Assistant Headteacher, Waltham Forest

Closing date:Expiring today

Heathcote School & Science CollegeWaltham Forest

Date posted:
Start date: 1st September 2019
Contract type: Full Time / Part Time
Salary: L 13 to 17 (£56,900 to £62,438)
Contract term: Permanent

Assistant Headteacher 

Leadership scale 13 – 17 (£56,900 to £62,438pa)

Commencing September 2019 

Heathcote School is an 11 – 18 school on a rapid journey of improvement. The Headteacher joined the school in 2017 and is working with all stakeholders to ensure we provide the best education and life chances we can to the young people of our community. In September 2018 we had a full Ofsted inspection where we were graded as good in all areas. This is an exciting time to be at a school in an unparalleled setting with unlimited potential in a high challenge, low threat environment. 

We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational leader to be part of the team that helps drive the school to the next stage of its development.  In particular, this role is key to ensuring that right from application to the school, pupils and parents/carers have the best experience possible both in and out of the classroom. This includes the pivotal task of managing pupil leadership in school, ensuring meaningful and exciting extra curricular and work-related experiences, developing links with parents/carers and leading the Key Stage 3 Pupil Passport. The role will also include the Line management of PSHCRE and the PSHCRE Co-ordinator. This is a new role so we are keen to find someone with the drive and vision to turn this into a practical reality and develop outstanding practice in these innovative areas. 

We wish to appoint an experienced, motivated and passionate leader who can inspire other leaders and staff to grow and develop to the best.  You must be an experienced Middle or Senior Leader (at least 3 years) looking for a challenge and rapid growth and development.

As part of our commitment to staff well-being and flexible working we will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part time.

Ofsted (September 2018)

“The Headteacher and other senior leaders are ambitious for their pupils and provide strong strategic leadership.”

“Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are courteous and respectful.”

“Teachers speak highly of the many opportunities they are given to develop their practice. Staff who are new to the profession feel valued, supported and enjoy their work.”

Our Values:


We encourage our pupils to take pride in their learning and community – to work hard, pursue continual improvement and achieve to the best of their abilities. pupils seek and embrace feedback and show tolerance and mutual respect to each other.


We challenge our pupils to take responsibility for their learning, to be resilient to failure and to self-regulate their behaviour. All our staff and governors are determined that all pupils confidently strive for success and expect them to be present and punctual.


We succeed when all pupils reach their academic potential and are thoughtful, caring and honest citizens; leaving Heathcote fully prepared for the next stage of their life – whether that be in education, training or employment. We succeed by letting them do so in a comfortable and safe environment where they take a proactive role and develop socially.

The school puts well-being and development at the heart of its work and we have very talented staff who are encouraged to grow, develop and work collaboratively, within school and with local schools, and to be the best they can be.  We are working to ensure school improvement in a high challenge, low threat way and enable robust systems and structures to ensure consistency in all areas, encouraging the growth and development of all.  We are part of the Seven Kings teaching Alliance, PixL and the West Essex Teaching School Alliance. The school has excellent resources and a stunning, spacious site on the edge of Epping Forest including a staff car park and surrounding roads that do not require a parking permit.   We are also a 15 minute walk from Chingford Station which has great links into the City.

If you would like to arrange a visit before submitting your application, please contact the Headteacher's PA on 0208 498 5111.  Visits will be taking place on Weds 15th and Fri 17th May at 8:15am.

Completed application forms should be emailed to

Closing Date for receipt of applications:  Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 12pm

Visits to the school: Weds 15th May and Fri 17th May at 8:15am

Indicative dates for interviews:  Friday 24th May

Please note, we reserve the right to close this advert early if we get a high number of applications and as such encourage applicants to submit as soon as possible.

Heathcote School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

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More about Heathcote School & Science College
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Normanton Park, Chingford, London, E4 6ES, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 208 4985110
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 Heathcote School is an 11 – 18 school on a rapid journey of improvement. The Headteacher joined the school in 2017 and is working with all stakeholders to ensure we provide the best education and life chances we can to the young people of our c...