Deputy Headteacher – Gilbert Ward Academy
Prosper Learning Trust
L13 -L17 £59,558 to £65,699
18th May 2023
Opening in September 2023, Gilbert Ward Academy will be a purpose built, brand new, state of the art Academy, catering for children with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) as their primary area of need. At full capacity, Gilbert Ward Academy will provide education to 80 pupils aged 11-16 working between lower key stage two and key stage four.
Many of the pupils who will attend Gilbert Ward Academy will have additional special educational needs, such as, autistic spectrum condition (ASC), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and speech and language communication difficulties. Pupils attending Gilbert Ward Academy may have, at some point, not had success or positive experiences in their education elsewhere. As a result – along with other factors – pupils will more than likely be working at a lower-than-expected key stage, relative to their age. Most pupils joining in September 2023 will be working at lower and upper key stage two and will be transitioning from primary schools.
This is an exciting opportunity. Gilbert Ward Academy will be a new school, serving Northumberland and neighbouring communities. You can be at the heart of its development. You will support the Headteacher in the strategic leadership and day-to-day operational management of the school. The aim will be to ensure that every pupil has an outstanding educational experience with individual pupil progress and care at the heart of what is offered. You will lead on the quality of education at Gilbert Ward Academy. Working with the Headteacher, you will develop a vision for the school’s curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of all pupils. You will then lead on executing this vision, monitoring its implementation and effectiveness, and leading on improvements, where necessary.
In this new school, the Deputy Headteacher will be central to its success, as it opens and into the future. You will work with the Headteacher to ensure the vision, values and ethos of Prosper Learning Trust are at the core of the development of the school while implementing Trust systems and protocols to facilitate its smooth running. The role will require you to be a dynamic and professional leader, able to motivate staff, set high expectations, enhance achievement and facilitate rigorous and continuous self-evaluation.
Whether you are a serving Deputy Headteacher or a successful senior leader looking for a new challenge, what is clear is that you will have an exceptional track record of success, specifically in relation to curriculum development and implementation with positive outcomes for all pupils regardless of background or ability.
Prosper Learning Trust is at a very exciting stage in its development. We will provide you with the resources and support you need in your efforts to excel in your role.
The Trust is proud to say that the Real Living Wage is matched and we also offer the successful candidate:
- A friendly and supportive team of staff who are willing to share expertise and learn from one another
- Opportunities for career development and support with development through Trust wide CPD programmes
- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme and support from the Trust’s Wellbeing Network Group
- Access to either Teacher’s Pension or Local Government Pension Scheme
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. If you are invited for interview, you will be required to disclose convictions that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. Certain spent convictions and cautions will be ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed. Full details on protected convictions and information about which convictions must be declared during job applications can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. You will be asked for further information about your criminal history during the recruitment process. If your application is successful, this self-disclosure information will be checked against information from the Disclosure and Barring Service before your appointment is confirmed. This role will include Regulated Activities and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is required for this post. Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.
Please note: We can only accept CVs when accompanied by a fully completed application form.
Please return application forms to:
Please clearly state in the subject header of your email JOB APPLICATION the SCHOOL and the ROLE you are applying for, i.e. JOB APPLICATION, GIBERT WARD ACADEMY, DEPUTY HEADTEACHER.
Application forms can also be returned by post to HR Department, Prosper Learning Trust, Drayton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3RU.
If you would like to discuss the post before applying contact, Barry Reed, Headteacher Designate of Gilbert Ward Academy to arrange an informal chat:
email@example.comClosing date: Thursday 18th May 2023 12pm
Interview Dates: W/B 22nd May 2023
Supporting documentsApplication Form
Other Supporting Documents:GWA Deputy Headteacher applicant pack DHT Job Description & Person Spec GWA Applicants Privacy Notice
Prosper Learning Trust
Prosper Learning Trust was established in January 2018 with Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy. Thomas Bewick School joined the Trust in April 2019, Harry Watts Academy in September 2020 and Gilbert Ward Academy will open in September 2023. We are striving to build further collaboration across the academies and grow as a multi-academy trust, whilst continuing to strengthen our relationships with schools outside the MAT for the benefit of our pupils.
Prosper Learning Trust was formed to help vulnerable young people succeed. Many children and young people face challenges in their lives that many adults will happily never experience, Prosper Learning Trust’s range of academies are here to support them in doing so.
Wherever possible we will help these young people to thrive in a mainstream educational setting. Where that cannot happen, we will provide a safe space for them in one of our Alternative Provision schools until they are ready to return or move on.
Our Specialist Academies offer autistic children and young people the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment, where differences are celebrated, and every pupil is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Through our academies, we provide high quality teaching, curriculum and care in a range of environments. We provide education from 0 to 18 years old, in normal school settings, in hospitals, and via outreach work and support transition between them at every stage.Visit School Website