Deputy Headteacher

Cedars Manor School, Harrow


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary £60,664,.00 to £66,701,.00

Job summary

Main purpose of the job
• Carry out the duties of this post in line with the remit outlined in the current School
Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document including the conditions of employment for
deputy head teachers and the school’s own policy
• Under the overall direction of the head teacher play a lead role:
o in formulating the aims, objectives of the schools and establishing the policies through which they are to be achieved
o be responsible for the standards and curriculum of all pupils including monitoring of progress towards achievement
o proactively manages staff and resources
• Take full responsibility for the school in the absence of the headteacher
• Carry out the professional duties of a teacher as required
• Take responsibility for child protection issues as appropriate
• Take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young
people within the school


Duties and responsibilities

Starategic direction and development of the school in co-operation with and under the direction of the Head Teacher.

• Play a leading role in the development of a learning culture across the school.
• Support the creation and implementation of the school strategic plan and to take responsibility for appropriately delegated parts of it.
• Support all staff in achieving the priorities and targets that the school sets and monitor progress within your delegated aspects
• Support, develop and monitor the school curriculum ensuring that it meets the needs of all learners
• Ensure that parents are well informed about the curriculum.

Shaping the future
• In partnership with the head teacher, senior leadership team and governors establish
and implement an ambitious vision, core values and ethos for the future of the school
• Play a leading role in the school improvement and school self-evaluation planning
• In partnership with the headteacher manage school resources
• Devise, implement and monitor action plans and other policy developments
• Lead by example to motivate and work with others
• In partnership with the head teacher, lead by example when implementing and
managing change initiatives
• Promote a culture of inclusion within the school community where all views are valued and taken in to account

Leading teaching and learning
• Be an excellent role model, exemplifying a high standard of teaching and promoting
high expectations for all members of the school community
• Work with the head teacher to raise standards through staff performance management
• Lead the development and delivery of training and support for staff
• Lead the development and review of all aspects of the curriculum including planning,
recording and reporting, assessment for learning and the development of a creative
and appropriate curriculum for all pupils
• Ensure that the requirements for statutory assessments, recording and reporting are fully met
• Work in partnership with the head teacher in managing the school through strategic
planning and the formulation of policy and delivery of strategy, ensuring management decisions are implemented
• With the head teacher, lead the processes involved in monitoring, evaluating and
challenging the quality of teaching and learning taking place throughout the school,
including lesson observations to ensure consistency and quality
• Ensure the systematic teaching of basic skills and recording of impact is consistently
high across the school
• Develop, review systems to ensure robust evaluation of school performance, progress data and actions to secure improvements comparable to appropriate national standards
• Ensure through leading by example the active involvement of pupils and staff in their
own learning

Developing self and others
• Support the development of collaborative approaches to learning within the school
and beyond
• Organise and support the induction of staff new to the school and those being trained within the school
• Have responsibility for students on teaching practice and those undertaking work experience, as appropriate
• Participate as required in the selection and appointment of teaching and support staff, including overseeing the work of supply staff/trainees/volunteers in the school in the absence of the head teacher
• Be an excellent role model for both staff and pupils in terms of being reflective and
demonstrating a desire to improve and learn
• Take responsibility and accountability for identified areas of leadership, including
statistical analysis of pupil groups, progress data and target setting
• Work with the head teacher to deliver an appropriate programme of professional
development for all staff including quality coaching and mentoring, in line with the
school improvement plan and performance management
• Ability to lead manage and deliver effective school to school support.

Managing the organisation
• Working with the Head teacher, ensure the efficient and effective deployment of staff and financial resources to meet specific objectives which reflect the school’s development priorities and within its available budget
• Lead regular reviews of all school systems to ensure statutory requirements are being met and improved on where appropriate
• Ensure the effective dissemination of information, the maintenance of and ongoing
improvements to agreed systems for internal communication
• Working with the head teacher, undertake key activities related to professional,
personnel/HR issues
• Ensure a consistent approach to standards of behaviour, attendance and punctuality
are implemented across the school
• Be a proactive and effective member of the senior leadership team
• Ensure the day-to-day effective organisation and running of the school including the
deployment of staff as appropriate
• To undertake any professional duties, reasonably delegated by the head teacher
• Ensure the highest standards of professional conduct and confidentiality at all times and in particular when with other members of school staff

Securing accountability
• Lead and support the staff and governing body in fulfilling their responsibilities with
regard to the school’s performance and standards
• Support the head teacher in reporting the school’s performance to its community and
• Promote and protect the health and safety welfare of pupils and staff
• Take responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young
people within the school

Strengthening community
• Work with the head teacher and senior leaders in developing the policies and practice, which promote inclusion, equality and the extended services that the school offers. For example, open evenings, PTA events, full Governing Body and Curriculum committee
• Develop and maintain contact with all specialist support services as appropriate
• Promote the positive involvement of parents/carers in school life
• Organise and conduct meetings where appropriate with parents and carers to ensure
positive outcomes for all parties
• Strengthen partnership and community working
• Promote positive relationships and work with colleagues in other schools and external agencies

