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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    27 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£56'081 - £66'627

Pay scale

L8 - L15

What skills and experience we're looking for

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and resilient leader, enthused to work collaboratively with the Headteacher and senior leadership team and has good strategic and management skills. It is also essential candidates have a reflective nature and the ability to further build and develop the school's strong foundations and reputation for educational innovation. We would welcome applications from experienced and proven leaders, who will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership, management and communication skills.

Hope School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Our school has an equal opportunities policy. For selection and recruitment in accordance with its safeguarding policy, the successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS check along with a check against the DBS children's barred list. All posts are subject to statutory pre-employment checks and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013 & 2020) and shortlisted candidates will be required to disclose any relevant criminal history prior to interview. Please see the document “Guidance for Completing an Application Form” for further information.

What the school offers its staff

Hope School are looking to recruit a new Deputy Headteacher following the successful promotion of the previous post holder. This is a tremendous opportunity for either an existing Deputy Headteacher or a highly experienced senior leader with a proven record in school improvement and strong leadership skills, to JOIN this ‘outstanding’ school. Hope School is an Ofsted outstanding educational provision for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. Our commitment is to provide exceptional quality education, alongside compassionate and holistic care.

At its heart, Hope is a safe, caring, and enriching environment for the 68 children attending the school, and has built a formidable reputation, recognised as being a Centre of Excellence both locally and nationally. As a specialist provision, we support children who can present with a complex range of needs which may include: Developmental Difficulties, Neurodiversity (including ASD, ADHD) Learning Difficulties, Sensory Processing Difficulties, Speech and Language difficulties, and Communication difficulties. We have a constantly high rate of pupils entitled to Pupil Premium (59%) and high proportion of ‘Looked after children’ (18%).

Many of our children and families have experienced adversity and trauma in their lives, and may carry with them difficult experiences of relationships, both within and outside of school, prior to arriving with us. Consequently, we believe it is essential that we can address both the developmental and relational needs of all our children. We prioritise the quality of relationships for our children and families in all we do, particularly strengthening feelings of safety and trust and work hard to ensure that relationships across the school community are supported and nurtured.

As a school we also strive to be fully inclusive school and ensure that all our children are treated fairly and equally. We work in partnership with parents, carers and specialist partners to ensure our pupils receive the appropriate support they need to access all aspects of school life and to enjoy their time with us. The school operates a non-exclusion policy and we are exceptionally proud that since we opened in 2002, no child has been excluded from the school.

Further details about the role

Personal Qualities

Applicants must possess a genuine enthusiasm for working with pupils who can display challenging behaviour. Experience of working with SEN pupils is desirable. Applicants must be prepared to undergo appropriate training, including training in attachment and trauma practices and positive holding techniques, as deemed necessary by the SLT.

Personal qualities should include: Well motivated, enthusiastic and flexible. High expectations personally and for the children. Good organisation skills. Good teamwork and interpersonal skills, integrity, loyalty, sensitivity and patience.

How to Apply

The following application documents are downloadable from the advert page on the School Improvement Liverpool website and school website: Job description / Person Specification / Application form / Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form / Application overview / Guidance for completing an application. Also for your information the school`s Child Protection Policy and the staff Code of Conduct.

Applications are by Liverpool LA Standardised Application form and will be managed electronically. Applicants should not submit CVs in lieu of the application form as these will not be considered. The application form must be fully completed and legible and must be accompanied by the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form – both downloadable as above. The supporting statement should be no more than 2 A4 pages (font size 11 minimum) and should be clear, concise and related to the post and setting applied for, paying attention to the Person Specification.

Completed application forms and monitoring forms should be emailed to Helen Stewart, School Business Manager, by 16th April 2024.h.stewart@hope-school.co.ukPlease “Subject” your email DHT Application and confirm your full name, address and preferred email address for contact.

Commitment to safeguarding

Hope School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the pupils and expects all staff to share this commitment. Copies of our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are available on the school website. Any appointment will be subject to appropriate references and enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to h.stewart@hope-school.co.uk

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About Hope School

School type
Special school, ages 5 to 11
School size
59 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 11
Phone number

SEMH - Attachment & Trauma Informed Provision

Arranging a visit to Hope School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email h.stewart@hope-school.co.uk.

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