This job expired on 22 April 2024

  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    22 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    27 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£50,807.00 - £56,082.00 Annually (Actual)

Deputy Headteacher job summary

Deputy Headteacher

Pickwick Academy Trust would like to recruit full time, permanent Deputy Headteacher, based at Gillingham Primary School.

Start date: 1st September 2024

The salary offered will be between L4 £50,807 and L8 £56,082 pro rata per annum, depending on experience.

Our whole school community is excitedly looking forward to welcoming a new Deputy Headteacher to our team. We are looking for a warm, caring professional who is determined to ensure every child succeeds in both learning and life. If you are someone who thrives on taking a lead and developing others through support and challenge, then we would love to meet you.

Gillingham Primary School is a diverse and vibrant community. Visitors always comment on its welcoming atmosphere and inclusive feel. We believe our school is a place for everyone and strive to meet wide-ranging needs, nurture talents and instil a sense of purpose and ambition for every pupil. Our motto ‘Enjoy-Engage-Excel’ encapsulates this.

This opening for a new Deputy Headteacher comes at an exciting time in our school’s journey. Having successfully joined Pickwick Academy Trust in December 2022, we have recently welcomed 4 other local schools into the Trust, thus forming a ‘North Dorset Hub’. This presents us with a breadth of opportunities to learn from, and join with, other educationalists locally who share our vision for school improvement. It also presents staff with more frequent and purposeful professional development opportunities.

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 – both within a team and by leading a team to successful outcomes

Is hungry and ambitious: wants the best for both themselves professionally and for the school community as a whole

Can confidently take the lead on aspects of school improvement and performance (most notably, curriculum, assessment, attendance and behaviour)

Would like to work in close partnership with the Headteacher: collaborating, being strategic and supporting and challenging one another

Is highly reliable – can be counted upon to deliver high-quality outcomes and performance

Is outward facing – keen to learn from the best and sees the school as part of a local, national and international community

We will offer you:

A hardworking, dedicated and caring team of staff

A positive and supportive school community ethos, enjoying strong relationships with the governors, Trust, parents, parish and local community

A school culture where mental health and wellbeing are a high priority

Professional development opportunities to support you to grow and thrive.

Please read the attached job description and person specification closely. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to visit the school before submitting an application.

Interested candidates are required to apply by 12.00noon on Sunday 21 April 2024

Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

At Pickwick Academy Trust we are committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we require anyone joining our school to actively contribute to this commitment.

All shortlisted candidates will be subject to online searches as part of safer recruitment due diligence. Successful candidates will be subject to a range of pre-employment checks including an enhanced DBS check and a barred list check if working in regulated activity

Pickwick Academy Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all. Our aim is to ensure that no applicant or employee is discriminated against or is disadvantaged by policies, procedures, conditions or requirements. We have a caring and supportive environment where wellbeing is a key priority – flexible working requests will be considered.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Gillingham Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
269 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

School location

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