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Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion, Safeguarding and Well-being)

Sir Thomas Rich's SchoolGloucestershire

The role

Our Deputy Headteachers work in close partnership to manage the day-to-day operation and smooth running of the School with the support of all other members of the Senior Management Team (SMT).   Each member of the SMT has their own specific responsibilities and lead strategically in the area for which they are responsible.  The successful candidate will be responsible for Inclusion, Safeguarding and Well-being, and lead strategically on pastoral care and student support.  Their principle responsibilities will include overseeing all safeguarding and child protection issues, promoting the well-being and safety of all pupils, taking overall responsibility for the pastoral provision for all pupils and to ensure that policies, procedures, and protocols are properly understood and followed consistently.  We shall appoint a leader who has vision and is not afraid of always looking for ways in which the School can improve. They will be an outstanding teacher, in any discipline, who can analyse educational developments, determine what is appropriate for our pupils and staff, and successfully implement change.  For more information, please refer to the attached job information booklet.  You would be most welcome to call the School for an informal chat with the Headmaster.

About you

Due to school expansion, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated colleague with a strong academic background, experience in pastoral care, outstanding organisational skills and the ability to lead a strong team.  Energy, commitment and a willingness to support and contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School is expected.   The post would suit an ambitious candidate who is looking to take the next step in developing their senior management career, aspiring for a future headship.  Evidence of sustained outstanding teaching is essential as is exemplary leadership and management across all aspects of their current role.  We are looking for a confident, professional and approachable colleague who can communicate well with all members of our school community, demonstrating the highest standards of care, support and guidance.

About us

Founded in 1666 as the Blue Coat Hospital, today Sir Thomas Rich’s is a progressive grammar school for boys in Years 7 to 11, and young men and women in the sixth form.  Rated as ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, we are consistently one of the highest attaining schools in the county and we are proud of our long-standing reputation for academic and sporting excellence.  GCSE results consistently come in the top 10% for attainment and value added in the country.  The School attracts high-ability, talented students and offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.

We believe that students thrive in an atmosphere of respect, care and support. Teachers and support staff work hard to promote this ethos and to make sure that every pupil feels that they are a valued member of the school community. High quality pastoral support is key to this aim, and we work closely with parents to develop positive relationships with families and help students achieve their full potential.

Our accomplished teachers use their skills and in-depth subject knowledge to inspire, encourage and support our students in their journey through the School, laying firm foundations for academic excellence at GCSE, in our Sixth Form and beyond. Our students typically achieve ten or eleven GCSEs, mostly at the highest grades, and three or four A-levels, mostly at grades A*, A and B.

Located on the edge of the city of Gloucester in the heart of the south west, Sir Thomas Rich’s is a short drive from Junction 11 of the M5. The beautiful Cotswold towns of Cheltenham and Cirencester are easily accessible and there are excellent public transport links to the nearby cities of Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol.

To apply

If you wish to be considered, please complete the application form and provide a covering letter explaining your suitability for the post. The inclusion of your CV would be welcome. Please forward via the TES portal or send to The Headmaster, Sir Thomas Rich's School, Oakleaze, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 0LF.  We also accept applications via email to

Closing date: 9.00 am, Friday 26 February 2021

Informal visits to the School are encouraged.  For further information, please contact Jane Morton, Headmaster's PA and HR Manager, via School Reception or direct email.

Safeguarding Statement:

Sir Thomas Rich's School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Disclosure of any criminal convictions and an enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.

Supporting documents

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