Isle of Wight Council

The Island Learning Centre

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Headteacher (Ref: 2023_167)

The Island Learning Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight

Leadership Scale L10 – L16 (£55,360 - £64,225)

Vacancy Reference: 2023_167

Closing Date: 23/03/2023

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time

Job Start Date: September 2023

Contact e-mail address:

We are looking for the next Headteacher of The Island Learning Centre, a ‘Pupil Referral Unit’ for young people aged 11-16. This is a ‘good-rated’ school serving the beautiful Isle of Wight. Our students have a range of vulnerabilities which may include special educational needs, medical needs, or behaviours that mean the young people have been permanently excluded from mainstream school.

This is a unique and challenging opportunity to make a real difference in education across the Isle of Wight. Situated in Newport, the heart of the Island, we have dedicated staff who provide a safe, calm yet stimulating environment for our young people allowing us to support the changes in their lives and nurture their potential.

Our new Headteacher will build on our strong foundations, inspiring staff and forging close relationships with parents and the wider community. This is a unique opportunity for the right person to elevate the centre into a beacon of excellence where the young people enjoy learning and fulfil their potential.

We already have a team of dedicated staff in place working with these wonderful young people and now we need the ideal candidate with vision and passion to take our school into the future.

As well as being a great place to work, we also offer a competitive reward and benefit package, including as standard:

A generous annual leave entitlement of 32 days per annum, plus public holidays
Local Government pension scheme
Local and national staff discounts & benefits schemes
Solent ferry travel discounts via Red Funnel, Wightlink & Hovertravel
Staff parking permit scheme
Discounted island sports & leisure gym membership

We would be delighted to receive your application.


Application Procedure

If you would like an informal chat or even a visit to the centre, please contact Paul Chivers, Chair Governors

Please find attached the Headteacher information pack and application form. Address your personal statement in the application on the person specification in the pack. Applications will need to be returned electronically to by noon on 23/03/23.

When submitting your application, please use the following format as the email subject heading: School Name – Position – Your Name.

Applications are acknowledged within 2 working days of receipt.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement within this time, please contact the recruitment team immediately at


The Island Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.  All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks, including online searches/checks

Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island

The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination and this is supported by the
Unacceptable Behaviour Policy, Employee Code of Conduct and Behaviours Framework. We actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees.

The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer, proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community. In addition to this, we are also a
Disability Confident Employer. Along with a number of other areas of commitments, this means that providing you meet the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared yourself as disabled, you will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.

This role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council has delivered, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and will continue to do so until 2023. The original five-year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.

The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.

This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Recruitment, Policy and Procedure and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.


Closing Date: 23rd March 2023 at 12pm (noon)

Interview Date: 24th & 25th April 2023