Deputy Residential Care Manager

Joining Abbey School, you will find an experienced, committed, values-driven team of staff. We are keen to welcome an experienced social care leader who can inspire a culture of excellence within our new residential special school. You will be able to draw on full support from the range of specialists across Abbey School and will have the opportunity to work closely with the Principal, and support the Residential Care Manager, to build an outstanding provision with our young people’s needs at its core – in short, a whole school community who will make you proud to be their Deputy Residential Care Manager.

Our beautiful residential provision is set in the heart of Chester City Centre surrounded by the historic city walls. We have four houses located on the school grounds which collectively house up to 30 young people. Our cohort of residents at Abbey Green all attend Abbey School for Exceptional Children.

We are looking for an outstanding leader who can demonstrate a great track record, a comprehensive understanding of the children’s care setting for SEN, quality assurance systems and processes, and the drive to develop positive and engaging relationships with all our key stakeholders.

You will have an active role in the line management of residential support workers, senior residential support workers, team leaders, and waking watch staff. You will help create an environment where our young people can strive to meet their full potential.

Supporting our residential children and families from the very first time they meet the teams, you will have a minimum of a Level 3 Diploma in Residential Care, with at least three years qualified experience. Direct experience with Ofsted social care inspections will have given you the proven track record of the good regulatory outcomes that our children deserve.

As a Deputy Residential Care Manager you will have a real eye for detail – knowing that our absolute commitment to the safeguarding of our children and young people is our top priority. You will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the National Minimum Standards for Residential Special Schools and the Ofsted Social Care Inspection Framework and the demands that this places on all aspects of our work.

Bringing our plans for Abbey School to life will be challenging and intense but, with enthusiasm, creativity and a hands on approach, the reward and satisfaction will be second to none. You will have a unique opportunity to shape and deliver the long term strategy for the school and our drive to transform the lives of our children and young people.

This is a permanent full-time post and we are seeking a start date as soon as possible.

How to apply

If you feel as though you have the right qualities to join our exciting, innovative and exceptional school then please read our recruitment pack which contains a full job description and person specification, and complete our application form, both available to download below.

Completed application forms should be returned to recruitment@abbeyschool.com with a covering letter addressed to the Principal, Dr Katy Lee. Alternatively, application forms with covering letters can be sent by post to Abbey School, 10-11 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU.

Please be advised that we only accept fully completed application forms.

The end date to submit all application forms is 9am Monday 1st November 2021

Interview date: 5th November 2021

Recruitment Pack
Application Form

Abbey School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The safeguarding responsibilities of this post are to uphold Abbey School policies to protect and safeguard pupils and vulnerable adults in order to secure their health, safety and wellbeing.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are ‘spent’ unless ‘protected’ under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marriage/civil partnerships, religion/belief, or sexual orientation.