Deputy Head Academic

Job Description

Job Title: Deputy Head (Academic)  

Location: Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School  

Responsible to: The Headmaster  

Contract Type: Full time, permanent  

Salary: Competitive salary dependent on skills and experience 

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including generous remission on school fees, private health care and assistance with accommodation  

Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School are seeking a highly professional, positive and motivated Deputy Head (Academic) to join their Senior Management team. 

Please click here to view our Candidate Information Brochure 

The Deputy Head (Academic) will hold principal responsibility for all aspects of the School’s academic work. The post holder will be a member of the Senior Management Team and will report directly to the Headmaster, as required. 

Person Specification:  

Essential Qualifications: 

  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent.
  • PGCE or equivalent QTS status.
  • Academic leadership experienced gained as a Director of Studies, Assistant Head or Head of Department
  • A strong track record of managing colleagues
  • A proven track record of leading and promoting innovative academic progress.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:   

  • A Higher degree or professional qualification relevant to the role.
  • Experience on National or Inspection working parties or committees.
  • Trained and active status as ISI Inspector.

Essential Characteristics:

  • A passionate commitment to the academic achievement of young people of all abilities and interests including those who require specialist support
  • The ability to enthuse colleagues and convey appreciation, reassurance and encouragement throughout the Common Room
  • Ability to work at both a strategic and operational level
  • Good judgement with a fair and calm approach
  • Ability to present coherent arguments, willing to challenge constructively and effectively, whilst accepting and acting on collective decisions
  • Committed team player with a collegiate and collaborative approach
  • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • A track record of successful delivery of a curriculum area and extensive experience of staff management
  • Experience of whole school management and timetabling processes
  • Familiarity with School MIS systems and academic tracking.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Outstanding classroom practitioner
  • Delegation skills and the ability to manage a range of tasks and priorities whilst working to tight deadlines
  • Strong empathic and interpersonal skills coupled conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent administrative and organisational abilities
  • The resilience required to participate and enjoy life in a busy boarding school

Desirable Characteristics:

  • Familiarity with boarding education.
  • Knowledge of Independent Schools Inspection framework

How to Apply 

All applicants must submit an application form giving the names of three referees; a supporting letter and CV.

Please apply online and email your supporting letter and CV, along with any queries, to

HR Department, The Bursary, Malim Lodge, Sedbergh School, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5RY  

Applications will be acknowledged by email. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September at 4pm. Early applications are advised. 

We look forward to hearing from you.