1 RHODES AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADTEACHER CANDIDATE INFORMATION
2 Rhodes Avenue School: A Vision for the Future Our children are at the heart of all we do. We aim to instil a love of learning in all our children and, with it, the confidence to take risks and develop ownership of their learning. We celebrate individuality and diversity in school, and deliver a curriculum which promotes in the children empathy, tolerance and an understanding of each other. A curriculum which places great emphasis on the arts, acknowledging the positive impact they have on children s engagement with their learning. Our school benefits from so many advantages, none more so than its own unique young people. It will continue to be a centre of high aspirations, promoting excellence, and supporting ambition and optimism, both in the present and also for the future. As the school moves forward, we are proud to restate our aims: Rhodes Avenue Primary School strives to provide the best in primary education. Working in partnership with the local community, the pupils, staff, parents, and governors continue to pursue excellence in all aspects of school life. Our aim is for all children to enjoy learning, and to achieve success in a healthy, happy, and inclusive environment. The school s ethos supports parents and families in raising children who will grow to become responsible adults, ready to meet the demands of a fast-moving world, whilst treasuring the wonder and magic of childhood, helping them to grow but not too fast. As a school, we embrace our pivotal role in the community we serve, and acknowledge the importance of contributing to the wider community. Both individually and collectively, we understand our role and consequent responsibilities as citizens, not only of Rhodes Avenue, but also of our local community, and of wider communities beyond both physical and virtual. The school aims to ensure that its pupils develop as global citizens in order that they are able to seize and shape their world. It is an imperative that, when our children come to the point when they are to move on from Rhodes Avenue, they have acquired and developed a range of skills and attitudes such as determination, curiosity, enthusiasm, tolerance, and moral and social awareness which will not only prepare them for their future learning, but also to serve as positive and useful members of their communities, ready to live happy and fulfilling lives. We value the commitment, skill and integrity of our staff. We will continue to work with them in an open and consensual way for the benefit of all within the school community. As the capacity of the school grows, enabling more career opportunities for its staff, and enhancing their skills, we aim to ensure that we develop future leaders of other schools in our communities and beyond, and that we share our knowledge and skills for the benefit of others. As it moves forward, the school aims to embrace the opportunities offered by its growth, both in terms of its physical size, and its increase in pupil numbers. In anticipation of the continuation of an ever developing and changing educational landscape, the school will be flexible, continuously striving to improve its provision for the pupils it serves. We will continue, with confidence, to sustain and promote the values that we hold dear, and to celebrate and espouse an educational practice known to deliver for our pupils the skills and attitudes that are necessary for them to achieve success academically, in the world of work, and for life. 2
3 Our children would like you to be: 3 Friendly, Fair and Fun 3 A good listener 3 Able to make up good Assemblies 3 Happy and with a sense of humour 3 Someone creative with good ideas 3 Caring and helpful Our staff would like you to be: 3 Collaborative and committed to distributed leadership 3 Flexible and to show mutual respect 3 Compassionate towards the needs of the children, staff and parents 3 Supportive of staff and professional development 3 Firm, articulate and diplomatic with parents 3 Supportive of extra-curricular activities e.g. releasing teachers for trips and events Our parents would like you to be: 3 Considerate and caring 3 Committed to helping the children to grow but not too fast 3 Open to ideas and accessible 3 Committed to arts and sport as well as academic excellence 3 Supportive of learning outside the classroom to provide a broad education 3
4 Headteacher: Job description Job Title: Headteacher Salary Range: Group 5 ISR (L25-31) Location: Rhodes Avenue Primary School, London Borough of Haringey Reporting to: The Governing Body Introduction: The Headteacher carries out duties in line with the conditions of employment as set out in the current School Teacher s Pay and Conditions document, the National Standards for Headteachers and the policies and procedures of the Governing Body. Purpose of the Post: The Headteacher, who is accountable to the Governing Body, will continue to promote the school s current ethos, provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for the school, ensuring that it is managed and organised to meet its aims and targets. The Headteacher will provide professional and inspirational leadership, promoting a secure foundation from which to further improve and achieve high standards in all areas of the school s work. Alongside these areas the Head will be committed to safeguarding and the welfare of all pupils, in a nurturing and inclusive environment, where discipline and good behaviour underpin the school s vision for pupils to participate, learn, enjoy and achieve. The post holder will be an inspirational and dynamic leader with the vision, drive and passion to build upon the school s strengths and high expectations and move our school forward on to new successes. In order to achieve this purpose seven key areas of leadership have been indentified: 1. Strategic direction/ shaping the future. 2. Leadership and management 3. Leading teaching and learning.. Managing the organisation. 5. Securing accountability. 6. Strengthening the community. 7. General responsibilities. 1. Strategic Direction/Shaping the Future The Headteacher will work with the SLT, the Governing Body and all stakeholders to further develop a shared vision and strategic plan, which inspire and motivate pupils, staff and all other members of the school community. Vision is essential to ensure the future of the school. The Headteacher will: Take the lead role on working collaboratively with the Governing Body, Staff, Pupils, Parents and the Community to further develop a coherent vision for the school which embraces excellence, high standards and inclusion. Ensure the vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood and acted upon by all. Work within the school community to translate the vision into agreed objectives and operational plans, which will promote and sustain school improvement. Demonstrate the vision and values in everyday work and practice. Set and achieve ambitious, challenging goals and targets. Encourage creativity, innovation and the use of appropriate new technologies to achieve the highest standards possible. Motivate and work with others to create a shared culture and positive climate. Ensure that strategic planning recognises the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life and takes account of the diversities that comprise the makeup of the school and wider community. Lead and manage change effectively and efficiently ensuring that the school represents value for money. 2. Leadership & Management The Headteacher will lead by example, providing inspiring and purposeful leadership for staff and pupils. The Headteacher will motivate all to: Follow the ethos and values, which underpin the school. As designated child protection officer, ensure that the school remains committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and ensure that all staff and volunteers share this commitment.
