour. You should have a positive work ethic, want to be hands on and be able to work effectively to produce an effective leadership team.

You should have an extensive knowledge surrounding safeguarding of children, as you will be ensuring that Senior Leaders are implementing safeguarding correctly.  We want someone who places a focus on the positive outcomes of our children and adults and takes responsibility for helping improve the lives of our children.


Essential Criteria

  • Relevant experience in the specialist area of the service
  • Experience at a Senior Manager level in the specific service area i.e. Education or Residential
  • Managing budgets effectively and ensuring cost efficiency
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Good knowledge of Safeguarding procedures
  • Good knowledge of relevant Regulatory Body regulations
  • Driving licence


Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Pension
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of children and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact 01204 558055 or email

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

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