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  • Job start date

    1 January 2024

  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    9 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L1 to L6 (depending on experience)

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a dynamic, collaborative and innovative Assistant Head Teacher to join our highly committed leadership team, in order to secure the very best outcomes for all pupils in our School. You will ensure that effective practices support and further improve the quality of education for pupils at West Newcastle Academy and in turn, raise standards.

As a key member of the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team, you will contribute to the overall leadership and management of the Academy, be active in promoting its aims and ethos by developing the curriculum with our other Assistant Head Teacher

Please visit westnewcastleacademy.org/vacancies to view the Assistant Headteacher job description and person specification.

What the school offers its staff

We will offer a distinctive educational model by combining the following elements:

  • ​The fundamental principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage are continued up to age 7.
  • An emphasis on developing the skills of parents as carers and educators.

  • Thematic, cross-curricular, project-based learning for at least 50% of learning time for 7 to 11 year olds.

​In keeping with our ethos, we will emphasise these distinctive qualities:

  • ​Experiential, open-ended and enquiry-based learning.
  • Problem solving and critical awareness.

  • Placing skills acquisition at the centre of the learning process.

  • Engaging in significant amounts of learning outdoors and off-site.

  • Teachers, parents and other caring adults will be facilitators of, and collaborators with, children’s learning.

  • The importance and value of self-assessment and peer assessment.

  • The importance, value and benefits of play.

  • The importance of child-centred and project-based learning to ensure children take ownership for their learning and develop their own interests and talents.

  • The importance of the arts to encourage free expression, imagination and creativity.

​This distinctive model addresses the needs and aspirations of the local population. We recognise that, to improve educational provision in the area, we must first re-engage with the parents. We will provide a model of education that easily involves the parents and is transferable to the home environment. Despite the best efforts of existing schools, many parents report to us that they feel that they are not welcome in schools.

To counter this, we want to provide a radically different model that will:

  • Make it easy for parents to engage with their children’s education.

  • Develop parental nurturing skills.

  • Put children in charge of their own learning.

Further details about the role

All applications forms should be returned to wna-admin@westnewcastleacademy.org

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.
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About West Newcastle Academy

School type
Free School, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
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School size
198 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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At West Newcastle Academy, our vision is that all children will achieve their full potential, with holistic support, whilst they enjoy, own and drive their learning, gaining self-respect, self-esteem and self- belief. Inspired by Reggio Emilia and Danish pre-schools, this is a school like no other. We have a very personalised approach, building learning environments that are meaningful to every child, because we know that children learn best when they are engaged in their learning.

Arranging a visit to West Newcastle Academy

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email wna-admin@westnewcastleacademy.org.

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