5 Create and implement a Development Plan, underpinned by sound financial planning, which identifies priorities and targets for ensuring pupils achieve high standards and make progress, increase teacher effectiveness and secure school improvement. Recruit, retain and deploy high calibre staff appropriately, and manage their workload to achieve the vision and goals of the school Ensure that all those involved in the school are committed to its aims and involved in meeting long, medium and short term objectives and targets, which secure the continued educational success of the school. Listen and respond to the contributions of others and to integrate team ideas into effective working solutions. Work with the School Business Manager to ensure that the management, finances, organisation and administration of the school support its vision and aims. Ensure that policies and practices take account of national, local and school data, including inspection and research findings and the outcomes of the school s own self review. Monitor and evaluate the performance of the school and report to the Governing body regularly. Monitor, evaluate and review the effects of the school s policies, priorities and targets and take action if necessary. 3. Leading Teaching and Learning Headteachers have a central responsibility for raising the quality of teaching and learning and for pupils achievement. This requires setting high expectations and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of learning outcomes. The Headteacher, as an outstanding practitioner, will inspire all to: Enable a consistent and continuous focus on pupils achievement using data and benchmarks to monitor progress in every child s learning. Maintain and develop further an effective assessment, recording and reporting system of pupil progress. Manage pupil behaviour and attendance. Establish creative, responsive and effective approaches to learning and teaching. Ensure that learning is at the heart of everything that is done. Challenge under-performance at all levels, ensuring effective corrective action and follow-up through coaching and mentoring. Build a culture and ethos of challenge and support, where all pupils can achieve their best and become engaged in their own learning in a supportive and inclusive environment. 5
6 Headteacher: Job description (continued) Demonstrate high expectations and set stretching targets for the whole school. Implement strategies, which secure high standards of behaviour and attendance. Initiate and implement a diverse, flexible curriculum and implement an effective assessment framework. Employ new and emerging technologies to enhance and extend the learning experience of pupils. Monitor, evaluate and review classroom practice and promote improvement strategies. Ensure inclusion, diversity and access. Recognise the importance of pupil voice in school. Managing the Organisation Headteachers provide effective organisation and management of the school and seek ways of improving organisational structures and functions. People and resources within the school should be organised to provide an efficient, effective and safe learning environment. The Headteacher will: Create a structure which reflects the school s values and enables the management systems, structures and processes to work both effectively and legally. Produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies for the development of the school and its facilities, taking account of national and local circumstances. Manage the school s financial and human resources effectively and efficiently. Recruit, retain and deploy staff appropriately to achieve the school s vision and goals. Continue to develop the successful performance management processes with all staff. Manage the school environment efficiently and effectively, ensuring it meets the needs of the curriculum and health & safety regulations. Ensure that resources are used to improve the quality of education for the pupils and provide value for money. Use and integrate a range of technologies efficiently and effectively to manage the school.
