Ark Priory Primary Academy
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£32960 + SEN1 Allowance £2269 PA


Explore, Endeavour and Excel in an outstanding Ark School in West London


Start date: January 2023 or sooner (full time with 2 days PPA cover)

Salary: Main Pay Scale (Inner London) £32960 + SEN1 Allowance £2269 PA

Location: Acton, London

Nearest Tube station: Acton Town

Nearest Overground station: Acton Central

Deadline: noon on Friday 17th June 2022

Interview date: Monday 23rd June 2022

Ofsted: Outstanding – all areas


Visits to our school are warmly encouraged; to arrange, please call Mrs Clarke on 020 3110 0717


Ark Priory admitted its first two reception and nursery classes (90 pupils) in September 2013 and in 2019/2020, we had our first cohort of Year 6 pupils. It is a mixed, non-denominational, two form entry primary school for local children in Acton. It offers an inclusive and inspiring education in a community school with the highest possible aspirations for its pupils. We place great emphasis on supporting our pupils to reach their full potential and beyond, to develop and grow to become well-rounded and conscientious citizens of the world that offer a positive contribution to society. Ark Priory had a highly successful first year and was graded outstanding by Ofsted (June 2015).


Our mission, to ensure that all children can attend university or pursue a career of their choice, is incredibly important and something that we keep at the forefront of our minds every day, through our academy values of ‘Explore, Endeavour and Excel’ – today we lay the foundations for tomorrow’s success. By the end of their time at Ark Priory, we expect all children to possess the characteristics highlighted in our ‘Ark Priory child’.

Pupils are proud to be Ark Priory pupils and reflect the positive and respectful school culture in which all staff know and care about our pupils. We celebrate togetherness and what makes us part of our unique Ark Priory community, as well as valuing and nurturing differences; in our school bullying, harassment and violence are never tolerated.


Our ideal candidate will:

  • be a positive role model for the pupils in their care,
  • believe in the potential of every child and be committed to seeing that every child reaches that potential,
  • be able to inspire learning beyond the classroom, ensuring that learning doesn’t stop once the school day ends,

·          possess the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of the children,

·          be happy to contribute to the success of this exciting new learning community.


Applications must be made by noon 17th of June 2022. We will review applications as we receive them and may contact applicants before the closing date. Interviews will take place on the 21st of June 2022.


Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Job Description: SENDCo

Reporting to: Assistant Head for Inclusion

Start date: January 2023 or sooner

Salary: Main Pay Scale (Inner London) £32960 + SEN1 Allowance £2269 PA


Key Responsibilities

  • To lead and develop effective practice to ensure that the wellbeing of every child is at the centre of everything we do at Ark Priory
  • To ensure that all children with special educational needs and/or disabilities grow academically, socially and emotionally
  • To lead, manage and inspire Ark Priory’ pupils and staff to produce outstanding teaching and academic outcomes for children with special educational
  • To take a leading role in the development, implementation and constant refinement of the school’s processes and outcomes

Principal accountabilities

  • Provide strategic direction for SEND provision and ensure that the school’s statutory obligations in relation to SEND are met.
  • Oversee the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy and the Code of Practice.
  • Co-ordinate provision for students with SEND, including co-ordinating the identification and assessment of need for all new pupils and for referrals from teaching staff or parents.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of teaching and learning on the progress made by children with SEND in order to support the development of high achieving classrooms which support and foster the achievement of pupils with additional learning needs.
  • Analyse data and conduct observations and interviews to provide timely and targeted intervention for those who need it. Monitor the quality of such interventions to ensure that they are having the desired impact and represent a good use of school resources.
  • Collect and interpret specialist assessment data gathered on pupils and use to inform practice.
  • Identify and adopt strategies for ensuring children with a profile of SEND achieve at chronological age level or, if well below level, make significant and continuing progress towards achieving at that level.
  • Oversee and be responsible for the maintenance of accurate records on all students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and ensure that these are shared appropriately and effectively with all relevant school staff.
  • Oversee and monitor the quality of pupil profiles and plans to ensure high quality provision for pupils with a profile of SEND.
  • Co-ordinate transition arrangements for all pupils with profiles of SEND and liaise with other schools to ensure continuity of support and learning when transferring pupils with profiles of SEND to Ark Priory.
  • Liaise with the parents of students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.
  • Liaise with external agencies, including local authority support services, and provide detailed information on pupil progress.
  • Prepare reports relating to the work of the SEND Team to be made to the Head of School, Governing Body, and other stakeholders.