This job description is not your contract of employment, or any part of it. It has been
prepared only for the purpose of school organisation and may change either as your contract changes or as the organisation of the school is changed. Nothing will be changed without consultation. This document must not be altered once it has been signed but it will be reviewed annually as part of the appraisal process or as appropriate

Signature of Post holder __________________________ Date / /

Signature of Headteacher___________________________

Essential educational requirements

1. Qualified Teacher Status
2. Evidence of recent and relevant continuous professional development.
3. Significant successful experience of working as a member of the senior leadership team
4. Successful experience leading aspects of a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum
5. Evidence of leading whole school initiatives
6. Evidence of thinking and acting strategically.
7. Evidence of supporting other staff to develop and improve teaching and learning
8. A knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the National Curriculum
9. Proven ability to use monitoring and evaluation in order to raise pupil achievement.
10. Evidence of the ability to be creative and innovative in teaching and learning
13. Evidence of being a role model in delivering outstanding teaching and learning.
14. Ability to deal effectively with underperformance.
15. Deal successfully with incidents that may include tackling difficult situations and conflict resolution.

Essential qualifications

NPQH preferable

Essential skills and experience

15. Ability to lead and manage school teams to successfully
16. A thorough understanding of the effective implementation of safeguarding procedures for children and staff.
17. Proven experience of inclusive practice and providing equal opportunities for all.
18. Ability to work cooperatively both as a leader and a member of different teams.
19. Proven success in raising standards in key aspects of the school.
20. An excellent understanding of and experience in using assessment and data management.
21. A thorough understanding of the issues related to a culturally diverse school.
22. The ability to work effectively with children, staff, parents, governors, the community and outside agencies to promote equal opportunities and inclusion.
23. The ability to use inter-personal and management skills to provide strong leadership
24. Ability to delegate effectively and involve all stakeholders in decisions about school improvement
25. Be an effective team player

Employee benefits

Dear Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in the role of Deputy Head Teacher at Cedars Manor School.
We are looking for a dynamic leader who will work alongside a team of committed staff to enrich our current curriculum even further. As leader for teaching, learning and assessment, our new Deputy will take the lead on all aspects of classroom practice ensuring that our pupils receive the best provision possible.
School Context
Cedars Manor School is located in the heart of Harrow Weald; an area with high levels of deprivation. The school caters for pupils aged 3-11. Currently, the school is 3 form entry although it is moving to 2 forms of entry in response to the falling number of children locally. Currently, there are 3 forms in KS2 and 2 forms in KS1 and Early Years.
Cedars Manor School is an inclusive school. The school has a resource base for pupils with hearing impairment (deaf children who are living in a hearing world). In total, we have 14 pupils with EHCPs and 61 who are receiving SEND support. Last academic year we successfully secured placements for 4 pupils at settings that were able to provide more specialist support.
The proportion of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium is higher than both local and national averages. Some of our families are living in multiple occupancy homes which creates some tensions and pressures. The school has a higher than average proportion of pupils who have English as an additional language.
The proportion of pupils who are known to social care is high. The school works hard to support these pupils, many of whom have emotional barriers to learning. In response, the school offers a range of resources to support emotional wellbeing and resilience for all our pupils, but especially for those that are most vulnerable. This includes counselling, positive outcomes project, a proactive safeguarding team and learning mentors. The welcoming and warm ethos in the school creates an environment where pupils say they feel safe and they are clear about who to approach if they feel unsafe or unsure about anything.
Cedars Manor is fortunate to have been part of the Harrow schools rebuilding project. There is now an airy and modern building that the school has been using for just 2 years now. Phase 2 of the building project (landscaping) is still underway although much of the space is now available to the pupils and staff.
The school is popular with parents and we have a waiting list for Reception. Visitors remark on the warm and friendly atmosphere.
The school is outward looking and has secured purposeful working relationships with other settings. These include the local Children’s Centre, a local Outstanding school, cluster schools, John Lyons (school and charitable funding) and our local secondary school. In order to further promote this approach, the school has joined Challenge Partners as this is something that is able to offer a wide range of support both locally and further afield.
Other Useful Information
School Website
School Prospectus
Our curriculum statement:
We aim to empower all pupils, including the most vulnerable, with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need in order to be able to embrace the future.
We aim to guide, support and challenge pupils so that they achieve the very best outcomes they can.
So, our new Deputy will need to be creative, innovative and forward thinking.
Latest Ofsted Report
Schools Performance Data
I do hope that you find time to visit us to see if the Deputy role at Cedars Manor is going to be your next career move.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. All applicants will be required to produce two suitable referees as part of the application.
For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Mike Reynolds on 07798 630422. Further information and an application pack can also be found on the Vacancies section of the school’s website.

Closing date for applications: Noon, Monday 20th January 2020
Assessment and interviews: week beginning Monday 27th January 2020

More on how to apply

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Primary
School size 533 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Cedars Manor School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About Cedars Manor School

School location

Whittlesea Road, Harrow, HA3 6LS