• Location: Blackwood,
  • Subject:
  • Hours: Part time
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary Type: Annual
  • Salary Range: £70,000.00 - £75,000.00
  • Language: Welsh
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Deputy Headteacher - Blackwood Comprehensive School

Deputy Headteacher - Blackwood Comprehensive School

Caerphilly County Borough Council
Deputy Headteacher - Blackwood Comprehensive School
Job description
To commence from 1 st September 2024 (pending safeguarding clearance)

Applications are invited from dynamic, innovative, experienced, and suitably qualified leaders for the post of Deputy Head Teacher of Blackwood Comprehensive School. We are an English medium, 11-16 mixed comprehensive school located on the edge of Cefn Fforest and Blackwood. The school has six main cluster primary schools, and we have 988 pupils on roll.

We are an exciting, thriving community school, which promotes excellence for all within a caring and supportive environment and a culture of Aspire, Attend, Achieve. Our shared vision was co-constructed by our school community and is based on providing a nurturing and aspirational learning environment in which pupils and staff feel safe and supported.

Blackwood Comprehensive School is an inclusive school community where we use the power of learning and teaching to develop confident, happy, resilient and independent pupils. In our safe, secure and nurturing learning environment, everyone is valued equally, and positive relationships ensure that, by working together, we raise aspirations, realise our potential and secure our future.

While wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, staff have the highest expectations for all our pupils, regardless of their background, ability, gender or disadvantage. Around 28.5% of our pupils are eligible for free school meals and this number increased significantly following the impact of COVID-19.

Following a visit from Estyn in May 2023, we were delighted with our inspection report which highlighted the high standard of teaching, wellbeing and leadership in the school. The report recognised our pupils as friendly, courteous, well-rounded young people who convey strong pride in their school and their personal achievements, and also staff commitment to pupils and the school's values. A copy of this report and our Case Studies can be found using the following links:

Blackwood Comprehensive School Inspection Report

Developing a culture of self-evaluation and continuous professional learning at Blackwood Comprehensive School

Developing and improving learners' digital competence skills at Blackwood Comprehensive School

Governors are committed to appointing a Deputy Head Teacher who:
  • Has a proven record of excellent classroom practice;
  • Has a keen attention to detail;
  • Has excellent leadership and management skills;
  • Has a clear vision and experience of accurate self-evaluation and improvement planning;
  • Has excellent personal and team building skills;
  • Has excellent understanding of the Curriculum for Wales and staff development;
  • Is strongly committed to working closely with governors, parents, carers and the wider community;
  • Has a proven track record developing innovative practice and leading change.
The governors will provide effective support for the successful candidate, who will demonstrate a strong commitment to work closely with them to provide high quality leadership and the best possible education for our pupils.

In return we can offer:

  • A strong commitment to professional development;
  • A school with high aspirations and a genuine opportunity to make a difference to the lives of our pupils and their families.
  • An opportunity to help shape the future of wellbeing, teaching and learning.
  • A dedicated and supportive team of professional staff and governors.
In addition to a completed application form, interested applicants should apply in writing using no more than two sides of A4, communicating their vision for the role and identifying relevant experience, knowledge and skills.

If you would like a tour of the school, this will be available on Tuesday 27 th February. Please contact Jane Wilkie on 01494 225566 to arrange a suitable time.

Closing Date for applications is: 29 th February 2024

Shortlisting will take place on: 7 th March 2024

Interviews will be held on: 15 th March 2024

To view the Job Description and Person Specification please click on the attached documents.

After reading the Job Description and Person Specification, if you would like to have an informal discussion about the role please contact Jane Wilkie on 01494 225566.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

We are legally required to ask you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. Successful applicants are required to provide appropriate documentation such as a birth certificate, passport or work permit in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on all successful applicants. This will include an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.