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Deputy Headteacher - closing date 9am Monday 15th April 2024

Deputy Headteacher


Employer: Derby Diocesan Academy Trust  

Hours: Full Time

Salary: Leadership scale, points 13-17

Contract:  Permanent.  Required September 2024

Location:  Arboretum Primary School 

Closing date:  9:00am Monday 15th April 2024

Interview:  Monday 22nd April 2024

The Governors of Arboretum Primary School are looking to appoint an inspirational, forward-thinking Deputy Head Teacher to help lead our popular, diverse and welcoming Primary School in the heart of Derby.

Arboretum is a proud member of Derby Diocesan Academy Trust ( and enjoys a positive relationship with a team of professionals providing effective support in school improvement and operations.

Arboretum is a happy place to be.  Our school is full of laughter, care and love; where each child is respected as the unique individual that they are. At Arboretum we underpin all of our work with the school’s values of ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’. At Arboretum, children are at the heart of our work. Our priority is to deliver high quality teaching and learning whilst at the same time providing rich and enjoyable learning experiences.


We aim to provide a safe, happy and healthy environment in which all children are encouraged to be creative, confident and enquiring individuals. We want our children to be successful, to love learning and to move onto the next stage of their education with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to thrive. We have high expectations of our children; we will expect and support them to ‘Reach for the Stars’.

Are you already an experienced senior leader in a primary school, and eager for a new and stimulating challenge? Are you passionate about school improvement, and have the necessary knowledge and understanding to drive standards?

We are looking for an excellent practitioner with drive and enthusiasm, who has the knowledge, experience and skills to lead, alongside other senior leaders, on teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment. The successful candidate will need to have significant experience across the primary age range. The Deputy Head Teacher will work closely with the head teacher and other senior leaders in the school.. The school and the Trust are very supportive and provide high quality CPD, and opportunities to work collaboratively with other senior leaders and our School Improvement Advisors across the Trust.

Our new deputy headteacher will:

Have the ability to identify and deliver outstanding teaching; having the confidence to lead and model this.

Have previous leadership experience within a primary school, at senior leadership level.

Be a collaborative and inspirational leader, with a strong ability to motivate and empower staff and children to achieve their full potential.

Care passionately about children and their development whilst still driving forward pupil progress and achievement.

Have a tenacious approach to safeguarding; ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our young people.

Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to build on and maintain strong relationships with staff, parents and carers, children, governors and the local and wider community.

Have an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum across the primary age range including EYFS.

Have regard and respect for the experiences, knowledge and cultural diversity that every child brings to school and use this as a foundation for improving standards;

Offer all children equal access to all aspects of school life; where individual differences are appreciated, celebrated, understood and accepted;

Encourage children to become good citizens holding British values, by developing caring attitudes, tolerance and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their community.

In return we can offer you:

Children who are rewarding to teach, eager to learn and who thrive on success, nurture and positive relationships

A dedicated and highly motivated staff who have strong relationships with pupils, parents and the local community; who work hard to make Arboretum the success it is

A friendly, welcoming and supportive community who are immensely proud of their school;

A commitment to continued professional development;

A supportive Academy Trust and active Local Governing Body;

A friendly working environment which supports and enhances our vision and ethos.

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We are a large 635 place primary (which includes 20 children in our 2 year old unit and 78 in our 3 year old nursery), with a rich, ethnic mix of delightful and well-behaved children.  We have a modern school that sits in large attractive grounds.  We pride ourselves on our caring ethos and the value we place in our dedicated and friendly staff teams.  We are a popular school, and have a waiting list for most year groups.

DDAT welcomes a diverse population of both children and staff and is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions.

DDAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to satisfactory references, online checks, completion of a probationary period, pre-employment and Disclosure Barring Service checks. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).

An informal visit to the school is warmly encouraged and recommended.  The Head Teacher is available for visits on Thursday 21st March at 2:30pm. Friday 22nd March at 9:30am, Monday 25th March at 10:00am or Tuesday 26th at 2:30pm.  Please contact the school office on 01332 291140, or email if you would like to book onto one of these visits.

For application details, please see attached, or go to Join Our Team on the Main Menu of our website at:  where you will find job details and application forms.

Please complete the DDAT Teacher application form and the Monitoring form (optional), and submit together with a covering letter.

Applications should be emailed to  We will only accept applications made on DDAT application forms.