Deputy Headteacher, Manchester

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Manchester Hospital SchoolManchester

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £55,064 - £62,262
Contract term: Permanent

With a population of almost two million, Manchester is the third largest city in the country, after London and Birmingham. Our specialist children’s hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, (RMCH) is the largest single site children’s hospital in the country.

Our school provides education for children at RMCH, at a number of other provisions across the city and for children and young people too ill to attend their own school. We run the Leo Kelly Centre as part of our hospital school for children and young people with specific health needs which cannot be met in any other settings.

We have fifty staff, mostly teachers, and on our last census day in January 2019 we had 187 pupils on our roll ranging from ages 3-18.

We are a key member of the national association for Hospital Education, NAHE, and we work closely with our local partnerships in the Manchester Collaborative. Regionally, we work with Greater Manchester special schools including hospital schools in the North.

As a Hospital School, we are classed as a community special school because all of our young people have ill health; physical or mental or both. The ability profile of learners is wide, with the vast majority broadly in line with learners in mainstream settings. However, we do also have some PMLD learners and those with special needs, which means their “home” school is within the specialist sector.

The school is seeking to appoint an outstanding leader with experience in all aspects of teaching and learning.


We can offer you:

  • A culture where all students feel valued, listened to and cared for.
  • A talented, sensitive and flexible group of staff.
  • A committed Governing body with interested and involved parents.
  • Opportunities to work locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Opportunities to work with many different agencies.
  • A skilled and ambitious leadership team.


The Application Process

Applications should be made to the Headteacher by formal letter of application (maximum three sides of A4) accompanied by a fully completed application form with details of qualifications etc. In your letter, as well as addressing the person specification, it would be helpful if you could outline:

  • Two examples of your work which provide evidence of your skills and how you would work effectively in this post, specifying your qualifications and experience.
  • The values and philosophy which underpin your commitment to working within the education sector.


Referees: Please ensure you provide two - One must be your current employer. Please provide email contact details.

If you would like to  visit our school, arrangements can be made by contacting Liz Dunstan, HR Manager, or telephone 0161 225 2199.

Application forms should be emailed with covering letter (Curriculum Vitae optional) to Mrs Janet Doherty, Headteacher

Closing date for application: 10.00 4th October 2019

Shortlisting will take place on 7th October. Candidates will be informed and references requested.

Interviews will be a two-day process on the 10th & 11th October.

Manchester Hospital School is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, younger learners and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. The above post will be subject to enhanced DBS checks, satisfactory references and will be exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

More about Manchester Hospital School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, 3rd Floor, Oxford Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M13 9WL, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 161 701 0684