Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards, Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form)

Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards, Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form) - South London

L21 - L27 (Inner London) - Anglican - Deputy Head/Vice Principal
Ref: 105 Date Posted: Wednesday 24 Mar 2021
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Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards

Salary: L21 - L27 (Inner London)
Location: Southfields, Wandsworth, SW18
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: September 2020

We are an expanding, heavily oversubscribed 11-18 Church of England academy (NOR 974 including 196 in Sixth Form) with an overtly Christian ethos, serving the local community of Southfields in Wandsworth. We are at an exciting stage as we seek to appoint a second Deputy Headteacher to take overall responsibility for the Quality of Education - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards.

We were judged ‘Good’ in our most recent Ofsted inspection (Jan 2018). Our headteacher, who was appointed in 2019, has further emboldened our staff to drive school improvement further, supported by a strong and committed leadership team including a new Deputy Headteacher (focused on Teaching and Learning) who was successfully recruited earlier this year to start in September 2021. We will be increasing our PAN from 150 to 180, with a £4m expansion of the site already underway.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring a broad, structured and coherent curriculum entitlement which sets out the knowledge, skills and value that will be taught
  • Supporting effective curriculum leadership, developing curriculum team leaders with high levels of relevant experience with access to professional networks and communities
  • Ensuring valid, reliable and proportionate approaches are used when assessing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
  • Sustaining a culture and practices that enable all pupils to access the curriculum and learn effectively
  • Lead on school self-evaluation – with relation to standards and achievement – and thereby identify priorities for improvement

You are likely to have a strong curriculum background - having come up the Head of Department rather than pastoral route and be at Assistant or Deputy Head level currently.

If you believe you have what it takes to be part of a school community that continues to move forward, delivering the very best education for all our young people, then we would like to hear from you.

In the first instance, please contact Liam Dowds, our Emmaus Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this recruitment, in complete confidence on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me to request an application pack.

Closing date: Sunday 25th April at Midnight
Shortlisting: Monday 26th April
Interviews: Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May

School visits are available on 20th, 21st and 23rd April.

Our school is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. DBS check required.

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