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Assistant Head (Curriculum)

The Ashcombe SchoolSurrey

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the next stages of the development of The Ashcombe School.  We are looking to appoint a dynamic, innovative and inspirational individual who will join the Senior Leadership Team at the school. 

This post will provide an excellent career opportunity to work at a high achieving, fully comprehensive school in Dorking, Surrey, and we would perceive this to be an important step in reaching a Headship post. 

Who we are:

Ashcombe is highly sought-after, with very high levels of interest for September 2022.  This is due to a wide range of factors including its facilities, academic results, standards of teaching, pastoral care, a wide range of trips and extracurricular activities and the resultant attitudes of its students. 

In our 2020 ‘Investors in People’ Report, our staff said: 

“It is a great place to work, and I can see all the things that are happening – it’s all positive” 

“Leaders lead by example and are trusted by people and are passionate about doing their best for the school”


What we offer:

The school has a number of great features, including:

• A strong and unwavering commitment to inclusive education believing all can achieve, given the appropriate support

• A belief in a no blame management culture which encourages a strong sense of collaboration and self-betterment 

• A popular school with strong admission numbers

• A commitment to a broad and balanced aspirational curriculum

• A strong Ofsted report in Jan 2019 that praised the strong ethos that flowed throughout the school’s culture and vision

• A flexibility throughout the school that ensures that roles are developed to match the individual attributes of the post holder

• Regular professional development opportunities.

What Ofsted say:

“Students’ attitudes towards learning are very positive. Students are attentive and responsive in equal measure in lessons. As a result, there is a very harmonious learning atmosphere"

How to apply:

Click the ‘Quick apply’ button below to complete an application form or complete an application form which can be found on our website.

Headteacher’s Talk

Chris Panting (Headteacher) will be giving a talk via Zoom about the role and school.  If you would like to join, please contact Rebecca Smith (

Closing date: 8th December 2021 (8.00am)

Interview dates: 13th and 14th December 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted soon after the closing date. 

Whatever the outcome of your application, we thank you for the interest you have shown and wish you well in your future career.

The Ashcombe School,

Ashcombe Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1LY

Tel: 01306 886312 

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