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Assistant Headteacher

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Vacancy Summary
London Borough Of Waltham Forest
£58,465 - £64,156
Heathcote School & Science College, Normanton Park, Chingford, London,
Working Pattern:
Part Time/Full Time
32.5 hours per week. Leadership scale 13-17.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
06/03/2020 at 09:00 AM
Vacancy Description

HEATHCOTE SCHOOL AND SCIENCE COLLEGE Normanton Park, Chingford, London, E4 6ES

Assistant Headteacher Leadership Scale 13 – 17 (£58,465 to £64,156) Commencing September 2020

Are you looking for an exciting challenge and the chance to develop skills for a future career as a Senior Leader? Do you have the vision to help develop and grow pupil experience with a team of enthusiastic and talented staff? Are you flexible enough to adapt to the possibility of wide range of responsibilities over the next few years?

Heathcote School is an 11 – 18 School with an ambitious vision and plans to provide the best possible education for all young people in Waltham Forest – we are highly inclusive and our diversity is our strength. The school is on a rapid journey of improvement ensuring the ‘good’ status (Ofsted 2018) is retained and for the school to ultimately become ‘outstanding’ in all areas. This is an exciting time to be at a school in a stunning setting with unlimited potential. In a recent survey, 96% of staff stated that they enjoy working at this school.

We are looking for a dynamic and inspirational leader to be part of the team that helps drive the school to the next stage of its development. In the first year, this role is key to ensuring that right from application to the school, pupils and parents/carers have the best experience possible both in and out of the classroom. This includes the pivotal task of managing pupil leadership in school, ensuring meaningful and exciting extra-curricular and work-related experiences, developing links with parents/carers and leading the Key Stage 3 Pupil Passport. The role is likely to include the Line management of PSHCRE and the PSHCRE Co-ordinator. Our current post holder who is going on maternity leave has set up some excellent practice and we are keen to find someone with the drive and vision to continue this work but be flexible enough to take on other responsibilities as it is very likely that these may change moving forward on her return.

We wish to appoint an experienced, motivated and passionate leader who can inspire other leaders and staff to grow and develop to the best. You must be an experienced Middle or Senior Leader (at least 3 years) who has had a variety of experiences and who is looking for a challenge and rapid growth and development.

Ofsted (September 2018)

“The Headteacher and other senior leaders are ambitious for their pupils and provide strong strategic leadership.”

“Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are courteous and respectful.”

“Teachers speak highly of the many opportunities they are given to develop their practice. Staff who are new to the profession feel valued, supported and enjoy their work.”

Our Values:

Encourage We encourage our pupils to take pride in their learning and community – to work hard, pursue continual improvement and achieve to the best of their abilities. pupils seek and embrace feedback and show tolerance and mutual respect to each other.

Challenge We challenge our pupils to take responsibility for their learning, to be resilient to failure and to self-regulate their behaviour. All our staff and governors are determined that all pupils confidently strive for success and expect them to be present and punctual.

Succeed We succeed when all pupils reach their academic potential and are thoughtful, caring and honest citizens; leaving Heathcote fully prepared for the next stage of their life – whether that be in education, training or employment. We succeed by letting them do so in a comfortable and safe environment where they take a proactive role and develop socially.

The school puts well-being and development at the heart of its work and we have very talented staff who are encouraged to grow, develop and work collaboratively, within school and with local schools, and to be the best they can be. We are working to ensure school improvement in a high challenge, low threat way and enable robust systems and structures to ensure consistency in all areas, encouraging the growth and development of all. We are part of the Seven Kings teaching Alliance, PixL and the West Essex Teaching School Alliance. The school has excellent resources and a stunning, spacious site on the edge of Epping Forest including a staff car park and surrounding roads that do not require a parking permit. We are also a 15 minute walk from Chingford Station which has great links into the City.

We aim to ensure our staff body reflects the diversity of our community and use blind-recruitment processes in our short-listing. We employ staff with diverse skills and backgrounds and this ensures that our policies and systems are always inclusive of all our stakeholders. We value and respect everyone’s identity and our Equality Information and Objectives Policy confirms our commitment to the 2010 Equalities Act.

If you are interested, please look at our school website where you will find application forms and further information. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Headteacher’s PA on 0208 498 5111.

Completed application forms should be emailed to

Closing Date for receipt of applications: Friday 6th March 9am Visits to the school on: Weds 26th Feb and Fri 28th Feb at 8:15am Date for interview: Friday 13th March 2019

Please note, we reserve the right to close this advert early if we get a high number of applications and as such encourage applicants to submit as soon as possible.

Heathcote School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

Equal Opportunities
Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population.

We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace.

The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives contained within the Waltham Forest Council Equality Plan 2012/2015:

- Promoting equality of opportunity

- Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage

- Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels.

- Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all.

Respecting Diversity is a core Council value.