Deputy Headteacher

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, London


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 14 to Lead Practitioners range 17, £59,833 to £64,156

Job summary

Job purpose and context
1. Introduction
1.1 This appointment is with the governors of the school under the terms of the Catholic Education Service contract signed with the governors as employers. The governors will appoint a practising Catholic who, by personal example and professional leadership, will ensure that the Catholic ethos, rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, permeates all aspects of life in the school.
1.2 The appointment is subject to the current conditions of service for Deputy Headteachers contained in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document and other current education and employment legislation.
1.3 This job description may be amended at any time, following consultation between the Headteacher and the Deputy Headteacher and will be reviewed regularly.

2. Core Purpose of the Deputy Headteacher
The core purpose of the Headteacher is to provide professional leadership and management for a school. This will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work. To gain this success, a Headteacher must establish high quality education by effectively managing teaching and learning and using personalised learning to realise the potential of all pupils. Headteachers must establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils.
In this context, the core purpose of the Deputy Headteacher is to support the Headteacher in ensuring that:
 the school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and Canon Law, and in accordance with the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Brentwood;
 religious education is in accordance with the teachings, doctrines, discipline and general and particular norms of the Catholic Church;
 religious worship is in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church;
 the school provides high quality teaching and learning that leads to successful outcomes for pupils in terms of spiritual and moral growth, achievement, attitudes to learning, behaviour and personal development;
 the school promotes and safeguards the welfare of all children, enabling every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to: be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; achieve economic well-being; recognise their own dignity and the dignity of others as children of God;
 all statutory requirements are met and the work of the school is effectively monitored, evaluated and reviewed.

General Duties and Responsibilities

To carry out the duties of the Deputy Headteacher as set out in the current School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document.

Key Areas of Responsibility

3. Shaping the future
The ‘preferred future’, expressed in the strategic vision and development of a Catholic school, stems from the educational mission of the Church, which is reflected in the school’s mission statement and school improvement plan.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Ensuring the vision for the school is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all.
 The vision must reflect its distinctive Catholic character, in accordance with the provisions of the Diocesan Trust Deed, based on what it means to be fully human as revealed in the person, life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
 Working within the school community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans which will promote and sustain school improvement.
 Establishing a commitment amongst pupils, staff and parents to the school’s mission in partnership with the governing body and through the example of personal conviction.
 Demonstrating the vision and values in everyday work and practice. Motivating and working with others to create a shared culture and positive climate.
 Creating a distinctively Catholic ethos that is inclusive and applies Catholic values, attitudes and practices in all aspects of school life, and that life is lived explicitly and consciously in the presence of God.
 Ensuring there is planned worship, and appropriate liturgy in accordance with the rites, practices, discipline and liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.
 Ensuring creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve excellence.
 Ensuring that the strategic planning takes account of the diversity, values and experience of the school and community at large.

4. Leading Learning and Teaching
In a Catholic school the search for excellence is expressed in learning and teaching, which responds to the needs and aspirations of its pupils and acknowledges their individual worth as children of God.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Ensuring a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on pupils’ achievement, using data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every child’s learning.
 Ensuring that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management.
 Securing high quality religious education for all pupils in accordance with the doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church.
 Ensuring high quality Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship in accordance with the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
 Ensuring quality provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in line with the distinctive Catholic nature, purposes and aims of the school.
 Establishing creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching.
 Creating and maintaining an effective partnership with parents to support and improve pupils’ achievement and furthering the distinctive Catholic nature, purposes and aims of the school.
 Developing effective links with the parish and wider Catholic community, including local partnership arrangements, to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning.
 Ensuring a culture and ethos of challenge and support where all pupils can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning.
 Demonstrating and articulating high expectations and setting stretching targets for the whole school community.
 Implementing strategies that secure high standards of behaviour and attendance.
 Determining, organising and implementing a diverse, flexible curriculum and implementing an effective assessment framework.
 Taking a strategic role in the development of new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils.
 Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing classroom practice and promoting improvement strategies.
 Challenging underperformance at all levels and ensuring effective corrective action and follow-up.
 To ensure high quality education for all pupils in a designated class and improve the quality of learning and standards of achievement. To carry out the professional duties of a teacher as set out in the current edition of the School Teacher’s Pay and Conditions Document. To fulfil the duties of a class teacher against the Teacher Standards (2012) to a level that is consistent with what should be reasonably expected of a teacher in the relevant role and at the relevant stage of their career – whether an NQT, mid-career teacher, or one who is more experienced in accordance with the school’s career stage expectations for teachers.

