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Cambridge Maths School: Headteacher

Eastern Learning AllianceCambridgeshire

Post: Headteacher

Salary: Competitive Leadership salary

Responsible to: The Deputy CEO, Trustees and the Local Governing Body

Primary Purpose of the Role

1. To provide exceptional and outstanding leadership and management of the Cambridge Maths School

2. To be responsible for the oversight, internal organisation, management and control of the school

3. To maintain and develop the distinct ethos of the school and provide moral leadership within the school

4. To build a collaborative learning culture within the school to ensure that every child reaches their full potential in all areas of their development and makes excellent progress 

5. To work with the necessary ability, vision, energy and enthusiasm, and as a skilled negotiator, with all, putting the needs of the children first

6. With the Deputy CEO and other Trust Leaders, to respond dynamically as appropriate to key national policies and initiatives

7. To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom the school is responsible and those with whom they come into contact

8. To be responsible of the allocated budget and resources (including staffing) of the school, identifying relevant needs and actioning these as determined by the Scheme of Delegation and, with the Deputy CEO, CEO and CFO, conduct staff appointments

Shaping the Future

• Working with the Deputy CEO, Senior Leadership Team and local governors to create a powerful vision for the school that is aligned to the vision, values strategic priorities, aims and objectives of the Trust

• Ensure that the vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon effectively by all within the school

• Work within the school to translate the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans which will promote and accelerate school improvement and team ownership

• Demonstrate CMS’s vision and values in everyday work and practice and motivate and work with others to create a shared collaborative culture and positive climate

• Ensure creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve excellence

• In liaison with the Deputy CEO, determine clear evidence-based improvement plans for the development of the school and ensure key issues are addressed effectively 

• In collaboration with the Deputy CEO and other Heads, contribute to the development and growth of ELA and the trusts teaching school. 

Leading Teaching, Learning and Managing the Organisation with continual Monitoring and Evaluation

• Lead by example, providing inspiration and motivation

• Achieve the priorities and objectives set by the Trust for the school and demonstrate and articulate high expectations in reaching these

• Ensure every individual child has access to high quality teaching and learning 

• Ensure a continuous and consistent focus on students’ achievement and personal development, using relevant data and benchmarks to monitor progress

• Challenge under-performance at all levels and ensure effective corrective action and follow-up

• Maintain and promote the highest standards of student behaviour, discipline and attendance within the school

• Manage delegated financial and human resources effectively and efficiently to achieve educational goals and priorities

• Ensure that the management systems work effectively in line with legal and Trust requirements

• Manage and organise the school environment efficiently and effectively to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and all health and safety regulations

Developing Self and Working with Others

• Treat people fairly, equitably and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive trusting culture that exhibits ‘Humans first, professional second’ (Myatt, 2016) 

• Build a collaborative learning culture within the school and actively engage with other schools to develop effective learning communities, particularly through the Morris Teaching School Alliance

• Maintain the agreed strategies and procedures for staff recruitment, induction, professional development and performance review and liaise with the Deputy CEO about the management of relevant associate staff 

• Ensure effective planning, allocation, support and evaluation of work undertaken by teams and individuals, with clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities

• Acknowledge the responsibilities and celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams

• Report to the Deputy CEO on the professional development of senior and middle leaders and the development of associate staff working at CMS

• Develop and maintain a culture of high expectations for self and others and taking appropriate action when performance is unsatisfactory

• Regularly review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development by participating positively in arrangements made for the appraisal of ‘Headteacher’ performance

• Manage own workload and that of others to allow an appropriate work/life balance

Security Accountability

• Develop an inclusive and inspirational ethos within the school (aligned with that of the Trust) that enables everyone to work collaboratively, share knowledge and understanding, celebrate success and accept responsibility for outcomes

• Ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are subject to rigorous review and evaluation, in keeping with Trust performance management and appraisal procedures and policies 

• Work with the Deputy CEO (and through him to the Trustees), providing information, objective advice and support, to enable the school to meet its statutory responsibilities

• Develop and maintain suitable quality assurance systems, including internal reviews, self-evaluation and performance management

• Present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the school’s performance to a range of audiences including the CEO, Trustees, local governors, staff, parents and carers and students

Strengthening Community

• Ensure the school supports fully the distinct ethos of CMS and Trust through all activities within the school  

• Collaborate with other schools in order to share expertise and bring positive benefits to the school and the community it serves

• Collaborate at both strategic and operational levels with parents, carers and across multiple agencies for the well-being of all children

The Headteacher will undertake any other duties which from time to time may be required and be relevant and commensurate with the post, as deemed necessary by the Trust, including working with and in other schools in ELA. 

Working to: Deputy CEO (and Trustees) and the Local Governing Body

Responsible for: Senior Leadership Team of CMS 

Working with: CEO, CFO, Local Governing Body, teaching and relevant associate staff of CMS


This Job Description is as currently applies and will be reviewed regularly.  The post-holder may be required to undertake other tasks that can be reasonably assigned to, including development activities, which are within capability and pay-scale.

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