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  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    23 April 2021 at 12:00 pm

  • Date listed

    30 March 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
TMS/UPS plus TLR1b

Job summary

Reporting to: The Headteacher and other senior leaders

Operational Foci:
● The strategic leadership and day to day management of Key Stage 5
● Setting a highly aspirational tone and having the highest expectations of pupils, parents and staff
● Maximising the outcomes and success (character and academic) of all students
● High quality communication with all stakeholders

The role:
The DoL will be responsible for the strategic development of learning in the relevant key stage, including: the efficient day to day management of the relevant key stage; the care, guidance and support for students alongside the pastoral team; maximising students’ academic and other achievements, making use of, amongst other strategies, intervention programmes. You will take responsibility for the effective identification of needs/trends within each year group, including the progress of sub groups or individuals as they arise. In addition the DoL will plan and then act to resolve these issues as proactively, swiftly, and effectively as possible.

Generic leadership responsibilities include:
● Track and monitor the progress of all groups of students using all the available data
● To report regularly to the senior team
● Plan interventions in conjunction with senior leaders, heads of department and subject staff
● Play an active role in ensuring good levels of behaviour and student safety at all times, including outside of lesson time
● Responsibility for the performance and line management of the key stage learning mentor and other attached staff
● Build effective working relationships with SLT, Subject Leaders and other colleagues and communicate effectively with all staff
● Inspire trust and confidence among parents, students and colleagues
● The weekly delivery and organisation of assemblies
● To teach as directed by the Headteacher
● Provide leadership that will galvanise, lead and inspire staff, students and parents to excellent outcomes
● Show a commitment to whole school initiatives by ensuring they are implemented in the relevant key stage
● Show a commitment to the ethos of the school through a relentless attention to detail and commitment to excellence
● Leadership and management throughout the school, including the day to day running of the key stage
● Ensure events relevant to the key stage are planned well in advance, are included in any calendar planning and are run smoothly and effectively
● Plus any additional responsibilities to the relevant key stage

Specific Responsibilities

Academic Provision:
● Maintain effective regular tracking and monitoring of the progress of each student, meeting with, and intervening with any underperforming students and their parents/carers. This includes meeting with subject leaders or the Raising Standards Leader where a class or subject is underperforming, and communicating concerns to parents.
● When tracking student achievement, highlight and praise high achievers, whilst intervening immediately with underachievers. Furthermore coordinate and lead interventions.
● Improve the quality of students’ learning by working with teachers and organise timely whole school initiatives and apt student interventions.
● Maximise the academic outcomes of all students to improve their futures.
● Remain up to date with curriculum and assessment (including examinations) developments at Key Stage 5.
● Develop an awareness of the quality of learning in the relevant year groups by conducting regular learning walks and drop ins.
● Liaise with subject leaders to ensure work (including homework and coursework when relevant) is completed to a high standard.
● Liaise with the SENDCO to regularly update the Provision Map to ensure appropriate provision for students with any identified learning needs as well as to monitor the impact of strategies & intervention.
● Maintain an overview of subject level intervention strategies to ensure an effective and coherent whole school approach.
● Ensure a smooth transition into the school for new students, including informing all relevant staff.

Student Welfare (Culture):
● Engage and influence students, their parents/carers and pastoral staff so that students succeed academically and as individuals in the wider world.
● Communicate effectively with parents/carers through high quality communication whether this be meetings, written communication, evening events or otherwise.
● Ensure maximum attendance and punctuality for all students through various means including regular communication with the pastoral team to target groups of students.
● Monitor and enforce good attitudes, behaviour, attendance and punctuality, with regular communication home when needed.
● Celebrate the success and achievement of the year group to build momentum throughout the year, instilling a positive and purposeful year group culture.
● Support the development of characteristics in students that will enable them to succeed in life, and be happy, safe and productive adults.

Student Behaviour:
● Responsibility for ensuring all students adhere to the school’s expectations and ensure that all staff implement these in line with the school’s ethos of “Ready, Respectful, Working, Safe” (RRWS) and the 5 non negotiables.
● Build purposeful and positive relationships with the most challenging students and work closely with subject areas and sixth form support staff to coordinate strategies.
● Act as the lead member of staff for the key stage to ensure the highest standards and expectations, as well as sanctions, are consistently applied.
● Work with teachers and subject leaders to ensure that teaching strategies are appropriate to the needs of students, are challenging and raise standards.
● Deliver whole school training relevant to the key stage. This includes leading case conferences on key students.
● To be a visible presence around the school, set the tone for the key stage, and maintain high standards of academic work, conduct and uniform (as relevant).

Person Specification

The post holder will be responsible for leading our very popular Sixth Form provision. We are looking for a dedicated and hardworking Head of Sixth Form who:

● Has the strategic vision to motivate and inspire learning and educational excellence;
● Is committed to pastoral care and safeguarding;
● Has a passion for ensuring the wellbeing of the whole school;
● Is willing to support every individual to achieve their full potential;
● Will drive continuous improvement, raising progress and attainment in the Sixth Form;
● Will ensure exemplary welfare and career guidance for all of our students, enabling them to access higher education, apprenticeships and careers beyond the Sixth Form;
● Will innovate, cultivate and recognise outstanding teaching practice;
● Has excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills;
● Will lead and inspire good behaviour outcomes to enable learning;
● Will foster a positive and effective partnership between students, parents and the community;
● Will work closely with the Headteacher, SLT and the Governing Body.

In turn we will offer you:

● A staff team committed to supporting the further development of the school;
● A Senior Leadership Team which believes in support and challenge of equal measure and sees staff wellbeing as vital for all;
● A supportive Governing Body, committed to school improvement;
● A friendly, well maintained and resourced provision;
● Students who are eager to learn and take pride in their school;
● Support for and access to continuing professional development.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

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School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
1735 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
01403 787200

About Weald School, The

The Weald is an outstanding, high achieving, popular and oversubscribed 11-18 comprehensive school, situated in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, 10 minutes from Horsham, 35 minutes from Guildford and Brighton, and an hour by train to London. The school has an excellent record of academic and pastoral achievement and we pride ourselves in creating a caring and respectful ethos where every child is important. The school was judged to be “Outstanding in all areas” by Ofsted. Our three year rolling average Progress 8 results places us in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress.

School location

Station Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9RY

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