Deputy Headteacher (Learning and Achievement), Bristol, City of

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St Mary Redcliffe and Temple SchoolBristol, City of

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Start date: 1 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L22 - L26
Contract term: Permanent

The Role

Are you our new Deputy Headteacher?  This key post is available from 1 September 2019.  The role in charge of learning and achievement will make a major contribution to our continued success as an outstanding school.  We are advertising because of the retirement of the current post holder.

The School

We are a successful and heavily oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational, Church of England, comprehensive school of over 1700 students, serving families from the whole of greater Bristol and beyond. We are located at the heart of the city and have a diverse student community with considerable parental support. Our diversity is a strength and something we celebrate. The Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre currently houses more than 600 students taken from our own school and from many other schools across the City.

The School is proud of its academic record, and 82% of grades were at grade 4 (equivalent to a C) or above  this summer.  77% achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths.  Progress 8 is 0.37.  Sixth Form results are also high with a 99% pass rate and 83% at grade C or above (up from 81%).  24% got A* and A grades.  Most Sixth Form students continue on to Higher Education, including 5 taking up Oxbridge places this year.

Inspection Reports

The School was judged in January 2012 and again in April 2015 to be outstanding by Ofsted, and outstanding in our church school (SIAMS) inspection, in each and every category. Ofsted judged Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils, and Sixth Form Provision, all as Outstanding.

What We're Looking For

This is a positive time to join the School and take up the post as it offers a good balance of established good practice to build on, a supportive, friendly and effective team and interesting new challenges to address.  It will prove an ideal post for a proactive, intelligent, hardworking team player with a passion to ensure that students from every background achieve their very best and that pedagogy matches our understanding of our Christian mission.

The role will provide plenty of opportunities for personal development and responsibility and could be an ideal step towards headship.

There are two important aspects to this Deputy Headteacher role.

  • The post holder will ensure we maximise student achievement through top quality teaching and learning.
  • The post holder will also have responsibility for representing the Headteacher at key meetings and supporting the Deputy Headteacher (Behaviour for Learning) when the Headteacher is off site.


I entrust some of the Headteacher level meetings and processes of a large school to the current post holder to enable me to fulfil my strategic leadership role and my outreach work as a National Leader of Education (NLE).  I am looking for someone I can trust, coach, and develop into this level of responsibility.

The post holder will line manage the Heads of Faculty and subject leaders and will be the link SLT to key departments that need additional support.

The other Deputy Head has oversight of behaviour for learning and the daily smooth running of the site and the post holder will liaise with him concerning issues that arise when the Headteacher is out of school.  The Headteacher and two deputies agree who is in charge of the school site and always plan ahead to ensure good SLT coverage.

The post is well supported by an effective administrator.  The whole of the School Leadership Team (SLT) are very supportive of the role of the Deputy Headteacher in leading learning and achievement.  The post holder chairs the ‘Empowered Learning Group’ of the SLT which comprises the Assistant Head (Achievement Interventions), Assistant Head (Sixth Form) and the Assistant Head (Teaching School).  As a team they drive school improvement related to the quality of teaching, learning, assessment and achievement.

Find out more about the School by visiting our website www.smrt.bristol.sch.uk.

Why Work for Us

  • Free parking on site (some restrictions apply)
  • Central location (a 10 minute walk from Temple Meads station) with excellent transport links to all parts of the city and beyond
  • Friendly community
  • On site swimming pool


Application Process

In addition to completing the application form and an experience sheet you should, on a separate document of no more than one side of A4 describe ‘How I will ensure the role of Deputy Headteacher (Learning and Achievement) actively contributes to the Christian distinctiveness of the school’.

The closing date for receipt of application forms by my PA is Monday 18 March 2019 (by 10am).  When providing details of your referees you must include their e-mail address.  Please return your application (an Experience Sheet and your additional A4 sheet) by email direct to jobs@smrt.bristol.sch.uk.

Interviews will be scheduled during week commencing Monday 1 April (likely to be Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April).   We do not acknowledge postal applications.  If you have not heard from us by the end of April, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.  Due to the large number of applications we receive for most of our posts we are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.  We may call for references as part of our shortlisting process.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Somerset Square, Bristol, BS1 6RT, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 117 3772100
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