Assistant Headteacher - Academic/Personal Development St Cuthbert's Catholic High School, St Helens, Merseyside

Job description

The Governors of St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School invite applications from outstanding and experienced teachers with at least 3 years of proven strong, successful senior leadership and management experience for the post of Assistant Headteacher – Academic/Personal Development.

The main priorities of all members of the Leadership Team are ensuring effective learning and teaching and providing the best education for all our students and helping them to live life in all its fullness.

We would particularly welcome applications from strong candidates, who, if successful, will initially lead on academic and personal development and be accountable for:
• Personal development (working with Personal Development Leader)
• Culture capital – SMSC/FBV/RSE/PSHE/CIT
• CEIAG and transition KS4-5 (working with Personal Development Leader)
• High Ability cohort
• SEND (working with SENCo)
• Looked after children
• Pupil premium strategy and catch-up programme
• Character building and Growth mindset
• Extra and cross-curricular/trips
• Student voice and wellbeing

• Support the Headteacher in providing a clear direction for the development of the School.
• Contribute to establishing the core values of the Leadership Team and the direction of St Cuthbert’s improvement journey
• Support the aims and ethos of the school
• Contribute to management decisions on all aspects of policy, development and organisation by playing a significant role in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the school’s Improvement Plan.
• Support the Headteacher and staff in the review, implementation, development and monitoring of whole school policies which promote the school’s values, aims and objectives.
• Attend SLT meetings as required, and report back to staff when necessary.
• Establish good relationships, encourage good working practices and support and lead teachers.
• Plan, organise and chair meetings as appropriate.
• Liaise with support staff and outside agencies.
• Ensure that mechanisms are in place to promote standards and quality assurance.
• Liaise with Governors, when appropriate, to facilitate their overview of school management.
• Attend and participate in open/parent evenings.
• Uphold the school’s behaviour code and uniform regulations.
• Participate in staff training.
• Participate in Continuing Professional Development.
• Attend team and staff meetings.
• Develop links with Governors, LA , Archdiocese and the wider community of schools.

Recording and Assessment
• Sustain effective, positive relationships with all staff, students, parents and governors and the local community.
• Support Curriculum Leaders within the context of school policies in relation to working practices and relationships to be fostered with students, including those relating to behaviour, discipline and attitude.
• Encourage moral and spiritual growth and civic and social responsibility amongst students.
• Manage innovation and change.
• Work collaboratively with all colleagues.
• Manage and develop effective working relationships with Headteacher and senior leaders in the school.

Training and Development of Self and Others
• Contribute to the professional development of all staff through example, coaching peer support and target setting.
• Contribute to the audit of staff development and training needs and the provision of effective INSET.
• Ensure support and training during the induction of new staff and for trainee teachers. Support the establishment of priorities for expenditure across the whole school and within departments.
• Maintain effective and efficient management and organisation of the accommodation and resources of the school.
• Ensure the maintenance of a structured environment for effective teaching and learning, for good behaviour and discipline and for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

This job description is not exhaustive and will be subject to periodic review. It may be amended to meet the changing needs of the school. The post-holder will be expected to participate in this process and we would aim to reach agreement on any changes.

Carry out any other duties deemed appropriate by the Headteacher.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate degree level qualification, or equivalent

Essential qualifications

Qualified teacher status

Further relevant professional/academic study and evidence of CPD and knowledge of current issues in education

Essential skills and experience

At least three years of proven strong, successful leadership and management experience in a secondary school

 Hold and articulate clear vision, values and moral purpose, demonstrating optimistic personal behavior, and positive relationships and attitudes.
 Demonstrate a strategic leadership style that is characterised by integrity, creativity, resilience and clarity.
 Understand how to empower all students and staff to excel.
 Implement, manage and evaluate change in a collaborative way.
 Show evidence of raising standards that has impacted positively on student attainment and teaching and learning.
 Significant experience in evaluating and using data to plan and improve student performance.

Employee benefits


About St Cuthbert's Catholic High School

St Cuthbert’s is a voluntary-aided, 11-16, co-educational comprehensive Catholic high school in the St. Helens Authority in the north west of England. There are 871 pupils on roll of whom 45% are baptised Catholic, with 33% from other Christian denominations, and 22% from other faith or religious traditions.

Berrys Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 3HE
LA Maintained School
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