Assistant Headteacher (Science), Cambridgeshire

Closing date:Expiring soon

Abbey College, RamseyCambridgeshire

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019 or earlier
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L5-10
Contract term: Permanent

Job Purpose:

To assist the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher with the overall leadership, management and development of the College. In particular, to develop and lead curriculum, teaching, learning and development of the Science department.

Main Duties /Responsibilities

The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has responsibility for all aspects of leading the College development on a day-to-day basis.  The following should be used as a guide, as the specific individual whole school responsibilities of each Senior Leader will be agreed annually with the Headteacher.

• To achieve the KPIs for the Science department

• To sustain the aims and objectives of the College and establish the policies through which they will be achieved.

• To make sure that every child is known, valued and supported to achieve their full potential, ensuring excellent planning and teaching in all Science classrooms, an appropriate curriculum for all and appropriate support is given where needed.

• To develop, implement and maintain the ethos of the College, leading by example at all times.

• To support the development of staff through skilled human resource management.

• To support the development of students through outstanding teaching and skilled behaviour management techniques.

• To form and maintain good relationships with all stakeholders to support College improvement.


The Assistant Headteacher will have:

• The ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people

• Appreciation of the significance of safeguarding and ability to interpret this accurately for all individual children and young people whatever their life circumstances

• A good understanding of the safeguarding agenda and an ability to contribute towards a safe environment

Domain One 

Excellent Assistant Headteachers: qualities and knowledge 

The Assistant Headteacher will: 

1. Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on providing a world-class education for the pupils they serve. 

2. Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards their pupils and staff, and towards parents, governors and members of the local community. 

3. Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity - drawing on their own scholarship, expertise and skills, and that of those around them. 

4. Sustain wide, current knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally, nationally and globally, and pursue continuous professional development. 

5. Work with political and financial astuteness, within a clear set of principles centred on the school’s vision, ably translating local and national policy into the school’s context. 

6. Communicate compellingly the school’s vision and drive the strategic leadership, empowering all pupils and staff to excel. 

Domain Two 

Excellent Assistant Headteachers: pupils and staff 

The Assistant Headteacher will: 

1. Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, overcoming disadvantage and advancing equality, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupils’ outcomes. 

2. Secure excellent teaching through an analytical understanding of how pupils learn and of the core features of successful classroom practice and curriculum design, leading to rich curriculum opportunities and pupils’ well-being. 

3. Establish an educational culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice within and between schools, drawing on and conducting relevant research and robust data analysis. 

4. Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their own skills and subject knowledge, and to support each other. 

5. Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders in a climate where excellence is the standard, leading to clear succession planning. 

6. Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice. 

Domain Three 

Excellent Assistant Headteachers: systems and process 

The Assistant Headteacher will support the Headteacher to: 

1. Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose, upholding the principles of transparency, integrity and probity. 

2. Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing their exemplary behaviour in school and in the wider society. 

3. Establish rigorous, fair and transparent systems and measures for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any under-performance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice. 

4. Welcome strong governance and actively support the governing board to understand its role and deliver its functions effectively – in particular its functions to set school strategy and hold the headteacher to account for pupil, staff and financial performance. 

5. Exercise strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure the equitable deployment of budgets and resources, in the best interests of pupils’ achievements and the school’s sustainability. 

6. Distribute leadership throughout the organisation, forging teams of colleagues who have distinct roles and responsibilities and hold each other to account for their decision making. 

Domain Four 

Excellent Assistant Headteachers: the self-improving school system 

The Assistant Headteacher will support the Headteacher to: 

1. Create outward-facing schools which work with other schools and organisations - in a climate of mutual challenge - to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all pupils. 

2. Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all pupils. 

3. Challenge educational orthodoxies in the best interests of achieving excellence, harnessing the findings of well evidenced research to frame self-regulating and self-improving schools. 

4. Shape the current and future quality of the teaching profession through high quality training and sustained professional development for all staff. 

5. Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to school improvement, leadership and governance, confident of the vital contribution of internal and external accountability. 

6. Inspire and influence others - within and beyond schools - to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people’s lives and to promote the value of education.

Job location

More about Abbey College, Ramsey
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Abbey Road, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1DG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1487 812352
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