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Career Opportunities

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Current Vacancies at Woodcote

Post Title:                        Deputy Headteacher

School:                             Woodcote Primary School

Location:                          Dunsfold Rise, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2ED

Status:                             Permanent

Salary:                              Leadership pay scales L6 – L16 with Outer London Weighting

(£51,082 - £64,514, depending on experience)

Post Start Date:               1st January 2023

Closing Date for Applications:    12th October 2022 at 9am

Interview Date:                17th and 18th October 2022


The Headteacher and Governors at Woodcote Primary School are seeking to appoint an inspirational and driven leader to take on the role of Deputy Headteacher. The start date is for January 2023, but there may be an opportunity for a successful candidate to start before that, depending on their availability.


Woodcote Primary School is a 4-form entry school within The Pioneer Academy.  We are a large school with a fantastic team, and, more importantly, wonderful pupils.  Our school motto is ‘Inspire, Challenge, Engage and is at the heart of everything we do.  We value each child as an individual and work hard to foster resilience, creativity, responsibility, self-belief, respect and truthfulness. We pride ourselves on our continual drive to provide exceptional care and education.  We have a dedicated and enthusiastic team striving for the best for all children.


Woodcote Primary School is part of The Pioneer Academy Trust which is an academy trust with schools across London and the South East.  At The Pioneer Academy, we put children first, pioneering excellence and championing each and every child.  All our schools, ranging from small infant schools to large primary schools, work collaboratively, sharing resources and expertise.  

Find out more at:  Woodcote Primary School website and The Pioneer Academy website

You will:

  • Be an excellent classroom practitioner;
  • Be a dynamic and effective leader, communicator and team builder, with experiences at deputy or assistant headteacher level;
  • Have the vision, ability and drive to inspire, motivate and influence pupils, staff and stakeholders, encouraging successful and sustainable partnerships and collaboration;
  • Have high expectations of staff and pupils and the vision to build a strong staff team and cohesive school community;
  • Enable all pupils to achieve their potential during their time at the school, ensuring that they leave school as mature, rounded, resilient individuals, ready to take their places as active citizens ready for secondary school;
  • Be committed to the delivery of the highest standard of teaching and learning across The Pioneer Academy, including the professional development of our staff.


In return, we can offer you strong support both within the school and within the Trust, and the opportunity for your continued professional development.   Visits are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting our school office on 020 8660 9972.

To apply for this vacancy, please complete the application form, completing a full education and employment history since leaving school and indicating how you satisfy the criteria set out in the Job Description/Person Specification. You will also be required to complete and return a self-disclosure declaration with your application.  Applications should be submitted via email to the Recruitment Team at recruitment@thepioneeracademy.co.uk


Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.  References will be requested for those shortlisted only and prior to interview.  In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, online searches will be completed as part of the due diligence on shortlisted candidates, searching online content that is publicly available for inappropriate online content that may suggest that a shortlisted candidate may not be suitable to work with children, or that may harm the reputation of the school.  If any issues of concern come up in online searches, shortlisted candidates will have an opportunity to address these at interview.   An Enhanced DBS certificate will be required on provisional offer, including a check of the Children’s Barred List.  Further vetting checks, in line with the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 will be completed following a provisional offer of appointment.  Where applicable, if an applicant with a provisional offer of employment has lived and/or worked outside the UK, they will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct.


The Pioneer Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks. Our school Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded and read following this link:  Woodcote Primary School Safeguarding Policy

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