Djanogly Northgate Academy, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Lead Practitioners range 20 to Lead Practitioners range 25, £65,561 to £74,103

Job description

The Academy Headteacher will work in partnership with the primary executive team.

1. Strategic Direction and Development of the School

The Academy Headteacher will work with the support and direction of the Executive Headteacher and the Local Governing Body to develop a vision and strategic view for the Academy which will inspire and motivate pupils, staff, parents and wider members of the academy community.

It is the responsibility of the Academy Headteacher to work to achieve the strategic objectives set and to ensure the vision for the academy is clearly articulated, shared, understood and implemented effectively by all.

Main Duties:

a) Work within the academy community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and improvement plans which target needs and improve outcomes
b) Work under the direction of the Executive Headteacher and Local Governing Body to monitor and evaluate the performance of the academy
c) Demonstrate vision, values and aspiration in everyday work and practice
d) Motivate and work with others to create a positive climate for learning
e) Ensure that strategic planning and the academy culture and curriculum take account of the diversity, values and experience of the academy and community at large
f) Work with the Executive Headteacher, Local Governing Body and wider Trust to contribute to the formulation of policies and whole Trust strategies and improvement plans
g) Contribute to strategic plans for all primary academies in the Trust, in partnership with the Executive Headteacher and other Academy leaders

2. Teaching and Learning

The Academy Headteacher has a central responsibility for raising the quality of teaching and learning. This involves high expectations, maintaining and evaluating outcomes and establishing a successful learning culture which all impact on pupils’ achievement.

It is the responsibility of the Academy Headteacher to lead and support all staff in order to ensure that locally agreed targets are met, that most teaching is judged good or better and that progress for all children is good with much that is outstanding. The Academy Headteacher is accountable for achieving agreed targets for end of key stage results.

Main Duties:

a) Ensure that learning is at the centre of strategic planning and resource management
b) Establish creative, responsive and effective approaches to teaching and learning
c) Ensure a culture and ethos of high aspiration, challenge and support where all pupils can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning
d) Demonstrate and articulate high expectations for pupils and staff and the wider community of the academy
e) Implement strategies which secure high standards of behaviour and attendance
f) Provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that inspires, motivates and includes all pupils
g) Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice in order to identify areas for development, prioritise actions and secure continuous improvement
h) Challenge under-performance at all levels and ensure that action is taken decisively to secure improvement
i) Actively promote the wellbeing and healthy development of all children

3. Leading and Managing Staff

Effective communication and relationships are key to effective leadership. The Academy Headteacher will build a professional learning environment which (1) motivates and inspires staff (2) provides opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential

It is the responsibility of the Academy Headteacher to demonstrate good and outstanding leadership and to support leadership and management at all levels to ensure that actions impact positively leading to good or better pupil outcomes.

Main Duties:

a) Work with the guidance of the Executive Headteacher and Local Governing Body to determine an effective staffing structure for the Academy
b) Deploy and manage all teaching and support staff appointed to the Academy
c) Lead teams within the Academy with the guidance of the Executive Headteacher
d) Work with the Executive Headteacher and Local Governing Body to recruit high quality staff to the Academy
e) Ensure suitable arrangements are made, in accordance with relevant regulations and policy, for the appraisal of the performance of teachers and other staff in the Academy
f) Ensure that all new staff have appropriate induction support
g) Lead and support the development of professional knowledge, skills and abilities, providing opportunities for all staff to be involved in high quality continued professional development
h) Challenge under performance at all levels following agreed Trust policies and procedures as appropriate
i) Promote and develop good leadership and management practice, positive staff participation, effective communication and clear procedures
j) Treat everyone fairly, equitably and with respect in order to promote and embed a positive academy culture
k) Regularly review own practice and achievements, setting personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development. Take account of feedback from others
l) Manage own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance
m) Take responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

4. Leading and Managing Resources

The Academy Headteacher will work with the Trust’s Central Services Support staff and the Executive Headteacher to manage resources well in order to ensure the smooth running of the Academy.

It is the responsibility of the Academy Headteacher to provide efficient and effective management of resources in order to secure best value and positive outcomes. They should allocate funds and manage the budget effectively to ensure that the academy makes best use of funding and does not go into deficit.

