The Role

Head of School
£ competitive

Improving educational outcomes and experience will always be one of our key objectives. So, put simply, your role will be to bring out the best in our students and staff.

Working through a strong team, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of QEHS. This will include the leadership of teaching and learning and the school’s work to promote students’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.

QEHS is committed to developing the skills of our staff, based on research-based evidence of what works, as defined in our 'Ten Essentials of Great Teaching'. You will help embed this is in everyday professional practice - encouraging a culture of devolved leadership that supports staff’s professional development and succession planning.

A good deal of work has already been done on developing a coherent curriculum journey in all subjects and phases, including work with our three partnership Middle schools. An important focus of your job will be ensuring successful implementation and impact of this enhanced curriculum.

As Head of School, you will have an important ambassadorial role, communicating with parents and other stakeholders on a regular basis.

You will have considerable autonomy, while enjoying the support and guidance of the Executive Headteacher, so that you can strengthen your full range of leadership skills. As a regular attendee at Trust Board meetings, there is also considerable scope for you to develop your exposure to the strategic direction of the school and the Trust.

Candidate Profile

We expect to hear from School Leaders with a strong track record of success, who can demonstrate positive impact in their career to date. You should bring a highly developed understanding of the characteristics of good teaching and learning, and show how you have applied these to support better outcomes for students. Strong candidates will bring a rounded perspective to the role through their ability to evaluate progress through the use of data, and through an attuned awareness of staff and student wellbeing. You’ll already have experience of leading and developing others and be confident in your ability to grow capacity from within and to address performance issues as required. Highly effective communication skills (in writing and in person) will be key in building rapport and trust with colleagues, parents/carers and other stakeholders.

Most importantly, as the Head of School, it’s essential that you bring a genuine commitment to the school and its ethos, and that you can lead with integrity and humility, with an emphasis on collective aspiration and achievement.

You can find more details, including the Person Specification and Job Description within the candidate packs by completing the Apply section.

We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.



"You, your head of school and other senior leaders lead by example. You are all determined to provide a high-quality educational experience for all pupils, regardless of their ability or background."
Ofsted, 2019