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Deputy Head Pastoral

Forest SchoolE17 3PY, Waltham Forest

Forest School is seeking an experienced Deputy Head Pastoral. We are looking for someone with significant pastoral experience, a leader and manager, with sharp instincts and a total commitment to pupil development, who will want to take on this role and continue to develop the outstanding pastoral provision at Forest School.

The Deputy Head Pastoral is a significant leadership position; it forms part of the Leadership Team at Forest School. The postholder is responsible for the pastoral care and discipline of all 1000+ pupils in the Senior School (Y7-Y13 inclusive).

The Deputy Head Pastoral will work very closely with the Deputy Head Academic, Deputy Head Co-Curriculum and the Director of Pupil Welfare, and will be directly responsible for the line management of the Head of Sixth Form, Head of Middle School and Head of Lower School. The post holder will also take responsibility for the setting of the strategic vision and the line management of the Head of House team.

The Forest School Ethos

Forest is a humane, open-minded school with both feet on the ground, in which the pupils’ all-round personal development is outstanding and academic attainment is high.  It is, above all, a happy school which understands the rich inter-relationship between the curricular, the co-curricular and the pastoral.  There is boldness in the School’s character, a readiness to be forward-thinking and adaptable, with pride in what we are and excitement for what lies ahead.

Our Values








About Forest

Forest is a large, vibrant school, with more than 1,430 boys and girls in equal proportion, from 4 to 18. Our traditional House structure means that each pupil is treated as an individual, of whom we have the highest expectations, while our size enables us to offer breadth and depth of opportunity.


Forest is a city school set within 50 acres of grounds surrounded by Epping Forest, within easy walking distance of Snaresbrook Central line tube station and Wood Street Overground station.

Why work at Forest?

There are many benefits of working at Forest school as staff are our single most important asset. Key benefits include:

• Generous CPD budget

• Comprehensive Professional Development Review system

• Opportunities to contribute to the wider community via our extensive Outreach Programme

• 18 weeks holiday and our own salary scale with salaries above those paid in the maintained sector

• Free hot lunch (takeaway sandwich lunch also available) and refreshments throughout the day - Term Time only

• All teaching staff currently enrolled in the national Teachers’ Pension Scheme

• 20% fee remission (pro-rata for part time staff) for children attending Forest which is applicable Y3-Y13

• Free membership of the Sylvestrian Leisure Centre during school hours and heavily subsidised membership outside those hours

• Free death in service cover and subsidised AXA PPP healthcare insurance

Don’t just take our word for it

What the Good Schools Guide say:

“Forest is a power-house with a heart. The pupils exude purpose – modern, dynamic youngsters with an eye on what’s happening next”

Closing date for applications, 14 January 2021, 08:00am

Interviews will be on the 26 January 2021.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged. The School reserves the right to make an appointment at any stage.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment to this position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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