Deputy Headteacher, Sydenham, London

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Sydenham SchoolSydenham, London

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: L23 - L27 (Agreed salary will depend upon the level of experience of the successful applicant)
Contract term: Permanent


Leadership Scale points L23 – L27 September 2018 start

(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 and wonderful school community.   

Sydenham School is at a pivotal point on its journey to becoming an outstanding and world-class school. We are determined to reach this goal. 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 1386 students on roll. 

Our last OFSTED Inspection in March 2017 confirmed that Sydenham is a ‘good’ school with the capacity to continue to improve. We are absolutely committed to providing the very best education for our students and we are seeking to appoint a strong 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. However, we are looking for a candidate with a strong background in Inclusion, Safeguarding and ensuring that ‘provision’ meets the needs of our most complex students. You will understand that your role will evolve over time. 

Your track record to date should 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 whole school 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 positive relationships with students and to enjoy working alongside them and their families in order to ensure that they 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 we place 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 have the personal authority and communication skills to make a difference
  • Has the vision, imagination and commitment to be part of a 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. 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: Sheila Greenwood (Headteacher’s PA) 0208 699 6731 ext 422 by Monday 12th March 2018.   

Please note that the deadline for applications is Thursday 22nd March 2018 by midday. 

The interviews will take place on Tuesday 17th April 2018 and Thursday 19th April 2018.    (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).  

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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 very successful, achieve excellent results, and enjoy a good reputation in the local community and with our local primary schools.
We see ourselves as a forward-looking, high-achieving and genuinely comprehensive school. There is a strong comm...