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Deputy Head (Academic)

Alleyn's SchoolSouthwark

If you are dynamic, gifted, curious and love leading teaching and learning, this could be just the role for you!

The Head of Alleyn’s School is very excited to be inviting applications for the role of Deputy Head (Academic) from September 2023.

Alleyn’s is a vibrant co-educational independent day school with around 1,400 pupils aged 4-18. Set in the heart of Dulwich, close to the centre of London, Alleyn’s is one of the most successful co-educational schools in the country, delivering academic, pastoral, and co-curricular excellence in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The school traces its roots back to Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift which was founded in 1619 and was the first major London school to go co-educational in 1976.

Alleyn’s values intellectual interests and co-curricular activities; it is open to new ideas and is warm and inclusive, enabling pupils to develop their potential while making friendships and enjoying life to the full. The school is oversubscribed at every point of entry and has a reputation for a creative spirit and sense of fun derived from its location, its history as a pioneer of co-education and its relaxed yet purposeful and progressive ethos.

Reporting directly to the Head, Jane Lunnon, the Deputy Head (Academic) will lead and manage academic life at Alleyn’s with vision, creativity and energy and will be a key member of the SLT. This is a critical and exciting moment in the School’s history, with unprecedented numbers, exceptional academic outcomes and an expanding partnerships programme, in the UK and internationally. The School is in the first year of a two year curriculum review and the Deputy Head (Academic) will play a key role in further establishing Alleyn’s as a school at the forefront of innovation in teaching and learning.

The successful candidate will be a passionate educationalist with a willingness to innovate and explore, both within and outside the classroom, and a clear educational philosophy rooted in creativity. They will have sympathy with the ethos and strategic priorities of Alleyn’s, an appetite to lead within and beyond the school community, and a collaborative and enabling style that will help them to bring the best out of others. Digital expertise and experience will be a benefit but is not a prerequisite for the role.

Alleyn’s School is committed to diversity and inclusion and warmly welcomes applications from a wide range of contexts and backgrounds. The successful candidate will have a track record of excellent middle or senior leadership experience in schools.

Further information on Alleyn’s can be found at

A candidate brief can be downloaded from

Covering letters, CVs and application forms should be submitted by 9am GMT Friday 17 February.

Alleyn’s (charity no. 1161864) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.

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