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  • Start date details

    January 2025

  • Closing date

    15 July 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    25 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Deputy headteacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

L22 to :L26

Senior Vice Principal job summary

It couldn’t be a more exciting time to join Parkside School. Parkside School has just joined Wellspring Academy Trust which was recently awarded the title of Multi Academy Trust of the year. In addition, the school has appointed a new Principal for September who is keen to build a new, dynamic leadership team. As such, we are at the start of an exciting journey in this new partnership and we are looking for a like-minded, talented leader to join us on this journey. Wellspring Academy Trust is known for its inclusive practice and these values are matched by Parkside School. ‘We make a difference’ If you have the same philosophy, this may be the job for you.

Details of Wellspring Academy Trust can be found at: https://wellspringacademytrust.co.uk/

Parkside School is recruiting a Senior Vice Principal. As the sole ‘deputy’ in the school, you will be working alongside the new Principal on the next stage of its improvement journey.

We are advertising this post now whilst candidates may have the capacity to think and to visit the school. This first advertisement will close during the summer but will re-open again for a few weeks in September. The successful candidate will then have time to prepare for a January 2025 start.

It is likely that the successful candidate will already have significant senior leadership experience in school. This post would be an excellent opportunity for someone who aspires to be a Principal in the future and, over time, you will be supported on that journey.

The building blocks are in place for September with a new school day, curriculum offer and timetable structure, a new coaching model and a new uniform. The successful applicant will be leading one of two key areas of the school. Whilst these will include taking forward some aspect of these developments, the specific areas of responsibility will be determined upon appointment. In the first instance we are looking for the right person. Someone who holds the same values of the school and Trust but also has experience and a track record in some aspect of school improvement.

There is much to do, but you will not be working in isolation. The successful applicant will be working closely with the new Principal, the Trust wide school improvement team and will have the opportunity to visit and work with other schools to witness effective practice, using that experience to develop others at Parkside School.

Interested candidates should ensure that they have the same inclusive values as the Trust and school which will underpin whatever area of the school in which they take responsibility. You will need to lead the vision and practice across the school and as such the post holder will lead/coordinate a range of CPD for staff in this area.

Our vision for Parkside School is that Parkside School should visibly and substantively impact on the community it is embedded within. This impact should be important, meaningful and considerable. This means young people from Parkside should develop into well-rounded young people who know how to keep themselves safe. We want students to have a personal and specific hope for the future which they can articulate, believe in and share with others; students who can empathise, critique, protect, love, inspire, make, design, explore and understand; students who are willing to try things they have never done before, do things they don’t want to do and be willing to reinvent themselves to become the best that they can be.

To take Parkside forward, we will need to be courageous. We will need to try new things, be open to change and have the courage to put ourselves out of our comfort zones in order to grow.

We encourage any applicant to come and visit the school or to book an informal phone conversation about this role with Steve Tighe, Head Teacher. Please contact the school on s.tighe@wellspringacademies.org.uk to arrange a suitable time.

If you are as excited by this challenge as we are and you think this might be the role for you, please apply by completing an application form, having taken note of the attachments, by Monday 15th July before the post will be advertised again briefly in September. In your application, please make clear your area of expertise in which you feel you could lead at Parkside School.

Interviews for successfully shortlisted candidates will be undertaken in September 2024.

The School has adopted the principles of Safer Recruitment and will safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to do the same. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal records check via the Disclosure and Barring Service. Parkside School is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Commitment to safeguarding

Wellspring Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. As this role involves working with children in regulated activity, please note that it is an offence to apply for the role if barred from engaging in regulated activity with children.

References will be requested and an online search carried out for shortlisted candidates, prior to interview. Further pre-employment checks, including prohibition from teaching, childcare disqualification and section 128 checks, if relevant for the role, will be completed for the successful candidate upon acceptance of the post.

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About Parkside School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
Up to 1113 pupils
Age range
11 to 18

Parkside School and locality

We want all of our schools to make a positive contribution to the community that they are embedded within. This impact should be meaningful, considerable and lasting.

We want the young people of Parkside school to have every available opportunity to develop into well-rounded citizens who are equipped to make a positive contribution and who know how to keep themselves safe. We want students to have passionate hopes for their future; hopes that they can articulate, believe in and make real. We want to develop a nurturing environment that develops students who can empathise, critique, protect, love, inspire, make, design, explore and understand; students who are willing to try things they have never tried before, do things they have never done before and who are willing to risk reimagining themselves as the very best version of what they can become.

Located in the picturesque village of Cullingworth, Parkside School is surrounded by rolling hills and dramatic countryside.

The village, three miles south of Keighley and seven miles west of central Bradford, is not only popular with commuters but also with tourists, walkers and cyclists who revel in some of the country’s most glorious scenery.

The locality is steeped in history; the Brontë Parsonage Museum and its famous literary collections lie less than five miles east.

Also on the doorstep is the Saltaire World Heritage Site; a Victorian model village that is home to Salts Mill, which itself boasts striking architecture, eateries and shopping.

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