Step-down services for children and young adults

At Young Foundations, we specialise in residential step-down services, and specialist education, for children and young people with complex needs.


Howard House, Bedlington

40 hours per week
£50,488.32 - £70,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience

Role: Headteacher

School: Howard House School, Bedlington, Northumberland
Full Time: 40 Hours per week

Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £50,488.32 – £70,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience


Young Foundations Ltd are seeking to appoint a talented and inspirational headteacher who will build upon the existing strengths of Howard House School and further develop an ambitious quality of education.


We are seeking the right person to provide outstanding leadership and management for our very special school where everyone is Valued, Challenged and Inspired. You will be skilled in working collaboratively with stakeholders and partner organisations at all levels to maximise the educational opportunities for children and young people with complex additional needs.


The role will require you to be a dynamic and professional leader, able to motivate staff, set high expectations, enhance achievement and facilitate rigorous and continuous self-evaluation.


You will develop, secure and sustain high quality teaching and effective learning across the school, monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote continuous improvement. You will seek to set outstanding standards and to maintain high expectations amongst staff for the progress of all pupils. You will have an exceptional track record of success, specifically in relation to positive outcomes for all pupils regardless of background or ability.


Whether you are a serving Headteacher or a successful senior leader looking for your first whole school leadership role, what is clear is that you will have an exceptional track record of success, specifically in relation to positive outcomes for all pupils regardless of background or ability.


Young Foundations is at a very exciting stage in its development, and you will have opportunity to play a key role in its growth. We will provide you with the resources and support you need in your efforts to continue to build excellence throughout the school. We can offer:


  • A friendly and supportive team of staff across the group who are willing to share expertise and learn from one another
  • An exciting and diverse learning environment where hard work and achievement are appreciated, acknowledged and celebrated
  • A curriculum that is relevant to the needs of our pupils
  • A well-resourced learning environment
  • Further professional development appropriate to the role


To learn more about Howard House School and Young Foundations please visit our website Young Foundations | Residential step down services for children and young people

Young Foundations are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff to share this commitment. We adopt fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across the company in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. 


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are invited for interview, you will be required to disclose convictions that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. Certain spent convictions and cautions will be ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed. Full details on protected convictions and information about which convictions must be declared during job applications can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. You will be asked for further information about your criminal history during the recruitment process. If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure and Barring Service before your appointment is confirmed. This role will include Regulated Activities and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is required for this post. 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.


We are more than happy for prospective candidates to visit so we can share our vision and principles, and discuss this post. See below for School viewing dates. 

School viewing dates: Wednesday 6th September & Friday 15th September 2023. Please contact Shanileze Prinsloo at Howard House School to arrange an appointment on 01670 339156.

Closing date: Monday 25th September 2023 at 9am.

Howard House Entrance

About Howard House

Howard House helps children, and young adults, with complex needs face some of the most challenging transitions they might encounter on their pathway to independence.

Whether this is the transition from hospital to the community, or from residential care to independence, young people will experience the relationships and clinical support they need to achieve success in adulthood.

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