Deputy Headteacher, Lewisham

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Sydenham SchoolLewisham

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Start date: September 2019 or sooner if possible
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale L23 - L27
Contract term: Permanent


Leadership Scale points L23 – L27

September 2019 start or sooner if possible

(Agreed salary will depend upon the level of experience of the successful applicant)

The Governors of Sydenham School wish to appoint an experienced and talented senior leader to join our vibrant school community. 

We have the highest aspirations for all of our students and our school motto is ‘Aim High’. We are a diverse, comprehensive, inclusive school rooted in the local community. Sydenham School is a successful, oversubscribed 11-18 school with 1412 students on roll. We are a High Performance Learning School and firmly believe that all students can perform highly regardless of their background or starting point. You should be committed to significantly improving the life chances of all of our students, in particular those who are disadvantaged.

Our last OFSTED Inspection in March 2017 confirmed that Sydenham is a ‘good’ school with the capacity to continue to improve. We are committed to providing the very best education for our students and we are seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to this role who has the right skills set, values and attributes. You should share an unswerving commitment to raising standards across all areas of the school for all groups of students. You should be able to deliver on the full brief of a Deputy Headteacher. 

Your track record to date will clearly evidence the impact that you have had as a senior leader in shaping whole school culture, as well as in raising achievement. 

The successful candidate will have responsibility for a number of key strategic areas as well as be required to effectively carry out the full range of day-to-day operational duties. You will be expected to readily build excellent relationships with students and staff, as well as to enjoy working alongside them and our parents in order to ensure that the students thrive and achieve. You should genuinely revel in working with young people. Outstanding learning and teaching lies at the heart of every successful school and Sydenham School places a high premium on this. You will be required to teach as part of your role.

We are seeking to appoint a person who:

  • Has an outstanding track record in educational leadership with proven success and demonstrable impact
  • Is able to think strategically, analytically and creatively about learning and teaching and who has the personal authority and communication skills to make a difference
  • Has the vision, imagination and commitment to be part of a cohesive team that takes the school to ‘outstanding’ and beyond
  • Is committed to the continuous improvement of people and systems.

We will only appoint the right candidate to join the Senior Leadership Team here at Sydenham School. 

To apply, please complete and submit an application form with a supporting statement on no more than 2 pages of A4 (with a font size of no less than 10). You will need to state clearly how you meet the requirements described in the Job Description. Please include your educational philosophy and demonstrate how this has informed your work to date.


Do let us know which subject you would prefer to teach on your interview date.

An application pack can be downloaded from our website at: 

Alternatively, further details can be obtained from our HR Department: 0208 699 6731 ext 476

School visits can be arranged by contacting the Headteacher’s PA on 0208 699 6731 ext 422.

Please note that the deadline for applications is Monday 18th March 2019 by 5.00 pm.

The interviews will take place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 and Thursday 28th March 2019.

(Please ensure you are available to attend on these dates).

The school is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity. We have a clear commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Safeguarding is the ‘golden thread’ that runs through the school. The successful applicant will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure for the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as the Criminals Records Bureau).

Further information can be found at:

Original evidence of right to work within the United Kingdom will be required prior to commencement of employment i.e. National Insurance Number, Work Permits or Indefinite Leave to Remain. If the applicant has lived/worked overseas for 12 months or more since the age of 18, they will also be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country(ies) they lived/worked in at their own expense and provide these for our records.

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More about Sydenham School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Dartmouth Road, London, SE26 4RD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8699 6731
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We are delighted that you are thinking of applying for this post at Sydenham School and hope that you submit an application. Sydenham School has been educating girls since 1917. We are a popular ...