Head Teacher (Permanent)
Required from Easter 2022
The governors are looking to appoint an inspirational and ambitious headteacher to build on the existing strengths of this popular and successful secondary school.
Blatchington Mill is a large secondary school with over 1600 students on roll across years 7 – 11 and 230 members of staff. The school is maintained as part of Brighton and Hove local authority.
Following the promotion of our existing head teacher to an Executive Head Teacher role at another school, the governors of Blatchington Mill School are looking to appoint an inspirational and ambitious head teacher who will continue with the recent academic, structural and administrative developments of this popular and successful secondary school. The school’s motto of ‘Involvement, Achievement and Care’ is not an empty phrase, but runs through all that we do. We are looking for someone who has strong educational values and who will reinforce these key aspects, in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.
Blatchington Mill is very popular in the local community and it remains consistently oversubscribed year-on-year, despite recent increases in our PAN (planned admission number) and is on a sound financial footing. Achievement levels are high: students thrive academically and socially and achieve excellent outcomes. There is a clear focus on developing the whole child at the school, valuing the educational benefits of the full curriculum.
The school is highly inclusive and encourages all members of the community, including students and families to take an active part. Behaviour is excellent with a well-established positive behaviour management strategy in place to reward and celebrate conduct, manners and work ethic.
The school has become known also for its innovation, particularly in curricular aspects. For instance, Blatchington Mill was selected as one of only nine schools nationwide to be awarded MFL lead hub status and was featured in a recent DfE publication of good practice in “Teaching a broad and balanced curriculum for educational recovery”.
The next Head Teacher at Blatchington Mill will have:
- A proven track record of successful leadership which has secured improved achievement and progress outcomes for all students at whole school level;
- The ability to inspire, challenge, motivate and empower colleagues and students within the school community to achieve their potential;
- A commitment to continuing the highly inclusive nature of the school;
- A caring, visible and approachable attitude to staff, students and parents/carers;
- An innovative approach to school improvement and curriculum development;
- The drive, resilience, energy, vision and ambition to build on the school’s current successes.
We can offer the successful candidate:
- A dedicated and hardworking team of staff and leadership team who are ambitious for all students;
- Students who want to learn and to succeed;
- Opportunities for personal and professional development;
- The opportunity to work with a partnership of ten local secondary schools;
- A supportive governing body.
Blatchington Mill School is committed to safeguarding our students, we expect all staff and volunteers to support this commitment. Criminal Record Checks will be carried out and a fullenhanced DBS clearance is required for all positions.
About Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
Our school motto is Involvement, Achievement, and Care. In all aspects we aim to excel. At Blatchington Mill School & Sixth Form, we believe, above all else, that education is a transformative force for good. Learning changes what we are and what we can become. It changes how we view others, and it changes how we interact with the world. It reveals our potential, and helps us discover our passions.
Blatchington Mill School’s community is incredibly special. We are a truly inclusive school and our students, staff and families are fully representative of the city in which we live and work. This diversity makes us appreciate difference and celebrate individual strengths. In order to learn well, we must all feel safe and secure. As such, we have unapologetically high standards for behaviour and conduct, and no tolerance for bullying or discrimination. We have the lowest reported levels of bullying in Brighton & Hove, and have reduced bullying year-on-year for the past 7 years. As such, we are graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ for behaviour and safety. We expect a lot of our students, and they respond to the challenge with enthusiasm.
We are celebrating outstanding GCSE and A Level results, with 70% of students at GCSE being awarded 5A*-C grades including English and Maths - a 10% increase on the previous year. 80% of all grades were a C or better and there were a huge number of students awarded the very top grades. 33% of entries were awarded A* or A grades and 30% of students achieved over 5 A*/A each. In Sixth Form we have the highest overall pass rate at 99.5% in Brighton and Hove, and 47% of grades were A*/B – an increase of 7% from the previous year. Pass rates alone can be misleading, as students join their secondary schools or Sixth Form colleges with varying prior achievement. We are therefore most proud of the fact that our ‘Progress 8’ and ‘Value added’ scores are positive – meaning students made more progress at Blatch than others did nationally. We aim to let no child leave without qualifications, and last year 100% of students were awarded at least one qualification.
We achieve these academic results by ensuring every lesson, every day, is the best it can be. We are nationally recognised for our training and teacher development, and we invest in ensuring we have the very best staff.
We have an open evening on the 8th October 2015, but also welcome prospective students and parents to arrange a visit throughout the school year.
School is a place to find yourself – to learn at the very limits of your potential, and in doing so discover who you really are.