Deputy Headteacher

Whitecross Hereford, Hereford, Herefordshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 19 to Lead Practitioners range 24, £63,975 to £72,306

Job summary

Core Priorities:
To support and assist the Headteacher by providing dynamic and professional leadership that models our DNA, promotes and develops our values, improves outcomes for our students, is relentless in seeking to raise standards, is committed to the growth and development of staff and students and is strategic and reflective with the highest expectations.

Specific role:
The Deputy Head (Students) has a specific role within the senior leadership team focussing on the behaviours and expectations of our students. They will lead on:
• The continued development of a supportive and ambitious culture for all our students
• The effective use of school systems to promote the highest standards of conduct
• The growth of our school as an inclusive community

In addition to the specific role, all members of the SLT have core responsibilities:

Responsibilities of all members of the Senior Leadership Team

1. Achievement and Standards
• Demonstrate high expectations and set challenging objectives for pupils performance, both personally and for those we line-manage
• Ensure a consistent and continuous focus on student achievement, using data to track and monitor the progress in every pupil’s learning
• Challenge underperformance which acts as a barrier to pupil achievement
• Use national, local and school data effectively to analyse and evaluate pupil progress; plan and implement effective interventions to support pupils
• Continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of learning outcomes
• Ensure we close any gaps between different groups of pupils

2. Quality of Provision
• Ensure all teaching in the school is highly effective and that students are engaged in outstanding learning experiences every day
• Secure and sustain effective teaching through structured monitoring, evaluation and review
• Monitor the quality of teaching and students’ learning through the analysis of performance data, observations of teaching, learning walks, work scrutiny, student interviews in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team
• Have the personal pedagogical understanding which inspires learners to achieve well, relative to their prior attainment and to make progress as good as, or better than, similar learners nationally
• Contribute to the development of teaching and learning by leading and supporting professional learning programmes, coaching and mentoring of teachers
• Contribute to the development of the curriculum to best reflect our curricular aims and to meet the needs of all students
• Seek opportunities to collaborate with other schools and other relevant networks to share and develop excellent pedagogies
• Take a strategic role in the development of new and emergent technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of students
• Implement strategies that ensure high standards of behaviour
• Promote extra-curricular activities and out of hours learning which enhances learning opportunities

3. Leadership and Management
• Deputise in the absence of the Headteacher
• Lead by example and be a role model for all stakeholders in the school
• Effectively manage an agenda of continual improvement to raise standards in all areas of school life
• Take the lead strategic oversight for specified areas of improvement and development and make a significant contribution to the strategic development of all areas of our school whether or not holding a direct responsibility for the strategic feature
• Contribute to the development and review of the School Development Plan, Self-Evaluation Statement and related documentation
• Line manage designated members of staff to ensure they work effectively to raise student achievement and attainment across the school and provide effective support, guidance, challenge and information for all staff within designated areas of responsibility
• Maintain clear expectations, high standards of professionalism and collaboration to meet the school’s improvement and development priorities
• Assist in the appointment of staff and their deployment to make the most effective use of their skills, expertise and experience in order to raise standards of achievement across the school
• Ensure that all staff members have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities
• Deploy appropriate resources, in consultation with the Headteacher, for effective, efficient and safe teaching and learning, having consideration for budgets, staff, time, courses, development opportunities and ICT resources
• Liaise effectively with all stakeholders, including parents, students, feeder schools, partner secondary schools, business and community partners and the wider community, as appropriate to designated strategic responsibilities
• Network with other institutions in order to learn more about the ways that they are effecting change and transformation
• Ensure the school is compliant with national and local legal and policy requirements

4. Personal Development and Well-being
• Treat all members of the school community fairly, equitably and with respect to create and maintain our DNA
• Ensure a consistent and continuous school-wide focus on student achievement, using baseline and progress data to monitor progress
• Recognise and reward students who are making good progress and identify underachievement, putting in place appropriate support to help them overcome their barriers to learning
• Support extra-curricular opportunities
• Support the school in ‘narrowing the gap’
• Ensure a safe working and learning environment through the implementation of effective policies and procedures
• Ensure a safe working and learning environment through application of appropriate risk assessment and adherence to current Health & Safety regulations.

5. Professional Development
• Keep up-to-date with current research in teaching and learning, and in school improvement
• Lead professional development activities, as appropriate, to update and develop the skills of colleagues
• Provide regular coaching and mentoring for less experienced colleagues
• Participate in Performance Management in accordance with school policy

Essential educational requirements

• A good honours degree

Essential qualifications

• Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

• A strong classroom teacher with a proven track record of success
• Successful experience of leading whole school change
• Evidence of leading teams and developing staff to achieve their potential
• Knowledge of the national educational landscape and evidence of engagement with educational research and debate
• Experience of successful strategic and evidence based planning
• Able to enthuse students, forming strong relationships based on mutual trust and respect
• Able to work collaboratively with colleagues, communicating clearly and winning commitment to a vision
• Able to communicate effectively both within the school and wider education community
• Able to think clearly and systematically
• Relentlessly optimistic and energetic
• Loyal, enthusiastic, passionate
• Willing to go the extra mile
• Demonstrates the highest professional standards and expectations of students
• Capacity to reflect and respond to feedback

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 934 pupils enrolled
Age range 11 to 16
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Whitecross Hereford website (opens in a new window)
Contact email

School location

Three Elms Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 0RN