12 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    30 April 2021 at 12:00 pm

  • Date listed

    30 March 2021

Job details

Job role
KS1, KS2
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
Leadership 14 to 18

Job summary

Purley Oaks Primary School, Nursery and Children’s Centre is a welcoming, vibrant and inclusive community school. We are three-form entry offering places from nursery through to year 6. Our school is increasingly popular and the established leadership team is committed to working towards excellence and achieving the best outcomes for all our pupils and staff.

Due to promotion, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an inspirational, innovative and highly motivated person to work in close partnership with the Headteacher to drive Purley Oaks from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. We are looking for a Deputy Headteacher with a proven track record of excellent classroom practice who is child centred and will fully support our school values and ethos.
We are seeking an ambitious and energetic professional with experience of leading teams, monitoring teaching and learning, and with experience of successfully leading improvement and raising standards. Our community is highly valued by our families and staff and we expect everyone to actively contribute to and promote our strong and positive ethos.
If you are a dynamic and inspirational leader with the capacity to grow and develop in the role, if you have initiative, constructive enthusiasm, a thorough knowledge of all key stages and the ambition to play a major role in the leadership and management of our school then we would love to hear from you.

Overall Responsibilities for the Strategic Direction and Development of the School
In partnership with the Headteacher:
• Provide strategic vision, leadership and direction to support the school’s journey towards ‘Outstanding’ status.
• Actively promote the vision and ethos of the school, so that it is clearly understood, shared and practised by the whole school community.
• Actively promote and maintain high standards of teaching and learning.
• Create a supportive, stimulating and inspiring learning environment.
• Plan strategically, taking into account the diverse needs within the school and the local community.
• Maintain and develop strong partnerships with the board of governors, parents, carers and the wider community.
• Evaluate and develop whole-school policies and practice.

Teaching and Learning
• Ensure the curriculum is rich and exciting and motivates, enthuses and meets the needs of the children.
• Actively promote and secure high standards of attainment and progress for all pupils at the school.
• Actively promote engagement with learning and pride in achievement for both staff and pupils.
• Actively support the Headteacher in securing improvement in the quality of teaching to outstanding.
• Use assessment data to manage performance and raise standards.
• Actively promote equal opportunities, challenging any prejudices or stereotyping on grounds of race, gender, disability or religion.
• Secure high standards of behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

• Be an exemplary role model.
• Create an environment within which all staff can perform to the highest level.
• Treat all staff fairly and with respect and expect the same of others.
• Be visible, accessible and communicate effectively.
• Lead, inspire, motivate and encourage all staff to commit to the shared vision for the school.
• Set personal targets and regularly review own practice.
• Take appropriate action when performance is unsatisfactory.
• Support all staff in their own professional development.
• Ensure that trainees and newly-qualified teachers are appropriately mentored, supported and assessed.
• Value every pupil, and treat them fairly and with respect.
• Tackle bullying and harassment in all its forms.
• Provide a whole-school experience for the educational, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural needs of pupils.

Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children
• Understand and support the government's safeguarding agenda, staying up to date with related initiatives (including Protect).
• Comply with all child protection and safeguarding policies.
• Be a member of the safeguarding team.

Parents, Carers, School Partners and the Wider Community
• Maintain and develop a school culture which reflects the diversity of the school and wider communities.
• Use a range of methods to ensure effective communication between home and school.
• Maintain and develop working relationships with other schools and outside agencies.

• Actively support the Headteacher and Governors in accounting for the efficiency and effectiveness of the school to all relevant stakeholders.

Specific Duties
• Deputise for the Headteacher in his absence.
• Take a major role in the day-to-day running of the school.
• Monitor and support senior leaders within the school.
• Assist with the appointment and induction of new staff and provide monitoring and support.
• Chair Senior Leadership Team meetings so they are productive and effective.
• Undertake such reasonable activities as the Head Teacher and Governors may from time to time require.

Applying for the job

To apply for this position please complete the application and equal opportunities monitoring forms fully and provide a supporting statement which shows how you meet the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.

Supporting documents

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

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
650 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Purley Oaks Primary School

Purley Oaks is a community school where our ‘staff share a moral purpose to give all pupils a rich education.’ - Ofsted 2019.

At Purley Oaks we believe our children can do anything if we give them the motivation and support. We are a three form entry primary school offering places from nursery through to year 6. Our school is increasingly popular and the established leadership team is committed to working towards excellence and achieving the best outcomes for all our pupils. We have high expectations of our children and offer a curriculum that is creative, balanced and fun; but more importantly based on the needs of our children. Our team of experienced staff are committed to ensuring that your child is fully prepared for every stage of their educational journey. Our goal is to equip them with skills that will enhance their future. There are no limits to what your child can achieve when they become part of the Purley Oaks community.

Our ethos is based on five themes: CARING, SHARING, LEARNING, LISTENING and OURSELVES. This ethos underpins everything we do. We provide our pupils with a rich social awareness and respect for others so that their contribution to the school community and society is both positive and one of tolerance. Our broad and balanced curriculum promotes spiritual, moral and cultural values, as well as mindfulness and the physical health of our pupils, which unites our Purley Oaks community as we strive for excellence. We ensure that all our pupils understand these principals as they begin to make their own meaningful contribution to our school and the wider community.

Arranging a visit to Purley Oaks Primary School

School visits are strongly encouraged. Please contact Miss Lowe on 0208-688-4268 or via email: hr@purleyoaks.croydon.sch.uk.

School location

Bynes Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 0PR

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