This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and committed leader to join our Senior Leadership Team. The Deputy Headteacher will lead on Attendance, Behaviour and Attitudes to Learning, working alongside the Headteacher, Senior Deputy Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in charge of Curriculum and a team of Assistant Headteachers.
At Northolt High School, our vision, mission and values underpin everything that we do. Our aim is to enable our students to develop strength of character, to be articulate and confident and to secure the best academic outcomes possible. Our school vision is "committed to excellence". Our mission statement describes how we work to achieve this core aim - through "seizing opportunity, instilling ambition, realising potential". Join us and you will be welcomed by a hard-working, dedicated staff and subject team who are united in their focus on student achievement and continuous school improvement.
We work in partnership with an organisation called Sycol which supports us in ensuring that we have clear systems in place, which are developed and agreed by staff collectively. Termly innovation projects involve every member of staff, helping us to quickly and effectively share ideas whilst forging strong partnerships across the staff team. These projects ensure that systemic school improvement is embedded in everything we do whilst at the same time providing all staff members with a high quality leadership development programme.
Northolt High School is a Foundation School in the London Borough of Ealing. Ealing schools have traditionally worked very collaboratively and it is no coincidence that Ealing’s performance in national league tables is strong. Schools in Ealing have come together to form the Ealing Learning Partnership (ELP) in conjunction with the Council. This partnership provides us with a range of networks so that Northolt High School staff are able to share and develop ideas and practice with Ealing colleagues across a range of schools.
We are a relatively small school at the moment with 985 students on roll, but this number is increasing weekly as we are supporting Ealing Council by adding three additional classes onto our school roll over the course of this academic year. We also have a new building project on the horizon which we expect to make our school even more popular.
We maintain a broad and balanced curriculum offer for all students. Our intention is to develop the school so that it has STEAM specialism (the ‘A’ is for Art) whilst at the same time retaining a breadth of curriculum offer for our students. Our curriculum offer includes a broad range of extra-curricular activities as all teachers offer one after school activity a week.
It is an exciting time for a new postholder to join the leadership team of our school. As we begin to prepare for our new building, we’ll be consulting widely with students, parents, staff and other local stakeholders to ensure that we provide an outstanding facility for Northolt. Community engagement is at the heart of Northolt High and we’re excited about the prospect of creating sports and recreational facilities in our new school which will not only provide a world class learning environment for our students but will also be accessible for local people.
This role will suit you if you are a successful middle leader who is looking for a promotion to senior leadership or an excellent senior leader currently in post. Your application will need to highlight your proven track record, clearly evidencing the impact that you have had as a leader in shaping whole school culture, and leading whole staff improvements in behaviour and attitudes to learning The postholder will have responsibility for attendance, admissions and behaviour as well as being required to carry out a full range of day-to-day operational duties.
We will be the right school for you if you are committed to:
- Ensuring that our Senior Team continues to provide high quality support, direction and challenge for our school;
- Ensuring that the quality of learning and teaching in our school continues to improve;
- Working collaboratively within a team whilst being confident to lead on a range of individual projects;
- Playing a full part in termly innovation projects to contribute to the development of school- wide continuous improvement;
- Undertaking safeguarding training as required and fulfilling all safeguarding responsibilities as outlined in the job description.
- Removing barriers to students’ learning so that they are able to make great progress during their time at Northolt High.
We can offer you:
- Great support and training as you develop your career (for example, we part fund Masters Degree courses for our staff);
- The opportunity to innovate and bring in new ideas to contribute towards improving our school;
- A caring and supportive professional environment, with an early finish every Friday to promote a good work / life balance;
- A thoughtful and well-structured school calendar with careful attention paid to balancing teacher workload;
- A commitment to providing high quality opportunities for you to continue your professional learning.
Our recruitment process
One of the Ealing Learning Partnership projects we have been engaged with in the last two years is a ‘No Learner Left Behind’ project to improve the outcomes of our Black Caribbean students. Informed by our work on this project, we conduct an annual analysis of the ethnicity profile of our student body. Our long term aim is to ensure that the profile of our staff group matches that of our students. At the moment, we are under-represented in the following ethnicity groups: Arab, Asian, Black Caribbean, Black African and Traveller of Irish Heritage. We would therefore welcome applications from candidates who would classify themselves as belonging to these groups.
We are introducing a ‘blind’ selection process this year which we also hope will support us in reducing the risk of any unintended bias during our recruitment process. You will see that our application form is in two parts. Part one, which contains details about candidates’ gender, ethnicity and age, is not shared with the staff who select candidates to bring them forward to the interview stage.
A Job Description & Person Specification plus an application form can be found on our website: www.northolthigh.org.uk
We would welcome visits to the school prior to applications. If you would like to visit or to find out more about the school prior to your application, please contact Carol Gleeson, Executive Assistant to the Headteacher, on the email address below.
Please email your application to Carol Gleeson at: email@example.com
Closing date: 9am, Friday 9 June 2023
Interviews to be held on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June 2023
The school is committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment processes are always robustly followed. Successful candidates’ appointment will be subject to safer recruitment checks and satisfactory completion of an enhanced DBS check. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about