Assistant Headteacher vacancy at Orchard Head Junior and Infant School

Salary: £45,343.00 - £50,151.00
Job Type: Full Time
Contact Name: Mrs D Miles
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 02/03/2022 10:00

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: LeadershipTeacher
Interview Date: 17/03/2022
Start Date: 01/09/2022
Contracted Term: AYR - All year around
Contracted Hours: 32.50
Contracted Weeks: 52.00
Department: Senior Leadership Team
Pay Grade: L4 - L8

Job Advert

Post ref: SCH-PAT-0050

Required for September 2022

Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools, six primaries and two 11 - 16 secondary schools. The Trust is a medium sized family of schools all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. Pupils are drawn from the local community that includes a mix of different catchment areas.

We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching, Learning and Assessment to Orchard Head Junior, Infant and Nursery School. The successful candidate will either be an experienced leader, or someone who has the appropriate skills and ambition to take the next step into leadership.

In this role you will have the ability to make a positive impact upon the learning and progress of pupils across the whole school, as well as making a positive contribution to the school community.

Our teachers and leaders are passionate about teaching and learning, and the successful candidate will share our rigorously high expectations for the academic, social and personal development of every pupil in our Trust. We can offer a fantastic working environment, leadership coaching to develop and enhance your skills in leading learning, and extensive CPD opportunities.

This is a very exciting time to join our Trust, with development opportunities available for the right candidate through effective and rewarding collaborative working. The Trust’s leadership team are committed to ensuring this school becomes an outstanding school, and while there are lots of strengths at the school, there are plenty of opportunities for someone to be accountable for significant impact in their area of responsibility.

If you are ambitious and excited by learning, please contact us for further information or to arrange a visit at 01977 723495.

To apply for this role please visit our website at and submit an online application before the closing date of 02nd March 2022 at 10:00am.

We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from everyone. Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare and expect all staff and volunteers to share this. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and any satisfactory pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide criminal conviction information.

File Attachments

File Name Description
P_Assistant Headteacher JD & PS (2021_09_10 V1).pdf Assistant Headteacher Job Description & Person Specification
PAT Careers Prospectus.pdf Working for Us Booklet

Safeguarding Information

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Pontefract Academies Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Qualification Title Grade
Qualified Teacher Status
Degree in a relevant subject Pass


Qualified to teach and work in the UK
Educated to degree level/PGCE or equivalent qualifications
Personal Qualities
Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
Desire to become a Deputy Headteacher/Headteacher and willingness to be reflective and undertake development opportunities
Leading the Learning
Have experience of leading and evaluating INSET which impacts on standards
Ability to offer teaching to demonstration level and through other coaching opportunities to be able to improve the teaching of others
Understand what outstanding inclusive teaching practice looks like, and how to diagnose and implement effective strategies to raise learning standards
Vision and Strategy
Use of data to inform and diagnose weaknesses that need addressing
Strong organisational skills and the ability to delegate
Clear understanding of the strategies to establish consistently high standards of behaviour and commitment to relentlessly instilling these strategies
Understands how to set high aspirations and effective strategies for the school
Vision aligned with the Trust's high aspirations and high expectations of self and others
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils
Genuine passion and belief in the potential of every student
Ability to take personal responsibility for own actions
Strong inter-personal, written and oral communication skills
Ability to develop the leadership skills of others
Ability to lead, coach and motivate staff within a performance management framework, including professional development and effective management of underperformance
Effective management style that encourages participation, innovation and confidence
Resilience and motivation to lead the school through day-to-day challenges while maintaining a clear strategic vision and direction
Skilfully manage and maintain effective working relationships with parents and other stakeholders
Experience of having improved and sustained an effective behaviour management policy
Experience of having led, or significantly contributed to, the success of a school through its leadership, ethos, teaching and learning and results
Experience of having work successfully in at least one school in an urban setting, teaching students from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage
Experience of prior successful leadership at a middle or senior level