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Fox Hollies Special School

Fox Hollies Special School

Deputy Headteacher advert

Start date: 1st September 2024


Due to the retirement of our Deputy Headteacher this summer, we are seeking to appoint a talented, dedicated and inspirational Deputy Headteacher from September 2024 who will support and sustain the school's ethos, values and strategic direction in securing positive outcomes for our students and school community.


We are looking for someone who:

  • Has outstanding teaching ability and wide experience within SEND and has effectively led on curriculum developments within a school
  • Has experience of coaching, mentoring and leading others
  • Is reflective and committed to learning and development – both personally and in the wider context of school needs and improvement
  • Is resilient and flexible and has excellent interpersonal skills
  • Is proactive and able to initiate and lead change in a positive way
  • Will embrace the diversity of our school and be committed to getting the best out of everyone 
  • Is tenacious in terms of safeguarding our children and young people


We can offer you:

  • The opportunity to make a huge contribution to the education and lives of our children and young people 
  • A friendly and inclusive working environment that places staff and student wellbeing at the forefront of what we do 
  • The opportunity to join a school that is on a positive journey to excellence with a committed and forward-thinking team of staff


If you feel you possess these qualities, are passionate about achieving positive outcomes for our students with SEND and would like to work in an inclusive and progressive school, then we would like to hear from you.


About us

Fox Hollies is a special school for students aged 11-19 years who have severe learning disabilities. 

We are a small school of around 110 students and this allows us to get to know our students and their families well.

Our purpose is to enrich our students’ lives through providing a high quality of education made up of rich, diverse and creative learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom and building on key communication, functional, social and life skills that will better equip them for life outside and beyond Fox Hollies.

Our shared values are at the heart of what we do at Fox Hollies, these are:

  • equality of opportunity,
  • valuing our staff,
  • providing a supportive environment and
  • enabling our students to find their place within the community. 


How to apply:

If you would like to be considered for this role, please contact the school business manager, Nicky Ratcliffe at or on 0121 464 6566 for an application form, outlining in your application the skills and experiences you would bring, in line with the job description and person specification. Visits to the school are encouraged, please arrange this via the school office. 


Deadline for applications: midday Friday 1st March 2024  

Interviews: Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March 2024 

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS.

In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) an additional pre-employment check of an online search will form part of this recruitment process.

Deputy Headteacher job description

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Employment details

Job title

Deputy Headteacher

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Hours of work

Full-time, 5 days a week 


L19-L23 (£73, 509- £81, 070)


General duties

  • To provide professional leadership of the school in conjunction with the Headteacher and Assistant Head teacher to ensure high quality education and outcomes in all areas of the school’s work
  • Take on a leading role in the day-to-day management of the school
  • Take on teaching responsibilities as required by the school and undertake all relevant duties of a teacher while acting in that capacity. (The post will largely be a non-teaching one but should the needs of the school change, a teaching timetable could be up to 20% in any learning pathway)
  • Implement, enforce and exhibit model adherence to all school policies and procedures
  • Attend and contribute to meetings of the staff cohort and the senior leadership team (SLT), as well as meetings with parents and other agencies and stakeholders. Plan and lead these meetings where appropriate
  • Cultivate and sustain effective positive relationships with all staff, students, parents, governors and stakeholders


Strategic direction and school development

  • Contribute to the development of the school’s vision, ethos, values and strategic direction
  • Contribute to the formulation, monitoring and implementation of the SDP.
  • Support staff members to understand and adhere to the school’s strategic direction
  • Keep fully up-to-date with Education policy, including relevant legislation, frameworks, statutory guidance and good practice recommendations within the sector
  • Contribute to decisions on all aspects of policy in the school and take responsibility for writing and maintaining certain policies
  • Provide advice and support to the governing board to aid it in conducting its strategic responsibility
  • Contribute to annual budget planning and monitoring.


