Harperbury Free School
Radlett, Herts

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Be part of a dynamic new team and set the agenda.
Assistant Headteacher (L12-L15) commencing in July 2015 (end of Summer term)
In September this year the most exciting new secondary school in Hertfordshire will be opening: initially in a temporary facilities, and then moving to our new permanent site in Radlett in 2017. A dynamic Headteacher has been appointed to shape a highly innovative school committed to combining traditional values with leading-edge teaching methods. We are now looking for a team of ambitious people to build this school from the ground up including the key appointment of an Assistant Headteacher.We are looking for an energetic, creative and flexible professional who is passionate about changing the way we educate young people. We are especially keen to speak to applicants who have had some experience on a Senior Leadership Team and exposure to project-based or cross-curricular learning. Please apply if you can demonstrate your commitment to the following principles:

  • ? Growth Mindset to raise the aspirations of all pupils.
  • ? Highly personalised learning journey for pupils with innovative use of technology and flexible spaces
  • ? Holistic education involving enrichment activities and building the skills of learning.
  • ? Learning through real world tasks involving local business partners to link classroom learning with the world of work.
  • ? Commitment to CPD for teachers with time and space to plan and teach collaboratively across curriculum areas.We seek to appoint an Assistant Headteacher to lead the academic work of the School, co-ordinate the work of the Subject Leaders and work closely with the Head.The responsibilities of the job are listed in the detailed Applicant Pack on the Harperbury Web Site, see the link below. The work of the Assistant Headteacher will begin during the period prior to the School opening, during which time some whole-school tasks will be required prior to other members of staff joining the team.The Assistant Head will be Subject Leader for one subject in the first year, and will also teach. The Job Description and Person Specification for the Assistant Head will therefore include that for a Subject Leader which can also be found on link noted below. This is a once in a career opportunity for a candidate with drive and ambition who shares our vision, not only to shape an innovative curriculum within their specialism, but to work with a forward-thinking Head in creating a truly different educational experience for both staff and students. There is also the exciting opportunity for progression to Deputy Headship in Year 3 or 4depending on the performance of the Assistant Head in Years 1 and 2.

    Our initial small size and the hands-on nature of each and every role within the school will make the scale of the job both achievable and exciting. The starting salary, while reflecting the school’s initial small number on roll, will rise subject to performance commensurate with pupil numbers.

The First Year

The process of setting up a brand new school is one of the most professionally exciting experiences of an entire career. Our vision is of building a team who are passionate about working collaboratively with other staff and members of the local community to explore new and innovative ways of delivering excellence. The result will be our school, built to our specification for our pupils.

Teaching Principles of Harperbury

The detail of how we work will be developed by the team we are now recruiting and the Assistant Headteacher Headteacher will play a key part. Here are the broad principles underpinning Harperbury’s curriculum and pedagogy:

  • ? All children are different and we will create learning appropriate for each of them. Their aptitudes and abilities are not fixed which means that groupings will not be fixed and there will be periods of individualised learning.
  • ? A Growth Mindset is a must for all those (students, staff and members of the local community) who want to be part of our school; fostering the right attitudes for success is paramount
  • ? There will be collaborative planning between teachers of different disciplines and many lessons will involve a combination of teachers and subjects. Project-based and enquiry-based learning is central to our philosophy
  • ? We will deliver the full national curriculum as a minimum, although it will not necessarily be divided up along traditional subject lines.
  • ? We aim for academic success as measured by normal public exams.
  • ? We will teach the skills of learning
  • ? Pupils will participate in Real World Tasks set by teachers in collaboration with local communitypartners to give our students continuous access to the skills needed for the world of work.
  • ? Our education will be holistic, involving enrichment and prep as part of a longer school day.
  • ? We intend to be a technology-rich school with every pupil and teacher using a mobile device (laptop /tablet / smart phone) for a significant part of their learning / teaching.
    We are fully committed to providing career development for all our staff and are building time for whole school CPD into the school day as a demonstration of the value we place on everyone’s learning.The Path to HarperburyDeadline for applications: 6pm on Thursday 19th February.For further information about the school as well as the full Job Description, Person Specification and an Application Form; go to www.harperbury.org.uk/people/job-vacancies

    For an informal dialogue about the school or the role, please contact us at [email protected]

    We follow safer recruitment practices and appointments are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS. Harperbury is an equal opportunities employer.

  • Attached – Application Form, Job Description and Job Advert

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Harperbury Free School Applicant Pack_Assistant Head Role

Harperbury Free School Assistant Head Application Form