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Deputy Headteacher

Bracknell Forest Council
Sandy Lane Primary School, Bracknell, Berkshire
Working Pattern:
Full Time
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
22/05/2017 at 12:00 PM
Bracknell Forest Council

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced primary leader to have impact on a school at a key point on its improvement trajectory.

Sandy Lane Primary School is a larger than average primary school, with 550 children on roll. We are a well-resourced school, situated in extensive grounds near the centre of Bracknell Town Centre, a stone’s throw away from the exciting new town centre development, the ‘Lexicon’. We were judged Requires Improvement in May 2015 and are moving forward on our improvement journey. We have wonderful children, a hardworking and caring teaching and support team, good Local Authority support and challenge, a new passionate, dedicated and professional governing body and a highly pro-active parent fundraising group.

The Interim Executive Head and Governing Body of Sandy Lane Primary are looking for a motivated, passionate and hardworking Deputy Head to work closely with the newly recruited Headteacher (due to start in September 2017) to drive forward further school improvement on the school’s fast paced journey. We need to embed and sustain further development to meet our aim for Sandy Lane to offer consistent, high quality education for it’s children.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the changes in leadership at Sandy Lane and to be part of a new team. The new Headteacher is seeking to expand his leadership team and this role plays a key part in that organisation.

You will need to be an experienced Deputy Head of a primary school who is looking to work in a larger school and wants to work with a Headteacher who develops leaders and distributes to enable your professional development needs to be met. Your experience will need to be that which has had demonstrable impact at whole school level and references will need to be able to indicate your credibility as a leader, leading school development impact and outcomes as the main leader.

This is a role where you will hold responsibility for key areas of school development, and work alongside an experienced Headteacher who holds the main accountability. The key foci of the role are to ensure high standards of learning and teaching, which impacts on achievement and to evolve our Enquiry Curriculum to one that meets the needs of Sandy Lane children and develops and showcases the uniqueness of Sandy Lane.

If you are genuinely keen to make a difference and determined to work together as a team to help Sandy Lane reach its potential of being an outstanding school, then this could be the ideal role for you.

The Headteacher is looking for a values driven leader, who is courageous when it comes to decision making and actions for the good of the children- being children first will be the marker of all of your decision making and actions. You will need to demonstrate that you are a reflective leader, with a passion for continuing professional development. Trust, loyalty and the ability to hold strong boundaries with a staff team are key interpersonal skills to be able to demonstrate as being a strategic ally for sustained school improvement is key to this role.

If you would like an informal chat with the Interim Executive Headteacher, Mrs Liz Cole, please contact her via Mrs Louise Fallows, Secretary/Head’s PA on 01344 423896 or via secretary@sandylanebracknell.com

Visits to see the school in action are also welcome by appointment.

Please detail in your application form clearly, with reference to the person specification and job description, your responses to the following two questions:

  • Why is Sandy Lane the school for your next leadership challenge?
  • What can you offer Sandy Lane?

Closing Date: Monday 22nd May at 12 noon.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24th May

Sandy Lane Primary School, Sandy Lane, Bracknell, RG12 2JG

Website: www.sandylanebracknell.com

Equal Opportunities

Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Please apply online (see link below) or contact the school for further details. We will only accept applications on Bracknell Forest application forms, please do NOT forward your CV.

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Equal Opportunities

We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to providing equality of opportunity to all. Our aim is to treat all employees and prospective employees with integrity, respect and consideration.

We aim to ensure that individuals are recruited, selected, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, job requirements, skills, aptitudes and other objective criteria. In this respect we will ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marital status or disability, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are not covered by legislation or existing codes of practice.


We are a Disability Symbol User and as such have made a commitment to guarantee an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

To help us with our commitment to this guarantee, please indicate if you have a disability on your application form.


Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and expects all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices share this commitment.

This position requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check because it involves contact with (or access to data concerning) children/young people/adults at risk. On your application form, you will need to tell us about any spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings which may later appear on your DBS Certificate.

To find out more about the application process for working with children, young people and adults at risk visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/application-process-for-working-with-children-and-adults-at-risk.pdf

The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) has responsibility for working together to oversee the safety and well-being of children and young people in Bracknell Forest. Find out more about the LSCB at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/safeguardingchildrenboard

Pre–employment medical check

You may be asked about your physical ability to perform the job during interview. As a condition of the Offer of Employment, the successful applicant will be asked to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire from which our Occupational Health Advisor will assess your medical suitability to do the job. You may be required to attend a medical examination.


On your application form you will be asked to provide the names and addresses of two people who will provide a reference. At least one should be from your current/most recent employer. If you are not currently working with children/adults at risk but have done so in the past it is important that a reference is obtained from the employer by whom you were most recently employed working with children/adults at risk.

Employment references must be provided by your current or most recent line manager and will not be accepted from relatives or people writing solely in the capacity of friends. However, your referees may include someone you know with standing in the community i.e. a teacher, vicar etc.

We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and wherever possible we like to apply for these prior to interview.

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