Headteacher Dove House School, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Job description

General Requirement and Functions
Provide excellent strategic leadership for the management and development of the School, as an Academy, and in delivering the School’s vision, ethos and values.
Responsible for the formulation and implementation of the School’s Strategic and Improvement Plans, marketing strategies, significant curriculum or organisational change and recruitment.
Lead the drive in Teaching and Learning to achieve the highest standards and secure robust accountability of all staff.
Ensure the School is led with appropriate probity and enterprise so as to deliver value for money and financial solvency and viability, including effective risk management.
Ensure a happy, safe, calm and secure learning environment for all students and staff, focused on both safeguarding students and developing students’ exemplary behaviour in school and in the wider society.
Develop and maintain highly effective working relationships with the Senior Leadership Team, all staff and the Board of Trustees.
Develop and maintain a high profile and positive relationships with students, learners, parents and carers, the wider community and other key stakeholders.

Leading and Teaching
Lead in the design and implementation of a broad and balanced and individually tailored curriculum and programme of activities, which stimulates and engages all students and provides an exciting, challenging, relevant and enriching experience.
Articulate high expectations and set challenging targets for success year-on-year to develop learning and ensure students communicate purposefully and make informed choices.
Using data and benchmarking to monitor progress in every student’s learning and ensure a culture and ethos of challenge and support whereby all students learn well, can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning.
Continuously demonstrate a clear understanding of the wide-ranging needs of the students at the School and ensure bespoke Educational Health Care Plans that provide clear and stretching targets with achieved outcomes.
Ensure students enjoy learning and the school environment and every student is supported by skilled and well-trained and trusted staff who know that student exceptionally well.
Implement strategies, routines and procedures to secure high standards of behaviour and attendance. Ensure students feel accepted by others and learn to accept difference.
To encourage all staff to engage in continued professional development to benefit their own learning and to support students' development.

Lead and manage staff with a proper regard for their well-being and legitimate expectations, including those of a healthy work/life balance.
Give responsibility, manage and review performance and act when it is appropriate to ensure that the framework for staff appraisal is conducted in a rigorous and timely manner.
Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard, leading to clear succession planning.
Ensure effective planning, support and evaluation of work undertaken by teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities.
Be self-motivated and well organised with the ability to manage time well whilst being ambitious for staff and others.
Ensure that new staff are recruited appropriately and inducted effectively into the School’s culture.

Managing the Organisation
Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity.
Welcome strong governance and actively support the Board of Trustees to understand its role and deliver its functions effectively - in particular its functions to set the School’s strategy and hold the Headteacher to account for student, staff and financial performance.
The Headteacher will be the school’s Accounting officer and as such must assure high standards of probity in the management of public funds, particularly regularity, propriety and value for money. The accounting officer must take personal responsibility for assuring the board that there is compliance with the funding agreement and Academy Finance handbook.
Distribute leadership throughout the organisation, forging well led teams who have distinct roles and responsibilities and hold each other to account for their decision making.
Develop clear arrangements for linking appraisal to pay progression and advise the relevant Committee on pay recommendations for teachers and staff.
Maximise the School’s resources by seeking additional funds from a range of sources.
Advise the Board of Trustees on premises requirements, involving trustees and senior leaders as appropriate.

To be accountable for the efficiency and effectiveness of the School to the Board of Trustees and others, including students, parents and carers, staff and local employers and the community.
Provide information, effective advice and support to the Board of Trustees to enable it to meet its responsibilities for securing effective teaching and learning and improved standards of achievement and for achieving efficiency and value for money.
Sustain and further develop an organisation in which all trustees and staff recognise that they are accountable for the success of the School.
Present a coherent and accurate account of the School’s performance in a form appropriate to a range of audiences, including parents and carers, trustees, the Local Authority, the local community, Ofsted, ESFA and others, to enable them to play their part effectively.
Ensure that parents and students are well-informed about the curriculum, attainment and progress and about the contribution that they can make to achieve the School’s targets for improvement.
Ensure each student achieves maximum independence and receives the best support for transition from the School, including post 16 and careers advice.
Report to the Board of Trustees annually on the performance management of teachers at the school in relation to the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.
Ensure the school website is up to date and compliant.

Strengthening the Community
Ensure that the School promotes effective links with the local community. Enabling the continued development of close liaison with other local schools, colleges, businesses and voluntary organisations in order to enhance and enrich the School and the wider learning experiences and opportunities for students.
Ensure that the school offers appropriate, relevant and proportionate extended services.
Create and promote positive strategies to enable students to learn and live the values of our society, to challenge racial and other prejudice.
To be able to contribute to the development of the education system by, for example sharing effective practice, working in partnership with other schools/colleges and promoting innovative initiatives.

Ensure the School meets all safeguarding and safer recruitment best practice standards and legislative requirements.
Take overall responsibility for safeguarding of all students and learners in the school so that they feel secure, safe, healthy, trusted and respected.
Work with the Board of Trustees to ensure that Child Protection and all Safeguarding policies are reviewed at least annually and that safeguarding procedures are monitored, evaluated, shared and updated.

Health & Safety and Data Protection
Take overall responsibility for best practice and the implementation of Health and Safety and Data Protection policies and strategies ensuring the School has effective internal controls and legislative compliance.

To fulfil the expectations within the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers, the Articles of Association and any policies and rules laid out by the Board of Trustees and/or legislative requirements.
Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally, nationally and globally.
Engage in continuing professional development in order to meet the present and future challenges of the role, and to undertake the process of performance management.

The above duties are not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake tasks, roles and responsibilities from time to time, consistent with the status and responsibilities of the role assigned to them by the Board of Trustees.

Essential educational requirements

Undergraduate Degree

Essential qualifications

Qualified Teacher Status

Essential skills and experience

Recent senior leadership experience in an education setting.
Core responsibility for managing the learning needs of students with SEND.
Proven track record of raising educa-tional standards and leading whole school improvement.
Proven track record of managing Of-sted inspections.

Leading Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
Developing self and working with others.
Managing the organisation.
Managing change and shaping the future.
Securing accountability.
Strengthening the community.
Safeguarding children.

Personal Attributes
Empathy for young people with SEND and their families and carers
Excellent interpersonal skills
Emotionally intelligent
Resilient and optimistic
Dynamic, innovative and motivational
Reflective, adaptable and seeks advice and support when necessary
Approachable and an active listener
Commitment to own self-development.
An appreciation of the importance of staff well-being and work-life balance.

About Dove House School

Sutton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 5SU
Not Applicable
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