Head of School Hope Valley College, Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Job description

Key priorities
The key priorities for this role and the school for the next 12 months are to:
• Ensure that standards continue to rise, especially in the Ebacc subjects
• Ensure the attainment and progress gap closes between disadvantaged students and their peers.
• Ensure that attendance improves, particularly the attendance of disadvantaged students.
• Embed robust quality assurance systems and processes throughout all areas of school.

Core purpose
The core purpose of this role is to provide professional leadership and management of the school that will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work.
To achieve success the Head of School will:
• Provide vision, leadership and direction.
• Effectively manage and improve learning and teaching.
• Promote excellence, equality and high expectations of all students.
• Deploy resources to achieve school aims.
• Evaluate school performance and identify priorities for continuous improvement.
• Carry out day-to-day management, organisation and administration.
• Secure the commitment of the wider community.
• Create a safe and productive learning environment that is engaging and fulfilling for all students.

Essential educational requirements

• Management training or qualification/Higher Degree – Desirable

Essential qualifications

• Qualified Teacher Status – Essential
• National Professional Qualification for Headship – Desirable
• Evidence of commitment to continuing professional and personal development - Essential

Essential skills and experience

• Experience of teaching in more than one school
• Experience of promoting effective shared and distributive leadership
• Successful senior leadership at Deputy Head level resulting in sustained significant improvements in standards

• Experience of successful implementation of strategies for raising achievement and ensuring effective teaching, learning and assessment
• Experience of monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning
• Experience of successfully leading and managing whole school change initiatives
• Evidence of being able to employ a range of leadership and management styles and approaches as appropriate

About Hope Valley College

Hope Valley College is a school at the very heart of its local community. Its buildings sit within the village of Hope in the stunning surroundings of the Derbyshire Peak District and are a focal point for local activities. The school has over 570 students, with a small number within a post-16 provision for students who have SEN and/or disabilities. Hope Valley College is a single academy trust. However, the Governing Body has agreed that the school will join Chorus Education Trust – a growing, local trust founded in Sheffield, that cherishes both aspiration and inclusion. This is due to happen imminently. At the heart of Chorus Education Trust is Silverdale, an outstanding comprehensive school in Sheffield. The two schools already have a strong working relationship, particularly via Silverdale’s Teaching School, the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (STSA). STSA provides Hope Valley with trainee teachers, CPD for teachers, school to school support, as well as opportunities for staff to works as SLEs. Many Hope Valley students also progress into Silverdale Sixth Form. This is an exciting opportunity to join a school that will soon be part of a new Trust that is committed to providing the very best opportunities for both staff and students.

Castleton Road, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6SD
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