Job Title: Head of Education

Salary: up to £45,000 per annum – depending on experience (salary negotiable for right candidate)

Location: The Tower School, Epping, Essex

Hours: Full time, Term Time only


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

We are looking for a Head of Education to join our team at The Tower School; a special educational needs school. As Head of Education, you will design the curriculum and grow a nurturing and therapeutic environment to meet a range of needs including Autism and any accompanying learning difficulties. You will help the school to be outstanding and a leading light for our young people and their families.

About the School

The Tower School is a brand new, independent special day School for pupils aged 11-18 who have a primary diagnosis of Autism. Our dedicated team, work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who will often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

The Tower School site is currently going through significant refurbishment and is scheduled to open in early February 2021. It is based in Epping, Essex and is located on Epping High Road within easy access of J26 of the M25 and Junction 5 of the M11.  Epping is a lovely market town in Essex and just 17 miles (30 km) from the centre of London.  It is surrounded by Epping Forest and the River Roding and River Lea valleys. The school is just a 10-minute walk from Epping station on the London Underground’s central line which will have you in London’s West End in under 50 minutes.

The Tower School is part of a divisional brand – Options Autism.

About the Group

Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group 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 Education will ensure there is a positive ethos, which reflects the school’s commitment to education including the encouragement of all staff and pupils to participate fully all aspects of school life. This essential role ensures that the children are taught curriculum, which is relevant to the abilities and needs of the children in an effective learning environment full of good relationships and equal opportunities.

As Head of Education, you will be in charge of teaching and learning as well as curriculum development. You will also be required to deputise for the Headteacher, which will ensure professional development.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for an individual who is educated to degree level or equivalent with Qualified Teacher Status. Experience of working with and managing children with Autism and sometimes challenging behaviour is essential.

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 Options Autism, as the role will include working in partnership with parents, local authorities and other stakeholders.

No two days at The Tower School will be the same, so we are looking for a Head of Education who has a flexible working approach and can use their initiative. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with young people in a calm demeanour, and focuses on the positive outcomes of our young people.

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


Essential Criteria

  • A degree or degree level equivalent qualification
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Experience of working with children with learning disabilities
  • Current full driving licence
  • A commitment to promoting the safe guarding and well-being of children and young people
  • Experience of Leadership and management across a whole school setting
  • Extensive experience of curriculum design, implementation and quality assurance processes


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 young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path

If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact 01204 558055 or email

Options Autism 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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