Northampton School for Girls

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Will you challenge the status quo? Do you have the vision to define the future direction of the school? Will your input be the catalyst which inspires our students to follow their aspirations and achieve success as women of the future?

In a world where the agenda for women has progressed but is also still evolving, we want to equip our students with the self-confidence, creativity and resilience to become the inspiring women of the future. Looking forward, your vision and ambition could empower change within our school for the benefit of our next generation of talent.

We require a Headteacher who shares our values and will champion girls’ education. Always conscious of the challenges and opportunities faced by young people, you will ensure the school stays relevant, guiding it through the changes occurring in the wider community and society.

Northampton School for Girls (NSG) is an Ofsted Outstanding, state-funded, comprehensive school on the outskirts of the market town of Northampton. We celebrate the diversity of our multi-faith, multi-cultural student base and the mix of rural and urban communities which we serve.

NSG is a single academy trust and, as such, the Headteacher’s role has a level of autonomy and responsibility, reporting directly to the Academy Trustees. The Headteacher is also required to be the Accounting Officer, taking responsibility for financial and administrative matters, as per the funding agreement. You will be experienced in resource management including, but not limited to, financial & human resources. You will be a strong collaborator and will have evidence of successful stakeholder engagement.

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Main purpose of the job

To make the school’s three “non-negotiables” of inclusion, high achievement and development of the whole child into reality, by providing the resources (human, financial and physical), challenge, professional development and determination necessary for success.

Working in partnership with the Governing Board, to develop the shared vision and strategic plans which will shape the school, and inspire and motivate students, staff and all other members of the school community to ensure that every child leaves well equipped for success.

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Person Specification

Your application will be judged on its direct relevance to the following person specification as well as the quality of its content and presentation.




Evidenced in


Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people




Good first degree

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Further academic and professional qualifications e.g. Masters, NPQH




Extensive experience of comprehensive education

Proven successful and significant senior leadership in secondary education with improved outcomes

Active role in implementing a successful whole school improvement strategy

Effectively worked with Governors

Effective budget management and financial analysis

School to school improvement / collaborative practice

Cross-phase working

Responsibility for financial management

Work at a senior level in an academy




Leadership & Management

A positive role model for staff and students who leads by example

Capacity to recognise and build on the considerable successes of the school and formulate a vision for innovation and continued improvement

Strong analytical ability, which is used to inform school improvement practice

Highly skilled in change management and system development

Has a network of professional contacts and sources of different/other practice and ideas to challenge and promote continued professional growth

Member of professional body for leadership and/or specialism

Experience of responsibility in both pastoral and curriculum roles




Knowledge & Understanding

Excellent knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning, school improvement and policy including:

  • Curriculum (Key Stages 3 to 5)

  • Assessment

  • Data analysis and target setting

  • Student well-being strategies
  • Intervention strategies for key groups (including SEND and PP)

An outstanding teacher who makes use of their pedagogical knowledge to reflect on and improve the learning experience

A deep understanding of effective leadership and management that focusses on impact and effect rather than activity

Extensive understanding of current education performance measures and metrics, and the ability to explain these to a ‘lay’ audience

Working knowledge of policies and procedures of external agencies

Understanding of changes in the educational landscape

Academy experience including understanding of the role of Accounting Officer and the Academies Financial Handbook

Appreciation of changes to schools’ external review frameworks including Ofsted




Philosophy & Commitment

Well-developed educational vision and values that reflect those of NSG

Champion for excellent girls’ comprehensive education, and for students in vulnerable groups



Personal Attributes

High expectations for self and others

Ability to inspire staff and students

Resilient, adaptable, a relentless optimist, determined

Independent, creative and strategic thinker

Outstanding communicator, confident to be visible, high profile and influential in the school and community

Well-organised, meets deadlines, capacity for hard work, effective prioritiser

Astute decision maker who takes responsibility for their actions

Open and approachable

Sense of perspective and humour




Professional Development

Commitment to CPD for self and others

Experience of providing CPD to others

Undertaken approved leadership CPD

Experience of mentoring / coaching on specific programmes e.g. LftM, NPQML/SL, ITT


How To Apply

Please complete the application form available on this website and follow the instructions. Applications should be received by 24 February 2019.

All applications will be acknowledged and then evaluated against the selection criteria.

Shortlist selection and interviews will take place on 6th (pm only), 7th and 8th March 2019.

Full references will be required for the shortlist process, and invited candidates will be required to bring their original academic and other certificates and proof of identity. Full details will be provided beforehand.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Sally Tattersfield, HR Manager, on 01604 679548 or at

If you would like an informal visit to the school, please let Sally know and she will make the necessary arrangements. The informal visit will not form any part of the selection process and not taking up the offer will neither advantage nor disadvantage any applicants.

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