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Deputy Head The Suthers School

The Suthers School opened in 2017, moving into its brand new state-of-the-art facilities in September 2021. We are seeking an ambitious Deputy Head to join us at an exciting stage in our development. This is a fantastic opportunity to use your leadership skills in strategic planning, and to develop and implement initiatives across the curriculum.

  • Location: Newark
  • Salary: L17-L21

Who we are looking for

​The Suthers School is a non-selective secondary school serving the community of Newark and the surrounding areas. As Deputy Head in a growing school you will be in the enviable position of shaping and developing a curriculum which will capture students’ interests, provoke serious thinking and develop their intellectual curiosity. You will support an extensive enrichment programme which will ensure that all students are engaged in a curriculum infused with memorable experiences and rich opportunities for learning. The Suthers School is proud of its unique character-focused approach to empower our students to ‘go beyond possible’.

We are looking for a Deputy Head with the drive to lead on teaching and learning and a commitment to Pastoral care. We are dedicated to the progression of every child in our school to enable them to achieve their true potential. Developing our students to realise their goals and ambitions lies at the heart of everything we do. Through a culture of mutual respect, strong behaviour and high standards, we aim to inspire and engage all students – regardless of prior attainment or social background.

This is a fantastic opportunity to use your skills in strategic planning, and to develop and implement initiatives to support the staff and students as The Suthers School grows. We are looking to appoint an outstanding colleague with qualified teacher status and experience of leadership and collaborative working.

The chosen candidate will demonstrate a proven track record of embedding a meaningful curriculum and of sustaining good or outstanding achievement and progress in a whole school environment. In keeping with the strong ethos of the school, there must be an understanding of all students’ needs to facilitate an inclusive school approach.

The Deputy Head will support the Head of School in all aspects of delivery and will need a flexible and entrepreneurial approach to education. We strive for partnership working with our local community and stakeholders; therefore, the successful person will be a natural and a compelling communicator who is able to present confidently and professionally to a range of audiences.

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 13th December 2021

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

Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

The Suthers School and the 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 references.


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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working at The Suthers 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 underpin 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 learnt and 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

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Deputy Head at The Suthers School.

This is a really exciting opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic and well-qualified Deputy Head to have a real impact on the educational experiences of the young people of Newark and to build capacity within the leadership team. You will join us at an exciting stage of the school’s development and will therefore have a unique opportunity to contribute to our vision. This role will also bring a unique potential for someone who is looking to progress to headship in the future.

I am very proud to be building a team of staff committed to securing the very best outcomes for young people, no matter what their starting point. I firmly believe that by fostering essential character strengths, maintaining a relentless focus on meeting the needs of the individual, and in embedding the principles of ‘work hard, be kind’, The Suthers School staff really will make a difference.

Since first opening in September 2017, The Suthers School has grown one-year group at a time and now has a PAN of 120 students per year. The Suthers School will grow year on year until it reaches capacity in 2023. In light of this, the post being advertised here represents an exciting chance for you to demonstrate your leadership skills as well as the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities in a brand-new school building that opened in April 2020.

We may be starting small but that does not mean our ambitions should not be great. Young people deserve an education that excites and enthuses, one which prepares them for a future as global citizens who are able to think for themselves. The Suthers School is a place where character education is ranked alongside academic preparation and where students thrive in an environment which inspires ambition, compassion and a love of learning.

If you share this ambition, have the capacity to deliver outstanding learning experiences and are looking for an opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of young people, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Nic Watkin
Head of School

​The Suthers School opened in September 2017 growing one-year group at a time and with a current PAN of 120 students per year and will continue to grow year on year until it reaches capacity in 2023. This September we were privileged to move into our brand new purpose built facilities at Fernwood just south of Newark.

We are 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 developing new models for staff development. Nova recently appointed an exceptional leader, Ashfaq Rahman, as CEO of the Trust.

Through a traditional academic curriculum, students at The Suthers School experience a culture of high achievement and personal development and are encouraged in developing qualities of character to enable them to succeed. Through our House system students are rewarded for demonstrating our key character strengths of Tenacity, Optimism, Respect, Curiosity and Hard Work.

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 Trust ethos to ‘work hard and be kind’.

The Suthers School has a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and this is fundamental to our core values and vision. This ensures our success as a high-performing school with a positive and supportive culture, where all staff and students feel empowered and respected.

We offer the following amenities:

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

    Sally Lawson-Ritchie | sally@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 158 737

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    Closing date: 12 pm, Monday 13th December 2021

    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 11th January 2022

    First Stage Interviews: Tuesday 18th January 2022

    Second Stage Interviews: Tuesday 25th January 2022

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