Deadline is today

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    16 May 2021 at 11:59am

  • Date listed

    23 April 2021

Job details

Job role
Working pattern
Full-time only
Contract type
£60,701 - £66,114 per annum - Leadership Pay Scale, Spinal Points L10 – L14

Job summary

Head of Centre / Deputy Headteacher

Salary Grade Range: Leadership Pay Scale, Spinal Points L10 – L14
Actual Salary Range: £60,701 - £66,114 per annum
Contract Status: Full Time, Permanent

Required for September 2021

This is a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional and aspiring school leader who is looking for a new challenge and has a flexible approach, to join a committed team at New River College.

New River College is looking to appoint a Head of Centre/Deputy Headteacher to be responsible for the leadership and management of New River College Medical, based at Elthorne Road and the Whittington Hospital Classroom. The postholder will oversee the implementation of effective policies and procedures that support high standards of educational achievement for our pupils. The role will include all aspects of self-evaluation, curriculum delivery and management of teachers and support staff in relation to teaching and learning activities.

We are looking for the right person who relishes a challenge, who has the ability to engage children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and who wants to contribute to the lives of children and young people with drive and passion. We particularly welcome applications from those from a black or ethnic minority background.

The successful applicant will have at least five years successful secondary or primary phase teaching experience as well as a proven track record of leading teaching and learning within a secondary, primary or Alternative Provision establishment.

New River College comprises of three pupil referral units in Islington (primary, secondary and medical), for pupils with social, emotional and mental health challenges (SEMH). We teach children and young people aged five to sixteen years old who have been permanently excluded or participate in our preventative programmes to address their behaviour, and children and young people with complex SEMH or medical needs. New River College is split across four sites so a willingness to work across multiple sites is essential.

Employee benefits

Please see Job pack

Applying for the job

How to apply

Application Deadline
Completed application forms must be received by Midnight, 16th May 2021.

To apply
Please apply online at If you need any assistance, please contact Schools HR at quoting reference NRC/748.

Completing your application
Please read the job description and person specification carefully. You should demonstrate on your application how you meet the requirements of the post according to your qualifications and experiences. Please ensure to address each criteria of the person specification as this will be used to assess your suitability for the post.

Guidance notes on how to apply for a job within schools and the policy on the recruitment employment of ex-offenders are available as attachment within the job listing. Please refer to those before submitting your application.

Shortlisting and selection procedure
The shortlisting and selection will be made by a panel of senior leaders. Shortlisted candidates will be notified immediately after shortlisting has taken place and will be provided with further information on the selection process. Please would all applicants ensure that their preferred means of urgent contact (phone, mobile phone or e-mail) are clearly identifiable from the application form, so that your confidentiality is maintained.

Candidates are advised that references will be taken up during the shortlisting process. Candidates are asked to ensure that their referees are warned of the need to respond within the timescale set. In all cases at least two professional references are required.
The post will be offered subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks.

Safeguarding children
Prior to appointment, formal checks will be made in accordance with the current statutory requirements relating to child protection.

CVs will not be accepted.

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
50 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number
0207 504 0534

About New River College Secondary

New River College Medical PRU is a short term, transitional education service which caters for students who are unable to attend school because of their medical needs. Classroom-based teaching is provided at the Whittington Hospital and at ‘The Lodge’, based at New River College’s Elthorne Road site.

Islington residents who have been referred by a consultant and the Securing Education Board (SEB) are also eligible for home teaching. Pupils taught at the Whittington Hospital site are short stay, with an average admission of two to three days. Pupils receiving home tuition and those at The Lodge all have longer term illnesses, with the majority of pupils at The Lodge having special educational needs and being under the care of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The majority of our teaching is personalised and differentiated and teachers in the medical PRU are very adept at meeting individual needs. The service, which works closely with New River College, consists of teachers, a Careers and Work Experience Officer, Safer Schools Officer, School Nurse, CAMHS (Child And Adolescent Mental Health) professionals, Education Welfare Officer, Educational Psychologist and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).

“A culture of high expectations for pupils to learn exists in all areas of the school’s work. Pupils rapidly improve their self-confidence and acquire attitudes that are far more positive than when they first arrive. As a result, all groups of pupils make excellent progress from their starting points. (Ofsted July 2016)”

Arranging a visit to New River College Secondary

For an informal discussion about the post or to arrange a visit please contact Nigel Smith, Executive Headteacher on 020 7504 0534 option 2 /

School location

Lough Road, London, N7 8RH

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