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Assistant Head (Pastoral)

Westwood College, Leek, Staffordshire

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
LEADERSHIP 11-15 £54,091-£59,581

Job summary

Due to the retirement of the current postholder, we would like to welcome applications for the position of Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) at Westwood College. Located in Leek in the attractive Staffordshire Moorlands, this is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy and vision to help lead the school to further success.

Westwood College is an oversubscribed 13-19 High School in Leek and is one of the three founding members of the Talentum Learning Multi Academy Trust.

The successful applicant will have the drive and personality to build on the considerable progress made by the school and be prepared to meet the challenge of becoming one of a group of outstanding schools. Self-motivated and ambitious, you will help secure the vison of the school, helping to further develop a culture of high expectations and opportunity.

You will bring a strong record of supporting school improvement and will actively embrace working closely and collaboratively with the governors, staff and students and the wider community to reinforce the school’s place in providing a truly outstanding resource for the lifelong learning opportunities of students and families across the town.

To the right candidate this will be an extremely rewarding experience, an opportunity to really make a difference and to help lead the school to the next stage in its development.

If you believe you possess these qualities to take on this exciting challenge, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and these positions are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Applying for the job

Should you wish to apply for the post, please complete an application form and enclose a brief letter of support (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining:
• Why you are applying to Westwood College
• How your experience and present post has prepared you for this role
• The particular strengths that you would bring to the role
• How you would see the role developing and what impact you would like to make

Please note that we do not accept curriculum vitae’s.

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Education phase
School size
800 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact email
Contact phone number
01538 370930

About Westwood College

Westwood College is a mixed, non-denominational academy for students aged 13-19. Located in Leek, a market town in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands, it has roughly 800 students.

Set in the grounds of a stunning 17th century manor house, Westwood College is part of the Talentum Learning Trust. Made up of 9 schools within and around the town, the Trust’s mission is to support and enable all learners to believe in themselves, to succeed in life and to aspire to be all that they can be.

The ethos of Westwood College centres around ‘Respect, Resilience, Ambition and Pride’. The school has aimed to build a community based on tolerance, sensitivity and an appreciation of difference. It commits to providing a broad, varied and stimulating education that is also personalised to meet the needs of each individual student. Students are encouraged to be part of decision making in their college life, to value the opportunities offered to them by the school, and to fully engage with their learning.

Outcomes for students at Westwood College are strong. In 2019 at Level 2, 74% of students achieved English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above and 45% at grade 5 or above.

Following their short inspection in February 2019, Ofsted recognised Westwood College as a ‘welcoming, friendly school. Pupils and sixth-form students are happy here because they say that they are treated as adults and feel their voices are heard. They develop a strong sense of equality and fairness.’ Teaching was noted as being ‘engaging and creative in many subject areas, which motivates most students to work hard and achieve well. The quality of students’ work in many cases is extremely high.’

Arranging a visit to Westwood College

Please contact Julia Shenton, HR Officer at Westwood College via email recruitment@ttlt.org.uk or telephone 01538 370930.

School location

Westwood Park, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8NP

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