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Assistant Headteacher

Old Bank Academy is an inclusive school that caters for the needs of all children aged 4-11 years old. They pride themselves on the friendly atmosphere of their school community, which enables their children to thrive and reach their potential in all aspects of their life. They are passionate about improving the life chances of young children in their school community and children are encouraged to develop themselves as fully rounded, emotionally intelligent individuals. 

As part of Impact Education Multi Academy Trust, they are passionate about making a difference and inspiring children to be resilient and confident learners with a love for learning. At Old Bank, they want their children to be excited about learning and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide curriculum. They believe in celebrating success and ensuring that children feel valued.

Job Post: 

Assistant Headteacher Overview: The Assistant Headteacher will support in the leadership, operational day to day running, strategic development and school improvement of Old Bank

Academy Salary: Leadership Scale, L2 – L6

Responsible to: The Headteacher, Old Bank Academy

Core Purpose: The Assistant Headteacher shall carry out the professional duties as described in the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.

The Assistant Headteacher will work collegiately, as a key part of the Senior Leadership Team under the direction of the Headteacher and Executive Headteacher to support, challenge and influence the key stakeholders to realise the strategic vision of the Trust. They will ensure that the strategic vision for his/her areas of responsibility and beyond are a reality at the Old Bank Academy. He/she will lead by example, provide inspiration and motivation, and embody, for all staff, the vision, core values, purpose, and leadership of the Old Bank Academy. He/she will work with, and line manage the middle leadership and direct their work within the Academy. The Assistant Headteacher will have specific responsibilities and line management but will work flexibly as the needs of the academy emerge and develop. The Role A dynamic and innovative Assistant Headteacher to take an additional responsibility across the Academy. This will initially be leading on SEND and will be reviewed at the end of the academic year.

Qualities and Knowledge 

  • Demonstrate the highest quality of teaching, learning and assessment through own practice.
  • Working with the leadership team to develop the shared vision and strategic plan for his/her areas of responsibility.
  • Write and implement coherent action plans around their area of responsibility.
  • Articulate both strategic vision and the operational needs with conviction and clarity, so that the academy leadership teams, staff and students understand the direction of school improvement.
  • Sustain a current knowledge of developments in strategy, thinking and practice in their key areas.
  • Take responsibility for his/her own professional development by actively engaging with and seeking opportunities for learning and development.
  • Plan strategically the steps needed, in their areas, on the Old Bank Academy journey to Outstanding.
  • Plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate the impact of work within the key responsibilities.
  •  Articulate the academy’s strategic development plan in a with clarity and conviction to outside audiences such as the Progress Board, LA representatives, DfE and OFSTED.
  • Maintain documents which track and evaluate progress.

Students and staff 

  • Work with the leadership team and staff to ensure the successful implementation of the school improvement strategy.
  • Be a visible presence around the Academy, promoting positive behaviour and ensuring the smooth running of the academy day.
  •  Demonstrate effective leadership and coach teachers and learning mentors to engender best practice.
  •  Line mange key middle leaders providing them with support and challenge to instil a strong sense of accountability.
  • Demand ambitious standards for Old Bank Academy students to positively improve their life chances.
  •  Model creativity, integrity and resilience, with a mindful view of his/ her own wellbeing and that of those around them. Systems and Process
  • Work with key stakeholders to implement well considered, efficient and effective systems and processes within the given areas of responsibility.
  • Modelling effective leadership of key teams where appropriate and monitoring the performance of these teams.

Leading School Improvement 

  • Forge links with mainstream schools and the local Teaching School Alliance with a view to sharing best practice and finding CPD opportunities for Old Bank Academy staff.
  •  Champion best practice in their given area and create opportunities for Old Bank Academy to work with other schools and organisations.
  • Inspire, challenge, motivate and empower others to attain ambitious outcomes.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Behaviour and attendance

  • Coordinate and lead pastoral and intervention meetings, ensuring that appropriate strategies are implemented, monitored, and reviewed.
  • Lead the care, support, and guidance for all pupils, liaising with parents and all external professionals as appropriate.
  • Work with staff to ensure that the Old Bank behaviour policy and practices are consistently adhered to across the academy.
  • To monitor behaviour data and respond to the changing need of the students. • Lead on attendance; monitoring and responding to attendance issues and devising individual attendance plans for individuals.
  • Ensuring that the academy systems for rewards and sanctions are effective. Safeguarding
  • To take the role of a Designated Safeguarding Lead for the academy and ensure that all due processes are adhered to regarding

Child Protection, Looked After Children and all other vulnerable groups

  • To supervise the work of the Safeguarding Team
  • Ensure that the Headteacher and Governors are informed of all safeguarding issues
  • Respond immediately to all safeguarding and child protection concerns brought to your attention SEND
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Academy’s SEND policy.
  • To contribute to the strategic planning for SEN within the academy.
  • Draw up SEND Action Plans.
  • Ensure that SEN is an integral part of the school development plan.
  • Monitor the impact of provision/support programmes for pupils.
  • Promote an ethos and culture that supports the school’s SEND policy and promotes good outcomes for pupils with SEN or a disability.
  • Develop and support teachers and teaching assistants to ensure SEN provision is of the highest quality, including the delivery of additional interventions
  • Liaise with parents of children with special educational needs in co-operation with the class teacher.
  • Liaise with external agencies including other schools & academies, the LA’s support and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies.
  • Liaise with staff from other settings to ensure smooth transition for children with SEN.

Manage SEND resources

  • Responsibility for spending and monitoring the SEND budget within agreed guidelines, and in line with priorities established in the school development plan.
  • To maintain and oversee records on all pupils with SEN:
  • Support teachers in the writing of personal support plans and monitor children’s progress towards achieving agreed targets.
  • Tracking, monitoring, and reviewing individual or group progress.
  • Organising, conducting, and reporting on Annual reviews/transition reviews.
  • To oversee and monitor delivery against EHC Plans and chair all annual reviews.
  • Ensuring EHCP and other funding applications are completed and submitted in a timely fashion to support effective financial planning.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities for pupils and staff are effectively promoted.
  • Manage health conditions and medicines in line with the school policies and ensure all policies and procedures are regularly reviewed in line with best practice.
  • Be the designated teacher for Children Looked After (CLA), maintain records and work collaboratively with the Virtual School and other professionals to ensure the best outcomes for these children.
  • Prepare and deliver reports to the Local Governing Body as required. Coaching
  • To act as a coach to a group of students The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the Headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills, and grade.

Impact Education Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview.

This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It will be reviewed annually.

Please note that this role requires a full application form completing. CV’s will not be accepted.

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call 0330 088 1857 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://oldbankacademy.co.uk/vacancies/ 

Old Bank Academy is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview.