23 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 May 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    25 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L20 - L24: £75,331 - £83,081

What skills and experience we're looking for

Crestwood Community School is one school, with two campuses serving central Eastleigh. We are looking to appoint an experienced Senior Leader to be Head of School for our Shakespeare Campus to start in September 2024. This exciting opportunity has arisen as a result of our successful current Head of School relocating, at the end of the current academic year, to a post abroad. The successful candidate will be joining a Core Senior Leadership Team consisting of a Headteacher, who has been at the school since 2006, and the Head of School on the Cherbourg Campus who has been in post since 2016. The wider SLT consists of 8 Assistant Headteachers and 9 Achievement Leaders.split across both campuses.

The Headteacher works across both campuses and Core SLT meets every morning, virtually, to keep abreast of the current issues. The Heads of School are responsible for the day to day operational needs of their campus, as well helping shape, with the core and wider SLT, the strategic direction of the whole school.

Crestwood Community School is committed to excellence through empowering all learners to achieve success, whatever their starting points and wherever they come from. Our priorities are that every learner achieves and makes good progress; to promote a positive learning culture that challenges and empowers and to raise aspirations for all in our learning community. Our students are Ready, Responsible and Respectful and these simple morals enable them to fulfil every aspect of their potential.

Our current postholder, Steve Gibbs, says - “Some would say the position of Head of School at Crestwood provides the best of both worlds. If successfully appointed, you would be the figurehead for a campus and have operational responsibility for 750 students and nearly 100 staff on a daily basis. Further, alongside the headteacher and the head of school from the other campus you would have a significant influence on the strategic direction of the school. The huge benefit is you would do all of this within the relative security of being line managed and coached by one of the most experienced and successful headteachers in Hampshire. Crestwood will always hold a special place in my heart. I will miss the students and the staff, but I will always feel part of #crestwoodfamily”.

Crestwood Community School had an Ofsted inspection in February 2024, which confirmed that we continue to be a ‘good’ school. The report stated that at Crestwood “there is a welcoming, friendly atmosphere”. They also said that “teachers and support staff, including those in the early stages of their career, are proud to work at the school. They particularly value school leader's careful consideration of their workload and well-being so that they can focus their efforts fully on pupils’ education.” In addition, Ofsted report that “many pupils, staff and parents describe the school as a ‘big family’. This is a happy school, where staff and students want to be. The #Crestwoodfamily pervades through everything we do

What the school offers its staff

We will ensure that the successful candidate has:

  • comprehensive induction including a professional coach
  • continuous professional learning, development and improvement
  • the opportunity to contribute to raising standards for all our students
  • close working within the Core SLT to help shape the strategic direction
  • a strong SLT team, who are collaborative and collegiate
  • the most fantastic Personal Assistant to the Senior Team to support you

As a school we take staff well being seriously. We offer staff the following:

  • wellbeing weeks, with no commitments scheduled after school

  • free lunch every day
  • free tea and coffee
  • half termly cooked breakfasts
  • accrued inset days, taken as twilights, giving staff an additional 4 days off a year
  • One wellbeing day per year (during term-time), to be taken at their chosen time (after a qualifying period)
  • weekly thank you bulletin
  • birthday cards
  • heads discretionary leaves of absence for family events
  • acts of random kindness
  • access to mental health first aider

Further details about the role

Completed applications, with the names and addresses of two referees, including your existing Headteacher or Line Manager, should be emailed to krista.dawkins@crestwood.hants.sch.uk and hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

This is not just any Head of School post and your application should address the specific issues related to Crestwood and how you can contribute and lead on our improvement journey.

Please download further details and a Hampshire Teaching Application form from the school website www.crestwood.hants.sch.uk located under the School Information / Vacancies tab.

We would encourage you to come and visit us before applying. You can arrange this through the Headteacher’s PA, Justine Sayers, by emailing her on justine.sayers@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

Tours -

Thursday 18 April 2024 Shakespeare Campus, 12.30-1.15pm,Cherbourg Campus, 1.45-2.00pm

Friday 19 April 2024 Shakespeare Campus, 12.30-1.15pm,Cherbourg Campus, 1.45-2.00pm

Thursday 25 April 2024 Shakespeare Campus, 9.15-10.00am,Cherbourg Campus, 10.30-11.15am

Friday 26 April 2024 Shakespeare Campus, 9.15-10.00am,Cherbourg Campus, 10.30-11.15am

Commitment to safeguarding

Crestwood Community School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk

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About Crestwood Community School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1403 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
02380 641232

Crestwood Community School is one school, with two campuses serving central Eastleigh. Crestwood Community School had an Ofsted inspection in June 2018, which confirmed that we are a ‘good’ school. We also achieved outstanding gradings in Personal Development and Behaviour and Leadership. They also said that as a school we are “passionately committed to providing a first-class inclusive education for all pupils; tenacious in their pursuit of additional resources and approaches to continually improve provision.” This is a happy school, where staff and students want to be. The #Crestwoodfamily pervades through everything we do.

Arranging a visit to Crestwood Community School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email justine.sayers@crestwood.hants.sch.uk.

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