Deputy Head of Primary School

Salary: L3 to L7 (Inner London)

Start date: September 2018 (with earlier planning, training and induction)
Contract: Full time, permanent, subject to an enhanced DBS check 

This role is a key post in one of the most exciting and agile primary schools in the country. School 21 primary school is set up to educate the head, heart and hand. ‘The head’ means securing the basics of reading, writing, speaking and counting. ‘The heart’ means making sure our children are kind to each other. ‘The hand’ means doing brilliant projects that extend thinking and help children make a difference to the world around them. 

This role would suit a senior leader who seeks the challenge of leading in an innovative environment. We are looking for someone who can combine strategic thinking, with the ability to build strong teams and implement programmes with operational rigour.

Some of the key components of the role include:

  • To help lead the vision, values and systems of the Primary School so that it delivers extraordinary outcomes for children from Reception to Year 4.

  • To be relentless in your drive and ambition for the students and staff in your care.

  • To think deeply about the importance of a strong foundation of learning being built in the EYFS phase, with a particular focus on early reading and writing.

  • To have clear strategies to secure the foundations of success: literacy, numeracy, oracy and social emotional development. To ensure that all students are ready for more formal learning by the end of the EYFS phase. 

  • To be ready to embed innovation through collaboration with a thoughtful middle leadership team.

  • To have strong pastoral experience to facilitate working with teachers to embed effective behaviour management techniques, to support good behaviour for learning in the classroom.

  • To work with the wider community, including parents, to support the values of the school and to help shape parent voice.  


You will join the Primary School (Reception - Year 4) and work with an extraordinary team of passionate and skillful teachers who are developing a range of approaches to teaching and learning that include rigorous phonics teaching, maths mastery, oracy, story-telling, and literacy based projects. You will be someone who is good at analysing and using data to ensure all cohorts make great progress. You will also be skilled at building teams and developing people. 

We are looking for a school leader, who is up for something challenging and ground-breaking, to help us on the next stage of our journey. We want a leader who is keen to change education in this country and who is ambitious to try new approaches to pedagogy, curriculum design and pupil well-being.  

School 21 is a very special and different kind of place to work in. We empower staff to find their voice and their creativity. We offer collaboration and learning across ages and subjects. All staff have a tailored programme of professional development which results in great outcomes for the students.  We offer multiple routes to progression through subjects and pedagogies. We believe strongly in developing the full potential of all staff. 

School 21 has built strong foundations in a short period of time, confirmed by our Ofsted which was outstanding in all categories. There was strong recognition for the ethos and approach of the school:

"Pupils across the school make exceptional progress."

"Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, impeccable manners and show respect for everyone.”

“Staff morale is exceptionally high. Teachers at the early stages of their career value the ‘fantastic’ professional development and opportunities to learn from each other. Those with more experience said that they have become much better teachers since joining the school.” 

Through project-based learning "pupils achieve remarkable standards of work and demonstrated knowledge and skills at levels beyond those expected for their age group."

“Pupils talk and discuss with a maturity and confidence that is remarkable for their years."

The successful candidate will be:


  • An excellent teacher and subject specialist

  • Skilled at fostering independent, student-led learning

  • A creative and deep thinker about pedagogy

  • Innovative in using new technology to enhance learning

  • A collaborative planner, able to work across subject disciplines

  • Interested in developing the growth of every child – head, heart and hand 




  • 4 to 18 mixed, inclusive school in the heart of Stratford, Newham

  • Cutting edge pedagogy and curriculum

  • Small - only 75 children in each year group

  • We have plans to set up two new schools in close proximity to School 21 which will give staff more opportunities to grow and develop




  • Outstanding career development and exceptional CPD

  • Generous TLRs based on experience and skills

  • The chance to network with outstanding practitioners and learn from the best

  • Collaborative working across the 4 to 18 school

  • Leadership training and development opportunities

  • A strong feedback culture so that teachers can develop in areas of their 

practice that are important to them

  • Every teacher being part of a team/circle that develops strategic practice 


Closing date: 9am on Wednesday, 11th March 2020       Likely interview date: Week commencing 16th March 20202018