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Deputy Headteacher

Somers Park Primary School, Malvern, Worcestershire

Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Full time. L10-L14 (£52,723- £58,135), progressing to L12-L16 as the school grows.

Job summary

Due to the upcoming retirement of our Head of School at Easter 2021, Mercian Educational Trust has taken the opportunity to restructure the leadership of our school as we expand across our two sites. Our existing Executive Headteacher resumes the role of Headteacher over the sites. As a result, we are seeking an ambitious, energetic and exceptionally motivated Deputy Headteacher with experience of leading teams, monitoring teaching and learning, and with evidence of successfully guiding improvement and raising standards, to join our school.

The post requires:
• A leader with the energy and drive to make a difference.
• A leader who displays empathy and sensitivity, who places the needs of the children and adults in our school as a priority.
• A leader with an understanding of the approaches to self-evaluation for school improvement and statutory inspection.
• A leader with experience of raising achievement and attainment, promoting high standards and sustaining a focused learning community.
• A leader with a high level of organisation skills, with an ability to see the bigger picture and to plan strategically.
• A leader committed to developing curriculum, planning, assessment and teaching and learning across the primary years to the highest standard.
• A strong communicator, who is confident addressing a range of large audiences, and who is able to ‘take others with them.’
• A commitment to developing links with the community and an empathy with the aims and vision of the school.
• An excellent classroom practitioner with a high level of digital competency.

Applying for the job

All applicants are required to fully complete the Mercian Educational Trust application form which can be obtained through the contact details above. Applications on any other form will not be accepted. Applicants must enclose details of two references, which must be recent; usually one will be a current employer who can comment on your suitability to work with children, however if this is not possible this can be a previous employer. We ask that friends and relatives are not named to provide a reference. We will ask for references from all candidates who are shortlisted and require both references to be received prior to interview and we may contact any previous employer listed on your form to clarify any information. Shortlisting will be based on the applicants’ suitability for the post linked to the job description and person specification, please make sure your application matches these requirements. The closing date is midday on Friday 6th November 2020. Applicants will be invited to interview via email following shortlisting on Tuesday 10th November 2020, with the 2-day interview planned for Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November 2020. Please note, the field will be reduced at the end of day 1.

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 494 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Somers Park Primary School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email lmcgee@metacademies.org.uk
Contact phone number 01684572949

About Somers Park Primary School

Somers Park and Malvern Vale Primary School has evolved over recent years following the construction in 2018, of the Malvern Vale satellite expansion site less than a mile from Somers Park. Despite differences in uniform, our two sites work very much as one, with teachers working together and children following the same curriculum.

Growing a year group at a time, our Malvern Vale site now has Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, and we will be at the 7 class capacity by September 2024. At present, we have 514 pupils across both sites. In our opinion we have the best of both worlds- fantastic modern facilities with a small school feel at Malvern Vale, accompanied by a main school with an established, forward thinking culture, demonstrating proven success over a number of years. As an early academy convertor, we are now the largest school in Mercian Education Trust, a small Trust comprising four Worcestershire schools, over 5 sites.

Our local community is most settled, and there are strong family connections with the school. It is not unusual for parents, grand-parents and even great grand-parents of pupils to have attended Somers Park. A large majority of staff employed in school have either attended Somers Park, had their own children in school, or live close by.

We are proud of the way our learners are prepared for the next phase of their education and beyond, promoting our Think. Know. Explain. Do. curriculum model which encourages inquisitive thinking and independent learning, enhanced by a balanced and interesting enrichment programme of additional experiences and visits.

Somers Park and Malvern Vale School has powerful global links with Chumbageni and Kisosora Primary Schools in Tanzania (with whom we take annual reciprocal visits) and Jules Ferry School in France, both of which make a direct contribution to our creative and enriched curriculum.

Arranging a visit to Somers Park Primary School

Visits to the school are strongly encouraged. Please contact Les McGee, Office Manager, in the school office on 01684 572949 or via email lmcgee@metacademies.org.uk to arrange a convenient date and time and to request an information pack and application form. These are also available from the school website under the School Office tab.

School location

Somers Park Avenue, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 1SE

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