Deputy Headteacher

Bishopswood School, Reading, RG4 9RH

13 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    17 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    22 September 2022

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Key stages

Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4

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Deputy Headteacher job summary

With support from the Headteacher, Governing Body and Executive Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher (DHT) will be an outstanding senior leader who is passionate about securing the best possible outcomes for pupils and who is willing to embrace our mission of a learning community where “every child is a valued individual”.

The Deputy Headteacher will not only be ambitious for the pupils, but also for themself. They will need a strong track record of working within specialist schools along with excellent leadership skills, along with the drive and enthusiasm to help develop, build achievements, and support the vision and ethos of the school. They will need experience in improving teaching and learning, curriculum development and effective use of pupils’ data to raise achievement levels.

The Deputy Headteacher will support the Head of School to create a culture of constant improvement through inspirational leadership, being committed to the highest achievement for all areas of the school, to provide an outstanding education for all students.

Utilising their excellent leadership skills, the Deputy Headteacher will support the Head of School manage the day-to-day operations of the school and have a strong track record of working within specialist schools, improving teaching and learning and curriculum development. This requires a hands-on approach.

Using the application form

Completed application forms should be posted or emailed to

CVs or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

A shortlist will be drawn based only on the application form and supporting statement. You must explain clearly in your supporting statement why you are applying for the role and how you have been equipped for it by your experience and qualifications. In your concluding section, please also outline how you believe your skills, experience, and educational philosophy has prepared you for the role of Deputy Headteacher at Bishopswood School.

We shall contact you on the 17th of October if you have been shortlisted for an interview. Please ensure we have a daytime number or email address to get in touch to make the necessary arrangements.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th October.

When providing details of referees, applicants must provide two references. One reference should be from your current employer or, if unemployed, your last employer. The school will contact referrers for verification before the interview. Due to the short time between shortlisting and the interview, please ensure your referees can provide a reference in time.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

About Bishopswood School

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 16
School size
77 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 16
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Bishopswood is currently a local authority, maintained community special school in South Oxfordshire (Berkshire border) that provides specialist education for children aged 2 — 16 years with severe (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and complex needs, including those children with ASD. Holding an inclusive ethos, Bishopswood endeavours to provide specialist provision alongside its co-located mainstream partners across two sites;

Primary Provision - Sonning Common Primary School, Sonning Common
Secondary Provision - Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common

Bishopswood was inspected in November 2021 and judged to be inadequate. As part of the rebuilding process, Propeller Academy Trust (PAT) has been identified as the sponsor by the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Trust are currently working in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Authority and the Interim Executive Board, who remain responsible for the education of all at Bishopswood in the meantime.

Bishopswood now benefits from strong leadership at both school and governance level with a clear strategic plan for improvement in place. At the Propeller Academy Trust, our guiding principle is to be a Trust providing quality educational offerings alongside excellent facilities, whilst maximising each school's potential. The vision is for every school in the Trust to be a centre of excellence for education, building a collaborative ethos and maximising opportunities for staff and young people.

Arranging a visit to Bishopswood School

If you wish to discover more about this exciting opportunity, need any further information or you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact Priya Bhagrath, Head of School:
0118 9724311

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