Assistant Headteacher: Standards, Support and Inclusion

Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3JB

This job expired on 16 May 2022

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    3 May 2022

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Contract type



L11 to L15

Assistant Headteacher: Standards, Support and Inclusion job summary

Assistant Headteacher: Standards, Support and Inclusion
Range L11-15, full-time 1.0fte, permanent

Hadrian Learning Trust, comprising Hexham Middle School (HMS) and Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS), wishes to appoint an Assistant Headteacher to lead the approach to standards, support and inclusion at our middle school. HMS is a large and flourishing middle school set in the historical market town of Hexham and is co-located with QEHS on a purpose-built site with brand new school buildings with state-of-the-art learning facilities. We cherish the strong partnerships that exist between pupils, parents/carers, staff and the local community making this a successful, friendly and welcoming school. Pupils at Hexham Middle School have an eagerness to learn and achieve very well academically.
We are seeking an inspirational and dynamic Assistant Headteacher to work closely with the Head of School to lead day-to-day life at HMS. We are looking for a driven, enthusiastic professional who places pupil success at the heart of what they do. The Assistant Headteacher is responsible for shaping our pupils to be respectful young people who have a strong engagement in their education and personal development and who have high aspirations for themselves and their futures. 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.
As Assistant Headteacher, you will have a wide-reaching remit of responsibility and will:
• Lead pastoral care and support
• Be the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Looked After Lead
• Be the SENDCo (working closely with the Assistant SENDCo to lead provision)
• Lead behaviour, standards and attendance

As the school’s SENDCo, you will be ambitious for the success of pupils with additional needs and will be committed to the undertaking of the National Award for SENDCos.

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 continual improvement. We are particularly keen to hear from those who are strong teachers themselves and have a real interest in leading pastoral care and SEND support based on a sound understanding of the latest academic research into what works.
We pride ourselves on the care we give the children at HMS and you will be at the forefront of pastoral care, wider pupil support and inclusion. You will work with children and their parents/carers to build strong, positive relationships to enable all children to fulfil their potential. You will be ambitious for the success of all learners and will establish an environment where high expectations are embedded. You will support vulnerable learners, each with individual needs, to learn, achieve and grow during their middle school years.

We place a high value on our activity programme beyond the classroom and are proud of the many and varied enriching activities that form part of our educational offer. We have high expectations of behaviour and attitudes and strive to enhance the personal development of our pupils through a well-sequenced curriculum experience. We invest strongly in our teachers’ professional development and the successful applicant will be well-supported to become the best they can be.

The successful applicant will access a supportive induction package. As Assistant Headteacher at HMS, you will teach between 6 and 8 hours per week next year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a satisfactory Certificate of Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you wish to speak to someone regarding the vacancy, please contact Rachael Stokes on [01434] 610300. Applicants are encouraged to visit our school and can arrange appointments via recruitment@qehs.net or by calling the school admin team on [01434] 610300. Visits are available at 5pm on Friday 6 May or Tuesday 10 May.

Application packs are available from our website at http://www.hexhammiddleschool.co.uk/. If you wish to apply, please email your letter of application, completed application form and criminal records declaration form to recruitment@qehs.net.

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 May 2022 9.30 am
Interviews are scheduled for week commencing 16 May 2022.

We reserve the right to amend or withdraw this advert at any time

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About Queen Elizabeth High School

School type
Academy, ages 13 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1315 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 18
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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

Applicants are encouraged to visit our school and can arrange appointments via recruitment@qehs.net or by calling the school admin team on [01434] 610300. Visits are available at 5pm on Friday 6 May or Tuesday 10 May.

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