Deputy Headteacher

Varndean School, Brighton, East Sussex


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 20 to Lead Practitioners range 24, £65,561 to £71,590

Job summary

Varndean School is an 11-16 school with around 1400 students, set in a picturesque south coast location in the vibrant and diverse city of Brighton and Hove. We are a Good (Ofsted 2017) and well-established school already, and we have made rapid progress over the past couple of years and have no intention of resting on our laurels. The potential here is immense and the successful applicant will have a key role in our vision to develop World Class Learning.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, committed and outstanding Deputy Headteacher with a passion for education. Varndean operates a system of four small schools within one larger school – the small school approach. The position advertised carries the status of Deputy Head and the specific responsibilities will be based on the strengths of the successful candidate.

The post would suit candidates who are ambitious for Headship; four previous incumbents have moved to substantive Headteacher posts and one to CEO of a Multi Academy Trust. We are a lead school in the Pavilion and Downs Teaching Alliance and there will be opportunities to work across Brighton and Hove and beyond.

Our four small schools each have a busy and productive school base and part of the role is to provide excellent leadership to one of these schools as well as providing an appropriate level of strategic support to the Headteacher as he goes about developing the small school approach to modern education.

If you are interested in joining us, please complete the application form and send/e-mail it, with a covering letter, to Lynn Hill, Director of Finance & Operations, Varndean School. Email:

The closing date is 9am on Monday 30th March and the interviews are currently scheduled for Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd April.

Varndean School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to have a staff body that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Essential educational requirements

Degree level (or equivalent) qualification

Essential qualifications

QTS (Secondary age range)

Essential skills and experience

At least 5 years teaching experience (secondary)
Outstanding teaching ability
Contributing to the effective raising of standards
Effective leadership of whole school developments relating to learning and teaching and/or self-evaluation
Demonstrable evidence of raising the standards of learning and teaching
Effective management of change
Aspects of leadership and management in a whole school context
Use of technology to improve systems that raise student achievement
Effective line management of other staff
Senior Leadership experience
Evidence of relevant further professional development

School overview

School type LA Maintained School
Education phase Secondary
School size 1352 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Varndean School website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

About Varndean School

Varndean School is a co-education state maintained comprehensive school for 11-16 year olds offering a modern and diverse curriculum. We give students the opportunity to explore their interests, achieve academic success and develop well-rounded characters to go forth into the world and make a valuable contribution to all our futures.

School location

Balfour Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6NP