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Head Teacher Administration - Kotara High School

NSW Department of EducationNewcastle


 Central & North Coasts - Newcastle & Hunter Valley   

Advertisement Number A900098163

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Total Remuneration Package: Remuneration package valued at $137,486.00. This position attracts a base salary of $124,038.00, plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation.
School Name Kotara High School
Principal Network Glenrock
Staffing Area Newcastle
 FTE 1.000

Contact Name Chris McCord
Contact Phone number 49433044

Closing Date


Job Category

 TCH Other


 Teaching Service 
Position Information 

Kotara High School is a comprehensive co-educational high school located in the city of Newcastle with an enrolment of over 1185 students and over 120 staff. The school offers an extensive curriculum allowing for students to access post-school studies at work.

Our students are highly motivated learners who excel academically across the curriculum. Students have built a strong sporting culture at the school, which historically, has been, and continues to be, competitive on a state and national level. There are 48 Aboriginal students enrolled at Kotara High School and the whole community is committed to promoting cultural and linguistic diversity.

The staff at Kotara High School is dynamic with various levels of experience and differing expertise. They are all committed with a strong ethos of collaboration, professional learning and continuous school improvement. Recent initiatives that have had a positive impact upon our school include - Bump It Up, student mentoring, student wellbeing, transition and vocational programs.

Our current three year plan focusses on the embedment of a consistent curriculum that balances both explicit teaching and project based learning. Kotara High School has strong connections with its partner primary schools, The University of Newcastle, Ube High School in Japan and the business community of Newcastle.

Specific Selection Criteria 
Applicants must satisfy the teacher training and academic qualification requirements for this position. In addition to the general selection criteria, 

A visible leader with high level organisation and interpersonal skills, providing excellent organisation and communication to build and maintain productive relationships a within a large and dynamic school community.

Demonstrate​d experience in understanding, implementing and overseeing the use of online administration systems to support whole school organisation.

Proven ability to gather and analyse data to inform innovative whole school programs to meet school targets and support improved student learning and engagement inclusive of Aboriginal education.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as an effective member of the school executive team to lead, manage and implement programs and initiatives that improve student outcomes.

General Selection Criteria 
1. Successful teaching experience with capacity to initiate improvement in teaching, learning and classroom practice
2. Knowledge of curriculum, assessment and student welfare with the ability to lead and design quality, inclusive teaching and learning programs
3. Educational leadership skills to build the capacity and manage the performance of individuals and teams
4. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills with the capacity to build relationships and engage students, staff and parents
5. Ability to plan and manage resources effectively and equitably to support teaching and learning
6. Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education policies

An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity.

Special Notes 

The Eligibility Requirements for Head Teacher Positions in NSW Government Schools are located at

Applicants are to include details of their WWCC clearance number as part of this application.


To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits your attachments must be in PDF format.

New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines are in effect on positions advertised from Wednesday 10th June 2020. The guidelines are located at:

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