This job expired on 8 April 2024

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    8 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    23 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L4 - 8

What skills and experience we're looking for



  • QTS and Successful experience as a primary school teacher
  • Experience of leadership in a primary school
  • To be able to act as the school’s DSL
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective primary School pedagogy
  • Knowledge and understanding of behaviour management strategies
  • To be committed to the school’s ethos as described in the school’s Vision Statement
  • Secure understanding of assessment strategies and the use of assessment to inform the next stages of learning
  • Understanding and commitment to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all pupils
  • Ability to delegate and to support others in undertaking responsibilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing to a range of audiences
  • Ability to liaise and work effectively with external agencies
  • A ‘can do attitude’ and an ability to solve issues as and when they arise.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  • Demonstrate consummate professionalism
  • Ability to talk respectfully to all stakeholders, even when they are not necessarily being respectful themselves


  • Teaching experience across the entire primary age range
  • Experience of leading and implementing whole school initiatives and managing change, developing strategies for raising achievement.
  • To have been a DSL or Deputy DSL
  • To have led CPD in primary school pedagogy
  • To have led CPD in primary school behaviour management
  • Evidence of post-ITT training (eg. NPQ or equivalent qualification)
  • Be experienced in analysing data to inform strategic deployment of resource
  • Experience of leading Safeguarding CPD
  • Ability to inspire, challenge, motivate and empower others
  • Belief in and ability to foster a fair, open and supportive culture
  • High levels of organisational skills that supports proactive rather than reactive leadership
  • High levels of professionalism are demonstrated at all times so that colleagues implicitly trust you and will appreciate your ‘listening ear’.
  • Able to exhibit respect at all times to all people so that all stakeholders are able to talk with trust about sensitive and difficult matters

What the school offers its staff

We are looking for a Deputy Headteacher who:

Cares deeply about every child’s welfare, learning and development

‘Walks the walk’ – demonstrating high standards and expectations in all that they say and do

Has diplomacy, openness and a personable style of leadership; especially when dealing with sensitive or challenging matters

Loves working with other people, and is able to support them to give of their best

Is sufficiently experienced to be able to effectively lead the school

We will offer you:

A school that is committed to providing a supportive and caring environment

A school culture where respect, pupils’ happiness and wellbeing are at the core

A hardworking, dedicated and caring team of staff

Professional development opportunities to support you to grow and thrive.

An opportunity to help define the next exciting stage of the school’s development

An opportunity to quickly grow into a key leader within our school and beyond

Daily challenges, that will leave you exhausted, but fulfilled!

Further details about the role

This post is being advertised following the resignation of our highly-regarded and effective Deputy Headteacher. This has left a large hole in the school, and we need an exceptional person to fill this hole from September 2024 with their own unique brand of ‘Deputy Headness’.

The role will suit someone with limitless enthusiasm, unbounded energy and a certain undefinable sparkle. If this describes you, why not drop in for a chat or call us 01262 673975 to find out more.

Commitment to safeguarding

Martongate Primary School is committed to equality of opportunity and to safeguarding children; offers of employment to successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services and other employment checks.

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About Martongate Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
406 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01262 673975

Martongate Primary is a large (currently 405 on role) primary school situated in a relatively pleasant area on the outskirts of a seaside town with a high degree of seasonal unemployment and associated social deprivation. As the school is fully committed to Inclusion, it welcomes every pupil whatever their need or disadvantage and many children are drawn from outside the school’s catchment area. A significant number of these children experience educational, social and emotional difficulties, and the school has to work very hard to overcome barriers to learning.

The school’s commitment to inclusion results in a very good reputation within the community for the work that it does supporting challenging pupils. However, this tends to attract pupils who are experiencing significant social and emotional as well as educational need), and this does provide some interesting challenges which historically have impacted on the end of Key Stage 2 outcomes.

In October 2023 the school was subject to an Ofsted Inspection, although the resulting ‘Requires Improvement’ judgement and associated report were both challenged as being unrepresentative of the school. However, we do need to respond to the key findings and so there is a job of work to be done here.

At this point you may be getting ready to stop reading; please don’t, there are many positives!

Despite what Ofsted may say, Martongate is highly regarded, both in the community and by our Local Authority. The vast majority of our children are pleasant and caring, we have a highly motivated and dedicated staff team who put children’s happiness and the development of the whole child at the heart of everything it does. Visitors comment on the warmth of their welcome, the politeness of the children and the positivity that has made their visit a pleasure.

The very experienced Headteacher has started a period of ‘Phased Retirement’ which means that the Deputy Head currently ‘acts up’ for one day per week (for which an additional allowance is made). For someone who will be looking to move their career on, this would provide the ideal opportunity to learn about headship in a very practical and supportive way.

NB. When a new headteacher is appointed it is anticipated that this arrangement will cease.

In short, this is an opportunity too good to miss!

Arranging a visit to Martongate Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email david.carruthers@martongateschool.co.uk.

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