Deputy Headteacher, Plymouth

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Plymstock SchoolPlymouth

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £67,183 - £74,103 per year (L21-L25)
Contract term: Permanent

We have extended the deadline for these posts to 13th April. We appreciate that school leaders will have prioritised the welfare of children at this current time. We will shortlist in the week beginning 13th April but interviews will only happen once it is safe to hold them. 

We are seeking to appoint two exceptional and inspiring senior leaders with a passion for the successful education and well-being of young people. We have two unique and exciting opportunities for a Pastoral and a Teaching and Learning Deputy Headteacher. Candidates can apply for either post, but where you wish to be considered for both, you must be able to demonstrate impact in both areas. The successful candidates will draw on existing strengths and have a proven track record of demonstrating significant school improvement over time in outcomes and performance. In addition to being an excellent classroom practitioner, you will be unfailing in your care and support for our young people and have the drive and passion to ensure they develop their abilities to the full. Supporting colleagues and encouraging innovation will be an important element of the role. 

Plymstock School is a highly successful school, which over the last three years has achieved one of the strongest Progress 8 scores in the South West, as well as the highest in the city for non-selective schools. We are a very popular choice with parents and are significantly oversubscribed.  Plymstock is a suburb of Plymouth and lies approximately three miles to the east of the city.  It is within easy access of the A38, and teachers commute from Cornwall, Dartmoor and the South Hams. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the newly created Westcountry Schools Trust, currently employing approximately 1500 staff and growing. We are a dynamic organisation with our students and staff at our heart. Built on an extensive track record of excellence, the Trust combines a range of secondary colleges, primary schools and business units based in a variety of sites across Devon and Cornwall. 

Why work at Plymstock School?  

We believe that Plymstock School is a truly unique and special place to work.  Our objective is simple – we want to be a world-class learning community that enables all young people to succeed. Our aspirations spread beyond the region and we are aiming to be in the top 1% of all schools nationally.  

Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do at Plymstock. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and provides students with the opportunity to discover their hidden talents. We insist all staff have the highest expectations of every child, regardless of background, and use evidence-based practice in the classroom.  Our school improvement plan is short, simple and focused on the classroom.  Priorities are exclusively focused on teaching – specifically metacognition and building long-term memory.  We aim to ensure that in every classroom our students experience consistent and highly effective teaching and learning.

Our standards of discipline are very high and consequently teachers really can teach at our school.  Our behaviour management system is simple, quick and highly effective.  We are a school that still subscribes to traditional expectations for behaviour, and you will find many things that you won’t see elsewhere, such as all students standing when an adult enters a classroom. 

Relationships between staff and students are great and a real strength of this school. Our staff are happy, morale is good and staff turnover is low – people want to work here. 

If you would like additional information or to discuss this post please email us at  

If you believe you can demonstrate the dedication, skills and passion required, we look forward to receiving your application. Completed applications should be submitted to 

Closing date: 5pm 13th  April 2020

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post. 

More about Plymstock School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
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School Information

Plymstock School is a co-educational 11-18 non-selective school of over 1600 students, with 250 in the Sixth Form.  We are a very popular choice with parents and are significantly oversubscribed. Consequently, we are expanding...