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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    26 February 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    13 January 2024

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Permanent

Full-time equivalent salary

MPS/UPS + TLR 2 (2)

Second in Charge of Social Science Faculty (Head of Psychology/Sociology) job summary

About the role

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of starting an exceptional comprehensive school. As a member of The Swan’s team, you will help to build the foundations of an outstanding school from the ground up. In this role you will work with the Head of Social Sciences to deliver an exceptional student experience across the faculty. You will take particular responsibility for the leadership of Psychology and Sociology. These subjects are extremely popular at GCSE and A-Level; you will have the opportunity to maximise outcomes in these areas to ensure that students can achieve more than they ever believed possible.

The successful candidate will share our ambitions for our students. You will relish the challenge of creating a new school that will be different to other comprehensive schools in the city. You will be a highly motivated team player with leadership potential, a creative thinker who is unafraid to try new approaches, and a reflective practitioner, keen to continue learning in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for our students.

About the school

The Swan School, part of the River Learning Trust, is Oxford’s first new secondary school for over 50 years, and opened in September 2019. When full, we will have approximately 1,200 students on roll, of whom around 300 will be in the Sixth Form. Our students will be drawn from a local catchment area and the school will be at the heart of the community.

Learning from the most successful approaches at the best schools, The Swan School provides a uniquely challenging and structured experience in a caring and disciplined environment. The ethos is academic; we regard an excellent academic education as the entitlement of all young people, no matter what their background or previous experiences of learning. Students are inspired and nurtured, acquiring the knowledge and skills to think critically and creatively. They will learn to be confident, resilient and ambitious, and will have high expectations in terms of their own achievements and their contribution to wider society.

How to apply

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about this post, please contact us via headteacher@theswanschool.org.uk or on 01865 416070.

Please visit theswanschool.org.uk/work-at-the-swan/ to find out more about working at The Swan. Interested candidates are strongly advised to visit the school - we would be delighted to arrange an opportunity to visit or speak to existing members of staff. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the application process.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26th February 2024 at 8.00am. Interviews are likely to be heldw/c 26th February. Please note that applications will be considered as they are received and the advert may be closed early if a suitable candidate is found.


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Safeguarding

The River Learning Trust and The Swan School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. All staff must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Employment will also be conditional on the receipt of at least two acceptable references (one from current/latest employer) and evidence of the formal qualifications required for the role. This role includes regulated activity relevant to children and it is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. For further guidance for applicants click on this link List of offences that are not filtered


  • For all RLT Safer Recruitment Documentation candidates should click on the following link
  • The Swan School's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy can be found here

The Swan School is a free school managed by The River Learning Trust, which is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with a registered company number 7966500. Registered Office: c/o Gosford Hill School, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NT

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About The Swan School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
667 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

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