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Assistant Headteacher Vacancy

Primary Assistant Headteacher- Pastoral Lead and Assessment



Please submit a completed application form and personal statement to our headteacher, David HIckman by midday, Monday 29th January 2024: dhickman@allenby.ealing.sch.uk OR complete the online TES application pack by the same date.

Shortlisting: Tuesday 6th February

Interviews: Friday 9th February.

Visits are strongly advised. To arrange a visit, please contact the headteacher, David Hickman: dhickman@allenby.ealing.sch.uk


Job details

Salary: L1-L5

Hours: full time 0.5 teaching time/ 0.5 leadership time

Reporting to: Headteacher.

Start date: March 2024 or after Easter 2024, depending on notice period

Contract: permanent


Main purpose

The assistant headteacher will support the headteacher in:

  • Communicating the school’s vision compellingly and supporting the headteacher’s strategic leadership
  • The day-to-day management of the school
  • 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 meeting the school’s aims and objectives

The assistant headteacher will also have a timetabled teaching commitment of 50% complying with the Teachers’ Standards and modelling best practice for others.

They may also be required to undertake any of the duties delegated by the headteacher.


The assistant headteacher will:

  • Uphold public trust in school leadership and maintain high standards of ethics, behaviour and professional conduct
  • Build positive and respectful relationships across the school community
  • Serve in the best interests of the school’s pupils

Duties and responsibilities

School culture and behaviour

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Create a culture where pupils experience a positive and enriching school life
  • Uphold educational standards in order to prepare pupils from all backgrounds for their next phase of education and life
  • Ensure a culture of staff professionalism
  • Encourage high standards of behaviour from pupils, built on rules and routines that are understood by staff and pupils and clearly demonstrated by all adults in school
  • Use consistent and fair approaches to managing behaviour, in line with the school’s behaviour policy

Teaching, curriculum and assessment

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Establish and sustain high-quality teaching across subjects and phases, based on evidence
  • Ensure the teaching of a broad, structured and coherent curriculum
  • Establish curriculum leadership, including subject leaders with relevant expertise and access to professional networks and communities
  • Use valid, reliable and proportionate approaches to assessing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
  • Ensure the use of evidence-informed approaches to reading so all pupils are taught to read

Additional and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Promote a culture and practices that allow all pupils to access the curriculum
  • Have ambitious expectations for all pupils with SEN and disabilities
  • Make sure the school works effectively with parents, carers and professionals to identify additional needs, and provide support and adaptation where appropriate
  • Make sure the school fulfils statutory duties regarding the SEND Code of Practice.

Organisational management and school improvement

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Establish and oversee systems, processes and policies so the school can operate effectively and efficiently
  • Ensure staff and pupils’ safety and welfare through effective approaches to safeguarding, as part of duty of care
  • Ensure rigorous approaches to identifying, managing and mitigating risk
  • Ensure effective use of budgets and resources
  • Identify problems and barriers to school effectiveness, and develop strategies for school improvement that are realistic, timely and suited to the school’s context
  • Make sure these school improvement strategies are effectively implemented

Staff management and professional development

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Performance manage middle leaders, including carrying out appraisals and holding staff to account for their performance
  • Manage staff well with due attention to workload
  • Ensure staff have access to appropriate, high-standard professional development opportunities
  • Keep up to date with developments in education
  • Seek training and continuing professional development to meet their own needs


Governance, accountability and working in partnership

Under the direction of the headteacher, the assistant headteacher will:

  • Work with the governing board as appropriate
  • Ensure the school effectively and efficiently operates within the required regulatory frameworks and meets all statutory duties
  • Work successfully with other schools and organisations
  • Maintain working relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues to improve educational outcomes for all pupils


Other areas of responsibility


The assistant headteacher will:

  • Lead on the whole-school assessment strategy, ensuring it is rigorous, well-evidenced and is easy to communicate to pupils and parents
  • Track and analyse pupil performance data, paying particular attention to disadvantaged groups such as those eligible for the pupil premium, those with special educational needs, or who speak English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Plan and implement interventions for those pupils who are not progressing
  • Provide training and support for teachers and support staff on administering the assessment system effectively


The assistant headteacher will:

  • Establish and implement whole-school systems for pupil wellbeing
  • Conduct pupil voice surveys to ensure they feel happy and safe in school, championing the importance of pupil voice to other members of the senior leadership team
  • Provide staff with training and support so they can play a part in enhancing pupils’ personal development
  • Promote and evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s behaviour policy and strategies
  • Monitor pupil attendance and ensure it is continuously improving
  • Analyse whole-school data on attendance, behaviour, exclusions and wellbeing to inform future improvement strategies


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 assistant headteacher will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role.








Person specification




and training

  • Qualified teacher status
  • Degree
  • Professional development in preparation for a leadership role
  • NPQML/NPQSL (desirable)


  • Application form
  • Application form
  • Application form and interview


  • Leadership and management experience in a school
  • Teaching experience across all age ranges
  • Involvement in school self-evaluation and development planning
  • Line management experience
  • Demonstrable experience of successful line management and staff development
  • Experience of leading curriculum areas
  • Experience in leading successful staff professional development
  • Experience leading high-performing teams


  • Application form and interview



Skills and knowledge

  • Understanding of high-quality teaching, and the ability to model this for others and support others to improve
  • Understanding of school finances
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate a vision and inspire others
  • Ability to build effective working relationships


  • Application form,  interview and tasks


Personal qualities

  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position.


  • Application form, interview and tasks




What skills and experience we are looking for:

  • A committed member of staff who is passionate about school improvement
  • Someone who is passionate about their personal growth and development and that of the pupils in our school.
  • A qualified teacher with experience in leading successful teams
  • A forward-thinker, able to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Someone who values relationships and understands the importance of working closely with families and staff.
  • Someone who is an experienced middle leader looking to take their career to the next step or an existing assistant headteacher looking for a change.


What the school offers its staff

Allenby Primary School is a small 1FE school situated in Southall Ealing. We are a close-knit school and a strong team of staff who are passionate about supporting the needs of all our learners. Inclusion is hugely important to us and we are fortunate enough to have an SLD Unit attached to the school.

Our motto is, ‘What we do Matters’, because we firmly believe that it does. Everyone is committed to doing the very best that they can to help our pupils be the best versions of themselves. We are proud of our pupils, our community and our school. We love working here and we think you might too!

We couldn’t do what we do without our fantastic staff team, and we are looking for a knowledgeable assistant head to join our team.  

If you are an experienced middle leader looking to take your next step in leadership or an existing assistant headteacher looking for a change, come and join us in a key role on this exciting journey to help every child in our school reach their potential. 



Further details about the role

Why Work for us? 

We think you will love working with us and here are some of the reasons why: 

  • We are a welcoming and supportive school with strong values and a caring ethos. We are a Unicef Rights Respecting school with a gold status.
  • Our staff are a hardworking team dedicated to helping children succeed. 
  • Our children are engaged and eager to learn. 
  • We have a supportive leadership team and wider school community. 
  • Growth is important to us here. We value staff CPD and development.
  • Why not come and see for yourself? We would love to welcome you to our school and show you around so that you can better understand our school environment. Please get in touch with the headteacher to arrange a visit: dhickman@allenby.ealing.sch.uk
  • We have a strong culture of inclusion and support.

Commitment to safeguarding

Allenby Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful for this role, you will be expected to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before an appointment is confirmed. Please note that references will be sought on shortlisted candidates before the interview.



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