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Assistant Headteacher Personal Development The Garibaldi School

The Garibaldi School is seeking a passionate, Assistant Headteacher to provide strategic leadership on Personal Development. This is your opportunity to join a dynamic team and deliver a “culture of success” at this ambitious and respected 11 to 18 Academy.

  • Location: Mansfield , Nottinghamshire
  • Salary: L12-L16

The Garibaldi School is at the heart of the Mansfield community and we are proud of our inclusive ethos of Pride, Respect, Achieve.

We are looking for a high-quality Assistant Headteacher with strategic leadership experience, knowledge and empathy for the role. Our new Assistant Headteacher will hold a pivotal position, responsible for leading and delivering on personal development aims and objectives across the school. Reporting to the Headteacher you will also collaborate with Governors, SLT and wider Trust Executive team, as appropriate, to achieve best possible practice and outcomes.

Knowledgeable on the current Ofsted framework you will support our journey from Good to Outstanding and further develop a ‘Culture of Success’ with staff, students and wider stakeholders. The focus of your role will be to strategically lead on Personal Development. To achieve this you will be the senior designated safeguarding lead for the school and collaborate with the Assistant Headteacher for Teaching to embed a consistent high standard of Personal Development curriculum across all Key Stages. You will be required to leading on the staff and student wellbeing strategy and enrichment and students’ experience provision.

You will have experience of working with a range of stakeholders and organisations to enhance curriculum provision and prepare students for the wider world.  This will include Careers advice and guidance combined with developing and embedding our approach to character education within the school community including parents and families. As Assistant Headteacher you will lead the Personal Development and RE, Equality and Diversity teams to ensure that statutory and non-statutory elements of these curriculums and followed and successfully delivered.

The ideal candidate could be an aspirant Assistant Headteacher however, you must be experienced leader and be able to demonstrate where you have made sustained, quantifiable impact at middle or senior level. Above all we are seeking someone who is proactive, can contribute fresh ideas, is collaborative, goal-orientated, confident, and who tackles challenges effectively.


The Garibaldi School welcomes applications from candidates from a range of backgrounds, and if you believe that you have the necessary skills, vision and ambition to join our exceptional school, we invite you to make an application for the post.

We strongly encourage you to contact the Peridot team for guidance and support, before submitting an application.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

Eshé Muhammad | eshe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749978

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The Garibaldi School prides itself on encouraging its staff and students to “be the best they can be”, this is achieved by the first-rate education the school provides to students.

This school is an important pillar in its community and has become increasingly popular with more applicants each year and is currently rated Good by Ofsted. The school works in close partnership with other schools across the Mansfield area, to ensure education remains at a high standard.

The ethos of school is ‘Pride, Respect, Achieve’ and we strive to offer an engaging, enriching learning experience. This is demonstrated through the school’s most recent Ofsted report that described Garibaldi as being ‘inclusive and caring’ providing students with quality support for those who need it.

The Garibaldi School community is ambitious and we look to develop students’ willingness to learn, resilience, self-motivation, determination and skills of reflection, to ensure strength of character.

The Garibaldi Secondary School is proud to be part of the Nova Education Trust (a cross-phase Multi-Academy Trust based in Nottinghamshire) delivering exceptional educational support with access to curriculum and pastoral groups, and support in areas such as safeguarding, Governance and other central service functions. Nova also run a successful School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme which links 23 schools together sharing effective practice and exploring new models for staff development. Nova recently appointed an exceptional leader, Ashfaq Rahman, as CEO of the Trust.

The well-being of every student and quality of education is of primary importance to us and we offer a high level of pastoral care and guidance. Our approach to behaviour is simple with the expectation that all staff and students will follow the Nova Education Trust ethos to “work hard and be kind”.

The Garibaldi School and Nova Education Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory

Welcome from the CEO

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in working at The Garibaldi School, part of Nova Education Trust.  I hope that you will find this pack useful and informative in helping you to complete your application.

Since taking up the role of CEO I have become even more mindful of the role that a trust plays in ensuring that as an organisation we foster and nurture a great working environment across our family of schools and our central team. My executive colleagues and I are committed to building an organisation that works with each and every member of staff as a key stakeholder working in an organisation that puts learners first.  This commitment and strong belief underpins our desire to become the local Trust of choice:  a community in which staff feel valued, nurtured and supported to be the very best versions of themselves. We know that employees deeply care about issues such as cultural inclusivity, sustainability and a healthy work–life balance and so do we.  All sectors have adapted their thinking to be more flexible and creative following the recent experiences of the pandemic.  This flexibility in many situations has been positive and productive for the trust, our staff and our external stakeholders and going forward we are committed to using technology to establish and embed a more flexible and balanced approach to support positive life changes for teaching, support and operational staff.

