Vice Principal Grace Academy Coventry, Coventry, West Midlands

Job description

The job description defines the responsibilities of the post holder as being:
• Under the reasonable direction of the Principal to carry out the professional duties of a school teacher
• To comply with “Health and Safety” at Work legislation
• All teaching staff must adhere to all aspects of the Teachers’ Professional Standards
• A commitment to ensure the effective implementation of the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
• Job descriptions are subject to review and amendment

Responsible to: Principal

Purpose of the Role:
To provide professional vision and leadership for Grace Academy Coventry which secures its success and improvement, ensuring high quality education for all students and improved standards of learning and achievement.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
To meet the National standards of excellence for Headteachers, following the four ‘Excellence as Standard’ domains: Qualities and Knowledge; Pupils and staff; Systems and process; Self-improving school system. You will have Line Management responsibilities for Assistant Principal(s), Curriculum Leader(s) and/or other support professionals as appropriate.

Main Duties:

Qualities and Knowledge

• Communicate compellingly the school’s vision and drive the strategic leadership, empowering all pupils and staff to excel.
• Ensure that all members of staff are familiar with the school’s aims and objectives.
• Ensure effective communication/consultation as appropriate with the school’s pupils and their parents/carers.
• Liaise effectively and pro-actively with partner schools and other providers of education, higher education institutions, industry and other relevant external bodies.
• Contribute the school’s liaison and marketing activities to ensure a positive view of its work to the wider community.
• Lead development of links with partner schools and the community, by means of attendance where necessary at liaison events in partner schools and the effective promotion of the school.
• Lead by example – with integrity, creativity, resilience and clarity – drawing on your own scholarship, expertise and skills and that of those around them.
• Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on providing a world-class education for the pupils they serve.

Pupils and Staff


• Ensure the provision of a curriculum for all pupils matched to individual learning needs.
• Lead and manage the work of the Subject Leaders to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum programme which effectively addresses priorities and is designed to deliver the stated intended outcomes of the School Development Plan.
• Be aware of wider curriculum developments and to be proactive in raising these as part of the Leadership Team.
• Provide a lead and encourage innovation in curriculum development by all teaching staff.
• Work with specified Subject Leaders to maintain accreditation with the relevant examination and validating bodies.


• Recruitment/Deployment of staff
• Work with other members of the Leadership Team to ensure that staff development needs are identified and that appropriate programmes are designed to meet such needs.
• Monitor the efficient and effective deployment of teaching and support staff to meet the school’s vision and aims.
• Undertake Performance Management Review(s) as required of teaching and support staff.
• Contribute to the interview process for staff posts when required and to work with Subject Leaders to ensure the effective induction of new staff in line with school procedures.
• Promote teamwork and to motivate staff to ensure effective working relationships.
• Supervise and lead staff to ensure the effective operation of staff duties.

Systems and Process

Operational/Strategic Planning:

• Line manage specified designated Subject Leaders.
• Oversee the implementation of school policies and procedures.
• Work with Subject Leaders to monitor the overall quality of the School’s provision in meeting the needs of pupils.
• Ensure as part of the Leadership Team that the work done in the School fully reflects its distinctive ethos and mission.
• Ensure that Health and Safety policies and practices, including risk assessments, are in-line with national requirements and are updated where necessary.

Quality Assurance

• Ensure the effective operation and implementation of calendar of Monitoring and Self Evaluation including lesson observation.
• Work with Subject Leaders to monitor and evaluate the work of subject areas, in line with agreed school procedures including evaluation against quality standards.

Management Information

• Analyse and evaluate pupil performance data.
• Identify and take appropriate action on issues arising from data, systems and reports; setting deadlines where necessary and reviewing progress on the action taken.
• Provide the Governing Body with relevant information relating to the school’s performance and development.

Management of Resources

• Work with specified Subject Leaders and Business Manager to manage the available resources of space, staff, money and equipment efficiently within the limits, guidelines and procedures laid down; including deploying the budget, acting as a cost centre holder, requisitioning, organising and maintaining equipment and stock, and keeping appropriate records.

Pastoral System

• Support the overall progress and personal development of pupils within the school, overseeing a specified year group.
• Contribute to and implement the school’s policy on rewards and support.
• Monitor pupil behaviour at all times throughout the school and to work with duty staff as necessary.
• Act as a duty Headteacher in assigned periods.

The Self-Improving School System


• Contribute to the development of appropriate specifications, resources, schemes of work, marking policies and teaching strategies in the curriculum area and subject area.
• Contribute to the curriculum area, its Improvement Plan and implementation.
• Attend all appropriate meetings.
• Plan and prepare courses and lessons.
• Contribute to the whole school’s planning activities.
• Teach pupils according to their educational needs, including the setting and marking of work to be carried out by the pupil in the school and elsewhere.
• Assess, record and report on the attendance, progress, development and attainment of pupils and to keep such records as are required.
• Provide, or contribute to, oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students and groups of pupils.
• Undertake a designated programme of teaching.
• Ensure a high quality learning experience for pupils.
• Maintain discipline in accordance with the school’s procedures and to encourage good practice with regard to punctuality, behaviour, standards of work and homework.
• Undertake assessment of pupils as requested by external examination bodies, subject area and school procedures.
• Mark, grade and give written/verbal and diagnostic feedback as required.

Governing Body

• Regularly attend Full Governors meeting.

Essential educational requirements

Education Qualified Teacher Status

Essential qualifications

A first degree or equivalent

Essential skills and experience

Significant classroom teaching experience across the 11-18 range within a comprehensive school.
Significant middle leadership responsibilities.
Significant whole school responsibility.

Knows about:
Relevant legislation and guidance relating to working with and protecting children and young people.
How to plan strategically to bring about whole school improvement.
How a range of data can be used in the monitoring and evaluation of performance and in setting improvement targets, and in challenging underperformance.
How new technologies can enhance pupil performance and organisational effectiveness.
Think strategically and communicate a shared view of change and transformation.

Challenge and motivate others to aspire to and attain high standards.
Prioritise and organise their own work and that of others.
Is able to provide challenge motivation and recognition to others in the pursuit of high quality provision and outcomes.

Employee benefits

In order to support colleagues we have a full CPD programme for staff at all stages of their career both internally and externally. We understand the challenges of working in our profession and have an active Well-being Committee and Workload Committee who focus on promoting a healthy work life balance.

We joined Tove Learning Trust in April 2019. The trust schools have a shared vision and purpose: to deliver outstanding educational experiences that lead to inspiring outcomes. Each academy has a strong individual identity and tailors their educational provision to serve their local community. Academies within the trust collaborate to share expertise and maximise opportunities and experiences for our students.

About Grace Academy Coventry

Grace Academy Coventry aims to develop well educated, considerate and caring citizens with a strong sense of values who will succeed in, and contribute to modern society. At Grace Academy, we believe that excellent teaching and support, world-class facilities and outstanding resources combine to give our students the best possible preparation for their adult life. The Grace Academies joined Tove Learning Trust in 2019.

Wigston Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV2 2RH
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