Royal School Manchester, Stanley Road, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 6RQ

Employer: Royal School Manchester

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Closing: 29th February 2024

Type:  Permanent

Holidays: 25 days + bank holidays rising to 30 days plus bank holidays with length of service

Start date: September 2024

Interviews: 7th – 15th March 2024

About Royal School Manchester at Seashell

Royal School Manchester at Seashell is a non-maintained special day and residential school for children and young people with low incidence high needs including severe learning difficulties, sensory impairment and autism. All pupils at the school use alternative and augmentative communication systems, the majority are non-verbal communicators, whilst others use these systems to supplement their spoken communication.

Our highly- skilled team of teaching and support staff include specialist teachers, (autism, hearing impairment and multisensory impairment), intervenors and autism trained TAs. They work closely with a full team of therapists and our residential care services to deliver high quality personalised learning and support based on the needs and preferences of the student. Our recent ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection highlighted that the school team put no limits on what can be achieved and as a result pupils make exceptional progress.


Seashell is one of only a few charities in the Northwest focussing on enhancing the lives of young people with very complex needs. This sets apart the school from other provision as we deliver high quality education and care to meet needs of children and young people who need highly specialist expertise and resources.

We have already invested significantly in a world class campus development with world class residential homes and a recently opened exceptional special school with excellent facilities and will continue to do so over the next decade and beyond. We have plans for a new college and to strengthen services to support progression from education to positive destinations.

If you would like to join an outstanding team who are dedicated to enhancing the future of children and young people with the most complex learning needs in an ambitious and exciting organisation, then this is the role for you.

Role Outline

The Deputy Headteacher reports to the Headteacher and plays a major role in:

  • Formulating the aims and objectives of the school in line with Seashell’s vision
  • Establishing policies for achieving these aims and objectives
  • Managing staff and resources to that end
  • Monitoring progress towards the achievement of the school’s aims and objectives
  • Driving collaboration with services across Seashell to deliver design and deliver integrated services to young people
  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of Seashell

Person Specification

Has significant experience in:

  • Demonstrating best practice in delivery of teaching to students with a range of special needs
  • Involvement in college self-assessment and development planning
  • Raising standards and monitoring success in a school or specialist setting
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams for the benefit of students
  • Management of whole school projects
  • Teaching young people with SEND
  • Working with parents and Governors or Trustees
  • Leading and managing staff
  • Evidence of taking an active part in monitoring/evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Experience of effective and impactful leadership within an education provision.
  • Evidence of effective financial planning or budgeting efficient use of resources and obtaining best value for money.

Personal Skills

  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of Seashell
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position.
  • Good communicator
  • Leader
  • Visionary
  • Self-motivated and a motivator for others
  • Team player
  • Demonstrates a management style routed in compassion and inclusivity where all staff and pupils are treated with dignity and respect
  • Change orientated
  • Ability to combine effectiveness, humour, friendliness and warmth


  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified teacher status/QTLS
  • Recent and relevant professional development relevant to the post
  • Relevant Leadership Training / qualifications

If you are inspired by the potential difference that high quality education can make to a young person’s life, and you want to work with the Headteacher as part of a forward looking leadership team that drives the vision for the school to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with low incidence high needs then this could be the role for you.

Full job description and person specification available.  A candidate role overview pack is also available.

To apply please visit Seashell Trust Jobs | Jobs with Learning Disabilities Or for more information please contact

Our benefits

Life assurance, on site gym, employee assistance and wellbeing programmes, on site counselling, cycle scheme, free parking and lots more!

About Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.

As per our Safer Recruitment procedure, you will be required to complete a Seashell Application Form as part of our recruitment process.

We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students. As part of our safer recruitment procedure, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. We are an inclusive employer and welcome all applications.

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for an interview, please highlight this to our Recruitment Team in advance.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.