Assistant Head of Learning for Sixth Form (Pastoral, Non-teaching, Support Role) - The Highcrest Academy

Buckinghamshire County Council
South East
£15000 - £100000

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Job Description


No two days will be the same as Highcrest's Assistant Head of Learning for Sixth Form (Maternity Cover). As the right hand man or woman to our busy Head of Sixth Form, this pastoral support role requires excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to multi-task.

Term time only (plus one week for INSETs and one week in the Summer holidays)

Salary Type: Bucks pay

Salary details: BP3 currently from £23,152 Pro Rata (which equates to £20,124) depending on experience. Pay rise pending in April.

Contract type: Maternity Cover to December 2023

Hours: 37 hours paid working week, 8am – 4pm.

Closing date: 14/04/2023 00:00

Interviews to be held: Please note we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised, depending on the level of response. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

About Us

“The school has a warm and welcoming atmosphere” and “Pupils at The Highcrest Academy happily live up to the school’s motto of ‘aspire and achieve’.”. Ofsted 2020

All who work at the academy reinforce our six virtues linked to our motto (Ambition, Sensitivity, Purpose, Integrity, Resilience and Eloquence), helping us instil a culture of excellence that runs throughout every strand of our Academy.

There are approximately 1,000 students on roll, which includes the Sixth Form. A recently completed building programme comprises a brand-new Sixth Form Centre, sports facilities including a gym, and a new restaurant and coffee shop for both students and staff. We also have a thriving House system that brings our whole school community together.

Highcrest offers both an excellent induction and support programme for all staff. The Assistant Head of Learning role may suit a person wishing to join the teaching profession. We offer a full training programme and are a School Centred Initial Teacher Training establishment.

“Staff feel very well supported by senior leaders. According to staff, they feel valued because senior leaders are approachable..” ... Ofsted Report February 2020.

A thriving and friendly academy in the heart of the community, with staff recognition schemes, free gym and staff sports teams, to counter the free breakfast, “Friday Treats” and on-site coffee shop! We also offer the possibility of shared staff living accommodation and on-site parking. You will be joining a strong and forward-thinking pastoral team for whom the well-being of all of our students is paramount.

About The Role

You will support the Head of Sixth Form in delivering exceptional pastoral support. This will be achieved through combinations of the following:
  • Mentoring/coaching of pupils
  • Management of pupil progress and assessment
  • Management of pupils’ behaviour
  • Management of resources
  • Management of external liaison
  • Co-ordination and delivery of interventions

About You

Working in a busy environment, no two days will be the same and problem solving skills are essential. You will be able to understand children across the board (from those with learning difficulties to the most able) and know how to support both. Experience of working with secondary school age children or young adults would be an advantage, as would an interest in psychology and mental health.

Other information

To apply for this role, please send completed application forms to [email protected]

The Highcrest Academy is fully committed to safeguarding children (policies on our website). All members of staff are in a “regulated” role under the Vetting & Barring Scheme and have to be DBS cleared prior to employment.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:
  • All unspent convictions and conditional cautions
  • All spent convictions and adult cautions that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the guidance issued by the Ministry of Justice (see, in particular, the section titled ‘Exceptions Order’).

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete self-disclosure form and return prior to interview.

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