Deputy Headteacher - Curriculum & Standards: Sept 2019

Dates:  Apply by Monday 29th April, job start September 2019

Contract: Full time and permanent

Salary:  LT 16 – 20 (£57,934 – £63,806)

11-18 School, 853 students on roll, including 100 in a co-operative Sixth Form shared with Didcot Girls’ School

St Birinus School
We are hugely proud of our school community. Outcomes for our boys (P8 +0.25) are in the top 5% of schools nationally for boys’ progress. The ethos of an all boys’ school is literally written all over the walls of the school: we pride ourselves in creating a vibrant environment in which all boys thrive: arts sit alongside the sciences, music and dance are as popular as sport and coding, and all our boys enjoy a wide range of leadership experiences.

As a member of Ridgeway Education Trust, St Birinus School (Ofsted Good, March 2016) works in very close partnership with Didcot Girls’ School (Ofsted Outstanding, November 2015) and we are excited that our 300-strong mixed Didcot Sixth Form will be based predominantly at St Birinus from September. The DGS Teaching School Alliance provides excellent professional development opportunities for our team of wonderful teaching and associate staff. The Trust welcomes its first primary school in April and we look forward to further expansion in the future.

We seek to appoint a Deputy Headteacher to provide strategic leadership for St Birinus School, ensuring outstanding standards and promoting an aspirational and inclusive ethos. You will be directly responsible for providing strategic leadership for the ongoing development of the 11 – 16 curriculum and the leadership development of all subject leaders, supporting excellent teaching and learning and CPD, alongside rigorous whole school systems for self-evaluation and quality assurance.

You will see the huge potential of leading an all boys’ school with a large mixed sixth form and a close relationship with Didcot Girls’ School. Our aspiration is to be one of the very best all-boys’ schools in the country and we seek someone with a similar passion and belief in what we can achieve. There are exciting opportunities for the successful candidate’s professional development, working within this vibrant and collaborative partnership.

We are looking to appoint a leader who has:

  • the drive and ambition to continue to move the school forward whilst developing a compelling vision for the future;
  • a passion for learning that creates the best environment for fulfilling outcomes and ensuring that all young people achieve their full potential;
  • the ability to realise and release the potential of all staff and students at the school and raise its performance to 'outstanding';
  • the character and skills to work collaboratively and effectively with all stakeholders, both within and outside the school, engaging successfully with the rich science and business community in Didcot and the surrounding area;

We can offer the opportunity:  

  • to shape the future of a school with a distinctive all boys’ context and a large mixed sixth form in a successful MAT which serves a diverse community;
  • to work with a motivated team of supportive and committed staff who passionately believe that every child matters;
  • for continued professional and personal development and the ability to help shape the ongoing development of both St Birinus School and Ridgeway Education Trust. 

Please refer to the person specification and job description provided for this post and then complete the application form, paying particular attention to section 4, ‘relevant skills and experiences’.

Please also submit a letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 (11pt Arial) answering the question:

What is my vision for this post to ensure sustainably excellent standards and outcomes for young people at St Birinus School and how would I implement this?

Deadline for Applications:

9am on Monday 29th April with interviews planned for 3rd May. Completed applications should be emailed to Sophy Parkin-Haig at

St Birinus School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS check along with standard pre-employment safeguarding checks.




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DHT Curriculum Standards Job Description... 16th Apr 2019 Download
DHT Person Spec April 2019.pdf 16th Apr 2019 Download
SBS Teaching Staff Application Form.doc 21st Mar 2019 Download
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