5. Developing Self and Working with Others
In a Catholic school the role of Headteacher is one of leadership of a learning community rooted in faith. The Headteacher’s leadership should take Christ as its inspiration. The Headteacher’s management of staff should demonstrate an awareness of their unique contribution as individuals, valued and loved by God.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Treating people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive school culture consistent with the Catholic ethos of the school and its mission.
 Building a collaborative learning culture within the school and actively engaging with other schools to build effective learning communities.
 Developing and maintaining effective strategies and procedures for staff induction(including understanding the nature of the school as a Catholic community), professional development and performance review.
 Ensuring effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work undertaken by teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities.
 Acknowledging the responsibilities and celebrating the achievements of individuals and teams.
 Developing and maintaining a culture of high expectations for self and for others and taking appropriate action when performance is unsatisfactory.
 Regularly reviewing own practice, setting personal targets and taking responsibility for own personal development.
 Managing own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance.
 To lead and manage the development of excellent classroom teaching practice across the school and to play a role in the overall strategic direction of continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers across the school.
 To design and deliver CPD for teachers across the school as agreed.
 To be a model of excellent practice, maintaining a clear focus on outstanding delivery to learners ensuring a centre of best practice and excellence.

6. Managing the Organisation

6.1 In a Catholic school all deployment of staff, finance, material resources, time and energy should promote the common good of the community in accordance with the school’s mission.
6.2 The Deputy Headteacher helps provide effective organisation and management of the school and seeks ways of improving organisational structures and functions based on rigorous self-evaluation. The Deputy Headteacher also helps deploy people and resources efficiently and effectively to secure the school’s aims and mission through meeting specific objectives in line with the school’s strategic plan and financial objectives.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Creating an organisational structure which reflects the school’s values, and enabling the management systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements.
 Producing and implementing clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities.
 Ensuring that, within the Catholic ethos, policies and practices take account of national and local circumstances, policies and initiatives.
 Managing the school’s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to achieve the school’s educational goals and priorities.
 Recruiting, retaining and deploying staff appropriately and managing their workload to achieve the vision and goals of the school, implementing successful performance management processes with all staff.
 Managing and organising the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
 Ensuring that the range, quality and use of all available resources is monitored, evaluated and reviewed to improve the quality of education for all pupils and provide value for money.
 Using and integrating a range of technologies effectively and efficiently to manage the school.

7. Securing accountability
In a Catholic school the Headteacher fulfils his/her responsibilities in accordance with the mission of the school. The Headteacher supports the governing body in fulfilling its responsibilities under Canon Law to the Diocesan Trustees and in accordance with national legislation.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Fulfilling commitments arising from contractual accountability to the governing body.
 Developing the Catholic ethos so that everyone understands the mission of the school, which enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes.
 Ensuring individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation.
 Working with the governing body (providing information, objective advice and support) to enable it to meet its responsibilities, including securing the distinctive Catholic character of the school.
 Developing and presenting a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences including governors, parents and carers.
 Reflecting on personal contribution to school achievements and taking account of feedback from others.

8. Strengthening Community
In a Catholic school there is a special relationship with the parish and the church, as well as the local community with its distinctive social context.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in:
 Building a school culture and curriculum, based on Gospel values and the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, which takes account of the richness and diversity of the school’s communities.
 Building a relationship with the local church and parish communities, seeing participation in the celebration of the Eucharist as a crucial point of reference and stability.
 Creating and promoting positive strategies for challenging racial and other prejudice and dealing with racial harassment.
 Ensuring learning experiences for pupils are linked into and integrated with the wider community and promoting commitment to serving the common good and communion with the wider-world.
 Ensuring a range of community-based learning experiences.
 Collaborating with other agencies in providing for the academic, religious, spiritual, moral, social, emotional and cultural well-being of pupils and their families.
 Creating and maintaining an effective partnership with parents and carers, as the prime educators, to support and improve pupils’ growth in the knowledge and love of God and neighbour, their achievement and personal development.
 Seeking opportunities to invite parents and carers, the parish, community figures, businesses or other organisations into the school to enhance and enrich the school as a faith community and its value to the wider community.
 Contributing to the development of the education system by, for example, sharing effective practice, working in partnership with other schools and promoting innovative initiatives.
 Co-operating and working with relevant agencies to protect children.

