We are looking for an inspirational and innovative Principal to join the team at Falkland House School. We are an independent school offering day and residential placements to boys with autism and complex needs, including learning difficulties. The majority of young people are residential placements aged 8-18 years old and are a mix of 39 and 52 weeks.

About the Group

This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the National Fostering Agency Group. We provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally.

 Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the Role

As Principal, you will provide inspirational and motivational leadership and a primary focus on quality. You will set strategy, working with the team to balance care, therapeutic and educational initiatives, delivering a multi-disciplinary approach that maintains a fun and nurturing environment whilst achieving for the children.

Working with the Director of Education and your senior leadership team, you will ensure the school has effective management and the required team capability to further develop and continually improve.

You will be joining an experienced and committed staff team of 45, including a Head of Education and Head of Care. You will have access to shared best practice, an unrivalled peer group and a wealth of experience across the 20 Acorn Care and Education schools.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a strategic leader who shares our values, inspires and motivates our staff, and delivers outstanding support, care and outcomes to the young people and adults we serve. The Principal will develop strong relationships across the NFA Group and forge links with the fostering division and other schools and care homes.

There are plans to grow the residential provision at the School so the successful candidate will have proven and significant experience of working in a residential setting, and a working knowledge of Children’s Homes Regulations and Care Standards and/or CQC, as well as SEN education experience.  You will understand the challenges within the education and care provisions and you will champion the advantages of an integrated approach. As Principal you will be accountable for regulatory compliance and safeguarding.

We are looking for someone who knows how to bring a creative and innovative approach to improving performance and support for our pupils and their families. An excellent communicator, you will act as an ambassador for Falkland House School, and will have demonstrable experience of working in partnership with parents, commissioners, local authorities and other stakeholders.

In return for your experience and commitment we offer outstanding career opportunities within the wider Acorn Care and Education Group. You will have access to best practice, a network of great Headteachers, Care Leaders and experts, and the chance to shape the future and ongoing development of the school.

This position is due to commence Summer Term 2019. An earlier start could be preferable to enable a robust handover period (subject to approved reference/PVG checks). Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website or by clicking on the link below

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email or call 01204 556 360


Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Full Time Care Worker

We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified individual who has the professional skills and ability to work with young people who have additional educational and social needs. Knowledge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder is advantageous but not essential as training will be given. It is preferable that applicants have an HNC in Social Care and a SVQ 3 in accordance with the minimum requirement for registration as determined by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The successful candidate will be given time by the SSSC to successfully complete this qualification in their own time and at their own expense. Driver of manual vehicles essential.

Hours will be 1752 per annum excluding 6 weeks holiday. The salary is £17,722.88 to £23,815.52 inclusive of holiday pay.

Candidates will be subject to a PVG check (Protection of Vulnerable Groups).

For a full job description and an application pack please contact Catherine Crawford or Maj Yule on 01337 857268.