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Deputy Principal: Primary Lead

Chichester Free School, Chichester, West Sussex

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
L14 - L20

Job summary

Role of the Deputy Principal: Primary Lead
The Governors and Principal are seeking an exceptional leader with the energy and vision to join the Headship and Senior Leadership Teams of Chichester Free School.

The Governors and Principal are looking for an outstanding educator with demonstrated leadership skills and experience in leading teams, evaluating performance and being part of a highly successful establishment.

As a member of the Headship Team, the Deputy Principal will play a key role in the leadership and management of the whole all-through school, including being the day to day operational lead of the Primary Phase.

Alongside the Deputy Principal: Secondary Lead, the successful candidate will lead on Curriculum and Teaching & Learning, reviewing and developing the all-through school curriculum to ensure a balance of programmes, subjects and challenge best suited to contemporary learners. Together, they will oversee whole school teaching and learning initiatives, embracing latest pedagogy and cutting-edge approaches. The Deputy Principal will deputise for the Principal in her absence, and take an operational lead in the day to day leadership of Years R to 6.

We are looking for a Primary specialist who will bring knowledge and expertise in latest 4-11 national developments. However, the successful candidate must also have a willingness to gain understanding, experience and appreciation of Secondary approaches to enable the School to develop a truly all-through approach. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Leader who is looking for a unique opportunity in a thriving all-through school. The successful candidate will either be an experienced Assistant or Deputy Head, aspiring for Headship, or a Primary Headteacher seeking a different and unique challenge. We will support completion of the NPQH for the right candidate.

Applying for the job

Application Process
Candidates should complete an application form, with accompanying personal statement of no more than two sides of A4, addressing the criteria presented in the job description and person specification. Applications should be sent to paprincipal@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk by midday on Monday 8 March 2021.
The interview and assessment days will be in week beginning Monday 15 March 2021.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Free School
Education phase
Primary, Secondary, 16-19
School size
1037 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report

About Chichester Free School

.Introduction to the School
CFS is a state-funded, all-through school, established in response to real demand within the local area for a greater variety of schools. It is part of Sussex Education Trust, a charitable organisation with the key objective to establish, maintain, manage and develop a broad and balanced education. The Trust is absolutely committed to providing young people with the best possible chance to succeed.
CFS benefits from the same freedoms and flexibilities as academies. We are funded by the government, subject to the same Ofsted inspections as all state schools and are expected to maintain the same rigorous standards.
The School is open to pupils of all abilities, from age four upwards. We do not have a catchment area, thus ensuring that CFS is fair and inclusive and provides families with freedom of choice. We take part in the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) admissions process, and so parents apply for places for their child in the same way as any other local state school.
The Journey So Far
The School opened in 2013 with pupils in Years 1, 3, 7 and 8 and has grown steadily over time. We are now full, with two form entry in the Primary phase and four form entry in the Secondary phase. There are approximately 76 teaching staff and 73 support staff, and over 1000 pupils. Since 2018 we have enjoyed the benefits of being housed in award winning state of the art facilities on the site of the former Carmelite Convent, in the south of Chichester.
Since 2013 the School has achieved two strong Ofsted Inspections, being rated 'Good' in all areas on both occasions. This has been alongside ever improving Key Stage 2 results and three years of achieving an 'average' Progress 8 score at GCSE. At Key Stage 4 we have achieved notable and consistent success in both English and Maths in particular, building on strong foundations in our Primary phase. The Principal has been in post since September 2019 and is leading the School in its pursuit for excellence; we aim to be 'well above average' in progress measures whilst maintaining a creative, flexible and inclusive taught and co-curriculum.
The Primary Phase
This vacancy has arisen due to the current post holder securing a Headship position of a local Primary School. Mr Hanna has been with the school for four years, and in that time has taken the Primary phases from strength to strength.
The team have developed an exciting integrated curriculum, with strong foundations in English and Maths. Our collaborative approach to planning, and supportive staff team lead to strong outcomes and high aspirations for every child. The current focus for the Primary phase is expanding the opportunities in the wider curriculum, including the full development of our fantastic Forest School provision which was launched on site in 2019.
The successful candidate will be joining a forward thinking, highly effective and happy Primary team; they will have the opportunity to build on the current strengths and support the Principal in taking the School to even greater success.
5 Nurture • Challenge • Inspire
Our Vision
At CFS we strive for excellence in all that we do. In both phases of the School, every child is truly
known as an individual and our ambition is uncompromising. We aim for all pupils to achieve their
full potential, and exceptional progress sits proudly as our most important measure of success. We
are a school where the happiness and safety of our pupils and staff is just as important as academic
We believe in an all-through education.
We provide a seamless education from ages
four to 16. We aim to inspire curiosity and
engage learners in common approaches
throughout Primary and Secondary. Sharing
practice across both phases is common place,
and this approach allows us to reduce the
negative effects often associated with
We believe in a varied curriculum.
Throughout the School we maintain rigorous
standards of the core subjects, whilst also
providing a varied, high quality and broad
curriculum. As evidenced by our state of the
art facilities, we are committed to STEM and
creative subjects. Our creative, inclusive and
flexible offer for all pupils is never
compromised, despite the ever increasing
emphasis on accountability results.
We believe in community and family.
Our House system permeates school life on a
daily basis, providing all stakeholders with an
engaging sense of community and healthy
We believe that a good education is not just
about qualifications.
We know that personal skills such as respect,
good speaking and listening skills, common
sense, a resilient and hardworking attitude,
and ambition are key skills for young people.
Our curriculum focuses on these qualities and
ensures that every child is ready and
equipped for their future. We also work hard
to provide experiences that ensure pupils
leave us as truly global citizens, with the
outlook, empathy, respect and motivation to
We believe that the quality of our teachers is
fundamental to the success of our school.
We recruit proven individuals who we regard
as being absolutely the best people to teach.
Through a robust process of performance
management, our staff receive guidance and
support to ensure they continue to do their
very best. We hope all staff will feel honoured
to be part of CFS.

Arranging a visit to Chichester Free School

Visits to the School
We hope to be able to welcome you for an informal visit to the School. However, if social distancing restrictions do not allow this, these times will instead be for an informal group discussion with the Principal via Microsoft Teams. The visits will be held on Wednesday 3 March at the following times: 09:00–10:30; 11:00-12:30; 13:30-15:00
To arrange a visit or for further information and informal discussion about this post, please contact Lauren Wilson, PA to the Principal, via paprincipal@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

School location

Hunston Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1NP

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