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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    1 March 2024 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    12 February 2024

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Full-time equivalent salary

£73,034.00 - £80,419.00 Annually (Actual) L18-L22

Deputy Headteacher (two positions available) job summary

Katherine Warington School is a comprehensive, co-educational and non-denominational academic secondary school which opened in September 2019 and currently comprises over 900 students in oversubscribed year groups, with 210 in Year 8 and 180 in each of Years 7, 9, 10 and 11. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of Year 12 students on opening our Sixth Form in September 2024 and will have grown to our capacity of 1,180 students by 2025.

Following an internal promotion, and in preparation for our continued expansion, we are looking to grow our Senior Leadership Team’s capacity by appointing two exceptional, ambitious and experienced Deputy Headteachers. It is likely that one of these roles will be focused on Teaching and Learning, and the other on Pastoral. However the final allocation of accountabilities will be decided following appointment, based on the skills and experience of the successful candidates.

As an integral part of a collaborative, supportive team with a passion for teaching enthusiastic students who are keen to progress, the successful candidates will:

  • play a pivotal role in the leadership and management of the school, supporting the Headteacher in its overall strategic direction, academic standard and operational effectiveness
  • be responsible for fostering a positive learning environment, nurturing the professional growth of staff, and ensuring the holistic development and welfare of students.
  • be motivated by making a valued contribution towards the creation of a stimulating, engaging and fulfilling learning environment focused on raising standards of progress and achievement for all students.
  • be expected to lead particular departments within the school and line manage identified middle leaders, setting high standards and expectations.

We are keen to hear from candidates who:

  • possess excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders

  • demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach to working in a very busy environment

  • Share and are capable of delivering our vision to be an outstanding school

  • have a strong work ethic, exude enthusiasm and are self-motivated

In return, you will have access to our staff benefits package including:

  • An annual Flex Day to be taken on a day of your choice (with an additional day granted for every 4 years of service)

  • Free parking on site

  • Free use of the school gym

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Free 24/7 access to our Employee Assistance Programme

  • Access to our in-house team of Mental Health First Aiders

  • Buddy system for new staff

  • Access to mentoring and CPD opportunities

  • Regular staff socials

  • Discounts with local businesses

  • An opportunity to work with friendly and welcoming colleagues in a modern, aesthetically pleasing and forward-thinking environment.

The ethos of our school focuses on enabling every student and staff member to make outstanding progress. You will be supported in your role by our Headteacher and fellow members of the SLT, giving you a unique opportunity to enhance your skills and accelerate your career.

If you share our belief that young people have the right to a transformational educational experience that will enable them to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions, then we look forward to hearing from you.

At KWS, we understand the value of having a workforce that reflects and represents our multi-ethnic student body from an equality, diversity and inclusivity perspective. We therefore welcome and embrace applications from all backgrounds.

We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and visitors to share this commitment. This post will require a Full Enhanced, with List Checks, Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

As part of our selection and appointment process, and in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, we are required to conduct online searches on all candidates in order to identify any incidents or concerns which are publicly available online. By submitting and signing your application, you acknowledge that such searches will be conducted as part of the selection and appointment process.

Applications will be shortlisted throughout the process, and we may interview and close the advert early if we are in a position to recruit a suitable candidate. We therefore encourage interested candidates to apply early.

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About Katherine Warington School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
744 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Katherine Warington School is a new comprehensive, co‐educational and non‐denominational academic secondary school (opened September 19) with 750 students currently (180 in each of years 7, 8, 9 and 10 – these year groups are already oversubscribed). The school will add a

further 180 students in each subsequent year and then open a 250 strong Sixth Form. By 2025 we will have grown to our capacity of 1,150 students. The school was established through the partnership of the Harpenden Secondary Schools Trust, which includes the three outstanding

schools in Harpenden: Roundwood Park, St George’s and Sir John Lawes and additional partners: the University of Hertfordshire and Rothamsted Research Centre (a world leading non‐profit agricultural science research centre).

Further details about the school, including our prospectus and virtual tour, can be found on our website: www.kwschool.co.uk

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