Yarrow Heights School, Cobden Avenue, Bitterne Park, Southampton, SO18 1FS

Employer: Yarrow Heights School

Salary: £55,000 to £56,000 DOE

Hours: Full-time

Closing: 19th July 2024

About the Role

Join Yarrow Heights School as the Head of Engagement, a pivotal role within the Senior Leadership Team, dedicated to enhancing our innovative approaches to pupil engagement. As lead, you will be a role-model and support the school in continuing to foster a safe, calm, and positive school environment which supports our pupils’ behaviour, attitudes, and their engagement to and enjoyment of learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Support the Headteacher and SLT in managing and shaping the school’s future, providing inspirational leadership and innovative strategies.
  • School Development: Lead whole-school direction on our Alternative Curriculum provision and pupil engagement, staying current with educational and SEMH initiatives.
  • Manage: Be responsible for the school’s Alternative Curriculum and Personal Development programmes working collaboratively with these teams and across the school.
  • Engagement: Promote high levels of pupil attendance, engagement, and positive behaviour which allows them to fully engage with their learning and environment. Helping them to build self-respect, respect for others and for their environment.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Work with internal and external stakeholders to remove barriers to attendance and learning through proactive programmes of engagement such as Duke of Edinburgh, Outdoor education, and career development, including overseeing Work Experience placements.
  • Reporting & Analysis: Create and present detailed analysis, and reporting, around pupil engagement to SLT and Governors, using data to inform and innovative strategies.

Additional Duties:

  • Role model positive, ‘can-do’ attitudes, high levels of energy and expectation.
  • Contribute to safeguarding and wellbeing initiatives, promoting equality, inclusion, and diversity.
  • Deliver and participate in training sessions and professional development.

Join us in making a tangible difference in our pupils’ lives and future success. Apply now to become an integral part of our dedicated team.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent proven interpersonal, verbal/written communication and listening skills.
  • High level of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, be wholly approachable and able to quickly establish excellent working relationships with pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Sound knowledge of child protection and safeguarding procedures
  • Highly effective written, verbal and interpersonal skills

Personal Qualities:

  • Must have a commitment to getting the best outcomes for all pupils and promoting the ethos and values of the school, such that they engage with and enjoy their school experience through exceptional achievement.
  • The ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively demonstrating integrity, resilience and flexibility.
  • Unprecedented commitment to safeguarding and equality.
  • Attention to detail, able to meet deadlines and be solution focused.
  • Stamina, positivity and energy, to cope with the role and the challenges it will bring whilst consistently delivering clear concise boundaries.

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. All appointments are made subject to receipt of a completed application form, satisfactory references and relevant checks and Enhanced DBS Disclosure.