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  • Start date details

    Spring Term 2024

  • Closing date

    2 October 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 September 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

Leadership Scale L14 - L18

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are looking for an enthusiastic, inspirational Deputy Head Teacher to join our committed team at this highly aspirational school.

You will be:

  • An outstanding teacher, who is able to model and inspire excellence throughout the school community and work collaboratively with the Headteacher and Governing Body, holding successful teaching experience of at least 5 years across the primary phase.
  • Experienced in sustaining and improving academic standards and achievement.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with the commitment, drive and ability to add value to a committed leadership team.
  • An excellent communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • A dedicated and committed individual who has high expectations of themselves, the staff and the pupils.
  • Knowledgeable and up to date with current educational practice, SEND and Safeguarding principles and procedure.
  • Able to instigate change which has resulted in improved standards
  • Able to inspire, challenge, motivate and empower colleagues and pupils to achieve their potential.
  • A dynamic and effective leader, communicator and team builder, with leadership experiences at phase or whole school level, e.g. Assistant/Deputy Headteacher.

What the school offers its staff

We were proud to be rated as Good during our recent Ofsted inspection and are striving for recognition where we are outstanding. We have strong values and a clear ethos and are currently outside of an Academy Trust. Our children are diverse, happy, polite and supportive of each other.

Forestdale is a unique place to work. Our school community is strong and we pride ourselves on being a supportive family for all our stakeholders. The school has very good transport and road links to Bromley and Croydon and central London is less than an hour away. We have a strong commitment to the professional development of all of our staff.

Commitment to safeguarding

Through safer recruitment practices, we uphold our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and voluvolunteers to share this commitment. We are an equal opportunities and inclusive employer and we welcome applications from all people representative of our community. This post is exempt from Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended 2013 & 2020). Applicants must disclose details of any ‘protected’ criminal convictions, cautions or bind-overs. Successful appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks and references, including obtaining of an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Applying for the job

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About Forestdale Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
418 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
0208 657 0924

Forestdale Primary School is a maintained school in the London Borough of Croydon with 415 pupils on roll. We draw pupils from many different communities and backgrounds. 18% of our children are on the SEND register, 28% have English as an additional language (39 different languages are spoken) and 23% are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. Forestdale is a good school and on a successful journey towards outstanding. We have a fabulous learning environment with sound structures and systems and a supportive community. Our aim is for all children to develop a passion for life-long learning so that they can reach their potential, have high aspirations, embrace future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences and contribute meaningfully to society. Our spacious modern building has extensive grounds and we have made the best use of every space to provide a rich learning setting. We have bright classrooms to work in and many other areas to support our cross-curricular approach to learning. Special areas include the ICT suite (with enough computers for one per child), a fabulous new sports hall with table tennis tables, a gymnasium with wall bars, a fully stocked library and a space themed learning resource centre. We have a large field for outdoor learning and outdoor sports, a pond, an allotment where we grow our own fruits and vegetables, an outdoor classroom/gazebo, two stages and a reading garden. It is our terrific team of teachers and teaching assistants who are responsible on a daily basis for the academic progress and pastoral care of the children. Teachers are supported in this work by the Leadership Team, Teaching Assistants, Office Team, Lunchtime Supervisors, our site team and cleaning staff. All teaching staff have responsibilities beyond their own class, which usually involve the whole school in some way e.g. subject responsibilities. During the school day, teachers sometimes take other classes or groups of children for a variety of subjects, enabling all children to experience tuition and relationships with a number of adults.

Arranging a visit to Forestdale Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email sgardner@forestdale.croydon.sch.uk.

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