Ridgewood Community High School, Eastern Avenue, Burnley, Lancashire BB10 2AT

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Ridgewood High School

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Deputy Headteacher





SALARY:  L14 – L20

POST TITLE: Deputy Headteacher

CONTRACT TYPE: Full Time    


 To take responsibility for the professional duties of the Head Teacher as set out in the current Teachers Pay and Conditions document in the absence of the Headteacher.

Main Purpose

The deputy headteacher, under the direction of the headteacher, will take a major role in:

  • Formulating the aims and objectives of the school
  • Establishing policies for achieving these aims and objectives
  • Managing staff and resources to that end
  • Monitoring progress towards the achievement of the school’s aims and objectives

 If the headteacher is absent, the deputy headteacher will deputise, as directed by the governing board.

The deputy headteacher will also be expected to fulfil the professional responsibilities of a headteacher, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).

 Duties and Responsibilities

Qualities and knowledge

Under the direction of the headteacher:

  • Support with the day-to-day management of the school
  • Communicate the school’s vision compellingly and support strategic leadership
  • Lead by example, holding and articulating clear values and moral purpose, and focusing on providing excellent education for all pupils
  • Build positive relationships with all members of the school community, showing positive attitudes to them
  • Keep up to date with developments in education, and have a good knowledge of education systems locally, nationally and globally
  • Work with political and financial astuteness, translating policy into the school’s context
  • To undertake the role of DDSL and all that this entails
  • To work with the DSL and within the Safeguarding Team to promote and support the
  • safety and wellbeing of all pupils
  • To liaise directly with families and professionals in matters related to safeguarding
  • and child protection, including attendance and the chairing of relevant meetings

Pupils and Staff

Under the direction of the headteacher:

  • Demand ambitious standards for all pupils, instilling a strong sense of accountability in staff for the impact of their work on pupil outcomes
  • Ensure excellent teaching in the school, including through training and development for staff
  • To be forward thinking, interested and informed about recent Curriculum development in the Special School setting
  • Establish a culture of ‘open classrooms’ as a basis for sharing best practice
  • Create an ethos within which all staff are motivated and supported to develop their skills and knowledge
  • Identify emerging talents, coaching current and aspiring leaders
  • Hold all staff to account for their professional conduct and practice
  • To work collaboratively within the SLT, contributing to, reflecting on and implementing the decisions made

Systems and Processes

Under the direction of the headteacher:

  • Ensure that the school’s systems, organisation and processes are well considered, efficient and fit for purpose
  • Develop and effectively implement a range of monitoring procedures throughout the school year, working with other members of the senior team
  • Provide a safe, calm and well-ordered environment for all pupils and staff, focused on safeguarding pupils and developing exemplary behaviour
  • Implement systems for managing the performance of all staff, addressing any underperformance, supporting staff to improve and valuing excellent practice
  • Work with the governing board as appropriate
  • Support strategic, curriculum-led financial planning to ensure effective use of budgets and resources
  • Support distribution of leadership throughout the school

Other Areas of Responsibility

The deputy headteacher will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the deputy headteacher will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher.


Applications to be submitted by 12pm on Friday 19th June 2020.

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