Davenport Lodge Nursery School opened its doors to pre-schoolers in 1968 and has been providing excellent care and quality education ever since. We have created a secure, friendly and happy environment that is stimulating for the child and gives parents confidence.
Since its original Ofsted registration in January 2005, on the Davenport Lodge school site, the nursery opened and has offered a high quality of care for our babies and toddlers from six weeks old. Our caring and experienced staff ensure that the Gold Standard of Education that is the Ethos of Alpha Plus is carried throughout the setting.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and dedicated Deputy Head to join our team at Davenport Lodge.
The purpose of this role is to deliver high quality early education for the children in the nursery school. It involves being a member of the teaching team and overseeing the practice to ensure that it is of an excellent standard. It is a leadership role that includes:
- Leading the teaching practice within the school
- Holding responsibility for the management of the school in the absence of the Head
- Ensuring that children experience a rich early years’ curriculum that enables them to develop the knowledge and skills to become ready for school.
To be considered for this position you must hold at least a degree in an Early Years qualification/EYP/EYT. For applicants with QTS, this should be specific to the foundation stage age group. You must be able to demonstrate training and recent extensive experience of working at a leadership level with the early years’ age group.
The annual salary is £28,000 - £32,000 (depending on qualifications and experience). The Nursery is open for 50 weeks per year, and the working hours are 40 hours per week (09:15 – 18:00, Monday to Friday), with a 45 minute unpaid lunch break.
Aside from joining a motivated and cheerful team, employees enjoy a number of benefits, including:
- Alpha Plus Group Personal Pension Plan
- Access to EAP
- Extensive CPD opportunities, including access to free online training for over 40 courses
About the Alpha Plus Group
The primary purpose of the Alpha Plus Group is to develop excellence in education through well-directed investment and professional management. The Gold Standard is the Group’s vision of educational excellence. It comprises two dimensions:
- Cultural - fostering high aspirations and expectations of staff and pupils, always recognising that excellence is a never-ending pursuit
- Operational - robust governance through which schools, colleges and central services are simultaneously supported and challenged in their pursuit of excellence
Centres of Excellence
The group recognises that great schools have their own identity and ethos and seeks to preserve such independent values. Whilst the interpretation and execution of ‘excellence’ may therefore vary across the Group, many elements, such as outstanding leadership, and passion and pride in teaching and learning, are common to all. Each centre retains its own identity, with the Heads and Principals afforded significant management authority, but with the benefits of financial security, camaraderie and opportunities for sharing best practice by belonging to one of the country's leading educational groups.
The Alpha Plus Group and Davenport Lodge Nursery School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as a prospective employee you are expected to share this commitment. The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff within APG Schools and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation. This role is subject to a number of pre-employment checks, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service with Barred List clearance.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
Please click here to begin your application via the Alpha Plus Careers site.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Friday 26 February 2021.
Davenport Lodge Nursery School
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Early Years
- Students of mixed gender, age Up to 5 years