Vice Principal

Job Info

Scale Leadership
Closing Date Tuesday 6th February 2018

Vice Principal (Maternity Cover - Fixed Term)

Leadership Scale - (L15-L19)

To start in March 2018

Mount Pellon is a Northern Education Trust academy. It is a friendly, vibrant and lively place where our children are enthusiastic learners, well-motivated and encouraged to think for themselves. They have the ability to be the best learners in the world, so we need a staff team who can provide them with the first class education that they deserve!

We are seeking a strong and inspirational leader to continue to drive forward our improving school, which is at the heart of a thriving multi-cultural community within Halifax.

We are now looking for someone who will:

  • Build on our inclusive provision in line with the principles of Every Child Matters
  • Maintain and develop a clear philosophy, enhancing our existing innovative practices
  • Lead a dynamic, enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff
  • Be committed to high standards of excellence in learning and behaviour for all our children
  • Lead EAL provision
  • Be responsible for and manage safeguarding
  • Analyse and evaluate data and assessment

Visits will be taking place at the academy on Friday 26th January at 9.00am, Monday 29th January at 1.30pm and Wednesday 31st January at 9.00am. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February.

Please contact Nayla Khan on 01422 349618 or e-mail [email protected] for an application pack. The closing date for the vacancy is Tuesday 6th February at 12:00pm. Completed application forms should be returned to the Academy.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants to posts that are exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will require a DBS (formerly CRB) from the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Job Description & Person Specification

JOB TITLE: Vice Principal (Maternity Cover, Fixed Term)

EMPLOYER: Northern Education Academy Trust



Main Purpose of the job

The Vice Principal will support the Principal in the organisation, management and conduct of the school, providing professional leadership and strategic direction to ensure the achievement of the highest possible standards in all areas of the schools work.

Key Priorities

To work with the Principal, Northern Education Trust and the Governing Body, to ensure the sustained development of a constructive and supportive achievement driven climate.

To work with the Principal to develop and implement the vision for the Academy to ensure that Academy targets are realised.

To work with the Principal to build strong relations with the local community and maintain a high profile for the Academy in the area.


The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by the latest School Teachers ‘Pay and Conditions Document, which should be read in conjunction with this document.

The main duties of the role include key responsibility of the following areas:

  • EAL
  • SEN
  • Safeguarding Lead
  • Leadership of Pastoral Team

Strategic Direction and Development of the Academy to Secure the Vision

Support and communicate the agreed vision and strategic direction so that it is shared, understood, defined and implemented by all stakeholders.

Support the continued development and implementation of the strategic plan and annual improvement plans, making active contributions to secure whole academy improvement, maintaining the cycle of continuous self-evaluation.

Support the Principal in keeping all planning under continuous review.

To lead by example and provide inspiration and motivation to the whole academy community supporting the over-arching ethos and associated policies for the school which promote high levels of progress and attainment within an inclusive, caring and safe environment.

Play a key role in raising attainment and aspiration ensuring the Academy achieves its performance targets and the best outcomes for all children and young people.

Challenge, motivate and empower others to attain ambitious outcomes.

To be aware of the changing educational environment and take account of national, local and school data, inspection and research findings.

Raisings aspiration, achievement and attainment:

Support and further develop a culture of engagement with learning across the Academy.

Address and support others to address the needs and aspirations of all children and young people by personalised learning and mentoring.

Support and promote a culture of continuous improvement using comparative data and benchmarks to evaluate and improve performance based upon a sound process of effective planning and assessment for each child.

Ensure effective systems for monitoring and evaluating the quality of learning and teaching.

Support the continuing development of effective systems for communicating with pupils, parents, staff and governors to ensure that individual targets and progress are achieved.

Leading Learning and Teaching

Support the Principal and the Trust in the implementation of a curriculum policy appropriate to all key stages which meets the needs of all children and young people and fulfils statutory requirements.

Support the continuing development of a flourishing enrichment programme particularly in the areas of music, drama, sport and enterprise and support the development of a lifelong love of learning for its own sake.

Monitor and review to ensure the establishment of creative, responsive and effective learning in all curriculum areas.

Ensure that opportunities are made available that support every young person to develop self-confidence and build their self-esteem.

Ensure that a rigorous system is in place to support those who are most vulnerable to achieve supported by a creative range of strategies well matched to each individual.

Work with all staff to build effective teaching and learning teams with a culture of high aspirations.

