About the Role
At Green Ridge, we rightly pride ourselves on the high expectations we place on the academic achievements and behaviour of all children, whatever their need, as well as a broad, diverse, and engaging creative curriculum which will underpin all that we do. Green Ridge is an inclusive setting, valuing all children’s achievements and ensuring that each child is given every opportunity to meet their full potential. There is no doubt that Green Ridge is an exciting place to be – for children, staff, parents, and the local community! Our applications for school places each year places us in one of the most over-subscribed schools within Aylesbury, typically with over 180 applications for just 60 places. We know parents and carers want their child to join us because of the fantastic opportunities their children have whilst at Green Ridge, the exceptional teaching and our commitment to being an inclusive setting for all. Over the last year, the academy has provided professional development to all staff about trauma and attachment, and we are being accredited as a ‘Thrive’ school, so that our guiding principles for supporting children and their behaviour is rooted in a therapeutic way, which takes into account the whole child and their experiences.
As a highly experienced Class Teacher and leader first and foremost, you will be passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for children and giving them every opportunity to succeed, whatever their barriers may be. Green Ridge is an academy where every child is respected and treated as an individual, with no limits placed on their learning – just opportunities to continually improve with a growth Mindset approach. We do not ‘label’ children or group them by perceived ‘ability’; instead, we give all children equal opportunities to challenge themselves through the range of tasks and activities presented to them – empowering children to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning.
What experience might you have?
You may be an existing Assistant Headteacher in a smaller school with skills and experience to complement the leadership team at Green Ridge, or you may be an ambitious Senior Leader within the primary age-range who has a passion for leadership and are ready to make your mark as an assistant Headteacher of Green Ridge. Whatever your background or experience, we would really like to hear from you.
Our Assistant Headteachers need to be a highly effective classroom practitioners within their phase first and foremost, who are ready to lead and develop their phases through their next phase of development. The role comes with release time each week so that the postholder can oversee all aspects of learning and teaching across the phase and lead on aspects of school improvement to drive standards. The appointed candidates will have a phase leader responsibility in addition to the Ofsted area of Early Years. Individual responsibilities will be agreed with appointed candidates based on their skill set and experience. However, as the Assistant Headteacher for a phase, the post holder will be in a key position to be able to positively influence learning, teaching and outcomes for pupils within their year groups. The ideal candidate will be an Early Years practitioner who is zealous about education and willing to drive forward learning and teaching to continually improve and secure outstanding outcomes for all pupils. There is no doubt that you will need drive and determination to join us as this crucial time in our school’s journey and build on our current curriculum strengths to uncover new possibilities.
The post of Assistant Headteacher at Green Ridge is significant in such a large school, and the appointed candidate will be coached and mentored by the Headteacher in order for them to be able to take over increasing responsibilities in their preparation for Deputy Headship in the future. Consequently, the role is a fantastic platform to develop and learn the skills required of Deputy Headship in a large primary setting. Assistant Headteachers will eventually be accountable and lead the six classes within their phase, which is almost the size of a one-form entry primary school! Therefore, the role will enable the appointed candidates to refine their leadership skills in managing a large staff team within their phase, as well as hold significant whole-school responsibilities.
The Senior Leadership Team
The academy’s Senior Leadership Team currently comprises the following:
- Headteacher – with responsibility for Leadership and Management
- Deputy Headteacher – with responsibility for the Quality of Education
- Assistant Headteacher (KS1) – with responsibility for Teaching and Learning and English
- Assistant Headteacher (LKS2) – with responsibility for Behaviour and Attitudes
- Assistant Headteacher (UKS2) – with responsibility for Personal Development and Maths
- Assistant Headteacher (EYFS) – with responsibility for Early Years and Early Reading
- Director of Inclusion – with responsibility as SENCo, Pupil Premium, EAL and vulnerable groups
There is also a growing Middle Leadership Team, comprising of:
- Curriculum Team Leader (Y1) – with responsibility for the Y1 team and part of the English team
- Curriculum Team Leader (Y3) – with responsibility for the Y3 team and oversight of the Humanities team
- Curriculum Team Leader (Y5) – with responsibility for the Y5 team and oversight of the STEM team
- Curriculum Team Leader (Y6) – with responsibility for the Y6 team and part of the Maths team
As a member of the academy’s Senior Leadership Team, you will also be responsible for the line management of a group of staff, which is likely to include teachers and support staff in your phase. A large part of the Assistant Headteacher role includes coaching and mentoring staff and leaders within your phase to ensure that the quality of education is exemplary.
The Assistant Headteacher role will include being a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, and so experience in this role would be advantageous, although not essential as you will work alongside a large team of Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders and be accountable the Deputy Headteacher who is the Designated Safeguarding Leader.