We know those who choose to work in education care about building vibrant, child-centred learning communities which are committed to excellence, where pupils and staff know they are valued as individuals and are empowered to succeed.  Our work in supporting, shaping and educating young people is important and meaningful and that work builds supportive relationships and a sense of community.   The ‘why’ of why we get up and come to work in the morning is quite clearly our pupils. Every single trust employee is part of creating the right environment for our young people to flourish. It is high-quality, committed staff that make the difference in our sector, no matter what the job role.

We have a strong focus on providing all staff, teaching and non-teaching, with high quality CPD opportunities. We have fantastic practice both operationally and educationally happening within our schools, and we work hard to share that best practice and adapt it to work in our individual communities. We are not a trust that imposes a ‘done to’ model into each of our schools. Instead, we are about sharing those key ingredients of brilliant practice so that leaders can personalise that practice to enrich their own environments and communities.

We are looking for an exceptional individual, an aspirational and intelligent leader who has the imagination, passion and experience to support and challenge us to even greater things in the service of our young people. A leader who shares our values;

  • Leads by example: with honesty, integrity, humility, and professionalism.
  • Is trustworthy loyal to others: we are committed to demonstrating a selfless commitment in all that we do.
  • Is innovative: we remain open to learning from others.
  • Believes that we all learn together: in our vibrant, creative, diverse and inclusive family of schools.
  • Is highly ambitious with a selflessness commitment and generosity to others: supporting our staff and students to believe that through hard work, all can succeed and grow.

Ashfaq Rahman

Chief Executive Officer

Welcome from the Headteacher

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest for the role of Assistant Head of School for Personal Development at The Garibaldi School.

I am proud to be the Headteacher of a school that truly cares about the students. Our philosophy, culture and ethos are clear and ensures that effective partnerships are established between staff, students, parents and the local community.

Staff development and wellbeing is also important to me. It is imperative that students succeed; however, this is also important for staff too. Staff will receive appropriate and effective professional learning opportunities to enable them to flourish. This will role model to students that we are all lifelong learners.

This, alongside effective packages of induction, mentoring, support and professional development, as well as being automatically subscribed to the Westfield Health cash back plan, demonstrates our commitment to staff wellbeing.

The Garibaldi School is judged to be good by Ofsted in all areas, with high expectations, standards and aspirations of staff and students. We are constantly reflecting and refining our practice in pursuit of outstanding. The school is well considered in the local community.

Applications for places in Year 7 are regularly over our published admission number. As a result, we have increased our PAN to 175 students per year group. There are extensive waiting lists for places at the school to become available. Our sixth form is popular and we offer a range of courses post 16 to appeal to a wide audience.

Students achieve well; In 2019, The Garibaldi School was ranked in 1st place in Mansfield and 6th overall in Nottinghamshire for its Progress 8 results which were +0.47.

Progress for disadvantaged students stood at +0.16 compared to a national average of -0.45.

We regularly review our curriculum to ensure that is it fit for purpose, challenging and aspirational.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and characteristics to be successful in a broad range of subjects and that what they learn, can be applied throughout life, and not just used for passing exams.

Our Mission Statement states that we:

“Create a supportive and caring learning community that gives all our students the confidence and opportunity to achieve and prepare them for a successful adult life.”

Over the last three years, the staff survey reports that 100% of staff say that “Garibaldi is a good place to work” and 100% say “They would recommend the school to others”.

To find out why, I encourage potential applicants to visit the school and talk to our staff and students firsthand about what “Garibaldi Life” is like.

Further details about the school can be found on the website www.garibaldischool.co.uk

I look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in the future.

Yours sincerely,

James Aldred



At the Garibaldi School, we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled pupils, staff and all those who receive services from the school. Our aim is to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in school life. Data will be used to monitor the achievement of disabled pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure that the school environment is as accessible as possible. At the Garibaldi School, we believe there is strength in diversity and that this diversity should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed
  • We would be happy to source a sign language interpreter if required

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    To formally apply, please complete the Equality Monitoring Form and Nova Education Application Form, clearly outlining your career history suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting ”Assistant Head of School-The Garibaldi Secondary School” into the subject field.

    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158737

    Eshé Muhammad | eshe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 749978

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

    All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Closing date: Monday 25th April 2022

    First Stage Interviews: Thursday 5th May 2022

    Second Stage Interviews: Thursday 19th May 2022

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