Main Duties:

a) Work with guidance and direction of the Executive Headteacher, the Trust’s Head of Finance and Local Governing Body to determine and set an annual budget that makes best use of income and clearly links to academy priorities
b) Work with the Executive Headteacher, the Trust’s Head of Finance and Local Governing Body to monitor income and expenditure over the financial year
c) Provide regular information to the Executive Headteacher, Trust’s Operations Director and Governors at all levels as requested and appropriate
d) Allocate Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding appropriately and monitor impact in order to report to the Local Governing Body
e) Manage and organise the academy environment and facilities efficiently and effectively to ensure that the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations are met
f) Ensure that the range, quality and use of all available resources are monitored, evaluated and reviewed to improve the quality of education for all pupils and provide best value for money
g) Use and integrate a range of technologies effectively and efficiently to manage the academy

5. Accountability

The Academy Headteacher accounts for the effectiveness of the Academy to the Executive Headteacher and the Local Governing Body. All three are ultimately accountable to the Trustees of Djanogly Learning Trust.

It is the responsibility of the Academy Headteacher to rigorously monitor and evaluate the performance of the academy and provide honest, informative reports to the Executive Headteacher and governance at all levels.

Main Duties:

a) In relation to Local Governing Body:
• To advise and assist in the exercising of its functions
• To attend Governor meetings
• To report to the Local Governing Body as required
b) In relation to the Trustees
• To report to the Trustees as required
c) In relation to the Executive Headteacher
• To report to the Executive Headteacher as required
• To meet regularly in order to monitor and evaluate the performance of the academy
• To work directly with the Executive Headteacher in determining the strategic direction of the academy and the wider deployment of resources
d) In relation to the pupils, their families and the wider community
• To ensure that the needs of the pupils are at the heart of all decision making
• To develop and maintain positive relationships which support learning
• To promote a positive image of the Academy and the Trust as a whole
• To provide regular communication and promote active engagement between home, academy and the wider community
• To provide regular opportunities for dialogue between families and staff
e) In relation to the Local Authority and partner agencies
• To share information as appropriate
• To develop and maintain positive relationships which support learning
• To administrate statutory testing and report data as required
• To contribute to the development of the education system by, for example, sharing good practice, working in partnership with other establishments and promoting innovative initiatives
• To co-operate and work with relevant agencies to protect children and promote their wellbeing
• To liaise with partner agencies and professional bodies in the best interests of the pupils and in the meeting of statutory obligation.

6. Generic Requirements

a) It is a requirement of all posts within the Trust that Health and Safety requirements are upheld in the performance of duties
b) All employees of the Trust are required to uphold the Equality Policy and the Trust’s Behaviour Policy ( incorporating the Code of Conduct)
c) All staff will ensure the safeguarding of young people by the implementation of Child Protection and other safeguarding policies

This job description is not a complete description of the role, as you are required to undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Executive Headteacher.

This job description will be reviewed regularly and may be amended in consultation with the post holder.

Essential educational requirements

Degree Qualification

Essential qualifications

Qualified teacher status

Essential skills and experience

- Able to lead improvement and change in order to improve outcomes for all

- Good personal organisation in planning and delivering change

- Able to plan and prioritise own workload and that of others

- Good oral and written communication skills

- Able to develop positive, trusting, supportive and appropriate relationships with pupils, parents and stakeholders

- Able to identify improvement priorities and lead appropriate action plans

- Able to inspire, motivate and develop all stakeholders

- Able to lead and work in a team and in collaborative partnerships

-Able to identify, discuss and report safeguarding issues including child protection with the relevant representatives

Employee benefits

In return we offer:

• A culture of trust, where all contributions are recognised and respected
• A passionate, positive, highly skilled and motivated team of professionals who put children at the heart of every decision
• Allocated support through our Executive School Improvement Team to support you in developing an exceptional school.
• An embedded whole trust commitment to professional development
• Extensive financial, business, estates and HR support and systems through our central service team, ensuring that you are able to focus on delivering inspirational teaching and learning.
• A peer network of like-minded Headteachers.
• A real commitment to work-life balance – we remember we are human beings first and educators second!
• Great employee benefits including free parking and Healthcare

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 417 pupils enrolled
Age range 2 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
Website Djanogly Northgate Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email h.wheat@djanogly.org

School location

Suez Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 7GB