Free school for Hemel Hempstead puts a hefty price on recruiting the right deputy headteacher

MCHG 12-844     The closed-down Jupiter Drive School, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120120810172704

MCHG 12-844 The closed-down Jupiter Drive School, Hemel Hempstead. ENGPNL00120120810172704

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Education chiefs behind a new school for Hemel Hempstead are offering up to a whooping £58,000 for the right deputy headteacher.

West Herts Community Free Schools Trust plans to open a new school on the site of the closed Jupiter Drive School in Highfield, but the building will not be ready until Easter next year.

Susan Poole

Susan Poole

This means that the first pupils to join in September – just 60 entry level children – will start their school year based within a dedicated space at Astley Cooper School.

The trust says it is still finalising the staffing structure at the school but project manager Susan Poole said this week: “The reason we are paying what somebody is perceiving as a higher salary is because it is a different leadership model, which requires the deputy headteacher to operate at a more strategic level.

“We will come back to you once we finalise the detail.”

The Gazette understands the headteacher’s position will be a part-time role.

Adverts placed by the trust for the deputy headteacher role says the right candidate will be an outstanding classroom practitioner, who believes that all children can succeed both socially and academically and bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to the school with a proven track record of strong leadership.

Three teachers, each teaching classrooms of 20 children, are also being recruited, although the salary on offer is not advertised and depends on experience.

Ms Poole said: “By the end of March we hope to have in place our teachers and the deputy headteacher.”

More children will be welcomed into the school at the beginning of each academic year to slowly build to full capacity.

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