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Contract: Permanent

Start date: Easter

Hours: Full time - 1.0 FTE

Salary range: Leadership salary negotiable to reflect experience and attributes candidate brings to the role

Site(s): LWS Academy, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7NL

Closing date: 15/02/2023 5:00 pm

We are looking to appoint a new assistant headteacher to complement our existing leadership structure. The successful candidate will oversee the strategic development of our maths/ numeracy strategy as well as other agreed areas of responsibility.


The GFM is an exciting new way of leading learning in a group of schools. The fundamental principle of our MAT is genuine collaborative approaches to education that impact across the age ranges. This philosophy is extended to the leadership of our school with headship colleagues pioneering initiatives in more than one school.


Your reason for wanting to make such a career move would be your wish to work in a forward-thinking organisation which has adopted a fresh and dynamic approach to school leadership and where working as part of a collective brings opportunity and new professional demands. The GFM is unique in its determination about how to make a difference. You will require a disposition to want to make this difference happen in our community and believe in the foundations we are creating – to achieve an outcome that the school provision is excellent whatever school you attend.


You will oversee and be in charge of a specific area of the GFM Schooling Strategy across the next phase of our journey. You will need demonstrable experience and a proven past record for leading whole phase initiatives; you will have the ability to work with pace and rigour to impact positively on our organisation. You will be expected to network and liaise across a range of external providers, schools and within the community, to ensure a consistency of approach regarding standards, support, transition and high quality learning and teaching.


You will;

∙          Be flexible and innovative in order meet the varied demands of the post

∙          Keep up to date on educational development, strategy and thinking

∙          Manage a teaching commitment alongside school leadership responsibilities

∙          Be prepared to undertake outreach work on behalf of The GFM

∙          Show commitment to the rigorous continuous improvement of The GFM

∙          Attend relevant meetings across The GFM

∙          Demonstrate a positive commitment to working with all stakeholders to improve the performance of The GFM

∙          Actively pursue your own professional development

∙          Experience with SEMH and pastoral qualifications or experience would be advantageous for those applying for the LWS Secondary AHT


The GFM provides our Assistant Head Teachers with:

∙          The GFM Way – a set of principles for all members of our community

∙          The opportunity to experience a range of leadership and management situations to support the  day to day and strategic operations

∙          The opportunity to work as integral part of the school leadership team

∙          Support, mentorship and coaching in the roles/duties you are asked to perform

∙          Constructive and regular feedback on your performance

∙          A wide range of experiences, including a teaching commitment and line management, to develop/enhance your management and leadership competencies


The GFM is committed to encouraging the personal and professional development of staff; you are therefore encouraged to explore this opportunity by contacting us to arrange an initial conversation with one of the team. This will provide an opportunity for you to decide whether this prospect is for you and whether you wish to apply. Please contact LWS Academy 01489 582684 to arrange.


Interviews will be scheduled w/c 20 February

How to apply


Applicants applying for a position must complete the GFM application form. Please ensure all sections of the application are filled in and that all gaps between employment are noted. Please do not send CVs as we are unable to accept these.

For enquiries and to return applications email: recruitment@gfmat.org or telephone: (023) 9261 6012

Where we receive a large volume of applications, we may close the post early, therefore you are strongly advised to submit your application as soon as possible.


Any offer of employment will be conditional on receipt of; proof of right to work in the UK / satisfactory references / pre employment medical check / clear enhanced DBS check

GFM Education pursues a policy of equality of opportunity. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Safeguarding statement

GFM Education is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

A ‘prohibition from teaching’ check will be completed for all shortlisted teaching candidates including those applying for a teaching assistant/Cover Supervisor/Other work deemed directly involved with pupils where it is indicated that they have qualified teacher status or have previously worked as a teacher. We will also consider carrying out an online search as part of due diligence on shortlisted candidates as recommended by KCSiE.

All successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service check along with other relevant employment checks.

It is a criminal offence to apply for or accept a position (paid or unpaid) working with children if you are excluded from such work by virtue of a court order or exclusion by the DBS. Although a criminal record involving offences against children is likely to debar you from appointment of this type of post, the existence of other criminal convictions will not necessarily be a bar to employment.

GFM Education
Bay House School
Gomer Lane, Alverstoke
PO12 2QP

Company number: 07834711