  • Communicate effectively to ensure that all parts of the Ark Priory community are kept informed.
  • Develop strong relationships and collaborative ways of working with all stakeholders.
  • Create a culture where all members of the Ark Priory community respect and support others and their physical surroundings.
  • Epitomise Ark Priory’ vision and values of Explore, Endeavour and Excel, and at all times adhere to the staff code of expectations.
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with pupils, staff and parents; modelling high standards and expectations whilst attracting the respect of all stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate consistently high expectations of all pupils and a commitment to raising their achievement and social and emotional wellbeing. Promote the positive values, attitudes and behaviour expected from all pupils by treating them with respect and consideration.
  • Take responsibility for your own professional development and demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development by reviewing your own practice, being open to feedback, and seeking opportunities to build your capabilities.


Person Specification







· Qualified to at least degree level.

· Qualified to work and teach in the UK, with QTS or equivalent or in training

· If applying without SENDCo/DSP training – a willingness to undertake said training without delay


· Advanced professional or academic qualifications.

· DSP training

· National award for SENDCo

· Other relevant SENDCo training/qualifications



· Significant experience working with children with SEND

· Safeguarding matters children affecting school aged children

· leading and managing a high-performing team

· Working with secondary age pupils to raise achievement

· Proven record of significantly raising achievement and progress across age and ability ranges and of helping pupils achieve impressive examination outcomes

· Track record of delivering consistently outstanding lessons to secondary pupils of all abilities


· Previously worked as a SENDCo

· Teaching pupils from backgrounds of socio-economic. disadvantage in at least one urban, multi-cultural setting.

· Experience of leading the development of a new programme, enterprise or school.


· Safeguarding and SENDCo statutory requirements

· Understanding of the demands of leading a high-performing department or team, including excellent knowledge of current educational developments and initiatives relating to teaching, learning and curriculum design.

· A proven understanding of how to coach other staff to achieve outstanding teaching practice and how to implement effective strategies to raise learning standards.

· Knowledge and experience of Safeguarding and Child Protection.

· Deep knowledge of developments in educational policy and pedagogic developments in relation to support for students with SEND

· In-depth understanding of current national/local guidance in relation safeguarding and SEND




· A proven ability to lead, enthuse and inspire a committed and highly effective teachers

· An effective leadership and management style that encourages participation and innovation.

· An ability to use data to inform and diagnose weaknesses that need addressing, and ability to plan effectively in order to raise standards

· The ability to lead, coach and motivate staff within a performance management framework, supporting their development and effectively challenging and managing any underperformance.

· Excellent interpersonal skills – and effective oral / written communication skills with children, staff and parents.

· The ability to skilfully develop and maintain positive relationships with pupils, parents, colleagues and other stakeholders.

· Well-developed planning and organising skills – including time management, prioritisation, delegation and decisiveness.

· Sound judgement and problem-solving skills

· A deep understanding of educational reforms and school performance data relating to students with SEND.



· A willingness to be fully engaged in the whole life of the school, including extra-curricular activities.

· A clear vision for Ark Priory, aligned with our current vision and values.


· A high degree of emotional and effective intelligence.

· Exceptional attention to detail.

· Gravitas and presence as a senior leader, and the ability to inspire confidence, trust and respect from those you lead.

· Humility; the ability to self-diagnose strengths and weaknesses; and a proactive, reflective approach to self-development.

· The passion, resilience, maturity and optimism to lead through day-to-day challenges, while maintaining a clear strategic vision and direction.

· Confidence and motivation to be decisive and effective under pressure.

· A high level of honesty and integrity.

· A sense of humour!



·         Right to work in the UK

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students

·         Willingness to undertake training

·         This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.