Assistant Headteacher - Student Support Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury, Suffolk

Job description

Thomas Gainsborough School is a consistently high performing, well resourced, and truly comprehensive school, with a firm belief in excellence for each and every student, placing students at the heart of their curriculum.

We are seeking to appoint someone to join our Senior Leadership Team following the well-deserved promotion of the current post holder. The successful applicant will support the Deputy Headteacher (Student Support) in leading this outstanding area of our school and contribute to the whole school leadership of the school to help ensure its continued success.

You will be:

- an outstanding teacher who has high expectations of themselves and others
- an innovative leader
- a good communicator
- committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for all students
- be resilient, enthusiastic and determined to help remove students’ barriers to learning
- a team player with an excellence sense of humour


Key Functions

• To deputise for the Headteacher in the absence of the Deputy Headteacher
• To act as the legally designated SENCO and the alternate Designated Safeguarding professional (training will be provided)
• Oversee the implementation and monitoring of the Behaviour for Learning policy
• Ensure that all learner groups including Pupil Premium students and very able learners make outstanding progress
• Oversee the admissions and recruitment of students to Thomas Gainsborough School
• To lead, manage, monitor and support the work of specified staff within the team
• Contribute to specific school self-evaluation activities as determined by the Self-evaluation Calendar
• To be responsible for maintaining a high-quality learning environment in Student Services, Learning Support and our Access provision
• To play an active role in the life of and promoting the development of Thomas Gainsborough School

Specific Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the post are to:

• Take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the College in the absence of the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
• Manage and support the work of the Lead Student Support worker and Learning Support Manager to ensure that these departments are well managed and effectively led
• Lead, manage, monitor and support specified support staff ensuring that their work has a direct impact on learning
• Lead the Performance Management System for the Student Support personnel
• Ensure that staff within the Student Support teams receive the appropriate Professional Development
• Engage with Primary Schools, students and parents to ensure that Thomas Gainsborough School is the school of choice
• Oversee the transfer of mid-year admissions to the school
• Teach lessons as specified on the school timetable
• Manage, monitor and review the Student Support Teams budgets within the confines of the team’s budget allocation. This includes the management of specific contingency finds to be allocated within the team when needed to support the raising of standards
• Produce a termly report for Governors on the performance of the Student Support Team
• Attend Governors scrutiny committee meetings when requested by the Deputy Headteacher
• In liaison with the Data Manger organise student performance data in the team
• Attend meeting of the Strategic Leadership Team
• Attend meetings and community events to act as a representative of the school as requested by the Headteacher
• Support the Headteacher in the day to day running of the school
• Provide self-evaluation data for the team as set out in the annual Self-evaluation Calendar
• Provide staff reference information as requested by the Headteacher
• Undertake other tasks as reasonable required by the Headteacher

Responsible for the Line Management of:

• Lead Student Support worker
• Student Services Manager
• Attendance Officer
• Head of Access learning

Essential educational requirements

Educated to degree or equivalent level

Essential qualifications

Teaching qualification

Essential skills and experience

Excellent knowledge and understanding of Special educational needs provision and code of practice
Behaviour management strategies
Up to date knowledge of Safeguarding Procedures
Ability to analyse assessment data
ICT competency
Positive attitude towards change
The ability to plan and prioritise
The ability to motivate and enthuse colleagues
Good communication skills, both written and oral
Good interpersonal skills
Ability to chair meetings effectively
Good negotiating skills and the ability to diffuse situations
Excellent presentation skills
Ability to lead staff training
Significant Middle Leadership experience with a student support focus. E.g. Head of House / Year
Experience of learning whole school initiatives
Commitment to continuous improvement
Flexible approach
Able to work independently and as part of a team
Approachable and sensitive to the needs of others
Openness and willingness to address and discuss relevant issues
Self-motivating and resilient

Employee benefits

• the opportunity to work with the most wonderful students anywhere in the country
• the chance to be part of a hardworking and friendly Senior Leadership Team
• an enthusiastic and committed staff
• high quality and professional development and support

About Thomas Gainsborough School

Wells Hall Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0NH
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