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Junior School Deputy Head Academic

St Dunstan's CollegeLewisham

St Dunstan’s College is seeking to recruit an outstanding Junior School Deputy Head Academic, with a track record of expertise and experience leading or coordinating an academic area of junior school life. This exciting opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic and ambitious practitioner, who is keen to contribute towards a dynamic, diverse and forward-thinking Junior School. We are seeking a motivated and committed strategic thinker, who will have a reduced timetable, and will be required to lead, manage and oversee the running of all academic matters from Nursery to Year 6. The successful candidate will participate fully in shaping the strategic direction of the Junior School, with a particular focus on the development of the curriculum. Candidates must be positive and consistent in their demeanour and effective at inspiring those within the team to support fully and contribute towards the vision of the school. St Dunstan’s College Junior School includes one Nursery form, two forms from Reception to Year 2 and three forms from Year 3 to Year 6. 

The successful candidate will ensure our academic offering balances academic rigour within a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. This is a very exciting position for a driven and motivated practitioner, who has a clear strategic vision as to how we can ensure our academic ambition promotes excellence and fast rates of progression for all pupils, regardless of their starting point. Candidates for this role will be passionate about pedagogy and curriculum development, and have a track record of having developed academic provision in a management, coordination and/or leadership role. Our expectation is that candidates are able to demonstrate and model outstanding teaching and learning, with evidence of having delivered successful outcomes within a junior setting. 

Whilst applications from those who already have senior management experience are welcomed, St Dunstan’s is also keen to encourage applications from those for whom this would be their first senior leadership role.

Application Closing Date: Monday 27 December 2021 at 0900

Interview Date: Week Commencing Monday 17 January 2022

Early applications are advised as the College reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the application process. 

Completed application forms and cover letters must be emailed to hr@stdunstans.org.uk.

St Dunstan’s College reflects the diverse location in which it is situated. In a recent review of our racial diversity by ‘Flair Impact’, we were found to be the most racially diverse school out of their client base of over 30 British independent schools. We see diversity to be of intrinsic and essential value to the contemporary, ambitious and forward-thinking education we offer at St Dunstan’s. We encourage applications from people who share this view, and from professionals of all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are a school that places individuality and identity at the heart of what we do.

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. As this role involves 'regulated activity' with children the successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure application.  Employment will be conditional upon the College being satisfied with the result of the Enhanced DBS check and the outcome of all other checks. 

The College will also carry out a check of the Children's Barred List on the successful applicant. Applicants should be aware that it is unlawful for the College to employ anyone to work with children if they are barred from doing so, and it is a criminal offence for a person to apply to work with children if they are barred from doing so.

This role is also exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the College is therefore permitted to ask shortlisted applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

St Dunstan’s Educational Foundation Registered Charity Number 312747

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