Assistant Headteacher (Secondary) Leading on School Improvement Woodmansterne School, London

Job description

1. Assistant Head:
• Lead and develop our Initial Teacher Training (including Schools Direct, student placements), Newly Qualified Teacher training, staff induction, development and support programmes and links with Universities and Teaching Schools.
• To lead professional development in the secondary phase, to ensure staff are confident in teaching the new GCSE specifications and are 6th Form ready by 2022.
• To work with the appointed leader(s) to embed and develop successful practice and effective KS3 to KS4 transition across the school ensuring the achievement, progress and well-being of all children.
• To work with Senior Leaders to lead on behaviour across the school.
• To use analysis of internal and external data to help inform CPD needs of the secondary team
• In the absence of the Head of School and Deputy Head of School to carry out any associated duties as are reasonably assigned by the Executive Headteacher and Head of School (Primary and Children’s Centre).
Contribute to the:
• day to day leadership and management of the school, in line with the school’s shared vision and values.
• safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

2. Shaping the Future
• To play a key role in developing a positive and dynamic school ethos through our Careers Advice and Guidance programme.
• To lead by example and be an excellent role model for professional standards and integrity.
• To work with senior colleagues across the school to create a shared culture of learning within an inclusive environment.
To work with the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leaders:
• by ensuring the school knows its strengths and weaknesses, and plans for improvement.
• in building and maintaining a workforce of skilled, motivated and valued professionals who work to benefit all Woodmansterne pupils and the local community.

3. Leading Learning and Teaching
• To continue to raise standards of achievement to ensure the school fulfils its potential for excellence.
• To maintain an effective and exciting environment for learning, facilitating pupil engagement in, and ownership of their own learning.
• To enrich pupils’ learning through extra-curricular activities and opportunities.
• To monitor and develop the effectiveness of teaching and learning to meet the needs of all pupils.
• Analyse assessment data for children across the school reporting and identify areas to improve.
• To ensure high standards of pupil behaviour, attendance and punctuality exist within the school, by ensuring consistent policy and practice.

4. Developing Self and Working with Others
• Be responsible for identifying and securing own training needs.
• Promote high standards of professional performance, modelling excellent teaching, mentoring and supporting the professional development of all staff.
• Ensure effective planning co-ordination, support and evaluation ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities.
• Lead and inspire a team of staff to promote the development of team work and collective responsibility to enable pupils to achieve their potential and the school to succeed.
• Implementing appraisal arrangements, conducting and monitoring performance to develop personal and professional effectiveness and addressing underperformance where necessary.
• Ensure both self and others achieve an appropriate work/life balance.
To assist in:
• Leading on the continuing professional development of school staff.
• Leading on staff development meetings involving others as required.
• Building a collaborative learning culture within the school.
• Developing and maintaining effective strategies and procedures for the induction and professional development of all staff.
1. Leadership and Management
• To line manage staff accountable to this post - duties will be determined after appointment.
• Develop effective lines of communication with the whole staff team and promote effective communication across the school.
• Provide support to newly qualified teachers, supply teachers, teachers and teaching assistants who may be new to the school.
• Ensure parents receive regular information about the curriculum, the progress of their children and other matters affecting the school, so as to promote common understanding of aims and values, and to involve parents in the education of their children.
Contribute to:
• Recruiting, retaining and deploying staff appropriately.
• Establishing, developing and reviewing the effectiveness of the school’s policies through which this vision will be achieved.
• Producing and implementing clear, evidence based school improvement plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities.
• Ensuring that school improvement plans are co-ordinated, monitored, evaluated and reviewed effectively.
• Ensuring that the school and its resources are organised and managed to provide an efficient, effective and safe learning environment.

6. Securing Accountability
• Attend Governors and Governors’ Committee meetings as required.
• Ensure that all staff abide by the school’s code of conduct and all school policies, including safeguarding.
• Ensure the health, safety and well-being of staff and pupils by effective risk management.
• Ensure Performance Management of staff is effective and focuses on successful pupil outcomes.
• Support the development of an ethos that enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.
To assist the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leaders in:
• Providing information, objective advice and support to the governing board to enable them to meet their responsibilities for securing effective teaching and learning and improved standards of achievement.
• Presenting an accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences including governors, parents, the LA and OFSTED
• Ensuring all parents are well informed about attainment, achievement, progress and areas for improvement.

