Assistant Headteacher
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/109840/16853
  • Published: Tue 14/09/2021, 8:02 AM
  • Closing on: Tue 05/10/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £61,463 - £69,514 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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Assistant Headteacher

The starting salary for this position is £61,463 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

This role is open to remote working meaning you aren't required in the office 5 days a week. We’re less about you driving to work and more about us collectively driving down our carbon footprint. We care about how you work rather than where you work; the people rather than the postcode. In support of our people and our greener futures strategies, we’d welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what remote working may look like for you.

About Us

The Surrey Virtual School (SVS) works with schools, social workers, carers and a range of services to help improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people in the care of Surrey. A ‘Virtual School’ is a way of bringing together the educational information about children and young people who are cared for by the local authority as if they were a single school – no matter where in the country they may live. Each Virtual School has a Headteacher and together with the team, supports and challenges to ensure children and young people looked after are prioritised within all education services, in line with our shared corporate parent duty. You can learn more about SVS by visiting our website.

You would be joining a strong and stable team of professionals who are totally committed to improving educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people in the care of Surrey. An overview of the current team, their roles and what they enjoy and value most about being part of SVS can be found in our new school brochure.

We work together with schools, carers, social workers and a range of other stakeholders and professionals to improve outcomes in line with our statutory duty and role as educational advocates of children looked after. The SVS has been on a development journey following the 2018 inspection of children’s services (ILACS) and has secured significant improvements across a number of key areas, particularly the quality and timeliness of personal education plans (PEPs), better school attendance and reducing the number of children awaiting a school place. We aim to have an aspirational and outstanding SVS to promote and support the education of our care experienced children and young people.

About You

We are seeking an outstanding and visionary post 16 leader to join our SVS team as an 'Assistant Headteacher for Post 16, UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) and Progression To Independence.'  You will be a dynamic and passionate individual committed to making a difference to the lives of young people who are care experienced and the adults who work with them. You will have the drive, energy and ambition needed to develop this key area of the Virtual School's work and be able to work at pace and scale within our Surrey context. 

About the Role

The Assistant Head Teacher of the Virtual School is a permanent role which sits within the Senior Leadership Team of SVS. The role has leadership responsibility for the key areas of Post 16 education, employment and training, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and progression to independence for care experienced young people and care leavers in years 12 and 13. You will also have line management responsibility for three post 16 Education Support Officer roles, one for UASC, two for post 16 (years 12 and 13) and one Education and Employment Adviser (18-25) for care leavers.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly meet the key requirements as set out in the attached job description together with:

  • A recognised teaching Qualification (QTS/ EYTS/QTLS)
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation and current issues concerning the education of Looked after Children and young people and their access to post 16 education, employment and training. This includes the impact of trauma and Adverse Life Experiences on engagement and learning, and detailed knowledge of the post 16 education and skills landscape particularly across the south east region
  • A clear understanding of the needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) and the asylum process
  • A successful track record of implementing effective strategies for improving the educational outcomes of care experienced young people and reducing the number who are not in education, employment and/or training (NEET).
  • A thorough understanding of Personal Education Planning (PEP) for looked after children and young people, particularly in relation to UASC, post 16 and the interface between the PEP and pathway plan
  • A successful track record of managing a team

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 5th October 2021.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Anna MacLean by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application. 


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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