Head of School

The Cowplain School, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8 8RY

Deadline is tomorrow

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    5 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



L22-L26 (£70,747pa-£78,025pa)

Head of School job summary

Due to the retirement of our long serving Deputy Headteacher, we are seeking an outstanding Head of School.

This is a newly created and exciting role which will give you the opportunity to work closely with the Headteacher and assume responsibility for many aspects of the operation of the school. In addition, you will play a major role in contributing to the school’s strategic direction, working with and alongside the Headteacher, SLT and the Governing Body.

We are seeking someone who is creative, enthusiastic and resilient and who has a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for the students of The Cowplain School. You must be someone who is comfortable in making decisions and be confident and decisive, backing your judgement and following through on the decisions that you make. You should combine an academic ambition with a commitment to supporting our young people and it is essential you engage with the three strands of our curriculum which focus on diversity, developing character and thinking hard.

Of most interest to us are your dynamic leadership skills that demonstrate experience of school improvement, achieved in middle and senior leadership, so the exact responsibilities of the role will be discussed with the successful applicant. However, we would require you to lead, develop and monitor the quality of behaviour and engagement, as well as assuming responsibility and accountability for safeguarding as DSL.

You should see this role as a significant step towards headship, which we would expect you to assume relatively quickly after a steep learning curve, and be extremely ambitious for the students of The Cowplain School.

To request an application pack please email Mrs Amanda Simmons via a.simmons@cowplainschool.co.uk or access via our website www.cowplainschool.co.uk. If you wish to apply for this post you will need to return a fully completed Cowplain School application form to Mrs Amanda Simmons, PA to the Headteacher, via email or post to The Cowplain School, Hart Plain Avenue, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 8RY.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on Friday 20th May 2022 at midday. Shortlisted candidates will be informed later that day and interviews will be held in the week beginning 23rd May 2022.

The Academy reserves the right to interview earlier should suitable candidates apply.

The Cowplain School is 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

The application pack and application form are available via www.cowplainschool.co.uk/about-us/vacancies

If you wish to apply for this post you will need to return a fully completed The Cowplain School application form to Mrs Amanda Simmons, PA to the Headteacher, via email on a.simmons@cowplainschool.co.uk or post to Mrs A Simmons, PA to the Headteacher, The Cowplain School, Hart Plain Avenue, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 8RY.

The Academy reserves the right to interview earlier should suitable candidates apply.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

About The Cowplain School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
882 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
023 9261 2020

Letter to prospective applicants from Mr Ian Gates, Headteacher

Dear Colleague

Thank you for your interest in this important post. The vacancy has arisen because of the retirement of Mr Nick Brockhurst after 25 years excellent service to The Cowplain School, the last nine as Deputy Headteacher.

You may ask why not simply replace Nick with another Deputy Headteacher? The answer is that I feel that the demands on leaders of schools have changed and are likely to change still further over the next few years as we move to a fully academised system, which as you know is the direction of travel. In addition, we are emerging from a pandemic as well as looking to face numerous other challenges that will affect the way we lead schools. I look back on my last nine years of headship and know that how I led the school on the 1st May 2013, when I took up the post, compared to how I lead it now, is very different.

As regards the academy ‘movement’, single academy trusts such as ours are held to account in the same way as MATS of 50+ schools. These demands are increasing and I now need to invest in a colleague who can assume some of the many operational, and some strategic roles, traditionally associated with the Headteacher; in doing so, that person will then be fully skilled and prepared to take their place as a leader in the new system of leadership I have described above.

We need someone who is not afraid of making decisions, sometimes not without risk, but who follows them through and turns those decisions into successes, backing their judgement. In addition, both the school and myself require support but also challenge – you can’t be afraid of telling me that I’ve got it wrong! You will also need to be someone who invests in understanding and shaping the educational landscape, who keeps themselves up to date with policy and initiatives, and who can digest, adopt or reject ideas. You will also need to engage all stakeholders; governors, staff, students and parents and be a credible and convincing leader who others will respect and follow.

As I have listed in the advert there are two important roles I need you to do; one is to shape and implement our vision for standards of behaviour and engagement at the Cowplain School, leading the team and being involved in its operational activities. The second key role is to assume the role of DSL and continue to shape our culture of safeguarding, described as a ‘strength of the school’ by OFSTED. Your roles beyond those will be shaped by discussion between you and myself.

The Governing Body and myself see this opportunity as hugely exciting, as I hope you do. If you wish to apply, I look forward to continuing the seeds of the discussion I have sown above with you at interview, or even before then if you wish to contact me for a visit or to discuss the position by phone.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Mr I R Gates

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