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  • Expected start date

    4 January 2022

  • Application deadline

    1 November 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    21 October 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full time
Contract type
Fixed term (31 August 2022)
£65,310 to £71,914

Job summary

Ridgeway Academy
A member of the Alban Academies Trust (AAT)

Appointment of Deputy Headteacher

Salary: L18 – L22 (£65,310 - £71,914)

Required for January 2022 or sooner on a fixed term basis until 31 August 2022

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the school prior to considering an application

Closing Date: 9:00am Monday 1 November 2021

Shortlisting: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Interviews: Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 November 2021

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
School size
844 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01707 351350

About Ridgeway Academy

Ridgeway Academy is situated on the east side of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. It opened as a new academy on 1 September 2018 as part of the Alban Academies Trust.

There has been a secondary school on this site since 1956 when the High School first opened. Four years later Attimore Secondary Modern school also opened on the same site and in 1968 the schools were amalgamated and renamed Sir Frederic Osborn School. Now the school has moved into its new chapter of life as Ridgeway Academy.

Ridgeway Academy is a mixed non-selective school with the majority of its students living close to the school. The PAN for the school is 180. Prior attainment on entry has traditionally been below the national average for most year groups. Current student data indicates 35% disadvantaged and 24.5% SEND. Current Year 7 and 8 have a prior attainment which is much nearer to the national average.

The senior staff have been recruited over the past four years and form a very strong team that have the skills and abilities to support the Headteacher in helping to make rapid progress in the future.

One of the key features of Ridgeway Academy is its impressive campus. The site has the benefit of two school halls, plenty of rooms to accommodate the wide range of subjects on offer and significant amounts of outdoor space between the buildings. This means that students can enjoy the benefit of a large campus and the school has plenty of scope for future expansion. The financial position of Ridgeway Academy is secure and the school works proactively with colleagues in the Alban Academies Trust to sustain this.

As part of the conversion to academy status, a £1m capital refurbishment programme was completed during summer 2018 to replace all the existing windows to buildings. This has transformed the site resulting in a wonderful learning campus for young people to enjoy. In 2015 a new sports complex and 3G pitch was opened, which generates income for the school and is highly popular with our local community.

As a direct result of Covid 19 there has been significant investment in Google Suite including Google Classroom, staff intranet and devices for disadvantaged students. Our development fund is targeted to drive the highest outcomes in Teaching and Learning.

Ridgeway has a key focus on promoting the highest of expectations of students in their behaviour and attitudes to learning. Staff development is an important aspect of life at Ridgeway and is coordinated at school level and throughout the Alban Academies Trust. The Trust holds joint strategic sessions with senior and middle leaders and a joint annual conference involving staff across the Trust schools takes place in February.

The school has a strong and experienced governing body, excellent leadership from the senior team and many passionate and committed teaching and support staff.

The school community has positively embraced the recent changes; students are well behaved, happy, look smart in their new uniform and are extremely proud of their school; staff are highly motivated and are committed to drive improvements necessary to take us to be outstanding; and parents and carers work collectively with the school to secure positive outcomes for everyone.

The school is being well supported through membership of the Alban Academies Trust and this would be an exciting time to take on the role as Deputy Headteacher to shape the school’s future development.

Arranging a visit to Ridgeway Academy

To arrange a tour please contact Keeley Biss via or telephone 01707 351350 (term time)

School location

Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2AF

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