L11 to L15
Hadrian Learning Trust wishes to appoint an Assistant Headteacher to lead the approach to teaching and learning across our two schools – Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School.
Our schools are friendly, welcoming, successful, mixed comprehensives with a proud history dating back to Elizabethan times. Our ‘outstanding eagerness to promote good learning’ is drawn directly from the original charter granted to the people of Hexham in 1599 to educate the town’s young people. It forms the basis of our ethos today, which centres on our belief in the highest academic standards for everyone and our valuing of education in its broadest sense.
There is much that is already very good at our schools: confident, well-behaved learners, dedicated, loyal staff and supportive parents. However, we are always seeking to improve and want you to help take us to the next level.
This is a particularly exciting time to be joining us as we prepare to move into our new school facilities on the existing high school site, where both schools will be located. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to fully align approaches to teaching and learning across our two schools to ensure a smooth and coherent learning journey for our young people through the key stages.
As an Assistant Headteacher with us, you will be part of a friendly, supportive and dedicated team of senior leaders. We are looking for applications from hard-working, conscientious, creative individuals who have a track record of using their initiative to design and implement strategies to secure improvement. We are particularly keen to hear from those who are strong teachers themselves and have a real passion for leading teaching and learning based on a sound understanding of the academic research into what works.
You can find out more details in the Person Specification and Job Description within the relevant candidate pack, on our website at www.qehs.net or via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to have a confidential discussion about the role, or would like to arrange to visit the school, please do not hesitate to contact Rachael Stokes on 01434 610362 or email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post. Please note we reserve the right to amend or withdraw this advert at any time.
Extensive well being package through our supply insurance providers.
Applying for the job
Please complete a Hadrian leaning Trust application form and send this along with your cover letter of a length of no more than two sides of A4 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
1301 pupils enrolled
13 to 18
About Queen Elizabeth High School
Hadrian Learning Trust was established as an academy converter in 2016. The Trust currently comprises Queen Elizabeth High School (with circa 1300 students aged 13-19) and Hexham Middle School (with circa 460 students aged 9-13).
Queen Elizabeth High School provides the highest standard of education to the people of Tynedale. We are an excellent school with a sixth form which outperforms most other state and voluntary-aided schools and colleges in the North East of England. Our success is due to having a shared ethos and a strong partnership between students, parents and the local community, and we want to recruit the best staff to help us achieve our vision of being the best school in the region.
Our attainment is high. In 2019, our Attainment 8 score was 53.3, with a Progress 8 of 0.29. While proud of our students' success, we are far from complacent and aspire for our Year 11 students to make the best progress possible. Our sixth form is truly outstanding and invites comparison with the best state schools in the country. With an average grade of B at A-Level, and an average vocational grade of distinction*-, over 160 students each year progress from our sixth form to a range of universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group. A number of our students also progress to exciting apprenticeships and vocational schools / conservatoires for a range of disciplines. We have been placed 2nd out of all state schools in the North-East of England for two years running in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings (based on attainment at GCSE and A Level).
Our curriculum currently offers a greater choice of subjects than most schools. Our Year 9 courses prepare students for their GCSE studies whilst at the same time ensuring that students receive a broad and balanced education. The advice and guidance offered to students ensures that the GCSE courses chosen by students best suit their needs and abilities. The size of our sixth form and the subject expertise of our teachers allow us to run a range of exciting courses at KS5. Our historically strong performance in maths attracts over 60 students each year to study maths and a further 15 or more to study further maths. Our vocational offer in sport, music performance, media, IT, health and social care and business allows students the opportunity to go on to study specialist vocational degrees at university.
Our last Ofsted inspection (April 2019) recognised our achievement in producing well-rounded and happy students. Each year, physics students visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and our Human Rights group travels to the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in India. One of our great strengths as a school is our links with the local, national and international communities, whether this is through sport and arts or through our charity work, Fairtrade group, hospital concerts or foreign visits. This year our students will participate in foreign exchange visits linked to schools in Spain and Germany. We also run an annual expedition to Morocco. Our renowned commitment to the performing arts can be seen through our weekly youth theatre and fantastic productions such as “Les Miserables” in December 2019. Our musicians put on concerts in autumn and spring and we have numerous choirs (including a boys’ choir) which perform at Hexham Abbey and to the local community. The opportunities for our students to take part in sport are considerable and they compete at a very high level whether individually or in teams. Our rowing team competes and is successful nationally and the school has produced Olympic athletes and rowers.
Continuing professional development is bringing about significant improvements in leadership and teaching, and a very strong Pastoral Team ensures that barriers to learning which affect outcomes for students are reduced. Our key to success in recent years has been to recruit the best staff we can and to provide a supportive but challenging environment in which they can develop as professionals.
Arranging a visit to Queen Elizabeth High School
Please call Rachael Stokes on 01434 610362 to arrange a school visit. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic visits will be arranged for after school hours.