Deputy Principal, Exeter or Frome

Closing date:

Avanti Hall SchoolExeter or Frome

Date posted:
Start date: ASAP (April/September)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: GBP £53,854 - £59,525 (L12 - L16)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are looking to appoint a highly qualified and experienced educator who is seeking to take on the role of Deputy Principal and who can make a significant contribution to the leadership and management within the school. 

The role will be based in one of our 2 schools in either Frome or Exeter. Life for both schools has not been without their challenges. Following inspections in October 2018 the schools were placed in special measures. In response to the inspections the schools were re-brokered and transitioned to Avanti Schools Trust in November 2019. 

As a Trust we have moved with speed to begin the journey of improvement and have created a south west Hub with oversight of the three schools in the region in Bristol, Avanti Park in Frome as well as Avanti Hall in Exeter. 

This is an exciting and important time to join the Trust, you will need energy, vision and an ability to work collaboratively with parents, staff and pupils. 

The Successful candidate will demonstrate that:   

  • They have a passionate commitment to ensuring all children are given the opportunities to shine and achieve educationally;
  • They are educated to degree level and hold qualified teacher status;
  • They are an excellent educator with a proven track record of delivering improvement;
  • They will have teaching experience at either primary/secondary level in at least two Key Stages. 
  • They have a good understanding of the Ofsted framework;
  • They understand and can articulate what constitutes high quality inclusive education provision;
  • They have high expectations which inspire, enthuse, motivate and challenge colleagues to deliver outstanding education. 


Due to the nature of this role, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. In making your application, it is essential you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Avanti Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are required to have an Enhanced DBS check unless internally appointed and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will also be completed. 

We want to make sure we are attracting the widest possible range of people to Avanti Schools Trust and ensure that they are accepted, understood and treated equally when they work here. This means we will work hard to understand that each employee is unique and ensuring that individuals or groups are not treated differently or less favourably on the basis of specific characteristics. 

Such characteristics include (but are not limited to) age, disability, gender including transgender, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, and how the school supports pregnant women and new parents.

Closing Date: Midday – Monday 17th February 2020  

Interviews: 24/25th  February 2020

Application should be by submission of a comprehensive CV and a covering statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 setting out how you meet the essential criteria of the role. This should be submitted by the closing date above to The successful candidate will be required to sign the application declaration and GDPR declaration on appointment. Any appointment subsequently made will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and other pre-employment checks. 

For an informal discussion or more information about the role, please contact Joanne Hatfield – HR Director on 07956 892439 or email

More about Avanti Hall School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 16 years
Address: Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 5AD, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1392 757371