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Deputy Headteacher

Deputy Headteacher

Harwich and Dovercourt High School

Harwich, Essex

  • Expired
Leadership point 22-26
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
1 January 2018
Apply by:
18 October 2017

Job overview

We have a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate as Deputy Headteacher at Harwich and Dovercourt High School, a member of The Sigma Trust. This is an exciting time for the school: a new Headteacher has just been appointed and she is now looking to grow her established team to lead the school forward.  

As the Deputy Headteacher you will:  

  • Work with the Head, Trust, Local Governing Body (LGB) and school staff, to support the leadership of the school. 
  • Be responsible for improving progress through effective behaviour systems, monitoring the progress of all pupils and reporting this to the Headteacher and Local Governing Body.  
  • Be the Safeguarding Lead for the school including monitoring the progress and impact of the school’s pupil premium funding and attendance interventions.   

If you can answer yes to the following questions, we would very much welcome your application:  

Do you have the desire to eventually become a headteacher? 

Are you committed to working in collaboration with others to succeed the best outcomes for all pupils? 

Do you have a clear and proven track record of impact and school improvement?   

The overall ethos of the Trust is achievement for all ensuring that no child is left behind. Education should foster in its learners a curiosity to discover who they are and what they are capable of, together with developing the resilience for them to test the boundaries of their abilities, and build the skills necessary to face the future with confidence.  

For additional information about The Sigma Trust and this specific post, please visit our website  where further contact details are available. If you wish to contact the Headteacher Designate, Kate Finch, to discuss any aspect of this post please email Belinda Gosling,  

To apply for this post please complete an application form, available from The Sigma Trust website, and return it to Please include a letter of application stating how your experience to date has prepared you for this role.  Closing date: 12 p.m. noon, Thursday 19th October 2017.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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About Harwich and Dovercourt High School

Harwich and Dovercourt High School (HDHS) is a popular, mixed 11-18 comprehensive situated on the north-east Essex coast. As one of the only Reading Schools in the country, we are bursting with innovative practice designed to nourish a love of literature and this forms a cornerstone of our curriculum in all subject areas. Students feel safe, valued and well-supported during their five to seven years with us. The school has made many improvements since joining the Sigma Trust in 2017 and is in an exciting phase of its development, led by an experienced headteacher and senior leadership team.

At Harwich and Dovercourt High School we strongly believe that no child should be left behind. It is our vision that every student should leave us having worked, read and learned together and having taken every opportunity offered to allow them to be successful in their chosen pathway for life. We believe that opportunity affords choice and choice affords a fulfilling adult life. It is our mission to maximise the potential for every student within their HDHS seven-year journey and empower them to reach their goals, whatever their starting points.

Every student is welcomed and unapologetically challenged to achieve their full potential and be the best possible version of themselves. Strong, positive working relationships with parents, carers and other stakeholders are at the heart of our commitment to the successes of our young people, who will go on to lead our community. We welcome local encouragement, support and belief as together we build real opportunities for our students’ futures.

Be a part of Harwich and Dovercourt High School’s ambition to become an outstanding school with the highest expectations for its young people.

● Do you want to work in one of the only Reading Schools in the country, bursting with innovative practices designed to nourish a love of literature in our young people?

● Do you want to work in a school with fantastic young people and staff who work hard and have a great community spirit?

● Do you want to work in a school that prioritises evidence-based research when developing its curriculum?

● Do you want to work in a school with excellent professional development opportunities for staff?

● Do you want to work in a school with a clear, systematic and centralised approach to student support, safeguarding, inclusion and behaviour?

● Do you want to work in a school with a small but steadily growing sixth form?

● Do you want to work in a school which is part of a large yet locally based Trust, which opens up a whole myriad of possibilities?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then please consider Harwich and Dovercourt High School as a place to make your mark and develop your career.

Harwich and Dovercourt High School’s ethos is built around the expectations that our students should be prepared to Achieve, Belong, Connect and Develop. Our new rewards system is built around these expectations and our pastoral systems are structured to help students develop in these areas which we consider crucial to their academic success.

HDHS is ambitious for all of our students in their pursuit of excellence, whether that is in the classroom, on the rugby pitch, in the dance studio or leading within the community. We are committed to achieving the highest standards and delivering an holistic education and experiences which prepare our students for the next stage in their education, training or work place.


The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

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