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Christs School, Queens Road, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 6HW. Tel: 020 8940 6982 e-mail:

February 2013 Dear Candidate Thank you for your interest in the position of Headteacher at Christs School. We are making this appointment at a key moment when we are expanding the school from a four form 11-16 mixed comprehensive to a five form 11-18 mixed comprehensive. The post 16 provision will hopefully develop to one of between 200-250 students. We are also in the process of converting to an Academy. This post is therefore an opportunity for someone of suitable experience and expertise to have a major impact across the whole school and local community at an historic point in the schools history that began nearly 300 years ago in 1713. Christs School is a Church of England comprehensive school for 600 young people aged between 11 and 16. It is situated on an enviable site adjacent to Richmond Park in Richmond upon Thames in South West London. We have excellent links with our feeder primary schools and the local community. We are proud to be a faith school and welcome students from Christian and other religious backgrounds. All members of our community are encouraged to learn and achieve. We recognise and celebrate success wherever we can. We believe that we all have talent and that it is our responsibility to identify, nurture and develop that talent to the best of our abilities with the help, guidance and support of others. There are currently 37 full time and 8 part time members of the teaching staff. We have 46 support staff on a variety of full and part time contracts. Our catering and cleaning staff are employed by sub-contracted firms. Our outcomes have dramatically improved over the last seven years. Last summer 93% of our year 11 cohort attained +5 A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) grades, with 73% including GCSE english & mathematics. The Ofsted report from the January 2011 inspection and the subsequent SIAS inspection report were very favourable indeed. They are available to access through the school website. Applications should be sent in the form of a completed on line application form and a letter outlining why you feel you are suited to this post. Please email completed applications to Amanda Mylles - Only complete application forms will be considered and incomplete forms will be returned for completion. If you have any queries about what is expected in a particular section of the form or to arrange an informal visit, please telephone Amanda Mylles on 0208 439 9662 and she will be able to help you. References will not be taken up until an offer of a post has been made. However, no appointment will be formalised until all three satisfactory references have been received and a DBS (formally CRB) check has been completed. In the interests of Child Protection we reserve the right to telephone referees to clarify any questions which arise from application forms, verify facts and investigate any inconsistencies between a written reference and the form.

We are looking for completed application forms to be returned by midday Monday 25th February 2013 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March 2013 Christs School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Christs School is an Equal Opportunities employer as detailed in our Equal Opportunities Policy. Any appointment made will be subject to checks that details given on the application form are as stated. It will also be subject to receipt of a satisfactory medical disclosure form. Before an appointment can be confirmed a DBS (formally CRB) enhanced disclosure will be required. We look forward to receiving your application form and in supporting statement we would ask you to include the following points:

address the main points in the criteria; why this post at this time; the impact which your leadership would have on the school at this particular time three examples of your outstanding practice in work related to this Headteacher post.

I do hope that the information you have received will encourage you to apply for this post. Yours sincerely,

Martin Brecknell Chair of Governors

Headteacher Job Description

Post: Headteacher of Christs Church of England Secondary School Accountable to: The Governing Body The Headteacher will carry out his/her professional duties in accordance with and subject to the National Conditions of Employment for Headteachers and Education and Employment legislation. The Headteacher is accountable to the Governors for the standards achieved and the conduct, management and administration of the School subject to any policies which the Department for Education and the Governors may make. Purpose of Post: order To provide professional and strategic leadership for the School in To secure (a) its success and development, (b) high quality education for all its students; and (c) consistently high standards of achievement. Salary: Disclosure: L33 L39 (Outer London Pay Scale) Enhanced

Responsibilities and Duties The Headteacher is expected to lead and manage the School and to model its Christian ethos and values, setting an example for the whole School community to follow. The general range of duties and responsibilities is outlined below:1. Strategic Direction and Development of the School The Headteacher working with the Governing Body will develop a strategic view for the School in its community within the local, national and international context and will: Lead by example providing inspiring and purposeful leadership for the staff and students. Work in partnership with the Governing Body, staff, parents/carers, the Department of Education and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, in upholding the ethos and values which underpin the School. Promote the distinctive Christian character of the School and ensure that Christian values underpin the whole life of the School. Working under the direction of the Governing Body, formulate the overall aims and objectives for the School, mindful of its status as a Church of England School.

Working under the direction of the governing Body to satisfactorily extend the school to Five Form Entry, 6th Form and Academy Status Under the direction of the Governing Body, create and implement a shared and inclusive School Development Plan, underpinned by sound financial planning, which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring students achieve consistently high standards and make progress, increasing teacher effectiveness and securing school improvement. Ensure that all those involved in the School are committed to its aims, motivated to achieve them and involved in meeting long, medium and short term objectives and targets which secure the educational success of the School. Ensure that all staff and students are challenged and encouraged to achieve their full potential by establishing a culture of high expectations, mutual support and a commitment to life-long learning. Ensure that the management, finances, organisation and administration of the School support its vision and aims. Ensure that policies and practices take account of national, local and school data, including inspection and research findings and the outcomes of school self-review and any reviews carried out by the Governing Body. Monitor and evaluate the performance of the School and respond and report to the Governing Body as required. Monitor, evaluate and review the effects of the Schools priorities and targets and take action if necessary. Ensure that safeguarding procedures and processes are comprehensively implemented. Support and further develop the partnership between the School and the Diocese of Southwark.

