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Deputy Head Teacher




Hurworth House School, Westfield Drive, Hurworth, Darlington, DL2 2AD

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£50,000 per annum


Full time

Job Advert Role Description

Hurworth House School is a SEMH specialist provision working with children and young people from the age of 5 – 19 years.  It is an expanding school which has a bespoke primary provision and is continuing to develop. This is an exciting opportunity to work within an environment which provides a blended academic and therapeutic approach.  The school employs a professional and experienced therapy team and are developing practice and expertise in a range of areas, leading to innovative and successful approaches for the most marginalised children in our society.

We are looking for an outstanding Deputy Head Teacher, with a passion for providing children and young people with special needs with the best possible education, to join the school’s senior leadership team. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the offer and delivery of an innovative curriculum, working closely with the full education team to provide the highest possible standards of teaching and learning. 

The role is mainly non-classroom based, although your responsibilities may include some teaching.  This post is suitable for candidates who have proven leadership experience, either at Middle Leadership or SLT level, who are excited by innovative practice and want to make a difference to the lives of all pupils in our school.

The role will have specific strategic focuses within the school in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, Personal Development and Behaviour.

You will:

•           Be an outstanding practitioner, with an unwavering commitment to the highest standards for teaching and learning

•           Be resourceful, innovative and able to embrace change

•           Be able to accept challenges, inspire and motivate others

•           Have a passion for children and young people’s learning and development at all levels

•           Provide a relentless focus on enabling all learners to raise their achievement within our learning community and beyond.

•           Maintain and develop the excellent existing relationships within the school and its wider community and stakeholders.

•           Have the capacity to rise to the challenge of monitoring and evaluating all aspects of school life.  

•           Use outstanding pedagogy and inspirational leadership to drive up results, to ensure our pupils have every possible chance of success in life.

•           Help build, communicate and implement a shared vision which expresses core values and moral purpose to support the school in attaining excellence in all it does.

•           Have a visible and respected presence across the school.

•           Have excellent interpersonal and presentational skills.

•           Have the ability to plan strategically.

•           Be receptive to change and have the ability to work under pressure.

Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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