Job Vacancies

Are you looking to work with students with disabilities? With our fast growing school we are often looking for Teacher Assistants to work in classes supporting student learning. You would be working in teams with teachers and other teacher assistants with a wide range of amazing people. Contact the office for more information.

Current Vacancies

Specialist School Deputy Principal

(3 positions – 6PMU + 2FTU + SDA)

Sommerville is New Zealand’s largest specialist school, catering for students aged 5 to 21 years with a wide range of educational challenges. Our catchment area stretches from Newmarket to Maraetai and includes our base school in Panmure, satellite classes in 11 mainstream schools, a community programme for 18-21 year olds and an Outreach Service. Due to roll growth and a retirement, our senior leadership is being restructured and we are seeking three inspiring, learner-centred leaders to join us in Term 1 2021.

The successful candidates will have a deep understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum and effective pedagogies for students with special educational needs. They will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, recent and effective leadership experience and view education through a culturally responsive lens.

Our exceptional Deputy Principals will:

  • lead the successful implementation of our strategic direction and annual goals
  • build positive relationships with staff, students, whānau, other schools and external agencies
  • be future-focused, and innovative thinkers with the ability to both inspire and lead change in
    a large special school with a diverse staff and community
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences both orally and in writing
  • use IT confidently and creatively to develop robust systems and procedures.

Our staff at Sommerville are our super-power and w​ e believe our new Deputy Principals will be pivotal to continuing the uniquely supportive culture of our school. S​ uccessful applicants will have a passion for teaching and learning, a sense of humour and the ability to work effectively with the principal and our other senior leaders to inspire learning schoolwide.

The positions are fully released with specific responsibilities to be negotiated depending on the strengths and experience of the successful applicants.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions applications from applicants living outside of New Zealand will not be considered.

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Are you a teacher looking for work?

Contact our office if you are interested in working in special education. You can email or drop off your CV. If you would like further information add a cover letter to let us know a bit about yourself and we will get in touch.

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Phone: 09 570 9787