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Heads of Department | Edgar Wood Academy

Edgar Wood Academy is seeking outstanding and innovative Heads of Department to join our brand new 11-16 school serving the Middleton and Heywood communities of Rochdale. This is a rare opportunity to support the aspirational Assistant Headteachers and Headteacher to develop an outstanding educational provision dedicated to the progression of every child in our school.

  • Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: Head of English and Literacy and Head of Science (Leadership Scale 7-10)

About the role

Helping our students realise their potential lies at the heart the Altus Education Partnership vision and underpins all that 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.

We are seeking candidates with successful experience of leading Departments and who can demonstrate successful outcomes year on year in an 11-16 school setting. You will be passionate and enthusiastic about your subject area and creative about how you will encourage the love of learning in our students. Our new Heads of Department will be joining us at the start of our journey and with access to fantastic new facilities in our state of the art buildings.

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 school grows. We are looking to appoint outstanding colleagues with qualified teacher status who are team players with experience of collaborative working. The chosen candidates will demonstrate how they will support the Assistant Heads in embedding a meaningful pastoral curriculum and sustain 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 the needs of all students, including SEND, to facilitate an inclusive school approach.

The Heads of Department will support the Assistant Headteachers in all aspects of delivery and will need a flexible and entrepreneurial approach to education. The school will be forming lasting relationships with families and carers, local community and stakeholders; therefore, the successful people will be a natural and a compelling communicator who is able to present confidently and professionally to a range of audiences.

For more information and to apply, please fill out the ‘How to apply’ section and get in touch with our Education Practice Manager & EA, Laura Burchett (laura@peridotpartners.co.uk), to arrange a conversation with the lead consultant.

Closing date: 12pm, Friday 16 April 2021
Appointment start date: September 2021

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If you would like to know more about this role please contact Laura Burchett

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Welcome from Richard Ronksley, CEO of Altus Education Partnership and Marcin Kojder, Headteacher of Edgar Wood Academy

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in working at the new Edgar Wood Academy. We hope that you will find this pack useful in completing your application.

Our mission is to create a family of academies from early years to 18 that enables students in the borough to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and to make a positive contribution to society. The opening of the Edgar Wood Academy in September 2021 is one of our first important steps in fulfilling this mission. Consequently, to work at the Edgar Wood Academy you must be an excellent practitioner with the intent and ability to transform young people’s lives. In return we promise a supportive and enjoyable working environment, and the resources needed to carry out the role successfully. You will be fortunate in supporting two recently appointed inspirational Assistant Headteachers committed to embedding pastoral care and creating a culture of aspirational behaviour.

By joining our school, you will be part of an exciting journey: building the school from its foundations and helping to create the ethos, values and culture. We believe in strong discipline, which allows our teachers to teach and our students to learn. As a result, we will improve student achievement through high-quality teaching in a safe and caring environment. We value each child in our school and recognise that each has different talents and gifts, which we will nurture over the course of their school journey. We will help each student to develop, both personally and academically, so that they have the knowledge and skills to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.

To join us at Edgar Wood Academy you must aspire to be an outstanding colleague. You must be willing to share and learn. We wish to appoint someone who will help us to make a positive difference to young people’s lives in the borough. In return we promise a bespoke professional development programme to support you with your future career aspirations.

Education changes lives. Serving an area which has experienced recent regeneration but still has some pockets of socio-economic disadvantage, this school allows us to not only enrich students’ lives, but also to revive an area which has so much potential. Together, we will work hard to ensure that the new Edgar Wood Academy delivers world-class education to the students and community we are proud to serve.

Richard Ronksley
CEO, Altus Education Partnership

Marcin Kojder
Headteacher, Edgar Wood Academy

New building at Bowlee planned to open September 2022

About Altus Education Partnership

We at the Altus Education Partnership are incredibly excited to have been chosen by the Department for Education to open this new school which will serve the Middleton and Heywood communities.

Edgar Wood Academy will open in September 2021 with 120 year seven students in the grounds of Hopwood Hall College with subsequent year groups of up to 180. In 2022, the school will be moving into a modern, state-of-the-art building with stunning views of the local countryside but within easy access of several motorway links. Click here to see the design of our fantastic new facilities:


Our multi-academy trust was formed in April 2017 by the governing body of Rochdale Sixth Form College and is dedicated to the improvement of education in the borough. The College is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence and is Ofsted outstanding. It is one of the highest performing colleges in the country according to the DfE’s performance tables and national achievement rate tables.

Opening a new school offers our staff a unique opportunity to shape and develop a curriculum which will capture students’ interests, provoke serious thinking and develop their intellectual curiosity. The curriculum will be culturally relevant to our students and will serve to develop social attitudes and behaviours, celebrate British values and ensure that students have an inclusive approach to their local and global communities. Edgar Wood Academy will have an extensive enrichment programme which will ensure that all students are engaged in a curriculum infused with memorable experiences and rich opportunities for learning.

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    Thank you for your interest in this role.

    Please download the Job Description and Person Specification, Application Form and please complete Equality Monitoring Survey below:

    For more information and to apply, please fill out the ‘How to apply’ section and get in touch with our Education Practice Manager & EA, Laura Burchett (laura@peridotpartners.co.uk), to arrange a conversation with the lead consultant.

    To apply: Please submit an Application Form and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. Please include your interest and motivation in applying for this position.

    Please ensure that your application form and supporting statement are emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of [Subject] – Edgar Wood Academyinto the subject field.

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    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.


    Closing date: 12pm, Friday 16 April 2021
    Interviews (English): week beginning 19th April (TBC)
    Interviews (Science): week beginning 19th April (TBC)

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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