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Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)

Sedgefield Community CollegeDurham, County

Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)
Sedgefield Community College

Hawthorn Road


TS21 3DD

L19-L23 (£65,735-£72,497)

Permanent, Full Time

The Trustees are seeking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher for Sedgefield Community College with effect from September 2022 or sooner if possible.

Housed in a striking, contemporary building, Sedgefield continues to be both the highest performing secondary school in County Durham, and consistently amongst the top 5% of all North East and Cumbria secondary schools. The most recent OFSTED inspection resulted in the school being judged as ‘outstanding’ overall and one where inspectors described student attitudes to learning as impeccable. In addition, our school is named in The Sunday Times as the North east School of the decade. However, in spite of the accolades, we are an school that believes we can improve further and as a result we are looking to appoint someone who has the ability to work closely with the Headteacher taking on a central role in the strategic leadership of the school as it moves into its next stage of development.

Laidlaw Schools Trust is a growing multi Academy trust in the North East of England, serving children and families in Sedgefield, the west of Newcastle and in Pennywell, Sunderland. We pride ourselves in being a progressive, inclusive trust that supports every child to develop their talents whatever they may be and to reach their academic potential. It is important that as a learning organisation we adapt and change to the needs of our pupils. We take care to value and develop all colleagues to make sure they can do their very best for children across the Trust’s schools. Our Academies also enjoy strong support from an experienced LST central team, based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The nature of the post demands someone who is both a consistently outstanding teacher and a proven leader with clear and substantial evidence of effective change management. Further the post holder must possess the adaptability and willingness to embrace and accept change as an intrinsic part of school improvement. Accepting that the specifics of the role will be subject to change as the priorities of the school adjust in what is an exciting phase of development at Sedgefield Community College.

We welcome applications from dynamic, creative and driven senior leaders who have substantial experience of multi-faceted whole school strategic development as part of a senior leadership team.

Should you wish to discuss this post further or visit the college then please contact my PA Penny Walmsley on 01740 617777 or e-mail

Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday 10th December 2021

Candidates who have not been contacted by Friday 17th December 2021 may assume they have been unsuccessful.
Interviews will take place: To be confirmed
Applications should be returned to:
Please note that we do not accept CVs.

We are an equal opportunities employer strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to obtain an Enhanced Certificate of Disclosure from the DBS and a range of other recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their commitment to children’s safeguarding.

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