Deputy Head (Academic Teaching and Learning), Kingston upon Thames

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Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory SchoolKingston upon Thames

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scale
Contract term: Permanent

The Deputy Head (Academic – Teaching and Learning) is an exciting role at Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School which offers the successful applicant the opportunity to lead the School, along with the Head of the Boys’ Preparatory School, through an exciting period of growth. The post holder will lead on the School’s development of teaching and learning systems and practices, enabling the whole community to contribute to the School’s aims and visions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To lead on teaching and learning initiatives which improve whole School data, alongside the progress and attainment of every pupil
  • To analyse data and formulate action plans to further improve outcomes. 
  • To support the induction and training of staff, finding the best in everyone and enabling colleagues to continually develop their professional talents and skills
  • To inspire, motivate and empower colleagues, whist also having the ability to coach, develop and challenge staff when required
  • To accept corporate collective responsibility for decisions made and ensure that such decisions are implemented through effective team work
  • To take an active lead in promoting the School to all stakeholders
  • To work with the Head of the Boys’ Preparatory School to manage the planning, implementation and closure of projects in the Preparatory School which relate to the implementation of the School’s Strategic and Annual Operational Plans
  • To foster effective relationships with Boys’ Preparatory School parents and pupils in relation to individual pupil performance, behaviour and well-being
  • To take an active lead on personal development and well-being for pupils and staff in the Boys’ Preparatory School, supporting the Head in ensuring:
  • To lead on Junior/Senior transition in the Boys’ Preparatory School
  • To work with the Head in preparing and managing the Boys’ Preparatory School budget, thereby contributing to the successful and prudent financial management of the School
  • To provide challenging and supportive leadership and line management, including appraisal, to allocated staff, motivating them in developing opportunity and achievement for pupils in line with Surbiton High School’s vision
  • To support the daily running of the School in a streamlined and efficient way, including timetabling, room allocation and cover plans where necessary
  • To support the work of the Compliance Coordinator, in ensuring there are compliant and effective policies and procedures in place
  • To take on whole class teaching as decided by the Head of Boys’ Preparatory School
  • To ensure that the vision for the School is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon
  • To attend Preparatory Leadership Team meetings and represent the Head of the Boys’ Preparatory School at various internal/external meetings as requested
  • To deputise for the Head of Boys’ Preparatory School in her absence
  • To contribute to whole School vision, strategy planning and review, ensuring that ‘May Love Always Lead Us’ and ‘The Best in Everyone’ remain central to decision making
  • To build and maintain effective relationships with the wider community so as to develop the reputation of Boys’ Preparatory School
  • To play a full part in the life of the School community so as to support its particular vision and values
  • To carry out such duties as the Principal may reasonably request

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good First Degree
  • Postgraduate teaching qualification including Qualified Teacher Status
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development in School leadership
  • Record of excellent personal success as a classroom teacher and a passion for primary education, combining a knowledge of traditional pedagogy with innovative approaches, putting children at the heart of all they do 
  • Highly developed knowledge and experience of strategies that impact on pupil progress, attainment and behaviour, whilst not losing sight of the whole child
  • Significant Leadership and Management experience at a strategic level, having proven leadership skills of significant and sustained impact across the whole School
  • Experience of interpreting whole School data and leading whole School initiatives with positive impact on School ethos and attainment
  • Evidence of challenging and supporting colleagues to improve performance.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, showing initiative and imagination and the ability to inspire others 
  • A Mathematics, English or Science specialism would be an advantage
  • Be positive and open minded with analytical problem-solving skills and a drive to find solutions
  • Be an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a wider team
  • Have high levels of emotional intelligence, empathy and warmth towards children, colleagues and families and the ability to maintain good, robust relationships
  • High levels of personal and professional organisation, integrity, positivity, discretion and confidentiality. Have the ability to maintain a high work rate and juggle a range of issues and tasks at the same time
  • Be able to role model the high expectations we have all of members of our community, and the ethos of the School at all times
  • Sound judgement and the ability to take difficult decisions to resolve issues, especially when under pressure
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to promote the School to prospective and current parents and the local community, ensuring the attraction and retention of pupils and staff with high potential
  • Commitment to the use of current and emerging technologies to enhance the educational offering and administration of the School
  • A passion for excellence and a commitment to the ongoing development and implementation of the School’s vision
  • The ability to role model outstanding teaching and learning and to challenge and motivate where expectations are not being met
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude
  • High expectations for pupil attainment, personal development and conduct
  • Committed to representing the strategic vision for the School
  • Committed to professional development and show a willingness to undertake appropriate training for this role

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

Surbiton High School 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 Disclosure and Barring Service.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

To Apply

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Closing date: 12:00pm, Wednesday 20 March 2019

Interviews to be held week commencing: 25 March 2019 

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More about Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Avenue Elmers, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT6 4SP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8390 6640
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