This job expired on 30 November 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    30 November 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    15 November 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Full time: Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Spine L23-39 £83,081-£118,732

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking an exceptional leader as our next Headteacher with the vision, drive, personality and skills to lead our whole community to even greater success.

What we are seeking in an individual:

  • A clear commitment to promoting student and staff welfare
  • Able to articulate a clear vision and philosophy of education which includes and inspires others
  • Able to set and achieve targets by being consistently focused on achieving high standards
  • Able to intellectually grasp the ‘big picture’ and the detail simultaneously
  • The ability to show good judgement under pressure
  • The ability to reflect, learn and improve
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proven ability to communicate and gather evidence from a range of stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and other professionals
  • Able to lead, manage and monitor the work of multiple individuals and teams
  • Excellent collegiate skills including the ability to be a good team member as well as team leader, and to work independently
  • The ability to form positive and productive relationships with colleagues, parents/carers and other stakeholders
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills including humour and empathy
  • Strong personal motivation and drive; a hunger to make a difference
  • Self-motivated, productive, diligent and thorough
  • Commitment to the development of colleagues and members of the wider school community
  • Commitment to promoting inclusion, diversity, access and success for all students
  • Commitment to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • The ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people and assert authority without creating confrontation
  • A clear acceptance of, and commitment to, the principles of the academy’s Equalities policies and practices as they relate to children and young people, their families, to colleagues, and to recruitment and personnel issues
  • Commitment to equal opportunities policies relating to gender, race and disability in an educational context

What the school offers its staff

  • Positive working environment focused on staff well-being, student welfare, progress and high standards of achievement and behaviour
  • Excellent CPD opportunities and Training and Development Programmes
  • In-house Teaching School
  • Eligibility to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme

Commitment to safeguarding

The HISP Multi Academy Trust 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. We are also committed to providing equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment and selection process and ensuring that candidates are treated fairly and lawfully throughout the process.

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About Thornden School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1466 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Thornden School is part of the HISP Multi Academy Trust, which was formed in January 2020. As a MAT, we aim to ensure that our schools have strong and talented leadership and staff, who in turn will ensure that the young people who are in each of the MAT schools have access to excellent education, support and wider opportunities.

Thornden is an oversubscribed, outstanding school serving Chandler’s Ford and the surrounding area with just over 1470 students on roll. We have an ambitious ethos based on high expectations for all. Our students are proud of their academic and wider achievements, having a belief in their own success and ability to succeed which continues beyond our school with a high percentage of Thornden students excelling at local colleges and then at further and higher education.

In the results for 2019, 90% of our students achieved 5 or more 9-4 grades including English and Maths and 54% achieved the English Baccalaureate. Our value added performance was 0.65 in 2019 which puts the school at the top of the league tables for Hampshire. We had anticipated even better performance and outcomes for 2020.

Thornden is a busy and dynamic school with a strong focus on developing the whole child. We have a vibrant performing arts department that encourages students to embrace a rich cultural education beyond the more traditional subjects. Alongside our formal curriculum provision, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including sporting clubs and teams, author visits, Duke of Edinburgh Award and trips within the UK and abroad. We firmly believe that by engaging students and encouraging enjoyment we inspire them to learn and achieve therefore helping them to develop into fully contributing and happy members of our community. Thornden also leads a large successful Teaching School alliance with an outstanding School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme and we are a Research School.

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