Assistant Headteacher – Harry Watts Academy

  • Start Date: April 2022
  • Application Close: Monday 6th Dec, 2021
  • Pay/Salary: L7-L11 £49,019 - £54,091 per annum

Harry Watts Academy are seeking to appoint an Assistant Headteacher for April 2022, or for as soon as possible. This is a brand new role within the Academy with excellent development opportunities for the right candidate, as our Academy grows.

Harry Watts Academy is a new special free school in Sunderland opened in September 2020 for autistic pupils aged between five and sixteen years. We pride ourselves on having a shared belief that all children have a right to the best education that can be provided and a learning and working environment where all are respected, valued and achievements celebrated.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will:

  • Have the highest of expectations for all our pupils and a relentless focus on safeguarding
  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders
  • Have a passion for leading teaching and learning, and improving outcomes for pupils with SEND, in particular autism

The successful candidate will have senior or middle management experience in a specialist school and have a sound understanding of autism and strategies used to support pupils with autism in their learning.

Prosper Learning Trust was established in January 2018 with Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy, with Thomas Bewick School joining in 2019, and Harry Watts Academy opening in 2020. We are striving to further build collaboration across the schools and grow as a Multi Academy Trust, whilst continuing to strengthen our relationships with schools outside the MAT for the benefit of our pupils.

Prosper Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work within the Trust is expected to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory fully enhanced DBS check and references being received. Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise. All applicants must hold appropriate teaching qualifications.

Interested candidates must contact Derek Cogle, Headteacher, or Louise Hindmarch, Deputy Headteacher on 0191 5623003 for an informal discussion about the role prior to applying.

PROSPER Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone working within the Trust is expected to share this commitment.

Please see the application forms at the bottom of this page, and return application forms including the safe recruitment form to

Interviews: w/c 13th December 2021


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Harry Watts Academy
Thomas Bewick School
Newcastle Bridges School
Mary Astell Academy