9. Safeguarding Children & Safer Recruitment
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people as required under the Education Act 2002 and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Deputy Headteacher supports the Headteacher in ensuring that:
 The policies and procedures adopted by the governing body are fully implemented and followed by all staff.
 Sufficient resources and time are allocated to enable the designated person and other staff to discharge their responsibilities, including taking part in strategy discussions and other inter-agency meetings, and contributing in the assessment of children.
 All staff and volunteers feel able to raise concerns about poor or unsafe practice in regard to children, and such concerns are addressed sensitively and effectively in a timely manner in accordance with agreed disclosure policy.

Key Tasks
1. Deputise for the Headteacher in his absence
2. To play an overall strategic role as a member of the senior leadership team in the development of CPD for teachers across the school
3. To help create a strong Catholic school community by organising and leading community and whole school events, theme days and celebrations characterised by consistent, creative and well-planned high quality provision
4. To be responsible for the performance of school leaders and teachers
5. To be responsible for the standards of work and behaviour
6. To be responsible for accurate school data collection, moderation, analysis, evaluation and reporting to the appropriate school stakeholders
7. To be responsible for the development and maintenance of a stimulating, developmental and diverse learning curriculum and environment in school reflecting all aspects of learning and catering for the needs of children from different backgrounds
8. To be responsible for the school-based development and training of staff designed to continuously improve the quality of teaching and learning and school services
9. To support the teachers and leaders in their phases to ensure robust self-evaluation of teaching and learning and make a significant contribution to improving the quality of teaching and learning within the team
10. To lead the development of key skills and provision across all curriculum areas and lead the training of all staff
11. To support the school’s values and ethos by contributing to the development and implementation of policies practices and procedures

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School has a strong commitment to achieving equality of opportunity in its services to the community and the employment of people and expects all employees to understand, comply with and promote its policies in their work and to undertake any appropriate training.
The post holder is expected to undertake any appropriate training, including recognised professional qualifications, considered necessary to fulfil the role.

The school expects its employees to work flexibly within the framework of the duties and responsibilities specified above. This means that the post holder may be expected to carry out work that it not specified in the job profile but which is within the remit of the duties and responsibilities Schools are subject to the financial regulations of the council. The post holder is expected to become conversant with these regulations and adhere to them in the day to day operation of the job. This job description will be subject of review from time to time and may be amended in consultation with the post holder.

To undertake training and constructively take part in meetings, supervision, seminars and other events designed to improve communication and assist with the effective development of the post and post holder.

As deputy DSL, to be familiar with and confidently follow the Child Protection procedures of the school and alerting the DSL or the Headteacher of any concerns.

To ensure that duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation.

To carry out other minor and/or non-recruiting duties, appropriate to the post as may be directed.

Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with St Patrick’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation.

At all times carrying out responsibilities/duties with the framework of the Equal Opportunities Policy.

Secondary Duties:
The post holder may reasonably be expected to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of responsibility that may be allocated from time to time.

To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature, particularly in response to the changing role and needs of the school, as may be determined by the school.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree or a Masters Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status(QTS)

Commitment to undertake CCRS within 2 years from the date of appointment if not already held

Essential skills and experience

• At least 5 years of successful teaching experience across the primary age range
• Experience of teaching in at least 2 key stages (FS/KS1/KS2)
• Evidence of recent training in whole school leadership and management
• Significant and successful subject/area leadership resulting in school improvement
• Evidence of outstanding teaching ability
• Effective monitoring and evaluation of staff performance
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of the EYFS and primary curriculum
• A track record of implementing successful strategies to raise achievement
• Understanding of the principles of differentiation, feedback, assessment/observations and record keeping and their use in raising personal and academic achievement
• Strategies to develop teachers
• High expectations of all pupils: respect for their abilities, social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds; and commitment to raising their educational achievements

More on how to apply

School overview

School type LA Maintained School, Roman Catholic
Education phase Primary
School size 459 pupils enrolled
Age range 3 to 11
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About St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

School location

Longfield Avenue, London, E17 7DP