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Deputy Headteacher

Rutlish SchoolMerton, SW20

Deputy Headteacher, Rutlish School, Merton, SW20 

Responsible for Pastoral & Extra-Curricular Provision

Remuneration: L23 to L27 (Inner London pay scale)

The Rutlish School Governing Body is keen to appoint a Deputy Headteacher responsible for the School’s Pastoral Provision to include the Welfare of students, all Safeguarding and Child Protection Provisions and Behaviour Management systems, as well as the School’s Extra-Curricular Provision. The candidate will form part of a Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Headteacher.

This opportunity arises following the retirement of one of the School’s Deputy Headteachers with these responsibilities.

Pastoral Provision: The candidate will have extensive knowledge of the Pastoral requirements of a school and line management responsibility of those that deliver the provision. This might include a Head of Year structure. The candidate will also have significant experience of Behaviour Management and be able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and management of a number of staff, both within the Safeguarding Department (and possibly SEND) and at a Curriculum/Department level. As the Designated Safeguarding Lead extensive knowledge of this key role is essential.

Extra-Curricular Provision: The candidate will need to demonstrate inspired leadership and a proven track record of developing an Extra-Curricular Provision. Rutlish School is an ‘Outstanding School’ academically with the ambition to build further its capability across competitive (and non-competitive) sport, the arts - music and drama - and other creative disciplines. We strive for the correct balance between personal development for our students and the exam success that enables them to play a full part in society.

Whether the candidate is an existing Deputy Head or aspiring to such a role and beyond, they must be ambitious, dynamic and student-focused with a track record of driving success in significant areas at their current school. We are looking for proven experience in areas including academic excellence and teaching, advancing equality and helping students overcome disadvantage.

Rutlish School has a long tradition following its founding in 1895. We have been a non-selective Voluntary Controlled boys’ school for the past 50 years and have strong links with the local community; your brief will include an ambition to develop these further. We currently have 1,200 students in year groups 7-11 plus 220 boys in a co-educational 6th Form of 400 via a soft partnership with Ricards Lodge High School. Our intake has become academically more able in recent years and we have attracted more local students to the School. Ours is a culturally diverse and mixed ability intake; half our boys have English as an additional language and we have strong numbers of SEN-K and Pupil Premium students.

We have made considerable advances in recent years, leading to improved progress levels and academic achievement that culminated in an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2017. Key to our success is a rigorous focus on student behaviour, described by Ofsted as “impeccable”.

If you feel you have the skills, drive and experience to help lead us to further success, then please make sure this comes across in your application. This is a role for an ambitious, driven individual who is keen to stamp their personality on the School and make a difference within our community.

This Deputy Headteacher post is a permanent, full-time appointment starting no later than September 2021. An earlier start date may be negotiable. Background information about Rutlish School can be found on the School website. The job description, person specification and Deputy Headteacher application form are available via

Completed application forms and any initial queries should be sent to 

Closing date for applications: Friday 29 January 2021 at 4pm.

Interviews will take place the week commencing Monday 08 February 2021.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and all applicants are therefore required to undertake an Enhanced 

Disclosure & Barring Service check.  We fully support the London Borough of Merton’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

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