2. Leadership and Management The Headteacher will lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement and will: Maintain a safe and secure environment for all staff, students and the school community. Participate in the recruitment and selection of teaching and support staff. Plan, allocate, support and evaluate work undertaken by groups, teams and individuals, ensuring clear delegation of tasks and devolution of responsibilities in a manner consistent with their conditions or employment. Ensure a high level of pastoral care for staff and students. Implement and sustain effective systems for the performance management of all staff. Lead, co-ordinate and monitor the continuing professional development of all staff, including the induction of newly qualified teachers, based on assessment needs and in relation to the standards for qualified teacher status (QTS), the career entry profile and standards for induction. Ensure that professional duties are fulfilled, as specified in the Terms and Conditions of Service of Teachers. Arrange for a Deputy Head or other suitable person to assume responsibility for the discharge of the Headteachers function at any time when absent from school. Promote community cohesion through extended service and links to the community.

3. Accountability The Headteacher will account for the efficiency and effectiveness of the School and will: Create and develop an environment in which all the staff recognise that they are accountable for the success of the School. Present a coherent and accurate account of the Schools performance in a form appropriate to the range of audiences including the Governors, Ofsted and others to enable them to play their part effectively. Encourage parents/carers to support their childs learning so as to achieve their individual and the Schools targets for improvement. Maintain records as required. Provide information, data and reports to the Governing Body to enable it to meet its responsibilities for securing effective teaching and learning and improved standards of achievement and for achieving efficiency and value for money. To carry out any such duties as may be reasonably required by the Governing Body.

4. Teaching and Learning The Headteacher working with the Governing Body will secure and sustain effective teaching and learning across all age ranges throughout the School and will: Monitor and evaluate teaching and learning, the standards of students achievement and set targets for improvement. Create and maintain an environment and a code of conduct to promote and secure outstanding teaching, effective learning, high standards of achievement, excellent behaviour, discipline and attendance. Determine, organise, implement and monitor the curriculum and its assessment and ensure that they o Meet with the Governing Bodys and relevant statutory requirements o o o Are relevant to the need of all students across the full spectrum of abilities Fulfil the Headteachers duties under national legislation Lead to further improvements in educational provision

Further maintain and develop effective links with the community in order to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning.

Create and maintain an effective partnership with parents/carers to support and improve students achievement and personal development. Determine, organise and implement a vision for the personal, social, spiritual and moral development of all students in the School. Determine and implement policies and promote: 1. Self-discipline and regard for authority and the law 2. Good conduct, behaviour and attendance 3. Positive strategies for promoting a celebration of diversity and inclusion, resolving any incidents swiftly and effectively

4. Positive strategies and programmes for student support and clear guidance on exclusions and disciplinary matters.

5. Efficient and Effective Deployment of Staff and Resources The Headteacher will deploy people and resources efficiently and effectively to meet specific objectives in line with the Schools strategic plan and within the financial resources available from various sources. The Headteacher will: Contribute to the formulation of policies and procedures of the Governing Body concerning the Schools resource and asset management. Set appropriate priorities for expenditure, allocation of funds and effective administration and control by: 1. Effective management of the Schools budget 2. Rational allocation and monitoring of time, space and material resources 3. Ensuring effective and safe arrangements for the siting and storage of material and equipment Manage and organise the accommodation efficiently and effectively to ensure it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations. Make arrangements for the security and effective supervision of the Schools buildings, their contents and the grounds. Ensure that any lack of maintenance, repairs or modification, including breaches of Health and Safety legislation, is acted upon promptly and in accordance with the delegation arrangements of the Governing Body. Ensure effective working relationships with external agencies and services contracted to the School. Work with Governors and senior colleagues to recruit and retain staff of the highest quality, mindful of safeguarding requirements. Manage, monitor and review the range, quality and use of all available resources in order to improve the quality of education, improve students achievements, ensure efficiency and secure value for money.

Note: The above outline is not intended as a list of tasks, but gives an overall range of duties and managerial responsibilities. The particular duties/responsibilities listed above may be reviewed from time to time at the request of the Governing Body or post holder as circumstances make necessary. They may be amended only after reasonable consultation and the approval of the Governing Body. The general Job Description is not comprehensive and the post holder will be required to undertake such other tasks as appropriate to the level of appointment as the Governing Body may require.

Headteacher Person Specification


Essential / Desirable

Assessed by application / interview process A I

E QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS (application form) Honours degree or equivalent Qualified Teacher Status Substantial experience of teaching Experience at head level (or equivalent) Experience at deputy head level (or equivalent) Promotes the distinctive Church of England character of the School Evidence of training in preparation for headship in the last 3 years NPQH Higher level educational/management qualification Experience of working in a Church school A practising Christian PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE Understanding of effective strategic, financial and resource management including external funding streams Evidence of a strong contribution to raising standards in your current school through self-evaluation and the school improvement plan

PERSONAL APTITUDES, QUALITIES AND SKILLS Proven ability to plan strategically to deliver a schools vision, ethos , priorities and targets The ability to lead, influence and manage change The ability to communicate, inspire and motivate pupils, teachers, parents and governors To be proactive, innovative and versatile with a high level of drive, energy, enthusiasm, resilience, integrity, and a sense of humour LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT A high profile role model with a strong visible presence and a professional approach that demands excellence and earns the confidence, trust and respect of the entire school and wider community. Experience and commitment to working collaboratively with the Governing Body In-depth knowledge and understanding of the wider educational agenda including current national policies and educational issues , as well as statutory and legal frameworks governing the operation of schools Substantial experience of positive behaviour management and a commitment to ensuring that student behaviour and attendance are outstanding A demonstrable understanding of the process of safeguarding and safer recruitment ensuring a safe, secure and healthy school A commitment and vision to work with neighbouring schools and the wider school and church community Substantial experience and ability to use sound judgement to anticipate and resolve conflict and issues imaginatively