Job Description


An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to have a significant positive impact on the lives of our students as Deputy Headteacher (Student Development, Wellbeing and Safeguarding).

This post is an important strategic and operational role in the life of our school community, and the successful candidate will be a key leader of the cultural development of our school. That culture, and everything we do, is underpinned by our values of Aspiration, Kindness and Resilience.

These values guide our actions and help us bring our motto, Excellence with Integrity, to life. We would like to appoint someone who embodies those values in the way they work with young people to lead our pastoral provision.

Salary Type: Leadership

Salary details: L21-L27 plus Fringe allowance

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Closing date: 20/03/2023 12:00

Interviews to be held: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March 2023

About us

Dr Challoner’s has 1371 students, of which 449 are in the Sixth Form. In November 2019 the school was judged to be Outstanding in a full section 5 inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework. It is regarded as one of the leading grammar schools in the country. As lead in the Teaching School Hub – Buckinghamshire we provide an exciting range of professional development opportunities.


About the role

At Challoner’s we take great pride in the quality of our pastoral care for individual students, and our child-centred approach to their learning and development. This sits with our focus on character education and wellbeing in support of excellent academic progress. The post holder will be expected to take a share of the leadership responsibility for our character education plans.

Delivering high quality pastoral care in support of learning is the responsibility of the whole staff, led by the SLT, and this role presents an opportunity to lead and develop it over time. The successful delivery of this will remain everyone’s responsibility, but direct and explicit leadership of this from the post holder will be a key method for consistent and cohesive outcomes.

Similarly, the development of good character in support of learning is a whole school strategy that requires clear leadership, something in which the postholder will be expected to play a key part.

The successful candidate will work extremely closely with the Headteacher and Senior Team to ensure that the school’s Vision, Values & Strategies are coherently delivered through actions by all staff in school, and that standards of academic progress, behaviour and character are high. Whilst the responsibilities shown in the information pack are the key areas associated with the role, there can be some flexibility around the finalised responsibilities, to be discussed with the successful applicant. Candidates’ academic specialism will have no bearing on the appointment decision, though we expect our Deputy Heads to teach in the region of 8 hours a week.

About you

You should have at least two years’ experience as a senior leader in education, with significant knowledge and experience of pastoral leadership. You should have the ability to create and share a sense of vision and direction for the school and team, and the ability to motivate and empower others. DSL or DDSL training and experience would be desirable, although not essential as full training can be given. A full person specification can be seen in our information pack.

Other information

Potential candidates are welcome to contact us to arrange an informal chat with the Headteacher or another senior colleague; please contact Gill Byrne, HR Manager and Headteacher’s PA on

if you would like to arrange this.

Please send completed application forms to the email address below.

Tel No: 01494 787500

Please see our web page our application form and recruitment monitoring form

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check. In accordance with Keeping Children Safe In Education 2022 guidance, we will use social media websites and search enginesto research information on shortlisted candidates, to determine suitability to work with children and keep them safe.  This is not part of the shortlisting process; if there are any findings of concern, you will be given the opportunity to address them at interview.

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