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Deputy Headteacher - Pastoral

Thorpe Hall SchoolSouthend-on-Sea

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) to support Thorpe Hall’s strong caring ethos and to drive forward our wellbeing agenda.  This position provides a unique leadership opportunity to shape the school under its new Headship from September 2021.

Thorpe Hall is known for its compassionate and child-centred ethos. Emphasis has been placed on promoting emotional wellbeing in every child, finding ways for each individual to feel they are special and belong. The school won the Excellence and Innovation in Pupils’ Mental Health and wellbeing Award from the Independent Schools Association in 2019 and has Mental Health (Enhanced) Award status.

Thorpe Hall School is where the multi-award winning Girls on Board approach was created and pioneered. The outgoing Head was previously responsible for the delivery of this approach and it is desirable that the new Deputy Head (Pastoral) takes on this role in future. Suitable training will be provided. 

The successful candidate will be a well-qualified graduate with significant professional experience of safeguarding and/or pastoral care in a leadership or management capacity. You will play a leading part in shaping and developing the pastoral life of our School. You will have overall responsibility for the development and implementation of all pastoral policies and practices and be the Upper School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Reporting to the Headteacher, you will be a member of a supportive Senior Leadership Team and take a key role in whole school strategic and operational leadership. A track record of outstanding teaching is essential, but no specific specialist subject is sought. A willingness to contribute to the School’s extensive co-curricular programme is also required. As Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral) you may be called upon to deputise for the Headteacher on occasion and will also have line management responsibilities. 

You will need to be able to demonstrate your ability to lead and inspire both pupils and colleagues, and communicate knowledge with enthusiasm and a commitment to the highest of academic and pastoral standards.

Applications should be made in accordance with the School’s application and safer recruitment procedures, via the School’s website where a full job description and application form can be downloaded. 


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