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  • Job start date

    17 April 2023

  • Closing date

    2 February 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    24 January 2023

Job details

Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L4 - L8

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for someone who has a proven track record of improving academic progress at a whole school level and who demonstrates an enthusiasm and commitment to drive school improvements through their effective leadership qualities.

The successful candidate will develop engaging strategies and effectively lead a team to raise standards and help our pupils develop a love of language and communication.

Southwark Primary School is part of an expanding multi-academy trust and this appointment comes at an exciting time when the Believe Academy Trust is supporting a growing number of pupils’ learning. You will have the opportunity to work with a large, supportive Senior Leadership Team, with excellent development and networking opportunities for the post holder.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an outstanding and experienced practitioner
  • Have a proven track record of impact on pupil outcomes with experience of developing teaching and learning
  • be a positive role model who can inspire and motivate
  • be passionate and committed to improving the life chances of pupils and making a difference;
  • Implement, co-ordinate, and monitor the impact of appropriate strategies, linked directly with whole school priority areas
  • Alongside SLT, lead monitoring processes across the school to maximise pupil outcomes including observations, learning walks, work analysis, pupil interviews, moderation and data analysis.
  • Lead and co-ordinate the daily activities of the Year 2/3 hub and support school leadership in the drive for improvement in line with school priorities
  • Lead on behaviour across Year 2/3, liaising with pupils, parents and staff as well as external agencies as appropriate
  • Monitor and maintain the learning environment across Year 2/3, ensuring it is in line with school expectations
  • Undertake the role and responsibilities of ‘appraiser’, leading the professional development of staff
  • Be an integral part of the senior leadership team who is committed to achieving the school’s vision

What the school offers its staff

We are able to offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a positive, supportive and forward-thinking team;
  • Outstanding professional development opportunities led by our dynamic senior leadership team in partnership with the Trust;
  • Excellent bespoke career development with the opportunity to shape the school’s future;
  • Enthusiastic, polite and well-mannered pupils;
  • Access to a package of wellbeing services

Further details about the role

Southwark Primary School are looking for a driven, positive and proactive leader to join our Senior Leadership team as an Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for leading our English provision across school. The successful candidate will also assume responsibility for the effective running of the Year 2 and Year 3 Hub (6 classes).

Our vision is to create a school community where children excel, develop a love of learning and create magical memories that will last them a lifetime. We have high expectations for every child to succeed through the provision of personalised, real life learning experiences which enable them to grow into productive and valued citizens. Children will have success for today and be prepared for tomorrow.

Commitment to safeguarding

Southwark Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointments are subject to vigorous pre-employment checks including an enhanced DBS check, Barred list check and Disqualification Declaration. A start date will not be confirmed until clearance from all the checks has been obtained. This role is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) which requires you to disclose all spent convictions and cautions except those which are ‘protected’ under Police Act 1997 – Part V and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013 and 2020).
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About Southwark Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
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School size
672 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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Situated in Old Basford, three miles from the centre of Nottingham, Southwark has 663 children on roll, aged from three to eleven years and is extremely fortunate in having a new building. The school has been designated as an “exemplar project” so the building has a VERY high budget - £14 million! The school buildings accommodate up to 630 children and has a 90 place F1 unit. We are a forward thinking school and believe that our pupils deserve the very best provision. Here at Southwark, we regard excellent behaviour as essential if children are to learn and achieve their full potential. We also acknowledge our influence in promoting positive behaviour which will enable our pupils to be successful, life-long learners and responsible citizens. Staff provide experiences for the development of a number of personal qualities and attributes. As our pupils enter the Early Years & Foundation Stage, we focus on the ‘characteristics of effective learning’ and as our pupils move further up the school we focus on six main learning behaviours: teamwork, determination, focus, curiosity, creativity and reflection. We promote these learning behaviours through all areas of the curriculum, as well as discuss these in assemblies and explicitly recognising, encouraging and celebrating when these are shown. Each learning behaviour has its own superhero character, designed by pupils, to support pupils adopting ‘super hero powers’ to display each desired characteristic. Our outstanding facilities ensure that our pupils receive the very best in academic and extra-curricular provision. There is a 3G pitch, a multi-use games area, and a grass area. The outstanding 3G facilities are available to the community when not in use by the school. We also have a Sports Hall and a Main Hall. Additional community facilities incorporate a community room, and a variety of meeting rooms. All pupils have access to adventure play areas and habitat areas during play times and every classroom has sliding folding doors to give direct opportunities for outdoor learning. We also have a beautiful quiet courtyard and a gardening area. Consequently, our school council, eco club and gardening club are always busy! We run many, many sporting extra-curricular clubs and are extremely proud of our sporting success and passion for physical activity both competitive and for enjoyment. We also have a beautiful stage and theatre standard sound and lights to make our annual performance extra special – every child takes part in our summer production! There is a high turnover of families moving in and out of the area, so children tend to come and go throughout the school year. An increasing number of our children are from ethnic groups other than White British, coming from many different backgrounds. We have a few pupils who are asylum seekers; the number of pupils who enter school with EAL is increasing considerably year on year. The school also offers an extended day with a Breakfast Club and an After School Club, both available for a small cost. Our Governing Body is an active one and they work hard to ensure the school is deploying resources and investments as effectively as possible to ensure all pupils receive the best possible education. Southwark has a reputation as a highly inclusive school. Our approach to supporting pupils with special needs, as well as deployment of behavioural strategies to maintain a calm and effective working atmosphere, has received praise from the Local Authority and from OFSTED. We are an active and forward thinking school with staff of many different ages, backgrounds and interests. Southwark is a challenging place to work and we expect a lot from our teaching staff in terms of high quality teaching – our children deserve no less! We are highly supportive towards new staff at all levels in the school and we try to make induction as effective as possible. We work tirelessly to support and develop all staff through outstanding professional development opportunities led by our dynamic senior leadership team in partnership with the Believe Academy Trust. Here at Southwark, we also recognise sustained outstanding performance and give opportunities for accelerated pay progression as a result. We have a clear staff engagement strategy to make working here as rewarding as possible through additional benefits and incentives. If you like a challenge, and want a school that “buzzes” about teaching and learning, then Southwark is the place for you!

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