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Deputy Head

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The Deputy Headmaster will work within the Senior Management/Leadership Team to support the Headmaster in the effective running and development of the school. S/He will deputize the Headmaster and will report directly to the Headmaster.
With the support of the Head of Junior School, s/he will take overall responsibility for the academic development of every child and professional development of teaching staff.
The Deputy Head must have detailed knowledge of the operations of a British Curriculum school and will be answerable to the Headmaster
Minimum Requirements :
Applicants should have:
  • At least a Bachelor’s (BSc./B.Ed./BA) or related field and a teaching qualification. Relevant Master’s Degree will be an added advantage
  • Experience in teaching the National Curriculum of England and Wales up to A-Level.
  • Experience in a similar or higher position would be advantageous
  • Ability and success in teaching a subject up to A-Level
  • Have or apply for a ICPC or Good Conduct Certificate
  • Willingness to contribute fully to the boarding and extracurricular life of a busy, full boarding school.


The following outline gives an overall range of duties and responsibilities but is not exhaustive and the Director of Studies may be required to undertake such other duties appropriate to the post, as the Headmaster may reasonably require:
  • To implement the school’s policies;
  • To maintain effective discipline through implementation of the school’s procedures;
  • To monitor standards of teaching and learning within departments in order to ensure the highest quality of provision and learning for all pupils;
  • To keep up-to-date with educational reform and policy by ensuring an awareness of education initiatives and their usefulness;
  • To inform and liaise with the Head and where necessary present information regarding new developments to staff and Heads of Departments;
  • To attend all staff meetings, Head of Department meetings, Senior Leadership/Management team meetings and examination Review meetings;
  • To oversee the formulation of school and departmental development plans (reviews and updates);
  • To chair Curriculum Development meetings and discuss any proposals resulting from these meetings with the Headmaster, updating the curriculum policy annually;
  • To promote the general care of the school by demonstrating awareness of what is needed and responding as necessary;
  • To take assembly in the absence of the Headmaster, shared with the Director of Pastoral Care
  • To line manage all Heads of Faculty;
  • To participate in the appointment of staff to departments and support the Head of Department in the drawing up of their specific job descriptions;
  • To promote development and training opportunities for all departments;
  • To take an appropriate part in the school’s appraisal process;
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
  • To be responsible for whole school monitoring and development of assessment, recording, reporting and target setting, including updating the Assessment Policy;
  • To generate ideas for the improvement of the School Management Information System and oversee its use for pupil tracking and reporting;
  • To oversee communications regarding pupils within the school to ensure clear channels of communication and follow up
  • To monitor reporting to parents from the tutor / pastoral team
  • Oversight and development of communication to parents via the school newsletter and other media
  • Playing a leading role in social events and school functions
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Monitor standards of teaching and learning within departments, and to ensure that schemes of work and department handbooks are updated by Heads of Department;
  • Plan and implement initiatives for the development of teaching and learning;
  • Oversee the departmental and teacher’s performance review procedures;
  • Formally meet HoDs and HoFs on a regular basis to monitor standards within departments;
  • Implement an ongoing programme of observation to ensure high standards of teaching and learning and to promote the sharing of best practice;
  • Ensure that the academic needs of individual pupils referred by Form Teachers or Heads of Departments, are met and, where necessary, to develop a plan of action for a particular pupil;
  • Review and update the Homework Policy.
  • To teach a percentage of the timetable in a given subject.
Timetable and Staffing
  • Construct or oversee construction of the timetable
  • Review the timetable, in order to ensure that it enables the best quality teaching and learning to take place;
  • Review academic staff requirements with the Headmaster and advice on recruitment of academic staff;
  • Organize and/ or deliver INSET for staff where relevant;
  • Develop and oversee the Induction programme for new staff, in conjunction with the Director of Pastoral Care
  • Oversee the Induction for new pupils;
  • Attend INSET training and external courses to ensure continuing professional development.
  • To lead the school’s preparation for CIS inspection
  • With SMT colleagues, responsibility to ensure the school responds to inspection feedback
  • Leading the academic development plan for the school
  • To assist with staff recruitment, in particular academic staffing needs

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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