Leader of the Pre-Prep Department, Kingston upon Thames

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Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory SchoolKingston upon Thames

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: United Learning Pay Scale
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory School seeks an enthusiastic and outstanding Leader of Prep- Prep Department who is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and empowering our pupils

Key Responsibilities:

  • To lead on the development of teaching and learning systems and practices within the early years, contributing to the School’s aims and visions
  • To lead on strategies to find the undiscovered talents and skills of every Infant pupil and to ensure that they flourish into well rounded, confident and happy pupils, ready to embrace learning and rise beyond any target set for them. To develop a lifelong love of learning which is developed through a meaningful, engaging and vibrant holistic education
  • The Leader of the Pre-Prep Department at Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School is a member of the Senior Leadership Team whose key purpose is to work collaboratively for the delivery of outstanding education that develops the individual. The position also includes taking on a form teacher role in either KS1 or EYFS
  • To develop teaching and learning initiatives within the EYFS and KS1 stages which improve whole school data, alongside the progress and attainment of every pupil. To analyse data and formulate action plans to further improve outcomes
  • To support the induction and training of staff within the EYFS and KS1 team, finding the best in everyone and enabling colleagues to continually develop their professional talents and skills. To inspire, motivate and empower colleagues, whist also having the ability to coach, develop and challenge staff when required
  • To use emotional intelligence to help to build and lead teams, holding yourself and others to account. To accept corporate collective responsibility for decisions made and ensure that such decisions are implemented through effective team work.
  • To work with the Head of School, Boys’ Preparatory to manage the planning, implementation and closure of projects in the Preparatory School which relate to the implementation of the School’s Strategic and Annual Operational Plans
  • To foster effective relationships with Preparatory School parents and pupils in relation to individual pupil performance, behaviour and wellbeing
  • To take an active lead on personal development and wellbeing for pupils and staff in the Boys’ Preparatory School, supporting the Head in ensuring that all members of the School community understand the school’s ethos and high expectations, such that all can prosper in a happy and supportive environment.  Respect and cooperation are encouraged at all levels
  • To provide challenging and supportive leadership and line management, including appraisal, to allocated staff, motivating them in developing opportunity and achievement for pupils in line with Surbiton High School’s vision. To support subject leaders in their role, co-ordinating their responsibilities and ensuring quality outcomes
  • To support the work of the Assistant Principal (Compliance, Health & Safety), in ensuring there are compliant and effective policies and procedures in place
  • To liaise with others in United Learning schools, Central Office and beyond to share ideas and develop best practice in leadership and teaching
  • Attend Prep Leadership Team meetings and represent the Head of School at various internal/external meetings as requested
  • Contribute to whole School vision, strategy planning and review, ensuring that “May Love Always Lead Us” and “The Best in Everyone” remain central to decision making
  • Demonstrate and role model constructive leadership behaviours
  • To teach all subjects as required to a class of pupils, undertaking all of the duties expected of a class teacher
  • To maintain a good up-to-date knowledge of the EYFS & Key Stage 1 Curriculum and assessment procedures
  • To be committed to academic excellence and develop and implement programmes of study to ensure that each pupil develops at a good pace through differentiated planning and teaching
  • To provide a stimulating learning environment through display, that is routinely maintained
  • To undertake duties before, during and after school as required
  • To participate in co-curricular school activities including clubs and residential field trips               

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good First Degree
  • Postgraduate teaching qualification (QTS desirable but not essential)
  • Evidence of further relevant professional development in school leadership would be an advantage
  • Record of excellent personal success as a classroom teacher and a passion for primary education, combining a knowledge of traditional pedagogy with innovative approaches, putting children at the heart of all you do.
  • Highly developed knowledge and experience of strategies that impact on pupil progress, attainment and behaviour, whilst not losing sight of the whole child.
  • Leadership and Management experience at a strategic level, having proven leadership skills of significant and sustained impact across the whole school would be an advantage.
  • Experience of interpreting whole school data and leading whole school initiatives with positive impact on school ethos and attainment would be an advantage.
  • Evidence of challenging and supporting colleagues to improve performance. 
  • Record of developing and sustaining positive working relationships with pupils, parents, staff and the local community.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence, empathy and warmth towards children, colleagues and families and the ability to maintain good, robust relationships.
  • High levels of personal and professional organisation, integrity, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of SLT, showing initiative and imagination and the ability to inspire others.
  • Able to role model the high expectations we have all of members of our community, and the ethos of the School at all times.
  • Sound judgement and the ability to take difficult decisions to resolve issues when under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to promote the school to prospective and current parents and the local community, ensuring the attraction and retention of pupils and staff with high potential.
  • A passion for excellence and a commitment to the ongoing development and implementation of the School’s vision.

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following:   


Closing date for Applications: 8:00am, Monday 3 February 2020Interviews to be held week commencing: 10 February 2020 

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email recruitment@surbitonhigh.com

More about Surbiton High Boys' Preparatory School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 4 - 11 years
Address: Avenue Elmers, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT6 4SP, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8390 6640
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