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  • Start date details

    20th Feb., 2023 or as soon as possible afterwards

  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    3 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover

Full-time equivalent salary

£48,366.00 - £50,807.00 Annually (FTE)

Assistant Headteacher (Maternity Cover) job summary

Overall Summary

Thank you for considering applying for our vacancy for Assistant Headteacher (maternity cover).   We are looking for a passionate and dynamic Assistant Head with excellent classroom practice and proven leadership experience to join our supportive and friendly team.  

The successful applicant will work in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to promote continuous improvement in all areas of practice and will be:

  •         An exemplary practitioner with a love of learning and high expectations of children’s learning attainment and behaviour.
  •         A dynamic leader with proven ability to inspire and support colleagues.
  •         Able to communicate effectively with pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.
  •         Able to lead a team by example with a clear understanding of what constitutes outstanding teaching and   learning and be able to communicate this to the whole school community

Our team works together closely to create an amazing learning experience for our pupils which nurtures all children to be the best they can. We look forward to welcoming you to our school for a visit.

About the school

We are a vibrant, successful and friendly primary school for children between 4 – 11 years with 285 pupils on roll. Located in the village of Great Brickhill, we are 5 miles from Milton Keynes, and 4 miles from Leighton Buzzard so we have good accessibility. Our children are a delight to teach and we are determined for them to flourish academically and socially, no matter what their starting points.

As a Church School, we firmly believe that every child has the ability to ‘let their light shine’ and make a difference to the world. Our focus is on providing deep and rich learning experiences that provides them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in life, yet also prepares them morally and spiritually so that they can live life in all its fullness and make a contribution to their local, national and global community as citizens of the modern world. Every child matters to us and we celebrate diversity, uniqueness and challenge stereotypes in order to be ‘Good Samaritans’, helping others, no matter what.

We offer breadth and depth of curriculum experience whilst also ensuring that the children continue to excel and progress in the core skills of reading, writing and maths. More detail on our school can be found on our website www.highashschool.co.uk and interested candidates are encouraged to take a look before applying to find out more about us, our vision and our practice.

Our school is also very committed to the wellbeing and development of its staff.  Our Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team are highly motivated and fully supportive of all of our staff members; our pupils are hardworking pupils who respond well to staff who take the time to understand them. We have effective CPD from local and national sources and we firmly believe in giving teachers the time and support needed to develop their craft through a mix of peer support and networking as well as specialist led CPD and school improvement.

What we offer you

We are proud to offer you:

  •         A supportive, dynamic, dedicated and inspirational team of staff who firmly believe that they will make a difference to the pupils at our school
  •         An innovative, supportive and diligent leadership team dedicated to improving pupil outcomes
  •         A comprehensive and supportive induction package to enable you to quickly feel part of the team
  •         A proven track record of providing exciting, high quality professional development opportunities for the career progression of ambitious and aspirational teachers
  •         A friendly, thriving school appreciated and supported by parents and the wider community
  •         Hardworking, enthusiastic children who are eager to learn
  •         A highly active and supportive governing body


About the candidate

Do you want to work in a school that supports you to be the best?  Are you enthusiastic and determined to provide outstanding learning for children? Do you buy into our vision of developing children to be the best they can be and to give something back to society?

Essential Experience:

  • ·         Qualified teacher status
  • ·         A proven record in managing and promoting curriculum development
  • ·         Is an outstanding class teacher, demonstrating high quality classroom practice, organisation and display.
  • ·         Teaching experience in more than one establishment and across the primary age range
  • ·         Experience as a member of the senior Leadership Team
  • ·         Recent participation in a range of relevant in-service training


Knowledge and Understanding of:

  • ·         A passion for a creative curriculum.
  • ·         A clear understanding of the whole primary curriculum. An understanding of the principles of Assessment for Learning and how these contribute to raising pupil achievement
  • ·         Current educational issues and their implications for primary schools
  • ·         The importance of school self-evaluation leading to school improvement, ensuring an impact on standards, including the use of data
  • ·         The need for a creative learning environment that supports a ‘learning journey’ for pupils.
  • ·         Committed to implementing and following through a rigorous and robust set of policies and procedures designed to safeguard children.
  • ·         Be committed to equal opportunities.
  • ·         Strategies to value pupil involvement and develop responsibilities in school
  • ·         Strategies to developing excellent pupil behaviour
  • ·         Supportive of, and involved in, extracurricular activities


Skills and Abilities:

  • ·         To work cooperatively and effectively with the Headteacher and Governors to create and secure commitment to a clear vision for an effective and improving school
  • ·         To work cooperatively with partner organisations
  • ·         To lead and manage people to work effectively towards common goals
  • ·         How to use comparative data, together with information about pupils’ prior attainment, to establish benchmarks and set targets for improvement
  • ·         Proven ICT capability- Its application to learning, administration and use effectively to communicate
  • ·         Prioritise and manage own time effectively, work under pressure and to deadlines
  • ·         To maintain and develop good relationships with all stakeholders

Please see the attached Person Specification for a full list of requirements.  Overall, we are looking for a passionate and dynamic primary teacher with excellent classroom practice to join our team.  We have a proven, successful track record of supporting the development of staff and love working with teachers who bring enthusiasm and new ideas.

Commitment to safeguarding

High Ash CE School is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children. An enhanced DBS and qualifications check will be carried out upon appointment of the successful candidate. More information, including our Safeguarding statement and Child Protection policy, can be found on our website www.highashschool.co.uk
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About High Ash Church of England Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, Church of England, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
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School size
282 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

High Ash C.E. Primary School is a vibrant, successful and friendly primary school for children between 4 – 11 years.

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