Deputy Headteacher, Brighton and Hove

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Varndean SchoolBrighton and Hove

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £65,561 - £71,590 per year (Salary Scale L20-24)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Deputy Headteacher 

September 2020

(Salary Scale L20-24)

Varndean School is an 11-16 school with around 1400 students, set in a picturesque south coast location in the vibrant and diverse city of Brighton and Hove. We are a Good (Ofsted 2017) and well-established school already, and we have made rapid progress over the past couple of years and have no intention of resting on our laurels. The potential here is immense and the successful applicant will have a key role in our vision to develop World Class Learning. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, committed and outstanding Deputy Headteacher with a passion for education. Varndean operates a system of four small schools within one larger school – the small school approach. The position advertised carries the status of Deputy Head and the specific responsibilities will be based on the strengths of the successful candidate. 

The post would suit candidates who are ambitious for Headship; four previous incumbents have moved to substantive Headteacher posts and one to CEO of a Multi Academy Trust. We are a lead school in the Pavilion and Downs Teaching Alliance and there will be opportunities to work across Brighton and Hove and beyond. 

Our four small schools each have a busy and productive school base and part of the role is to provide excellent leadership to one of these schools as well as providing an appropriate level of strategic support to the Headteacher as he goes about developing the small school approach to modern education.

If you would like to visit the school for a tour before hand please contact us via email at We currently have a tour planned for Wednesday 18th March at 1.30pm.

The closing date is 9am on Monday 30th March  and the interviews are currently scheduled for Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd April - All interviews have currently been postponed and will be rescheduled when the school is back open

Varndean School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We welcome applications from all parts of our community as we aspire to have a staff body that matches the social and cultural diversity of our student intake

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

More about Varndean School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Balfour Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6NP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1273 561281
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