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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    22 April 2024 at 1pm

  • Date listed

    15 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Full-time equivalent salary

£61,882.00 - £68,400.00 Annually (Actual) LT12-LT16

Assistant Headteacher: Ethos and Culture job summary


Matthew Arnold is a thriving community school on the outskirts of Oxford looking to appoint a new Assistant Headteacher with proven leadership skills who can further develop the school’s ethos where young people are at the heart of everything we do and leave us ready to take on the challenges of early adult life.

Matthew Arnold is an oversubscribed inclusive 11-18 school of over 1,300 pupils that serves a mix of urban and rural communities across the west side of Oxford. The school prides itself on being a high achieving school with increasing rates of progress for our disadvantaged students. This has been achieved by focusing on improving outcomes for every student and continuing staff development.

The school is part of the Acer Trust. All schools in the Trust play an important part in the success of the Trust and work together collaboratively so that each school in the Trust is a great place to learn and to work.

About the person:

  • Record of exceptional and collaborative leadership
  • Someone who can inspire all our students and staff
  • Able to discover, plan for and lead through the next decade of school improvements


The key purpose of this role is to continue to develop the positive school ethos and culture through the implementation of a clear positive behaviour policy based on relational and restorative practice, both within and beyond the classroom.

Purpose of Assistant Headteacher role:

Working very closely with the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteachers and other Leadership Team members, the Assistant Headteacher plays a key role in:

  • Co-leading the creation of the strategic vision, values, aims and goals for the school
  • Improving the outcomes for all students
  • Formulating and implementing the strategic aims and objectives of the school.
  • Establishing the policies and procedures through which the aims and objectives will be achieved
  • Leading and managing staff and resources to achieve the aims and objectives of the school.
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the achievement of agreed aims and objectives, described in the annual School Improvement Plan
  • Oversight of the development of the positive behaviour strategy and positive behaviour policy strategy into Leadership of our positive behaviour policy and restorative practice including engagement of families and wider community and induction and on-going training of staff and middle leaders (HL) in systems and processes
  • Strategic development, including monitoring and evaluation, of positive behaviour approach (all non-negotiables in terms of impact on learning)
  • Leading the development of student leadership and student voice
  • Leadership of the pastoral programme, including assemblies and tutor programme to explicitly teach and promote the school ethos
  • Leadership of extra curricular provision and enrichment-(with TLR post holder) to ensure a rich, diverse and inclusive experience for all students and as an entitlement for all that is celebrated and valued widely in our community
  • Identifying information gathering and analysis to support school improvement
  • Ensuring Stakeholder voice impacts positively on the school
  • Oversight of support to House Leaders, Curriculum Leaders and tutors in the strategic implementation of behaviour management policies and procedures
  • Ensure that positive behaviour and relational practice benefits students with SEND
  • Planning Tutorial, mentoring and assembly programme
  • Management of curriculum enrichment days
  • Management of extra curricular provision
  • Student council
  • To lead on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • To ensure celebration events promote the ethos and culture of the school, through the communication of the core qualities and personal characteristics
  • Annual update of School Planners
  • Curriculum Leader Link
  • House Leader Link
  • Oversight of Curriculum Enrichment (may need TLR to be advertised Sept)

For more information please see Job Pack and link below:

Matthew Arnold School Improvement Plan 2023-24

How to apply

Please complete the application form on My New Term.

When providing your supporting statement please give details of the experience and skills you have that make you an outstanding candidate for this role

Please complete your application by Monday 22 April 2024

If you would like to visit the school (virtual or in person) or have an informal conversation about the Assistant Headteacher’s role please contact Katrina Lukaszyk/Jeremiah Hayman on hr@maschool.org.uk who will be able to arrange a time with the Headteacher.

If you have any questions please contact hr@maschool.org.uk

Matthew Arnold School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. We are committed to equality and we value diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black, Asian, and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in leadership posts in the secondary education sector in Oxfordshire. An enhanced DBS check will be required for the successful applicant.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Matthew Arnold School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1314 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Matthew Arnold is a popular and successful school on the edge of Oxford with an excellent local reputation. We are focussed on improving outcomes for every student and are committed to staff development to support this.

The school is part of the Acer Trust family of schools so there is opportunity to share expertise and experiences and enjoy professional development with more than one school. Our induction programmes give strong support to NQTs.

We offer defined-benefit public sector pension schemes (Teachers Pension, Local Government Pension Scheme), a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme, good bus links, car and cycle parking.

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