SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum, Assessment & Standards - South London

L21 - L27 (Inner London) - Anglican - Deputy Head/Vice Principal
Ref: 105 Date Posted: Tuesday 11 Jan 2022
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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.

"I have no hesitation in commending Emmaus to any school which is seeking to appoint a Christian Head. My only regret is that we did not go to them for the first round of interviews that proved unsuccessful. It is an expensive option, but in the long run they are more than value for money. I am very thankful to God for the ministry of Emmaus, and I warmly commend them to you. In OFSTED terms, they are outstanding."

The Rt Rev Keith Sinclair - Anglican Bishop of Birkenhead

"I’m delighted with the way it went and the successful outcome (third SLT placement now!) helps confirm to Governors that your approach is right for these levels of appointment. It’s difficult to quantify the costs of recruiting and failing to get the right candidate ourselves - we’d only find out the true cost and also lost opportunities if we tried and failed. Altogether better to invest in getting it right first time, so thank you for all your hard work on this. The other side is the perception we leave with all candidates and I think we’ve worked together to do an excellent job (using your Assessment support). The communication, logistics and the care given I think is really important and Emmaus are a big part of that - you work as an extension of the school. I am fairly sure that all of the candidates will go away having had a great experience and that will help our reputation spread in a positive way."

Dave Cobb - School Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's CE School, London

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Clive Purser, Chair of Governors, St Andrew's CE High School for Boys, Worthing

"We are delighted with the appointment we made and I have reported to the whole community that we could not have been more thorough in the search or more rigorous in the selection process. Thank you Emmaus Leadership."

Jacqui Feely, Chair at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

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The Rt Rev Nick Baines - Anglican Bishop of Leeds

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Canon Bob Baker, Chair of Governors,The Bishop’s CE School - Thetford

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Marjorie Bannister, Chair - St Michael's Catholic College, London

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Fr David Gibbons, Chair of Governors & Parish Priest, Archdiocese of Southwark

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Dan Pickard, Headteacher, The Bishop’s CE Primary School - Thetford

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Hannah Walters, Headteacher, Platt CE Primary School - Kent

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