Job Description

This position represents an exciting opportunity for the right candidate, to start in September 2024.


This is a new role, created in recognition of the growth of this area of the School’s responsibilities over recent years. It is a very significant whole-School role; the postholder is therefore a member of the Leadership Team and reports directly to the Head. Given the skills and experience required for the position, it is envisaged that the postholder will not teach, and need not be a teacher by profession, but will nonetheless be a presence around the School.

This is a full-time role. The nature of the work will require the postholder to be on call in term time and available when the School is not in session, as for all members of the Leadership Team, but in this case as directed by Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). It is anticipated that the postholder will live in Oundle, either in their own or in School accommodation.

The postholder will be the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Oundle School and will work in full partnership with the DSL at Laxton Junior School (LJS). The postholder will line manage the other DSLs in the Corporation of Oundle School.

For full details of an overview of the School, details of the responsibilities and requirements for the role including the benefits on offer please see the Information pack available below.


Oundelians are able and curious. They expect to work hard and are encouraged to aim high across the full range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. They are also decent, grounded young people who deserve the very best from us as their school in preparing them for fulfilling lives.

We do not take for granted our strong reputation for excellence in every aspect of the education we offer, within and beyond the classroom, and seek always to improve what we do.


We are fortunate in our location at the heart of a beautiful market town. School and town are part of the same community and our pupils take their place within this community, not isolated from it. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl Theatre. For those moving into the area, accommodation may be available at a discounted rate to support this transition. Other benefits include a salary commensurate with the seniority of the position and generous fee remission for qualifying children at Oundle School and Laxton Junior School.


If you are excited by this opportunity, complete and return an application form and the supplement to the application form before the closing date. Please note CV submissions cannot be accepted.

Application closing date: Monday 16 October 2023 (9am)

Interview date: Week commencing 6 November 2023




Oundle and Laxton Junior School are proud to be equal opportunity employers and we welcome applications from all. Both Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Recruitment Agencies

The Corporation of Oundle School has an internal recruitment department, but where agency support is required, we will engage our trusted partners. Our adverts are intended to encourage direct interest from potential applicants, not recruitment agencies. Speculative CVs sent from sources other than directly from a candidate, will not be acknowledged or considered.


Source: Deputy Head – Safeguarding, Northamptonshire – Tes Jobs