Deputy Headteacher, Tower Hamlets

Closing date:

Mulberry School for GirlsTower Hamlets

Date posted:
Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £78,316 - £85,577 per year (Leadership scale (inner London) SCP 23 £78,316 – SCP 27 £85,577)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Are you looking for a school with unparalleled levels of staff and student satisfaction to call your professional home? 

This is a rare opportunity to join the senior team at the Mulberry School for Girls. With sector-leading teacher retention and passionate investment in staff development, we don’t often find ourselves advertising for roles.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19 our recruitment timelines have been impacted, however we feel it is important to continue with our recruitment process for this key post for September 2020. If you would like to call and discuss this role at all or have any questions then please email Fiona Costley; HR Director to arrange this at

Our School

An all-girls school in the heart of Tower Hamlets, steeped in achievement and accolades, providing inspiration and opportunity to provide a platform for student achievement. 

• 1433 students on roll 

• OFSTED rated Outstanding since 2010

Our Community

We are committed to supporting young people to overcome the barriers that poverty and social exclusion create, ensuring that all students are able to achieve their full potential. This has inspired us to build up a broad network of partnerships, incubating and invigorating student experience, opportunity, drive and success. 

There should be no barriers to a child’s future and society should, and can, be a level playing field. Aspiring for this to be reality we promise to:

• Emphasise high quality subject teaching, reinforced by excellent support for learning and intervention.

• Deliver inclusion services that assist personal development.

• Provide excellent pastoral care so no student goes unsupported.

• Continually develop strong leadership and have high levels of expertise in education.

Our partners

We want our students to have access to the same professional connections which young people from more privileged backgrounds can utilise. To make this a reality we have a wide range external partners in higher education, business, industry, the arts and the sciences who contribute extensively and fundamentally to our extra-curricular activities.

• Bank of America Merrill Lynch

• British Film Institute

• London Stock Exchange Group

• Southbank Centre

• Barts NHS Trust

• WoW Foundation

The Role

As Deputy Head you will provide inspirational leadership to staff and be a role model to students. With direct responsibility for a wider team in school, you will be instrumental in the successful operation of the school and the continued development of a supportive, compassionate, outcome-focused working and academic environment.

The role will have responsibility for a discrete strategic area, which will be decided based on the experience, interest and passion of the appointed candidate and the needs of the school. 

You will work closely with the Head on a process of continuous improvement, ensuring that the school continues to deliver ever better outcomes for students. Just because we are already successful, doesn’t mean that there isn’t still room for creative innovation. 

What we’re looking for

We want someone who is positive, dynamic and has a genuine love for learning. You will be a qualified teacher with experience of both hands-on teaching and management in education. 

The ethos at Mulberry is a key strength of the school and we are seeking to recruit a passionate and creative professional.

Bringing Down Barriers to Success

We are proud to inspire our students through a diverse and representative leadership team and welcome applications from all of the communities we serve. If you have the experience and passion to energise Tower Hamlets next generation of leaders, creators and innovators, then we want to see how we can support you in that pursuit.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME people who are underrepresented amongst senior teaching staff. We want the best staff and we know that means a diverse staff.

Encouraging a happy and healthy work environment

We take staff wellbeing seriously at Mulberry Schools Trust, here are just some of the great benefits for all staff.

• Teachers’ Pension scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme

• Free onsite parking

• Free breakfast 

• Free gym onsite 

• Paid sabbatical opportunities

• Employee assistance programme and support

• Subsidised staff restaurant with outdoor roof terrace

• Annual programme of conferences and Trust wide events with high profile speakers

• Bike to work scheme

• Annual service award

• Long service awards 

How to Apply

You will need to complete the application form attached or use the online TES form and also complete a covering letter explaining why you are the perfect person for this rare and exciting opportunity. Please be aware that we can’t accept any CV’s for this post. 

Send your completed application to

Closing Date: Friday 3rd April 2020

Interview Date:  The interviews will take place during the summer term 2020.

Start Date: September 2020

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS clearance. We are dedicated to equality and valuing diversity.

More about Mulberry School for Girls
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Richard Street, Commercial Road, London, E1 2JP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 207 790 6327
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A message from the Headteacher, Dr Vanessa Ogden

Mulberry School for Girls is a high achieving, over-subscribed and successful girls’ comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18. It is a place where girls’ talents and abilities are nurtured in a sa...