Head of School, QEHS
Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, Northumberland
|Working pattern||Full-time only|
Head of School
Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham
Queen Elizabeth High School can trace its history all the way back to an original charter granted in 1599. However, it’s the next chapter in our school’s development that makes this such an exciting time to take on this leadership role. September 2021 will see the co-location of Hexham Middle School on the existing QEHS site, with both schools benefiting from a £40m rebuilding project to create a brand new campus that will enable the schools to flourish for generations to come.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone to develop their whole school leadership credentials in a setting where expectations are high, but with the assurance of guidance and mentoring from an experienced Executive Headteacher. You’ll take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school, and be the focal point for staff, students and parents. You can expect considerable autonomy in decision-making, as well as the opportunity to consult and collaborate on issues where you would welcome additional support. It’s a role where the right person will thrive.
We want our new Head of School to be a conscientious and committed school leader – someone who will be passionate about our school’s ethos and values, and model them on a daily basis. You’ll need the personal and professional presence to quickly win the trust and confidence of staff, students and parents through an engaging and approachable management style. Able to harness and develop the talent and potential of others, you’ll be ideally placed to build on what we already do well, enhancing our collective capacity and bringing a keen focus to areas where we know we can improve.
to find out more or contact Raymond Kelly or Louise Bickley at Navigate NDC for a confidential discussion on 01625 800862. Closing date: 30th March.
Essential educational requirements
Qualified Teacher Status
Degree or equivalent
Evidence of continuous professional development appropriate to a Head of School role
Successful track record of senior leadership in the schools sector, with proven ability to translate strategic intentions into effective operational outcomes.
Proven track record of significantly improving quality and standards, making good use of data to inform and evaluate progress.
Effective people management, including successfully identifying and addressing under-performance.
Significant involvement in the effective development of teaching and learning.
Effective budget and resource management.
Building and sustaining effective and successful working relations with partners and external stakeholders.
Essential skills and experience
High expectations that translate into high standards of school provision.
A thorough and current knowledge of best practice in providing a safe and secure learning environment.
Commitment to bring out the best in all students, regardless of their abilities, needs or backgrounds
Knowledge of current and future developments in the
educational landscape and commitment to ensuring the school is well positioned in relation to these.
Commitment to education in its broadest sense with an understanding of the contribution creative arts, sport and extracurricular activities have in the development of young
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with personal presence, to establish confidence and effective relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and
Strategic thinking with ability to assimilate information, analyse, and make use of a wide range of evidence.
|School size||1290 pupils enrolled|
|Age range||13 to 18|
|Ofsted report||View Ofsted report|
|Website||Queen Elizabeth High School website (opens in a new window)|
About Queen Elizabeth High School
Hadrian Learning Trust was established as an academy converter in 2016. The Trust currently comprises Queen Elizabeth High School (with circa 1300 students aged 13-19) and Hexham Middle School (with circa 460 students aged 9-13). Queen Elizabeth High School provides the highest standard of education to the people of Tynedale. We are an excellent school with a sixth form which outperforms most other state and voluntary-aided schools and colleges in the North East of England. Our success is due to having a shared ethos and a strong partnership between students, parents and the local community, and we want to recruit the best staff to help us achieve our vision of being the best school in the region. Our attainment is high. In 2019, our Attainment 8 score was 53.3, with a Progress 8 of 0.29. While proud of our students' success, we are far from complacent and aspire for our Year 11 students to make the best progress possible. Our sixth form is truly outstanding and invites comparison with the best state schools in the country. With an average grade of B at A-Level, and an average vocational grade of distinction*-, over 160 students each year progress from our sixth form to a range of universities including Oxbridge and the Russell Group. A number of our students also progress to exciting apprenticeships and vocational schools / conservatoires for a range of disciplines. We have been placed 2nd out of all state schools in the North-East of England for two years running in the Sunday Times Parent Power listings (based on attainment at GCSE and A Level). Our curriculum currently offers a greater choice of subjects than most schools. Our Year 9 courses prepare students for their GCSE studies whilst at the same time ensuring that students receive a broad and balanced education. The advice and guidance offered to students ensures that the GCSE courses chosen by students best suit their needs and abilities. The size of our sixth form and the subject expertise of our teachers allow us to run a range of exciting courses at KS5. Our historically strong performance in maths attracts over 60 students each year to study maths and a further 15 or more to study further maths. Our vocational offer in sport, music performance, media, IT, health and social care and business allows students the opportunity to go on to study specialist vocational degrees at university. Our last Ofsted inspection (April 2019) recognised our achievement in producing well-rounded and happy students. Each year, physics students visit the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and our Human Rights group travels to the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery in India. One of our great strengths as a school is our links with the local, national and international communities, whether this is through sport and arts or through our charity work, Fairtrade group, hospital concerts or foreign visits. This year our students will participate in foreign exchange visits linked to schools in Spain and Germany. We also run an annual expedition to Morocco. Our renowned commitment to the performing arts can be seen through our weekly youth theatre and fantastic productions such as “Les Miserables” in December 2019. Our musicians put on concerts in autumn and spring and we have numerous choirs (including a boys’ choir) which perform at Hexham Abbey and to the local community. The opportunities for our students to take part in sport are considerable and they compete at a very high level whether individually or in teams. Our rowing team competes and is successful nationally and the school has produced Olympic athletes and rowers. Continuing professional development is bringing about significant improvements in leadership and teaching, and a very strong Pastoral Team ensures that barriers to learning which affect outcomes for students are reduced. Our key to success in recent years has been to recruit the best staff we can and to provide a supportive but challenging environment in which they can develop as professionals.
Whetstone Bridge Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3JB