Headteacher Flixton Girls School, Manchester

Job description

Purpose
To lead and direct Flixton Girls School with vision, determination, courage and wisdom; building upon the strengths of the school; sustaining a safe and nurturing environment; motivating and inspiring pupils, staff and all members of the school community to achieve their full potential.

Legal requirements
The Headteacher is required to carry out all the statutory duties in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document para 46.1 and 47.1 and 47.2, the contractual framework and the professional responsibilities outlined in sections 48 and 49 of the STP within the scheme of delegation set by the Healthy Learning Trust Board.
As a public servant the Headteacher must adhere to the Nolan 7 Principles of Public Life:
Selflessness Integrity Objectivity Accountability Openness Honesty Leadership

Principal Domains
A : Qualities and Knowledge
B : Pupils and Staff
C : Systems and process
D : The Self-improving School System

A Qualities and Knowledge
1. Underpinning their work, the Headteacher must understand and carry out duties in accordance with the Principles of Public Life as follows:

Selflessness: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends.

Integrity: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

2. Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focussed on providing a world-class education for the students you serve.

3. Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes to-wards students and staff, and towards parents/carers, governors and members of the local community in line with our Pivotal Approach.

4. Exhibit leadership with visibility, integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity, drawing on personal scholarship, expertise and skills and that of professional colleagues and the wider school community.

5. Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally, nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development.

6. Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centred on the school’s vision, ably translating local and national policy into the school’s context.

7. Communicate compellingly the school’s vision and drive strategic leadership, empowering all students and staff to excel.

B Pupils and Staff
1. Require ambitious standards for all students at Flixton Girls School, overcoming disadvantage, advancing equality and by instilling a strong sense of accountability in our staff to recognise the impact of their work to promote the best possible student out-comes.

2. Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how students learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and student well-being.

3. Establish an educational culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice within and between schools, drawing on and conducting relevant research and robust data analysis.

4. Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other.

5. Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard, leading to clear succession planning.

6. Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice.

C Systems and process
1. Ensure that systems, organisation and processes are well considered and efficient, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity.

2. Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all students and staff, focussed on safeguarding students and developing exemplary behaviour at Flixton Girls School and in the wider society.

3. Continue to implement rigorous, fair and transparent systems for managing the performance of all staff, promptly addressing any under-performance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice.

4. Welcome strong Governance, including attending governing body and trustee meetings, actively and transparently supporting the governing body and trustees to deliver their functions effectively - in particular its functions to set school strategy and hold the headteacher to account for student, staff and financial performance.

5. Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of students’ achievements and the sustainability of Flixton Girls School

6. Delegate leadership throughout Flixton Girls School, forging teams of colleagues who have distinct roles and responsibilities and who hold each other to account for their decision-making.

D The Self-improving School System
1. Further develop Flixton Girls School as an outward-facing organisation which works effectively with members and partners of the Healthy Learning Trust and other schools and education providers - in a climate of mutual challenge - to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all students.

2. Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all students.

3. Challenge educational orthodoxies in the best interests of achieving excellence, harnessing the findings of well-evidenced research to frame a self-regulating and self-improving school.

4. Shape the current and future quality of the teaching profession through high quality training and sustained professional development for all staff.

5. Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to school improvement, leader-ship and governance, confident of the vital contribution of internal and external accountability.

6. Inspire and influence others, within and beyond school, to believe in the fundamental importance of : safeguarding; promoting equality and diversity; developing self and others; and safer recruitment.

The above represents key priorities and accountabilities for the role of Headteacher and is not an exhaustive list.

Essential educational requirements

1. Well qualified honours graduate
2. Qualified teacher status
3. Evidence of continuing professional development or further study relevant to Headship [ including NPQH (D) and or Masters in Education Leadership (D) ]
4. Completion of Designated Senior Person and Safer Recruitment Training or readiness to undertake such on taking up post
5. Evidence of enhanced DBS

Essential qualifications

1. Well qualified honours graduate
2. Qualified teacher status
3. Evidence of continuing professional development or further study relevant to Headship [ including NPQH (D) and or Masters in Education Leadership (D) ]
4. Completion of Designated Senior Person and Safer Recruitment Training or readiness to undertake such on taking up post
5. Evidence of enhanced DBS

Essential skills and experience

Substantial experience of highly effective teaching in the secondary phase.
Recent proven ability to lead, motivate and manage effective teams as a Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.
Expertise in monitoring, assessing and improving classroom performance.
Effective and persuasive communicator both orally and in writing.
Ability to marshall, analyse and evaluate evidence and data.
Expertise in financial planning, budget management and financial forecasting.
Proven track record for securing successful outcomes for learners.
Strategic thinker with a vision that can be shared with students, governors, staff, parents, potential funders and wider stakeholders.
Innovative and with a clear understanding of educational opportunity and how to translate it into practical reality.
Understanding of how excellent financial management and effective utilisation of resources benefit learners.
Promotion of high standards and high expectations.
Ability to drive transformational change.


About Flixton Girls School

Address
Flixton Road, Manchester, M41 5DR
Phase
Secondary
Type
Academy
Website
Flixton Girls School website (opens in a new window)