This job expired on 6 October 2023

  • Job start date

    4 January 2024

  • Closing date

    6 October 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    18 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Assistant headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4


Art and design, Biology, Chemistry, English, Food Technology, Geography, Humanities, ICT, Mathematics, Music, Physical education, Physics, PSHE, Science

Working pattern

Full time: 8.30am - 4.30pm each day

Contract type


Pay scale

L1 - L3

What skills and experience we're looking for

To deliver the vision, our subject teachers will work in collaboration with the Headteacher focusing on three key themes:

1) Re-connecting, raising aspirations and motivating

• A whole education, recognising that essential pre-cursors to academic success are personal and emotional development, independent living and decision-making skills and discovering meaningful interests and goals

• A personalised curriculum including specific engagement activities based on the interests of each individual learner

• Positive and trusted adult role models in the form of Learning Mentors and qualified teachers recruited for their enthusiasm for working with disconnected young people and their ability to understand and adapt, in order to meet the needs of the students

• Opportunities to support social and emotional needs through individualised programmes and a varied curriculum

2) Unlocking every child’s potential

• The curriculum will determine the knowledge and skills students will learn at each stage. It will be planned efficiently to deliver exceptional lessons where students make outstanding progress, and are able to relate their learning to the wider world

• Individualised learning programmes, based on the interests and skills of the students and which draw upon the diverse range of pastoral, vocational, engagement and personal and social development activities

• Small groups of students (max 1:10) with capability to offer 1 to 1 student support

• Practical application of knowledge to develop skills that prepare for accreditation and work towards independence and social integration

3) Recognising and celebrating achievement

▪ Positive learning environments with praise for success and recognition of achievement

▪ Regular liaison with parents and carers to involve them fully in the education of their children including weekly progress telephone calls

▪ Celebration of success through weekly celebrations with students and staff rewards for targeted elements and high-profile annual celebration events

What the school offers its staff

The Fermain Academy is a safe and stimulating place of learning for students who, for whatever reason, have become disengaged from mainstream education. With facilities to cater for up to 90 students aged 13-16, we offer a structured and positive learning experience, and an outstanding dedicated team able to provide emotional support in a safe and supportive environment. You will be supported to work with our students; all our teaching and learning groups are between 4 and 8.

We are looking for an Assistant Headteacher to support our students in KS3/4 and become a key member of The Fermain Academy teaching team.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to the outcomes for young people.

Commitment to safeguarding

Youth Engagement Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. All positions will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and registration with the DBS Update Service together with all other relevant recruitment checks.

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About The Fermain Academy

School type
Free School, ages 13 to 16
School size
7 pupils enrolled
Age range
13 to 16
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The Fermain Academy opened as a brand-new Alternative Provision free school in September 2015 and underwent a £1.6m building project to extend and refurbish the entire building. With facilities to cater for up to 60 students aged 13-16 at any given time, the academy is a safe place of learning for those who, for whatever reason, have become disengaged from mainstream education.

Whatever the amount of time a student spends at The Fermain Academy, they are guaranteed a structured and positive learning experience, and an outstanding dedicated team able to provide emotional support in a safe and supportive environment.

At The Fermain Academy we live by the following core principles, which run through everything we do:

• We provide a supportive environment to allow all students to learn and develop in their own way to reach their full potential

• We prepare students for reintegration into mainstream education, where it’s appropriate to do so

• We improve each student’s behaviour and attitudes towards their peers and adults

• We reinforce each student’s self-esteem, self-confidence and integrity.

Arranging a visit to The Fermain Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email r.ward@thefermainacademy.org.

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