Support the development of a culture of personal responsibility that both recognises excellence and supports appropriate strategies to deal with under performance.

Contribute to the provision of effective staff development for all staff.

Promote and encourage creativity and innovation in the use of new technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

Develop Self and Others

To lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop the whole academy staff to ensure that everyone in the school can maximise their potential

Lead by example and create a shared commitment and responsibility for the academy through collaborative teamwork, distributed leadership and professional reflection

Build a collaborative culture, which positively embraces change and progression through staff empowerment and teamwork

Treat people fairly, equitable and with dignity and respect to create and maintain a positive academy culture and to allow an appropriate work/life balance

Manage the Organisation

Support the maintenance of effective systems for safeguarding all pupils working with external agencies as required.

Lead by example, be personally visible and committed, whilst adopting a strong and flexible leadership style.

Support the critical evaluation of the Academy’s performance and contribute to development initiatives.

Communicate openly with the Principal to ensure the Sponsors, Academy Trust members and Governors are reported to and updated on a regular basis.

Ensure structures deliver continuously increasing pupil progression, attainment and achievement.

Support the implementation of a firm and fair performance management framework across the Academy.

Deputise for the Principal as and when required.

Securing Accountability

Promote a culture of self-evaluation among the whole school so that they feel accountable for the success of the academy.

Line manage a group of staff including undertaking their performance management.

Help to ensure that all staff have a clearly defined set of responsibilities and accountabilities.

Secure robust Academy self-evaluation and quality assurance procedures.

Support and implement the mechanisms for reporting to all key stakeholders at agreed intervals that are robust and fit for purpose.

Carry out other management responsibilities or tasks allocated.

Strengthen the Community

To actively support and promote cohesion in the wider community through developing and delivering a range of provision, within and outside school, designed to break down social, economic and cultural barriers.

Maintain and promote positive strategies for challenging racial and other prejudice and dealing with harassment.

Collaborate with agencies to ensure the academic spiritual, moral social and cultural wellbeing of pupils and their families.

Develop and maintain effective partnerships with other primary and secondary schools including the local Clusters, the Local Authority and other agencies to further pupil welfare and achievement.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of Criminal Record Disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-over or cautions and if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4, (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (exemptions) (Amendments) Order 1986. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are “spent” under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the appropriate authority. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, blinds-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment

Person Specification – Vice – Principal

Part A: Application Stage

The following criteria (example, skills and qualifications) will be used to short-list at the application stage:



Successful experience working within the senior leadership team in a school covering the primary age range.


Experience of monitoring and evaluating teaching/learning and target setting including the ability to accurately analyse data.


Experience of working with Governing bodies, parents and the community.


Successful experience of curriculum coordination and the management of curriculum change.


Successful experience of teaching in foundation, Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2.


Detailed knowledge of current curriculum and management issues and initiatives.



Experience of budget management or monitoring.


Successful experience of working with the school community in raising the school profile.


Experience of education in a multi-cultural environment.

Part B: Assessment Stage

All items of the application stage criteria and the criteria below will be further explored at the assessment stage:



Good knowledge of the school self-evaluation and planning framework and able to contribute to implementation.


Good Knowledge of approaches to Leadership and Management including Quality Assurance.


Able to plan personal workload and set priorities.


Good written and oral communication skills to a range of audiences.


Able to work with parents/carers to understand and meet the needs of individual children.


Team leader who can ensure the involvement and commitments of all team members.


Persuasive and confident in a range of different environments.


Has a sound knowledge of strategies to enhance teaching and learning opportunities within the school.


Effective financial and resource management skills.


Understanding and experience of Appraisal and accountability in a school.


Appropriate behaviour and attitude towards safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people including:

  • motivation to work with children and young people
  • ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries
  • with young children
  • emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
  • Constructive attitude to use of authority and maintaining discipline.


No disclosure about criminal convictions or safeguarding concern that makes applicant unsuitable for this post.



Experience or sound knowledge of Academy operations


Aware of opportunities for teaching and learning presented by new technologies

The following methods of assessment will be used:







Technical Assessment of application against criteria


Part C: Additional Requirements

The following criteria must be judged as satisfactory when pre-employment checks are completed:


Enhanced Certificate of Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau


Additional criminal record checks if applicant has lived outside the UK


Medical clearance


Two references from current and previous employers (or education establishment if applicant not in employment)