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  • Start date details

    July/August 2023

  • Closing date

    14 June 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    25 May 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase
  • Head of department or curriculum

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: Permanent 37 hours a week full-time, all year round.

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Actual salary depending on experience £38,342 - £42,307 FTE

What skills and experience we're looking for

Qualification criteria:

1. 5 GCSEs including Maths and English (or equivalent).

2. Educated to A level (or equivalent)

3. Obtained, studying or willing to study for further professional qualifications in HR.

4. Microsoft Office skills, particularly Word, Excel and Power Point.

5. Eligible to work in the UK.

Experience of:

  • Building positive and effective workplace environments through effective leadership and communication.
  • Working in a Human Resources environment either within or outside of education.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels in an organisation.
  • Managing recruitment drives including writing, reviewing and levelling job descriptions.
  • Reviewing and managing performance management systems.
  • Reviewing and managing the induction process of new employees.
  • Dealing with difficult and sensitive situations in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Working in a pressurized environment with competing deadlines.
  • Behaviours, Skills and Strengths:

  • Specialist knowledge of HR theory and practice, including employment law, recruitment and retention, policy review and development, staff performance management and sickness absence management.
  • Personable leader with excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to listen and communicate confidently, effectively and sensitively at all levels within and outside of the organisation.
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills.
  • Able to work under pressure, prioritise, meet deadlines and be decisive in a busy school environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail skills particularly in relation to safeguarding and staff records, keeping the Single Central Record and Staff Guide up-to-date and recognising changes in employment law which might impact on practice and policies.
  • Able to handle sensitive personnel situations and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Able to work independently and use own initiative but also be an effective team player.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Able to use internal systems (SIMS, sickness absence management) effectively and analyse the data produced.

  • What the school offers its staff

    Furze Platt is a highly successful mixed comprehensive school serving the children of Maidenhead. At Furze Platt, 1500 students of all abilities develop the skills and qualities to enable them to excel in the future. We are a highly ambitious, high-achieving and fully inclusive school in which our students are challenged and supported to achieve excellence.

    You will be a qualified accountant or have a background in financial management, and experience of working in an educational environment would be an advantage. You need to have excellent communication skills and be competent at presenting information at a senior level. In addition you will be a good team player who can work in a high pressured environment with conflicting deadlines. If this sounds like you then we

    We offer a friendly and harmonious campus, and we support the physical and mental wellbeing of all our staff. Discounted membership is available for the use of a fully equipped and well-maintained gym on-site and we have free onsite parking. All staff have access to an employee advice programme which offers information, resources and a counselling service. We reward long service and encourage community spirit and staff involvement through various social events. Tea and coffee are free, and freshly brewed coffee is available in the main staff room at break times with edible treats to help you through the week!

    Further details about the role

    Line Manager: Deputy Headteacher/ Headteacher

    Line Manager for

    Senior Administrator – Cover, absence and general administrative duties

    Human Resources Assistant

    Department Administrator

    Receptionists x Two

    Main Purpose of Role:

    See Job Description on application pack found on the Furze Platt Senior:

    or School website, Current Vacancies page.

    Commitment to safeguarding

    Furze Platt Senior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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    About Furze Platt Senior School

    School type
    Academy, ages 11 to 18
    Education phase
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    School size
    1512 pupils enrolled
    Age range
    11 to 18

    Furze Platt Senior School is an extremely rewarding school in which to work. Our school culture is based on our ACHIEVE values. Relationships are a strength of our school with students and staff wanting to work with and for each other.

    ‘Pupils are friendly, courteous and polite. They say that they are happy and that they feel safe. Pupils’ relationships are shaped by the ACHIEVE values of the school, which stands for 'Ambitious, Collaborative, Happy, Integrity, Endurance, Versatility, Excellence’. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.’ Ofsted 2021

    We are a highly inclusive, comprehensive and local school with virtually all students living within walking or cycling distance. As the largest school in Maidenhead we are able to offer our students a wealth of options within and beyond the classroom. Similarly, our staff have a wide range of CPD and promotion opportunities.

    We are keen to encourage every child to ACHIEVE their excellence whether that be a highly academic place at Oxbridge, a more vocational route or one of the many other pathways open to them. By offering opportunities throughout their school careers, we ensure students are not just well-qualified but mature young adults who we are proud to know.

    Furze Platt Senior School was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in our most recent inspection (November 2021). We have nearly 180 caring, committed and good humoured teaching and support staff together with an oversubscribed school population of approaching 1500 students. This is a school where staff and students work together to achieve high standards and excellent outcomes.

    Our student body is taken from the town of Maidenhead, 30 miles west of London, and from other parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Whilst overall the area is affluent, ours is a truly comprehensive school, with students from all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. The school is popular and well regarded in the local community. Parents and carers are supportive, seeking to work with us to support their children.

    ‘School leaders are ambitious for the school. They enjoy positive relationships with the rest of the staff and work with them to ensure the success of the school. Teachers are grateful for the support offered in terms of induction and the consideration given to their workload.’ Ofsted 2021

    Our Tutor Group system emphasises our sense of community and is the basis for our pastoral care and support. Our four Houses offer friendly competition and camaraderie across the school. We have a specialist unit for students with autistic spectrum disorder and provide excellent support for those with academic or emotional difficulties.

    Our curriculum is broad and balanced and aims to meet the differing needs of students. Students follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 including learning two modern foreign languages. Towards the end of Key Stage 3 students are supported with the selection of their GCSE options and the school works hard to ensure every student is able to study the subjects they have chosen.

    Our Key Stage 4 curriculum provides an appropriate mix of GCSE subjects including English Language and English Literature, Maths and Single Sciences, Humanities, Languages, Art, Drama, Music, Technology, Computing, Business, Psychology and Philosophy and Religion. Students can also opt for more vocational subjects such as Creative iMedia, Travel and Tourism and Child Development. Standards are very high; students make good progress and many departments have results above the national average.

    The Sixth Form is an undoubted strength of Furze Platt Senior, with around 300 students. The broad curriculum offer and high standard of teaching has led to excellent examination results. A very large number of sixth formers progress to highly rated apprenticeships and university. Sixth Form students are also expected to undertake community work in or out of school, including paired reading and maths schemes, and acting as subject prefects or mentors. They make a significant contribution to the school.

    ‘Behaviour is calm around the school site and conducive to learning in lessons. Interactions are courteous and respectful. Teachers quickly pick up any inappropriate behaviour. Behaviour in the sixth form is exemplary. Sixth-form students are good role models for the rest of the school.’
    Ofsted 2021

    We also believe passionately in music, drama, the arts and sport, and have some excellent facilities to support these including a Dance studio, two state of the art Drama studios, a professional recording studio, practice rooms and a recent addition of a gym and all-weather astro-turf. There are a large number of music and drama productions, along with recreational and competitive sport.

    In recent years we have opened a new English and Science block, along with a new 400 seat state-of-the-art Theatre. We invest in our staff, facilities and resources enabling our students to benefit from the great opportunities we have to offer.

    We have a strong team of teaching staff and are committed to developing our teaching to ensure that even more students reach their full potential. To this end, we invest heavily in teachers’ professional development. Staff are encouraged to pursue their interests in all aspects of pedagogy and benefit from staff coaching. Staff attend a range of internal and external courses, and we encourage staff to visit other schools to see examples of best practice.

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