Deputy Headteacher - Norwich
Location: Colman Junior School, Norwich, Norfolk
Join our dynamic team as Deputy Headteacher and embark on a journey of leadership, innovation and excellence, where your skills will shape the future of these two wonderful schools, which are highly ambitious for their pupils, to ensure every child reaches their full potential.
Colman Infant and Junior Schools are due to join our Trust from April 2024. The Department for Education has issued academy orders for the two schools to join Unity Schools Partnership. Subject to consultation with the community and final conversion work, this is expected to take place on 1 April 2024.
The schools are a key part of the local community, linking to local events and groups. The two schools are in close proximity and benefit from key specialist staff working across the two sites.
This is an exciting time to join a newly developing senior leadership team following the permanent appointment of an Executive Headteacher. As a Deputy Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, we understand the demands on your role and therefore your teaching load will reflect this.
Our Trust schools’ benefit from the breadth of the curriculum offer through CUSP (Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership) with 1:1 iPad in place for all pupils in KS2 and iPads and iPad training for all primary teachers. Our pupils are keen to take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible and they are looking for a Deputy Headteacher who is ambitious for them, can motivate them to excel and has high expectations for their success.
This is an opportunity for an existing Deputy Headteacher or senior leader looking for an exciting new challenge to further their development as part of a forward-thinking MAT who would benefit from our supportive model for staff CPD and career development. It is important to belong at work and the work you do is relied upon by our pupils, so even small positive differences which are made, make people very happy.
- Bespoke leader development programmes supported by our Teaching School Hub and Unity Institute
- Excellent career development opportunities across our trust network including trust-wide projects
- Access to excellent senior leadership training
- Support from an experienced and nurturing school improvement team
- On-hand expertise from our dedicated education and operations teams who are ready to support you in your role
- Evidence-informed research opportunities via our Research School and programmes to reduce teacher workload including the development of the CUSP curriculum and other programmes that staff within our schools benefit from
- Influence across network-wide issues through our leadership meetings and regional collaboration events
- Wellbeing packages and an employee assistance programme
- Family friendly policies
You can view a full list of requirements and further information about the school and trust in the job description and candidate pack.
If you think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t meet all the requirements, please apply as we may be able to support you in any areas for development or we may have alternative roles that are a good fit for you. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.
At Unity Schools Partnership our objective is to smash through barriers to make remarkable change happen. We pride ourselves on being an educational organisation that puts children first, going the extra mile for the vulnerable and disadvantaged, and every one of us has an impact on unlocking our pupils’ potential. We are committed to providing a working environment where our employees can grow and thrive. We value collaboration, wellbeing, diversity, equality and work-life balance. Throughout our diverse family of schools and within our vibrant central hub we nurture talent, whether you are at the beginning of your career or looking to grow your expertise.
Unity Schools Partnership is made up of a family of 33 schools (9 secondary, 19 primary and 5 special schools) located on the Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire borders, as well as Romford in East London. This would become 35 schools with the 2 Colman schools joining.
The Trust expects its work to be characterised by ethical leadership, an ambition for improvement at pace and the expectation that remarkable improvements can be achieved. We refer to ourselves as a family because, throughout the trust, we foster a supportive and collaborative relationship, whilst recognising, and celebrating that, we are all different and have our own contextual characteristics. Sharing the same values and facing similar issues not only enables us to support each other, but to challenge each other too. This interdependence allows each of our schools to flourish and grow; providing stimulating, nurturing yet self-challenging environments in which our pupils and staff members can thrive.
Unity Schools Partnership has created a subsidiary trading company, Unity Schools Partnership Education. Having a separate legal entity that is free to trade independently with other commercial organisations as well as schools, gives scope and opportunities for greater impact and reach within the wider sphere of education. In return, income is invested into our trust to improve educational outcomes for the children in our schools. By working with Unity Schools Partnership, you may have the opportunity to work on a commission basis beyond a standard career in education and develop some ideas of your own.
Unity Schools Partnership is committed to safer recruitment, equal opportunities, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.
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