Candidates should be aware that the leadership structure will undergo some changes to reflect the change in size of the school over the coming years. As such, the Assistant Headteacher role will continue to evolve with the academy over the coming years, and so the persons appointed will need to be prepared for aspects of change and development as pupil and staff numbers increase over time.
What we’re looking for
We are looking for an outstanding Early Years classroom practitioner, who has some leadership experience already. You will be highly driven and motivated, has an eye for detail, and can work flexible and creatively.
Ultimately, the role of the Assistant Headteacher is flexible, demanding but highly rewarding and is a pre-cursor to taking on a Deputy Headship. It is expected that the appointed candidate will have a desire to work closely with the Headteacher in preparation to support them in their future development, and that candidates will have a commitment to developing and undertaking their NPQSL, if this has not already been completed. A passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning is essential, as is an up-to-date working knowledge of the curriculum requirements across Early Years. The Assistant Headteacher will need to be able to model best practice in all subjects across their phase and be a benchmark to other teachers and leaders of a can-do approach to making things happen.
It should also be noted that the role of Assistant Headteacher will require a mix of both operational and strategic leadership; you will need to lead and organise a high-performing team in your phase, oversee all behaviour and safeguarding incidents within your phase, and be the key point of contact for all parents/carers within the phase. This sits along a teaching commitment and whole-school strategic responsibilities. Appointed candidates should be prepared for this all-encompassing role, the expectations it will bring and the challenges which may come along!
There is an expectation with the Assistant Headteacher role to work collaboratively with other schools within the trust and particularly within Cluster 4 and 9. This may mean that you could be required to work 0.4/0.6 of your week at another school as part of the school-to-school support work that Green Ridge provides, on an ongoing basis, and potentially at different schools as the need arises. Candidates who apply should be fully aware of this and be prepared for the travel within the role, and responsibilities that could be required of them in a school-led improvement system whereby the Assistant Headteacher can have a positive leadership impact across multiple settings.
Important to note
In September 2023, due to building capacity, we temporarily closed our Little Berries (2–3-year-old room) to give capacity as an additional classroom. With our building extension due for completion for September 2024, our Little Berries room will re-open, alongside our existing Little Acorns room (3–4-year-olds), as well as a new additional Little Pines room (3-4 year olds). This presents as a significant opportunity and challenge to build on our already existing nursery provision to expand what we do and manage a large staff team. Our new Assistant Headteacher for EYFS will need to be secure in their knowledge and understanding of Nursery systems, structures and policy, and how the provision is integral to the whole-school curriculum, not just a bolt on. We need an Assistant Headteacher who can further build on the excellent work that has taken place over the last seven years to further strengthen provision and work locally with our Early Years settings as part of the Side-by-Side group and as part of our national multi-academy trust EYFS leaders.
Ideally the appointed person will join us in the summer term 2024, so that they can be part of all the induction and preparation for September 2024 with new parents/carers, staff, and pupils within their phase. A key part of the role is facilitating the very best induction and transition into the school, and so it would be highly desirable if the candidate can ensure this happens seamlessly in the summer term. However, there is a possibility that this role could start in September 2024 for the right candidate.
The successful candidate will have:
- The motivation to achieve the very best for the children in our care and be relentless in the pursuit of excellence
- Excellent inter-personal and leadership skills as well as the ability to inspire and challenge colleagues
- Proven experience as an effective good and outstanding classroom teacher
- Experience of working with children of different ages within the primary range
- Have the ability to lead aspects of school improvement and ensure that all children are given opportunities to excel
- Excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour
In return we can offer:
- A firm commitment to you and your professional development
- Friendly, supportive, enthusiastic and hardworking colleagues, staff and Governors
- A growing learning community
- Encouragement to develop new ideas and the opportunity to make a real difference
- Coaching and mentoring from the academy’s Headteacher
- The chance to be part of the largest primary only Multi Academy Trust, which offers fantastic trust wide CPD opportunities
- Vast opportunities for career progression
As a member of the REAch2 Trust, a national family of primary academies, Green Ridge Primary Academy is committed to raising standards and achieving excellent for all pupils whatever their background or circumstance. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike. Green Ridge Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory written references
The Application Form can be downloaded from the Documents section of this advert.
Completed applications forms should be sent to to Aaron Wanford, Headteacher by email [email protected]
REAch2 Academy Trust have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Trust’s online Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separately.
REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions.
We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.
REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.
Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.
We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.
- A wide range of professional development opportunities and the opportunity to work with some of the best educational professionals in the country,
- Membership of the Teacher’s Pension Scheme TPS,
- Access to professional coaching and mentoring,
- Annual leadership events, workshops and conferences,
As part of REAch2 employee benefits we also offer an eye care scheme, access to an Employee Assistance Programme for you and your immediate family and membership of ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.