Head of Sixth Form

Head of Sixth Form

We are looking for an excellent teacher, passionate educator and outstanding leader to join the School’s Senior Leadership team as Head of Sixth Form, commencing September 2024.

The successful candidate will play a prominent leadership and management role in the School and contribute significantly to the School’s strategy and development. This post would suit someone with successful experience of a middle management, pastoral leadership or senior leadership who is now aspiring to further their career in our diverse, vibrant, dynamic and welcoming community. We work at pace and embrace innovative teaching and pastoral practice based on consultation with pupils, parents, staff and governors and by using internal and external research.

Our Sixth Form is made up of 130 to 160 pupils who enjoy their own purpose designed Sixth Form building, The Thomas Blackwell Centre, and associated specialist Sixth Form teaching spaces. It is a friendly and welcoming community where pupils thrive as individuals by virtue of the Sixth Form team nurturing their chosen passions. As Head of Sixth Form, you would have autonomy to run this ‘school within a school’ and be the leader and ambassador for this section within our School community and to our external stakeholders.

The Head of Sixth Form will have wide-ranging responsibilities, though their main focus will be ensuring that all our sixth form students are happy, contribute positively to life at John Lyon and are supported to reach the best possible character development, examination results and higher education outcomes. Building on the success of our Goldhawk Diploma, the School is keen to develop the qualification into a future-proof leaving certificate that showcases all the skills, character and values developed by our pupils as they move on to live independent and purposeful lives, and ones which will make a positive impact in the world beyond John Lyon.

The Head of Sixth Form will take the lead in ensuring the highest standards of pastoral care, in developing systems to encourage pupil voice and pupil leadership, and in upholding high standards of pupil conduct.

In a competitive London market, they will also be central to the successful retention and recruitment of pupils at 16+. With John Lyon being coeducational from Pre-Prep through to Year 9 currently, the incoming Head of Sixth Form will be a key player in completing the successful delivery co-education in the Sixth Form. In pioneering the transition to this co-educational provision the Head of Sixth Form will be responsible for creating this new community and establishing a culture in which pupils thrive.

The Head of Sixth Form will therefore need to be flexible and forward thinking in their approach, inspiring others to deliver excellent pupil outcomes.

General information about the Sixth Form can be found on the Sixth Form tab on our website.

Candidates are encouraged to read this year’s Sixth Form Information booklet.

We offer comprehensive staff benefits. For more details, please refer our candidate pack.

For further information and to apply please refer to the candidate pack and application forms at the bottom of the page.

Completed applications should be returned to [email protected]

Please be aware that for Safeguarding reasons, CVs alone will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: 12pm, Thursday 30th November 2023.

Interviews week commencing 4th December 2023.

Please apply as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed in order of receipt and we reserve the right to make an appointment before this date, should a suitable applicant be found.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and pupils. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our pupils and staff.