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Thank you for your interest in The Joseph Rowntree School's Deputy Headteacher Opportunity

Dear Deputy Headteacher Applicant,

We are delighted to welcome you to our dedicated recruitment webpage, which aims to provide you with all the information about our wonderful school and our exciting current opportunity, which has arisen due to the promotion to another school of our current incumbent.  The Joseph Rowntree School (JRS) was founded in 1942 (we celebrated our 80th anniversary last year) and is a successful 11-18 mixed, comprehensive school with just under 1300 students, including 200 in the Sixth form. JRS is a local authority-maintained school and keeps strong links with the City of York Council.

Located in the lovely surroundings of New Earswick, we are based in a single, 3-storey state-of-the-art modern building. We provide an excellent learning environment and offer a very strong extra-curricular programme. We have an ongoing investment into technology assisted learning. Read more about our fantastic school here.

We are supported by a highly experienced, committed and loyal staff team, supportive parents/carers,  and a strong Governing Body. We provide a nurturing setting where our students are polite, happy, confident and positively engaged in their education.

If you would like the opportunity to visit, please email Sarah Hunter who has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role. Such a visit is not part of the selection process, and whether or not applicants have visited will not influence the final outcome. For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah on 07816 251271.

I hope you find the information provided useful and informative and that it will encourage you to apply.  On behalf of the Staff and Governing Body, thank you again for your interest in The Joseph Rowntree School.

Yours sincerely,

Dave Hewitt


Learn more about The Joseph Rowntree School's Deputy Headteacher opportunity

The Joseph Rowntree School
Post: Deputy Headteacher
Number on Roll: 1,279
Commencing: January 2024
Salary: L18-L22
Contract Term: Permanent

The Joseph Rowntree School is a leading secondary school based in state-of-the-art facilities in New Earswick, near York, with a large catchment area and a wealth of strong relationships and networks in the wider community. Having celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2022, we are very much looking to the future and the appointment of our new Deputy Headteacher is of crucial importance in our school improvement work. Our new Deputy Headteacher will share our commitment to high standards and will have the ability and ambition to help lead the school in the next stage of its development. We are focused on developing outstanding classroom practice and outcomes, providing excellent pastoral care and engaging students in wider opportunities and experiences that help develop them into well rounded individuals.

We are looking for a Deputy Headteacher with strong leadership skills, who can offer the vision and tenacity to help lead a happy and thriving secondary school, and to continue to build on our considerable strengths as we look to an exciting future. This is a fantastic opportunity for either an existing Deputy Head or an Assistant Headteacher looking to take the next step on the career ladder. The successful candidate will be responsible for a wide remit including the quality of teaching and learning in the school, leadership of our curriculum and timetable and staff and resource management

The successful candidate will:

  • Have excellent people skills with a strong understanding of interpersonal relationships and strategies for promoting individual and team development and sustaining effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Have the ability to positively influence the behaviours of different groups of students and individuals
  • Be a strategic thinker
  • Be adaptable, good humoured and accountable
  • Have experience of successful curriculum leadership and implementation at middle or senior level
  • Be an excellent classroom teacher
  • Have a clear understanding of the impact of change and different leadership styles on individuals and organisations
  • Have a demonstrable level of experience within secondary education
  • Have a robust level of experience in holding individuals, teams and the whole school to account for student learning outcomes
  • Be wholly student centred in their approach, with a calm, unflappable nature
  • Possess a practical understanding of how to analyse and use the full range of evidence, including performance data and external evaluations, to support, monitor, evaluate and improve aspects of the school, including challenging poor performance

We can offer you:

  •  A strong support network and a supportive, cohesive community – relationships throughout the school are welcoming, kind, inclusive and thoughtful
  •  A strong, supportive senior leadership team and Governing Body
  • A financially healthy and robust environment
  • A school that wants to continue to evolve and improve, whilst maintaining its high academic performance and excellent reputation
  • An ambitious curriculum, which aims to give every child a love and thirst for learning
  • An excellent working environment with fantastic modern facilities
  • Opportunities for growth and personal development

 When applying please take into account the following:

Supporting Information

The supporting information section of your application should clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements we have outlined in the person specification. This will be used to shortlist applicants for this role and therefore it is imperative that you provide evidence as requested.

For an informal, confidential conversation about the role please call Sarah Hunter on 07816 251271 or email Sarah has been engaged to support us with recruitment to this key role.

The Application Process

If you wish to apply for this post, then please complete the application form. Completed application forms should be emailed to Rachel Walton, Headteacher’s PA/Senior HR Administrator:

Visits are invited; to arrange a visit by appointment only please contact Sarah Hunter on the contact details above.

Key dates:

Application closing date: Midnight, Sunday 2nd July 2023
Shortlisting: Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th July 2023
Interviews: Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th July 2023

Key documents:

Job Description

Person Specification

Schools Applicant Guidance 


When completing your application, please provide two employment referees.


We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

​This post is subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check for work with children. An online search may be undertaken as part of the recruitment process on information available in the public domain. Candidates should disclose anything that may be relevant in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education.

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