Leadership and management

  • Supporting the headteacher:
    • Assist and support the Headteacher in all functions of their role
    • Deputise for the Headteacher in their absence
    • Undertake duties as delegated by the headteacher
    • Work with the Headteacher to ensure and uphold a clear system of task delegation and devolution of responsibilities for all staff
  • School performance
    • Work with the Headteacher to set targets, aims and objectives on a termly basis
    • Support staff to understand and meet the school’s targets, aims and objectives
    • Evaluate the school’s performance in relation to its targets, aims and objectives and work with the Headteacher to adjust the school’s practice in line with findings
  • Staff management
    • Line manage staff as identified by the Headteacher
    • Participate in the recruitment process for new staff members
    • Motivate staff in their roles and support them in aspects of their roles as necessary
    • Contribute to the performance management process of staff as necessary, including evaluating performance and challenging underperformance
    • Work with the Headteacher to ensure staff access CPD opportunities, and supporting staff to access such opportunities
    • Contribute to audits of staff skills and training needs and lead training where appropriate
    • Work with the governing board and Headteacher to secure and provide effective training for staff members, e.g. through INSET days


Teaching and learning

  • Monitor standards of teaching and learning in the school to ensure the highest quality of education for all students
  • Monitor the implementation and impact of the curriculum across school
  • Ensure reliable processes are in place when assessing students’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
  • Ensure that resources are managed and appropriately allocated across the school to support effective teaching and learning
  • Contribute to creating a culture where high standards are held for all students from all backgrounds, abilities and needs
  • Work with the Headteacher, SLT and middle leaders to ensure that the curriculum effectively supports all our students with SEND to thrive academically
  • Work with the Headteacher to monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies
  • Work with the Headteacher to implement systems for recording students’ progress
  • Contribute to the establishment and monitoring of systems to keep parents and carers informed about the curriculum and their children’s performance


Training and professional development

  • Actively engage in CPD to ensure professional skills are up-to-date
  • Undergo training as necessary to ensure that all aspects of the role can be effectively conducted
  • Support the CPD of other colleagues, leading meetings and training as pertinent to the role and needs of the school
  • Work towards meeting the ‘Headteachers’ standards’


Student wellbeing and safeguarding

  • As lead DSL take strategic responsibility for safeguarding across school, both in its widest sense in terms of policies, training, curriculum and provision and also in more targeted and specific multi-agency work around child protection
  • Support the deputy DSLs in conducting their duties
  • Contribute to a school culture which prioritises student wellbeing and mental and physical health
  • Be an approachable and professional authority figure for students to come to with any issues they may have and to promote positive behaviour in students
  • Contribute to the creation of an enriching and positive culture which impacts school life and ensure a positive and respectful attitude amongst students and staff in the school

Deputy Headteacher person specification

Qualifications and training



  • Qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • A degree-level qualification or equivalent
  • Further relevant professional and/or academic study and evidence of CPD
  • Knowledge of current issues in Education
  • A relevant leadership qualification

Skills and experience



  • At least one year of proven successful leadership and management experience in a school
  • Experience of teaching within SEND settings
  • Experience of analysing data and using it to inform future practice
  • Experience of line managing other members of staff
  • Experience of leading whole-school initiatives
  • Experience of leading on areas of the curriculum
  • Evidence of demonstrating strategic leadership
  • Experience of raising standards that have impacted positively on students and teaching and learning
  • Experience of making effective use of funding and other resources




  • A clear understanding of what makes good and outstanding teaching through a deep understanding of how SEND students learn, and the ability to develop a culture where striving for outstanding teaching and learning is central to the school’s work
  • Ability to use knowledge of SEND, the National Curriculum and other curriculum frameworks to lead on curriculum design and monitor this for impact 
  • Strong financial planning and management skills
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to safeguarding students
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to listen to, understand and work effectively with the school community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the statutory frameworks which set out their professional duties and responsibilities


Personal traits

The successful candidate will be

  • Able to demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour
  • Able to build positive relationships rooted in mutual respect
  • Committed to valuing, supporting and encouraging the professional development of all staff
  • Able to build and nurture a strong, positive and collaborative team culture that enables all staff to carry out their roles to the highest standard and for all staff to work together to deliver school improvement
  • Committed to building and maintaining effective and positive relationships with parents, governors and the wider school community
  • Able to inspire and influence others, within and beyond the school, to believe in the fundamental importance and value of education in young people’s lives
  • Able to foster an open, transparent and equitable culture and deal effectively with difficult conversations and conflict at every level
  • Able to show tolerance and respect for the rights of others, recognising differences and cultural diversity, while upholding the fundamental British values
  • Able to ensure that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit their position, students’ vulnerability or might lead to students breaking the law

Additional requirements

The successful candidate will have

  • An enhanced DBS certificate with barred list check
  • Evidence of previous leadership experience in a school
  • At least two valid professional references