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Head of Sixth Form with whole school responsibility for CPD

Abbey College, RamseyCambridgeshire

Abbey College – Sixth Form 

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Job description

Abbey College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

The responsibilities of the post will be in accordance with the Teacher’s standards, latest School teachers’ pay and conditions, school’s policies and under the direction of the Headteacher.


To provide strategic leadership to the post 16 provision at Abbey College and provide opportunities for staff development in line with the school’s vision for improvement.

Liaison with:  Other Pastoral Leaders; Tutors Yr 12/13; other faculty members; other outside agencies, EWO; safeguarding lead; Careers Advice Guidance lead; parents and other statutory and voluntary agencies. 

All members of the school are expected to be able to take a whole school view, to contribute to policy making and the implementation of them and work effectively with other members of staff.


  • The best outcomes for students, including those with remote learning
  • Quality of education is both engaging and challenging, leaving no room for passivity
  • Excellent communication and welfare are paramount 

Main Duties /responsibilities

  • Establish a clear vision and direction for the sixth form that reflects the school’s overall ethos and values
  • Identify key areas for improvement and lead in the development of a sixth form progress development plan – made in collaboration with the SLT and sixth form staff.
  • Monitor the quality of learning and lead all sixth form staff in achieving academic excellence.
  • Set challenging targets for students and staff and provide the support they need to achieve their targets. 
  • Ensure all students have access to education and any barriers to learning are broken down.
  • Deal with complaints from parents, staff and other stakeholders in line with the school’s Complaints Procedures Policy.
  • Plan and deliver high-quality professional development for staff at all levels.
  • Research and identify opportunities for staff development in line with the school’s improvement priorities. 
  • Support a collaborative approach to CPD and demonstrate a commitment to a more personalised plan for staff development 

Leadership and management

  • Support, lead, motivate and liaise with sixth form staff, including teachers, to ensure that provision is effective and adjustments are made as necessary to help them meet their personal and professional targets.
  • Conduct annual appraisals, discussing the individual progress of staff, setting targets, and ensuring that professional standards remain high.
  • Maintain regular informal contact with sixth form staff, e.g. monthly one-to-ones, to ensure any issues are addressed, situations de-escalated and support is put in place where necessary. 
  • Contribute to establishing the core values of the school and assist with making management decisions on all aspects of policy, development and organisation by playing a significant role in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the SDP and the sixth form progress plan.
  • Be supportive and encourage CPD opportunities for sixth form staff where possible.
  • In partnership with the headteacher, be responsible for recruiting and inducting staff in to the sixth form team, ensuring safeguarding procedures are adhered to at all times.
  • Arrange and attend parents’ evenings and staff meetings, being available to discuss any concerns and provide assistance. 
  • Monitor the quality of teaching and learning of sixth form staff, including conducting lesson observations and monitoring of planning and scrutiny of students’ work, ensuring that the appropriate action plans are in place when issues are identified. 
  • Oversee all aspects of the sixth form leadership team to ensure that school policies and practices are being delivered and implemented consistently. 
  • Develop and maintain positive links and relationships with the community, local businesses and key stakeholders to promote a positive image of the sixth form.
  • Establish a robust system for monitoring pupil attendance and behaviour and communicate this plan to the Headteacher. 
  • Assist with the implementation of the LA or the governing board’s policies and procedures where applicable. 
  • Contribute to the management of key school events, e.g. open evenings.
  • To work with the DH in charge of T& L to develop and lead CPD across the school.
  • To monitor and review classroom practice, in conjunction with the SLT.
  • To work with the T&L team to develop support and training for staff at all stages of their career.

Curriculum Planning

  • Take responsibility for the overall planning and delivery of the UCAS process for students.
  • Ensure students are well informed of their options for life after school and do not show preference for one particular route, e.g. encouraging a student to go to university where they have expressed an interest in an apprenticeship.
  • Keep parents informed of the options available to their children and be available to answer any questions they may have.
  • Arrange visit days to different HE providers and places of work for students to attend throughout sixth form. 
  • Arrange, in collaboration with the PSHE coordinator, visits from local employers to conduct talks and host mock interviews for students.  
  • Collaborate with the PSHE coordinator to ensure PSHE days are well organised, diverse and focused on preparing students for life after school.
  • Plan and organise sessions for students to write CVs and prepare applications for interviews for HE, apprenticeships or careers.
  • Facilitate training for staff to ensure they can offer suitable support for students with preparing for life after school, e.g. answering queries and offering advice.
  • Liaise with the SLT to create a robust marketing plan for the sixth-form aimed at both internal and external candidates.
  • Arrange and participate in open and offer days at the sixth form and be available to answer any questions received from parents or potential students
  • Invest in the promotion of the sixth form to ensure retention levels are maintained and there is a successful recruitment drive. 
  • Work in collaboration with admission authorities to ensure external students are integrated successfully into the sixth form and feel comfortable in their new environment, e.g. by organising staggered starts
  • Ensure admission arrangements into the sixth form are fair for all, in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

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