7. Strengthening Community
• Create and promote positive strategies for challenging all forms of prejudice and harassment.
• To work with the LA and relevant agencies and partners to ensure the well-being of children.
Contribute to:
• Ensuring regular and effective communication with parents, governors and other key stakeholders in supporting and improving pupils’ achievement and personal development.
• Developing the school’s partnerships with parents, the local community, businesses, other organisations and schools, to enhance and enrich the school and its values to the wider community.
• Building a school culture and curriculum that takes account of the richness and diversity of the school’s communities.
• Promoting the concept of lifelong learning and family engagement with learning through partnership.
8. Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children
• Ensure a safe and supportive culture in the school.
• Ensure the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted in line with current best practice and LA advice.
To assist the Executive Headteacher and Head of School (Primary and Children’s Centre) to:
• Identify key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
• Ensure policies and practice is in place to minimise opportunities for abuse and ensure its prompt reporting.
Further to this the Assistant Head will be expected to comply with any reasonable requests from the governors to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified within this job description.
The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by the most recent School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document. It may be modified by the Executive Headteacher and Head of School, after discussion with you, to reflect or anticipate changes in the job, commensurate with the salary and job title.

Essential educational requirements

Qualified to degree level and above
Qualified to teach and work in the UK

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status
Qualified to degree level and above
Qualified to teach and work in the UK

Essential skills and experience

• Recent, proven successful teaching across all Key Stages and evidence of developing leadership skills at a school within a multicultural community.
• The ability to manage change, creativity and innovation in a school leadership role or the ability to identify and manage change that leads to all-round improvement in the school.
• Evidence of relevant and recent continuing professional development.
• Experience of the new GCSE and A-Level specifications.
• Experience of a successful sixth form

Employee benefits

Woodmansterne has a diverse and vibrant community and as a school we benefit from a rich variety of cultures and traditions. We are looking to employ exceptional staff who share our values and determination to ensure that Woodmansterne pupils receive a first class education. The school offers a range of unique benefits, including exceptional CPD, a range of growth opportunities and innovative benefits. Our strong and experienced leadership team are committed to providing an exceptional and enriching education for all our young people.

About Woodmansterne School

Working at Woodmansterne is never dull. Creative ideas are listened to and considered and challenge is encouraged. Staff here are keen and confident to go the extra mile, knowing that their input is valued and respected. Woodmansterne is a special place, ask anyone who has walked through our doors, the learning environment is calm and enriched; pupils, staff and parents are happy. Our goal is simple, to ‘achieve excellence together’, we do this by supporting each other and a relentless focus on inspiring our young people (and each other) to be the very best version of themselves that they can be. Woodmansterne has a diverse and vibrant community and as a school we benefit from this rich variety of cultures and traditions . Woodmansterne is at very exciting stage of its development, we have recently moved into our new secondary building. Working closely across phases has ensured cohesion between staff, a greater understanding of effective transition and how children learn and flourish. Our children aged 3 to 13 have been able to share experiences and develop a strong and united voice. It has been a pioneering journey, one that we have embraced as a community, we have learnt from each other, risen to challenges and overcome obstacles together. As we move to the next stage of our development we intend to protect and the uniqueness of our cross phase community and all-through provision. Working closely with our families and the wider community is something we are passionate about, we have links with the local food bank, run a community fridge, host community events for local elderly residents and in the future will be sharing our wonderful new facilities with the local community. As a Woodmansterne staff member, you can expect regular and relevant professional development, opportunities to work across phases, be creative and risk taking in your teaching, work closely with colleagues in planning and training. You will be an integral part of this wonderful school and supported by an experienced and supportive leadership team. Prospective applicants are always welcome to come and visit, please contact the HR Manager, Androulla Oritis via The School Office to arrange a tour, or email:

Woodmansterne Road, London, SW16 5UQ
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