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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    22 May 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    16 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

L11 - L15

What skills and experience we're looking for

Assistant Headteacher

Start Date: 1 September 2024

Contract type: Full time

Salary: L11 – 15 (£60,488 - £66,628) - dependent on skills and experience

Contract term: Permanent

Humphry Davy School is looking to appoint a talented, innovative and inspirational leader with a proven track record of school improvement to join our Senior Leadership Team. An outstanding teacher who shares our commitment to inclusion, ‘celebrating individuality’, ‘nurturing a true sense of belonging’, ‘aspiring to excellence in everything we do’ and ‘seeking to maximise the life chances of all our young people’.

We are looking for leadership potential and capacity in applicants, rather than specific experiences. The exact responsibilities of the post will reflect the strengths, skills and expertise of the successful candidate. You will have a clear vision of what excellence looks like and possess the drive and tenacity to put this vision into action to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students.

Humphry Davy is a truly comprehensive community in which every child is cared for, supported, stretched and challenged. The school has a long-standing well-deserved reputation for its caring approach that values individuals and an ethos that encourages, supports and develops students of all abilities. The challenge is to ensure that the standard of care never falls, whilst student outcomes continue to rise.

This role is a great opportunity to build or extend a leadership profile towards headship at our popular and successful school in beautiful West Cornwall. Ofsted (May 2023) judged the school as ‘good’ stating, “Pupils enjoy attending Humphry Davy School. They feel safe, happy and well-cared for. Pupils value the warm and respectful relationships they have with their teachers.” “It is a highly inclusive school”, “Pupils enjoy learning.”, and “are proud to attend the school, so there is a strong sense of community.”

If you are an outstanding classroom practitioner with the interpersonal skills to motivate and inspire stakeholders and a personal commitment to drive an ethos of continuous improvement then we want to hear from you. The successful candidate can be assured of our full support with their future professional and career development.

For further details, including application form, please visit our school website www.humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk or alternatively please contact Mrs Lisa Hopkins on 01736 352124.

Closing Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at 09:00

Shortlisting: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 15:30 Wednesday 22nd May

Interviews: Provisional date of Thursday 23rd May 2024

What the school offers its staff

What the school offers its staff

A school located in beautiful west Cornwall with a genuine family atmosphere.

• The successful candidate can be assured of our full support in pursuit of their career goals. The development of staff is fundamental to raising standards and our high-quality programme of whole school professional development is supplemented with input from our highly experienced and successful languages team.

• The full range of staff well-being and support can be found in our policy available on the school website, but includes:

• Access to Health and Wellbeing support through the ‘Schools Advisory Service’ including 24-hour GP access, Physiotherapy, some private Medical operations, Counselling & Mindfulness and Staff wellbeing clinics.

• Termly wellbeing events where staff can learn a new craft, socialize and generally ‘have fun’ as a community.

• An ‘open door’ policy to ensure staff are able to easily seek advice, share thoughts and help us develop our policy and practice.

• Access to the Cornwall Council ‘One and All Employee Benefits’ including ‘Techscheme’, Cycle to Work scheme, Discounted memberships and 'on-line’ and ‘in-store’ discounts including major high street stores.

Commitment to safeguarding

Humphry Davy School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff are subject to pre employment checks which include applying for an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to sgreet@humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk

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About Humphry Davy School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
809 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01736 352124

Humphry Davy School is situated in beautiful West Cornwall and is committed to ensuring the highest quality of education for all our students. Ofsted (Short Inspection November 2016) judged the school as ‘good’ and stated, “Across the school we found that pupils were very keen to learn. Pupils we spoke with enjoy coming to school and feel that they are making good progress. Pupils are well-mannered and keen to tell visitors how good the school is and how it keeps them safe”. A more recent visit in July 2022 by the LA education effectiveness team highlighted how staff create a positive atmosphere and inclusive ethos, leading to all students having a sense of belonging to the Humphry Davy Community.
We look forward to the publication of the most recent report, following inspection in May 2023

Arranging a visit to Humphry Davy School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email LHopkins@humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk.

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