Job Description

Springwood & Littlewood Campus

Start date – January 2023

Leadership Scale 7-11

It is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Littlewood and Springwood campuses provide education for children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism, many of whom also have severe learning difficulties and complex needs. Linwood School is an ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted January 2018) multi-campus, day special school for children and young people aged 4 – 19. We welcome them from a wide geographical area and support a comprehensive range of special educational needs including moderate (MLD), severe (SLD) and profound (PMLD) and complex learning difficulties (CLDD) as well as those on the Autism spectrum.

In order to be pro-active and responsive to the increased need for support with student and staff wellbeing, whilst ensuring the continuation of best autism practice, a new opportunity has arisen for a permanent Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead with responsibility for pastoral and classroom support based at Springwood Campus.

This post is a key appointment to the team and an exciting career development opportunity for the successful applicant who may be looking to move into a middle leadership role in the future. They will have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership traits across the campus, and will be supported to develop in areas that are not currently a strength.

Leadership at Springwood Campus is a job that requires the postholder to take responsibility by way of demonstrating exemplar practice and role modelling our values to all stakeholders, whilst acting in the best interests of our students at all times to ensure they receive a good quality education that adds value to their lives. In addition, the ability and willingness to be able to support staff during challenging times as well as recognising the commitment they demonstrate, is essential.

The successful applicant will need to be able to demonstrate commitment to the Senior and Middle Leadership Team. There will be no regular teaching timetable, although there will be an expectation the postholder provides practical support to classes and teachers across the campuses alongside the existing Senior Leadership at Springwood, and liaise with Lead Teachers at other campuses.

A key part of this role is to assume the tasks that fall to a DSL to support safeguarding within the campus, strategy, practice and culture.

The successful applicant will:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills.
  • Play a decisive role in the pastoral and operational matters of the campus through innovative and enterprising leadership, collaborating with senior leaders to do so.
  • Ensure consistent high standards across the campus through lesson observations/LARs; scrutiny of planning and assessment, and carrying out progress reviews and performance management of staff.
  • Support new teachers and teaching assistants to settle into their roles, with a view to ensuring the best provision and outcomes for all students.
  • Build relationships with parents/carers and pupils across the phase; supporting with pupil wellbeing, regulation and engagement.
  • Be flexible and willing to support in classrooms if required, role modelling exemplar practice with students.
  • Work collaboratively with other leaders at all campuses.

Linwood School is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce. We seek and encourage applications from individuals from a diverse background who will come and work with us and become part of our Linwood family, supportive of our school values whilst providing an excellent an inclusive service to our students, ensuring they continue to feel part of the school community in everyday activities.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our young people and the successful applicant will be required to have an enhanced DBS check as well as an overseas criminal records check, if worked or lived outside the UK within the past 10 years. Offers of employment are also subject to satisfactory references, health and right to work checks. As part of this process we will also undertake social media checks as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education from 2022.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. If the role is exempt, certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed, and if they are disclosed, we cannot take them into account.

All Linwood School staff are expected to adhere to our policies and procedures in respect of safeguarding and child protection, including Keeping Children Safe in Education and Guidance for adults working with children and young people in an education setting.

If you would like to have an informal discussion in the first instance about this role, please contact

Tours to the school are available on:

3rd October between 10am – 12pm or afternoon from 1pm 4th October between 10 – 12

7th October between 4pm – 5pm

Closing date: Midnight Wednesday 12th October 2022

Interviews will take place: Friday 21st October 2022


For more information and to apply: Safeguarding & Pastoral Lead – Springwood & Littlewood Campus – Bournemouth –