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  • Start date details

    Easter of September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 February 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    19 January 2024

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L20 - L24

What skills and experience we're looking for


Under the direction of the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher will take a lead role in:


  • The Deputy Headteacher will oversee the development, organisation and implementation of the school's curriculum.
  • Ensure that the learning and teaching provided by the different faculty and teaching teams forms an ambitious and coordinated, coherent curriculum entitlement for all pupils. T
  • The writing of the school timetable and the management of the 'options' process, working closely with colleagues to ensure the right students are enrolled on the right courses.
  • Undertake strategic, curriculum led financial planning to ensure the effective use of budgets and resources.
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of school policies on curriculum. Keep up to date with accepted best practice in the fields of curriculum, advise and train others accordingly.
  • The Deputy Headteacher is expected to work alongside the current Deputy Headteacher and deputise for and support the Headteacher with regard to internal organisation and management of the school, take a leading role in the coordination of the whole school and uphold, through personal example, the Christian FCJ values that determine the quality of school life for everyone.
  • The successful candidate will have a proven record of strategic leadership with demonstrable impact in a senior post, alongside the ability to implement and embed best practice and professional standards in all aspects of the role.
  • They will also be an outstanding practitioner who has a passion for culture for learning and inclusion, and has the tenacity and integrity to lead and inspire staff to achieve the best for all our students through quality first teaching.
  • The Deputy Headteacher will provide professional leadership for the school in the area determined in accordance with their experience and skillset agreed with the Headteacher, which secures success and continuous improvement in teaching and learning, ensures a high-quality education and school experience for all learners.
  • Staff are the major resource upon which the school’s continued success will be determined.
  • The Deputy Headteacher will take a major role in supporting and developing all staff.
  • Schools are complex organisations designed to support the learning of our young people. The better the education they receive, the greater their life chances and choices they will have. All young people deserve a world class education. This is only possible when everyone within a school works as part of a team, regardless of their role, to support the creation of effective and inspiring teaching & learning experiences.

Standards and Progress:

  • Ensure the school’s FCJ charism is a lived experience of each students’ daily encounter.
  • The Deputy Headteacher will oversee the public examination system and school progress tracking
  • Evaluate the performance of the school in key public examinations and monitor progress towards key targets through the provision of data systems to accurately track and strategically analyse pupil performance data, paying particular attention to disadvantaged groups such as those eligible for the pupil premium, with special educational needs, or who speak English as an additional language.
  • Ensure reporting systems allow staff to plan and implement effective interventions for those pupils who are not making expected progress and track impact from their starting points.
  • Develop and monitor the implementation of school policies on recording and reporting.
  • Oversee the public examination system ensuring that all relevant legislation is always adhered to.
  • Ensure accurate, useful and timely data is published to parents regularly so they can monitor their child's progress.
  • Keep up to date with accepted best practice, providing training and support for teachers and support staff.
  • Teaching and Learning (Curriculum): Model best practice for teachers by demonstrating excellent performance against the Teacher’s Standards.
  • Manage staff appraisal systems and outcomes.
  • Line manage key departments to ensure effective outcomes for students and staff. Implement strategies and initiatives to support the development of collaborative approaches to learning and share best practice with others in the school, developing confidence and skills in others.
  • Lead the development and delivery of training and support for staff in the areas of curriculum teaching and learning.
  • Lead the development and review of agreed aspects of the curriculum including planning, recording, reporting, assessment for learning and the development of a creative and appropriate curriculum for all pupils.
  • Fully engage with the processes involved in monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning taking place throughout the school, including lesson observations, to ensure a consistently high quality of teaching and learning takes place across the school.
  • 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.
Under the direction of the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher will take a significant role in:

School culture, behaviour and safeguarding:

  • Contribute dynamically to the spiritual ethos of the school, through assemblies, liturgical celebrations and in every opportunity for prayer and reflection.
  • Create a culture where pupils experience a positive and enriching school life.
  • Uphold educational standards in order to prepare pupils from all backgrounds for their next phase of education and life.
  • Ensure a culture of staff professionalism.
  • Encourage high standards of behaviour from pupils, built on rules and routines that are understood by staff and pupils and clearly demonstrated by all adults in school.
  • Use consistent and fair approaches to managing behaviour, in line with the school’s behaviour policy.
  • Contribute to the appropriate training and annual updates of all staff (including external, catering and site staff) and keep rigorous and up to date records of the training and its impact.
  • Ensure compliance with current safeguarding regulations, guidance, and best practice.
  • Contribute to safeguarding audits and keep the headteacher and governors informed of outcomes, areas of strength and key areas of development.
  • Liaise with outside agencies such as social services, police and education welfare as required.
  • Set the tone for a caring and nurturing culture in which students feel confident to talk to someone if they have a problem and where staff feel able to pass on any safeguarding concerns they may have.
  • Contribute to the management of the safeguarding and supervision of students during break, lunchtimes, before and after school
Managing staff:

  • The Deputy Headteacher will oversee the day-to-day deployment of teaching staff including those undertaking cover duties and invigilator teams supervising public examinations.
  • Assist with the selection and recruitment of new teaching and support staff.
  • Provide an effective induction programme for staff new to the school and those being trained within the school.
  • Work with the Headteacher to raise standards through staff performance management, including undertaking the performance management of middle leaders and where relevant members of the support staff team.
  • This includes carrying out appraisals, providing professional development opportunities, holding staff to account to their performance and valuing excellent practice.
  • Create an ethos within which staff are motivated and supported to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Manage HR and other leadership processes as appropriate e.g. sickness absence, disciplinary,

What the school offers its staff


  • A caring, happy school with a strong Catholic ethos
  • Friendly and committed staff who are supportive and open to new ideas
  • Enthusiastic and well behaved children who enjoy learning
  • Close links and group support from other schools within the FCJ network and Gaudete Trust in this exciting time in our development
  • An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated, talented and hardworking individuals.
  • A true commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

Commitment to safeguarding

Gumley House School FCJ is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All applicants will be subjected to a series of checks as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) publication.

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About Gumley House RC Convent School, FCJ

School type
Academy, Roman Catholic, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1140 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
0208 568 8692

With over 180 years of experience in Catholic education, Gumley is a designated ‘World Class’ school with a long tradition of educating girls (and boys in the Sixth form) to make a difference to our world. The school was established in 1841 by Marie Madeleine d’Houet, foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) an international society of Catholic sisters working in many parts of the world. In the UK, there are five FCJ schools; each with its own identity but bound together by the tenets of the FCJ Philosophy of Education based on Ignatian principles.

Six core FCJ values of companionship, dignity, justice, hope, excellence and gentleness are at the heart of our work with young people and with each other.

Gumley is a vibrant learning community where students and staff learn and thrive together. The ethos of personal and academic excellence prepares our students to confidently achieve their education and career aspirations in the global world. Vision and innovation form our central pillar of learning.

Our Sixth Form is thriving with significant investment planned for the next two years ahead. Our students are provided with a challenging, broad and balanced curriculum, which recognises the importance of creativity and the arts as well as making sure that well-qualified specialist teachers teach maths and Science.

Gumley’s academic results reflect our tradition of achievement, the students’ high levels of ambition, parental support, as well as the challenging teaching and dedication of the staff. The vast majority of our students are accepted at their first choice university including Oxbridge, reading a wide variety of subjects. Many of our Sixth Form students attend Eton summer school each year and some also attain scholarships or high-level apprenticeships.

Our Chaplaincy seeks to inspire young people to become women and men who live in ways that will benefit others as well as themselves. To grow to be young people who will use their gifts and talents to make the world a better place. We want our Chaplain to instil in our young people and staff a love of God – through dynamic and reflective experiences which energise and communicate God’s companionship.

Our Chaplaincy will facilitate spiritual reflection, promote and encourage spiritual awareness and accompany our students as they seek to deepen their spiritual lives and grow to reach their full potential.

At the heart of our education is the belief that whole person development is paramount. Thus, we strive to provide our students with inspiring opportunities and a wide experience through extra-curricular activities.

Gumley is situated on a beautiful site with excellent facilities. This creates a peaceful uncrowded environment in which our students are encouraged to live by our motto: ‘Vive ut Vivas’ - ‘Live that you may have Life’ and grow into their best self.

Arranging a visit to Gumley House RC Convent School, FCJ

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email dgodwin@gumleyhouse.com.

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