7 5. Securing Accountability Headteachers account for the efficiency and effectiveness of the school to the pupils, parents/ carers, governors and the Local Authority, thereby promoting collective responsibility within the whole school community. The Headteacher will: Fulfil commitments arising from contractual accountability to the Local Authority. Further develop and sustain effective relationships with the Governing Body, and the Chair of Governors in particular, to ensure effective governance of the school and the discharge of Governing Body responsibilities. Engage the school community in the systematic and rigorous self-evaluation of the work of the school. Collect and use a variety of data to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school in order to promote achievement and accountability for pupil learning. Combine the outcomes of regular school self-review with external evaluations in order to develop the school. Develop a school ethos, which encourages a sense of loyalty, mutual accountability and respect. Ensure individual staff accountabilities are clearly defined, understood and agreed and are subject to review and evaluation. Develop and present a coherent, understandable and accurate account of the school s performance to a range of audiences. Be an excellent communicator and listener, honestly reflecting on the views of others. 6. Strengthening the Community Headteachers should collaborate with other schools in order to share expertise and bring positive benefits to their own and other schools. The Headteacher will: Build a school culture, which takes account of the richness and diversity of the school community. Maintain and develop an effective partnership with parents and carers to support and improve pupils achievement and personal development. Maintain and develop effective links with the community, local churches, local and national businesses, local schools, charities, arts organisations and others to extend the curriculum and enhance teaching and learning. Seek opportunities to invite parents and carers, community figures and businesses into the school to enhance and enrich the school and its value to the wider community. Contribute to the development of the education system by, for example, working in partnership with other schools. Co-operate and work with relevant agencies to protect children. Develop, support and maintain extended services e.g. breakfast club, after school club, and holiday playschemes, as well as promoting use of the school facilities for community use out of school hours. Support RAPSA (the school s PTA) in their fundraising and other activities. 7. General responsibilities The Headteacher will: Act as a representative of the school during and outside school hours. Be accountable in relation to the health and safety obligations of the school. Actively seek to implement the school s equal opportunity policy and the objective to promote equality of opportunity in relation to the duties of the post. Actively seek to implement school and other relevant policies in relation to the duties of the post, and at all times give due regard to the health and safety of both themselves and others when carrying out their duties. Perform such other duties as the Governing Body may from time to time reasonably direct. Create and promote positive strategies for dealing with difficult behaviour, including harassment. Ensure learning experiences are linked and integrated with the wider community. Collaborate with other agencies in providing for the academic, moral, social, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being of pupils and their families. 7
8 Headteacher: Person specification Desirable Essential Qualifications Qualified Teacher Status National Professional Qualification in Headship or equivalent Further degree/professional qualification Evidence of continuing professional development Experience Experienced Headteacher, Deputy Head or Assistant Head of primary school Extensive experience as a classroom teacher at primary level Management experience of Inclusion and SEN provision in primary school setting Experience of developing effective relationships with children, staff, governors, parents and the wider community Experience of OFSTED inspection (since 2012) Strategic Direction Shaping the Future Experience of helping to develop and articulate an agreed vision, strategic direction and school improvement/ development plans to achieve outstanding outcomes in a diverse community Demonstrate commitment to Rhodes Avenue Primary School s current vision Experience of successful delivery of strategic plans and management of change Leadership, Staff Management and Development Track record of providing inspiration and a collaborative style of leadership; listening to and responding to others Experience of monitoring and evaluating school policies and plans and taking action if necessary Ability to develop and maintain strong teams that enable staff to work effectively together and carry out their respective roles to the highest standard Experience of recruiting, managing, developing and retaining high-calibre staff Evidence of supporting continuing professional development and providing opportunities for growth and development of all staff Experience of setting performance objectives, carrying out staff performance reviews and acting on any issues that arise Leading Teaching and Learning Understanding of how children learn and commitment to delivering the curriculum in a creative, inspirational way in an inclusive environment. Sound knowledge of the current major curriculum developments, legislative changes and their significance for the effective management of a large primary school. Demonstrates high expectations and experience of setting both challenging and realistic targets across the school Track record of assessing, monitoring, evaluating and enhancing the quality of teaching Continuous focus on monitoring pupil progress using data and benchmarking, developing improvement plans as required Track record of maintaining high standards of behaviour and attendance Evidence of proactively supporting enrichment activities to support learning and development of pupils Evidence of working with other schools or participating in school network activities to share experience 8
9 Desirable Essential Managing Resources and the Organisation Experience of budgeting, including setting priorities for expenditure, allocating funds, cost control and reporting Track record in the effective management of finance, human resources and premises to achieve goals and support school improvement Evidence of successful supervision of SFVS Evidence of successful management of Pupil Premium to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils Experience of using a range of technologies effectively for communication, school management, curriculum development and monitoring pupil progress Securing Accountability Thorough understanding of the statutory framework for education and the legal framework that underpins school management Track record of effective communication with Governing Body, timely provision of information required to fulfil duties and make informed decisions Uses a range of evidence (including performance data, external evaluations and involvement of whole school community) to inform decision making and plan improvement Safeguarding and Inclusion Evidence of commitment to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children and ensuring all staff and volunteers share this commitment Evidence of commitment to promoting an inclusive environment for all pupils Actively draws on the diversity within the school community to enhance learning and support the academic, moral, spiritual, social and cultural development of all pupils Community Commitment to developing and maintaining effective relationships with parents, carers and other members of the wider community to enhance the education of pupils. Personal Attributes Inspirational and enthusiastic Strong commitment to outstanding academic outcomes Caring and considerate towards children and staff Communicates effectively (spoken and written) Approachable and enjoys being visible to children, staff and parents Embraces and enables change Demonstrates good judgment and emotional intelligence Able to identify, investigate and resolve problems effectively Demonstrate the ability to be resilient, robust and calm under pressure 9
10 Rhodes Avenue: Budget Summary
11 Rhodes Avenue Budget Summary 2013 Staff Salaries 1,852, % Premises / Rates & Services 152, % Learning resources* 58,03 2.% Standards Fund Expenditure** 89, % External Services*** 227, % Total Expenditure 2,379, % Income from LEA 2,063,015 Income from other # 313,097 Income from RAPSA 1,000 Carry forward 11/12 62,267 Total Income 2,39,379 Carry Forward 12/13 59,555 * This includes furniture, equipment and visits ** This includes ICT equipment, teacher training *** This includes school meals, and swimming lessons # This includes central government payments 11
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