SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form)

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: Deputy Headteacher - Saint Cecilia's Church of England School (with Sixth Form) - South London

L21 - L27 (Inner London) - Anglican - Deputy Head/Vice Principal
Ref: 104 Date Posted: Monday 15 Feb 2021
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Deputy Headteacher - Teaching and Learning

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 - Teaching, Learning and Staff Professionalism.

We were judged ‘Good’ in our most recent Ofsted inspection (Jan 2018). The arrival of a new Headteacher in April 2019 has further emboldened our staff to drive school improvement further. We will be increasing our PAN from 150 to 180, with a £4m expansion of the site already underway.

You will be responsible for:

  • Establishing and sustaining high-quality, expert teaching across all subjects and key stages, built on an evidence-informed understanding of effective teaching and how pupils learn
  • Ensuring teaching is underpinned by high levels of subject expertise and approaches which respect the distinct nature of subject disciplines or specialist domains
  • Creating a dynamic learning environment across the school, that utilises new technologies effectively
  • Creating and sustaining a culture where staff work to the highest standards of professionalism. Ensuring the school takes a holistic approach to assessing and supporting the effectiveness of teaching and support staff
  • Forging effective partnerships with educational organisations and charities etc. beyond the school that support the delivery of expert teaching

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 for an application pack.

Closing date: Monday 25th January at Noon
Shortlisting: Wednesday 27th January
Interviews: Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd February

We very much look forward to welcoming you.

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

"Thank you for everything you did to successfully support our recruitment of an outstanding Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Using Emmaus Leadership to manage the recruitment to the post was much debated and was the subject of intense scrutiny by our Governing Body who were somewhat reluctant to use a leadership recruitment specialist. However, their confidence was reinstated as a result of your professional approach, your insightful knowledge and the resulting candidate pool produced for both appointments. I have no hesitation in recommending Emmaus to other schools."

Annie Sutton - Executive Principal, St Joseph's RC Specialist School and College

"We considered TES Prime, but the critical factor for us was that Emmaus are not only specialists in recruiting Headteachers, they are Christians focused exclusively on recruiting for Church Schools."

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

"I have personal experience of the quality of service Emmaus provides, when I successfully applied for a Headship position through them. I always felt I could call up, get the ‘inside take’ on the school and ask any questions in complete confidence. The support and expert advice I received made the application process far less daunting and I would thoroughly recommend Emmaus to any Church School looking to appoint a key Leadership position."

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

"Could we afford it? My belief, as Chair was that we couldn’t afford not to. Our pupils deserved and needed strong school leaders to be found and drawn to apply. Our success was down to using Emmaus and definitely money well spent."

Carry Lynott - Chair of Governors, Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School, Bradford

"I want to thank everyone at Emmaus for your support in recruiting our new Headteacher. You ensured that we were able to ‘cast a wide net’ and have a number of high quality applications to shortlist from. It was a great outcome for us and one I do not think we would have achieved on our own. We will be sure to be in contact again."

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

"…we also considered other external recruiters, but Emmaus were clear favourites in terms of their recruitment expertise and in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the catholic school’s sector."

Peter Giorgio, Director of Education, Nottingham Diocese

"We had been cold called by a few other companies but chose Emmaus as it specialised in Church schools. We were impressed by Liam and his team coming to the school and burrowing in to what the school wanted and needed. He asked searching questions and we were satisfied this was the way forward. I had not been a fan of head hunters before, but I have to say this process and its result was a hugely better experience than going out on our own and was totally professional throughout."

Bridget Prentice, Chair of Governors - Trinity School, Lewisham

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Barry Leyland, Chair - Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust

"I cannot imagine a better service to fulfil the requirement of helping a Catholic school find a Head. I was impressed with the number and high quality of candidates sourced by Emmaus Leadership."

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

"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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