Deputy Head

Washwood Heath Academy, Birmingham, West Midlands, B8 2AS

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  • Start date details

    January 2023

  • Application deadline

    10 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    22 September 2022

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Key stages

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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Deputy Head job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional and ambitious leader to join Washwood Heath Academy’s Senior Leadership team. We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, inspirational, and forward-thinking Deputy Headteacher to join Washwood Heath Academy and deliver an ‘All-through’ strategic lead for safeguarding, attendance, behaviour and personal development and wellbeing.

This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for a committed and talented leader to join the Washwood Heath Leadership team as Deputy Headteacher leading on Pastoral. This position is fundamental to ensuring that all pupils are safe and looked after, enjoy their time at Washwood Heath and thrive within a friendly and welcoming setting. The successful candidate will be instrumental in supporting our young people to become outstanding members of society and ensure that all pupils strive and reach their full potential. Furthermore, the successful candidate will work with a team of Assistant Heads to develop safeguarding and pastoral care, building upon current strengths, as part of our journey to ‘Outstanding’.

The focus of this role is Pastoral, working with the Head of Academy and senior leaders, including the Head of Primary Phase to:

  • Provide outstanding safeguarding for pupils
  • Develop outstanding behaviour for learning
  • Provide excellent pastoral care, guidance, and support
  • Effectively line manage the pastoral senior and middle leadership team
  • Lead and oversee personal development, behaviour, and welfare of pupils
  • Lead on inclusion provision
  • Lead on whole school attendance and admissions

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong and proven track record of strategic leadership with the ability to inspire and enthuse the whole school community. Applicants for this role should be passionate advocates for excellent safeguarding and personal development and developing a positive climate for learning and social interaction around the Academy. We are looking for a self-motivated, exceptionally well organised, and good team player to play a critical and prominent role across the Academy.

Finally, we are looking for an inspirational leader who has a natural presence and will be a role-model to pupils, staff and the wider community. This role would be equally suited to someone who is an aspiring Head or who would prefer to remain a Deputy. Regardless of professional ambition, it is critical that the successful candidate will be fully committed to ensuring that the pastoral care at Washwood Heath is exceptional.

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About Washwood Heath Academy

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 18
School size
1709 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 18
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Washwood Heath is an all-through Academy with 1700 pupils across the Primary to Sixth Form age range. Our Academy is an incredibly unique and special community, and we are very proud of our pupils and staff. We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled, and ambitious Senior Leader to support the Academy through the next stages of our journey to ‘Outstanding’.

We are part of the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust which is a family of local schools located within 15 minutes of one another, serving the East of Birmingham: 4 Primary schools, 2 Secondary schools and 1 All-through school. This will give you the opportunity to grow and develop professionally with a fantastic Multi Academy Trust that is very supportive and collaborative with a strong sense of community. We believe that we are stronger working in partnership to serve the children and families of our community.

We can offer you:
• A welcoming and positive Academy with children who are respectful and willing to learn
• An Academy that is fully dedicated to developing every child to reach their potential, irrespective of their ability
• A supportive and forward-thinking Leadership team, consisting of ‘Leaders that know their school very well’ Ofsted 2020.
• A supportive and forward-thinking Core Team of Directors and Trustees
• A dynamic, dedicated, and hard-working team of teachers and support staff who want the best for children
• Confident, friendly, and aspirational children who are willing to learn
• A commitment to your continued professional development and wellbeing
• A commitment from the Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust that provides a full suite of benefits and rewards to support wellbeing including 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme, access to wellbeing advice, cycle to work scheme, contribution to glasses for DSE users.
• A wonderful opportunity to make your own mark!

At WHMAT, we want to proactively embrace diversity across our workforce and recognise that we are under-represented at senior leader levels in terms of ethnic minority groups. We’re therefore taking positive steps to promote a diverse and inclusive culture; we welcome applications from those that identify with these groups to better represent our young people.

Washwood Heath Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.

Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) covers this post and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

Arranging a visit to Washwood Heath Academy

If you require further information and/or wish to visit the Academy then please contact Dawn Murtagh, PA to the Head of Academy.

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