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Senior Assistant Headteacher

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Senior Assistant Headteacher
Required for September 2018 | Competitive Salary

We are looking for a Senior Assistant Headteacher to join our team - please click 'Read More' below for further details:

Salary:          L17-L18
Reporting to: The Headteacher
Location:       Luton

Click here to download the Senior Assistant Headteacher Job description and person specification

For more information or to arrange a tour, please call Jenny Davis on 01582 798981 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Job Role 

This appointment is being made within the framework of the Chiltern Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust.

The overall responsibility for this post is to provide excellent day-to-day leadership for Chiltern Academy. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills including the ability to inspire, challenge, motivate and empower all members of the school community to carry the vision forward.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and the Senior Assistant Headteacher must ensure that the highest priority is given to following guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people.  


Core Purpose

The core purpose of this post is to provide day-to-day professional leadership and management for the school so as to develop very high standards in all areas of the school’s work. 

To achieve success the Senior Assistant Headteacher will:-

  • work actively to promote and achieve the aspirations and ambitions of the school
  • promote excellence, equality and high expectations for all students
  • provide vision, leadership and direction on a daily basis
  • promote the social and cultural development of all students
  • evaluate school performance and identify priorities for continuous improvement
  • value the diversity of the community served by the school
  • carry out day-to-day management, organisation and administration
  • create a safe and productive learning environment which is engaging and fulfilling for all students
  • work effectively with the Headteacher and governing body
  • develop effective learning links with schools in the trust, Teaching School Alliance and other partners

Key Areas of Responsibility

These will be negotiated at interview to reflect the strengths, experience and aspirations of the person appointed. We are looking for the right person for our school rather than a specific skills-set. Individual areas of responsibility for the post will be negotiated within the context of the school and its needs. However the successful candidate will be certainly expected to be able to contribute significantly in the areas outlined below. 

Strategic direction and development of the school

  • Work with the Headteacher to contribute to a strategic view for the school in its community and analyse and plan for its future needs and further development within the local and national
  • Work with the Headteacher and staff to develop a shared vision for the school which reflects its ethos and values.
  • Ensure structures and systems are in place to maximize student potential.

Teaching and learning

  • Working with the Headteacher to secure and sustain high expectations and excellent practice in teaching and learning throughout the school, monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and standards of pupil’s achievement, and use benchmarks and set targets for improvement.
  • Benchmark and target set for continuous and sustained improvement

Leading and Managing Staff

  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop all staff to carry out their roles to the highest standards; including her/his own continuing professional development.
  • Keep up-to-date with current research in teaching and learning, and in school improvement.
  • Lead professional development activities, as appropriate, to update and develop the skills of colleagues.
  • Participate in Performance Management and in accordance with school and Trust policy.
  • Have line management responsibilities for identified subject areas

Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources

  • In consultation with, and by the direction of, the Headteacher deploy people and resources efficiently and effectively to meet specific objectives in line with the school’s plans and financial context.


  • Supporting the Headteacher in accounting for the efficiency and effectiveness of the school to all relevant stakeholders.
  • To attend all meetings of the governing body.

Achievement and Standards

  • Demonstrate high expectations and set challenging objectives for students’ performance, both personally and for those areas we line-manage.
  • Ensure a consistent and continuous focus on student achievement, using data to track and monitor the progress in every student’s learning.
  • Challenge underperformance which acts as a barrier to student achievement, or school improvement.
  • The closing of any gaps in progress and achievement between different groups of students.


  • Demonstrate a keen interest in all aspects of school life

  • Undertake any professional duties reasonably delegated by the Headteacher

  • Carry out SLT duty responsibilities and be a visible presence around the school
  • Contribute to the wider working of the Chiltern Learning Trust


Safeguarding Children


All teaching staff are part of a whole school team.  They are required to support the values and ethos of the school and school priorities as defined in the School Development Plan.  This will

mean focussing on the needs of colleagues, parents and pupils and being flexible in a busy pressurised environment.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application 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 1974 (Exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. 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 by the school. 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. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers. 

‘The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment’.

Working at Chiltern Academy

Chiltern Academy is proud to belong to the outstanding Chiltern Learning Trust. We are a small, but growing, local Trust. Chiltern Academy is a brand new Free School, for students aged 11-16. It has specialisations in Sport, Engineering and Business.Chiltern Academy is proud to belong to the outstanding Chiltern Learning Trust. We are a small, but growing, local Trust. Chiltern Academy is a brand new Free School, for students aged 11-16. It has specialisations in Sport, Engineering and Business.

Chiltern Academy values all staff that work there. The Chiltern Teaching School Alliance provides high quality professional development opportunities for all our staff. Also, as part of an outstanding Trust, there are superb career and leadership opportunities for all staff.

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