Lead Practitioner - L5 - L9

North Huddersfield Trust School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD2 1DJ

This job expired on 26 September 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Expected start date

    3 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    26 September 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    13 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

L5 - L9

Lead Practitioner - L5 - L9 job summary

We are seeking to appoint a talented individual with a flair for leadership and innovation, as well as a clear commitment to driving progress and raising standards across the curriculum. The successful candidate will demonstrate an excellent understanding of the highest quality classroom practice, exemplary and transferrable subject knowledge and curriculum awareness, a robust understanding of data and its application to bridge gaps in performance as well as a passion for developing the best in others. It is essential that you possess and expect exceptionally high standards in the classroom and are an enthusiastic educationalist capable of providing aspirational leadership aligned to our school’s philosophy.

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About North Huddersfield Trust School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
899 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
01484 452100

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the currently advertised position of Lead Practitioner at North Huddersfield Trust School. It is a wonderful opportunity for the right person to play a key strategic role in the continuing growth, development and improvement of a truly unique community based educational establishment. Our ethos is to provide a challenging, ambitious, inclusive education designed to create engaged, critical and resilient learners equipped to become the people who define, shape and transform society. The narrative of the school is remarkable and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead the next phase of its history.

This position arises due to the promotion of the previous incumbent to Assistant Headteacher which was part of an expansion of the current senior team; a reflection of the increasing student numbers.
The focus of the advertised role is supporting the development of Teaching and Learning, the major elements of which include:
• Contributing to the strategic direction of the Quality of Education and supporting school improvement with the consistent implementation of our whole school priorities
• Coaching and working with leaders and teachers to review and develop teaching and learning in subject areas
• Designing and delivering staff CPD
• Supporting with the quality assurance of teaching and learning to ensure consistency of provision

This is an ideal opportunity for a suitably experienced middle leader who is ready for the step into senior leadership or for someone with whole school leadership responsibility looking for a new challenge.

I took up post in 2019, with the majority of the senior team having been appointed since this time. Staffing as a whole sees a positive balance between colleagues who are relatively new to NHTS and a number who have been part of the school for a much longer period of time. When the school first opened in 2011, there was the matter of 340 students on roll. In September 2022, we welcomed over 940 students, including three-year groups with an over PAN intake of 210. The LA have proposed a permanent increase in the PAN (from 180 to 210) with plans for a new teaching block to open in September 2023.

During the last three years, the curriculum has been completely overhauled and the way it is delivered reformed and refined, so that it matches the ambition we hold for every student; huge strides have been made in the consistency and effectiveness of classroom delivery. We are determined and confident that this will result in significant and sustained improvements in attainment. We believe that education is not only about academic outcomes and with the NHTS Student Parliament being launched in September 2021; this is an integral element of our leadership programme that gives a voice and an influence to the people we believe will shape and transform society.

We were inspected by OFSTED in May 2022 which confirmed our status as a good school, describing ‘a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere’ where ‘the diversity of the school and community is celebrated’. It also confirms the curriculum ‘sequences what pupils need to learn’ and is designed ‘to enhance pupils’ cultural capital and understanding of the world’. As a school that is fully committed to inclusion, the report highlights that ‘pupils are calm and patient’ and that ‘staff help to build and manage positive relationships’.

Please take the time to read the contents of this pack carefully and to look at our website which provides lots of information about the school, its values, links and identity.

I hope that, having read through all the available information, you are keen to submit an application and look forward to receiving it. Should you wish to visit us please contact nbrown@nhtschool.co.uk to arrange.

Thank you again for your interest in the position and, should you choose to make an application, I wish you the best of luck.
Yours sincerely

Andrew Fell - Headteacher

Arranging a visit to North Huddersfield Trust School

Applicants are welcome to visit our school, if you would like to arrange such an opportunity or an informal discussion of the role, please contact Nora Brown, Operations Manager, at nbrown@nhtschool.co.uk.

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