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					                                   West Moors Middle School


West Moors Middle School is a friendly school of 300 pupils aged 9-13, with three classes in each
year group. Situated in the pleasant village setting of West Moors much of the area to the north
and west of the village is open heathland. The village is less than 10 miles from Bournemouth,
Poole, Wimborne, Ringwood and Christchurch. We serve a wide and diverse catchment area, with
children coming from the county border near Ringwood, the rural area around Three Legged
Cross, as well as Ferndown and West Moors village itself. Our school is part of the thriving new
East Dorset Education Partnership, which comprises 31 schools in the Ferndown and Wimborne
areas.

The school has undergone a number of significant changes in the past four years. In response to
falling rolls we have carried out a significant review of the staffing structure and a remodelling of
the non-teaching workforce. We now have arrived at a more streamlined model which we believe
will meet the needs of our 3-form entry school. We anticipate that numbers on roll will rise over
the coming years. The school‟s current School Development Plan leads with the priority to sustain
our recent improvements in teaching and learning.

The school is housed in purpose-built accommodation, which opened in 1977, with a new block
added in 1996. There are four designated year „areas‟ with classrooms for each tutor group.
There are also a number of specialist areas: - two science laboratories, a Design Technology
room, Food Technology room, Art room, two computer suites (refitted in August 2002), a music
studio, multi-purpose hall/dining area/gym, specialist rooms for SEN and support teaching, library
(linked to ICT network), and a large school field with appropriate sports and environmental areas.
The school has its own canteen serving a range of break and lunchtime meals. A recent building
programme has improved the staff and administrative areas of the school, including a new
staffroom and base for SEN/Inclusion. Interactive whiteboards have recently been installed in
almost every classroom. A current building programme has involved refurbishment of the Food
Technology Area and the Music Studio. In addition we have provided facilities for Extended
Schools childcare and have improved accessibility for people with disabilities.

The school has a supportive Parent/Teacher/Friend Association, which organises many activities
and events, and is involved in the wider community life of the school. Likewise, the Governors
play an important part in establishing the successful ethos of the school. The school was awarded
Healthy Schools status in July 2007.


This post has arisen due to the promotion of our current Deputy Head to the Headship of a
federation of schools within the Local Authority.

The opening sentence of our October 2007 Ofsted inspection report states, “West Moors Middle
School is a good and rapidly improving school. It is clear that most parents share this view.” The
report goes on to say, “The cohesion and sense of purpose of the school‟s leaders and of the staff
as a whole are palpable. They are a major factor influencing the rapid progress of the school, and
giving it the capacity to improve further in the years ahead.” The governors and staff of West
Moors are now looking for a new Deputy Headteacher to join us at this exciting time…



West Moors Middle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children
and regularly reviews its policies and procedures for Child Protection. Part of our practice is to
follow up this important issue in our request for references and to undertake a criminal record
check via the CRB. Likewise, any interview for a post at the school will include questions about
safeguarding children.
Job description

Post: Deputy Head teacher, West Moors Middle School

Responsible to: Head Teacher

Job purpose: to support the Headteacher in the leadership, general management and strategic
direction of this 9-13 Middle School, and to be prepared to deputise for the Headteacher in his
absence.

Responsible for: general management of the school (Annex A); overseeing the school‟s agreed
self-review cycle (Annex B); leading assessment and data management

Duties
The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by the latest School
Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document. It may be modified by the head teacher, with your
agreement, to reflect or anticipate changes in the job, commensurate with the salary and job title.

Teaching and learning
Carry out teaching duties in accordance with the school's schemes of work and National
Curriculum
Liaise with colleagues to deliver units of work in a collaborate way
Work with teaching assistants and the SENCO
Set targets for student attainment levels
Contribute to the professional development of colleagues through coaching and mentoring,
demonstrating effective practice and providing advice and feedback

Strategic direction and development of the school
Support the vision, ethos and policies of the school and promote high levels of achievement
Act as a “critical friend” and provide effective professional challenge and support to the
Headteacher
Work with the Headteacher and Governors to create and implement the School Development Plan
Understand issues relating to the organisation, ordering and funding of resources
Take a lead role in the school‟s pastoral work, supporting and upholding the school's policies on
behaviour, discipline and bullying

Assessing and reporting
Lead the school‟s policies and practice in assessment
Manage and develop the systems for recording and analysing pupil performance data
Manage and develop the school‟s systems for reporting to parents
Liaise with First and Upper schools in the transfer of pupil performance data
Support subject leaders in the evaluation of pupil standards and progress
Provide accountability on pupil standards and progress to parents, Governors, Local Authority and
other stakeholders

Deployment of staff and resources
Support the Headteacher in the appointment, deployment and development of staff to make most
effective use of their skills, expertise and experience and to ensure that all staff have a clear
understanding of their roles and responsibilities
Manage the school effectively in the absence of the Headteacher
Support the Headteacher in the management and organisation of relevant groupings of children to
ensure effective teaching and learning takes place and that children‟s personal development
needs are met (eg through constructing the timetable)
Work with the Headteacher and Governors in establishing priorities for expenditure
Standards and quality assurance
Support the aims and ethos of the school [provide detail]
Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
Attend and participate in open evenings and student performances
Uphold the school's behaviour code and uniform regulations
Participate in staff training
Attend team and staff meetings
Develop links with governors, LEAs and neighbouring schools

And any other duties that the head teacher may from time to time ask the post-holder to perform.