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Assistant Headteacher - Full-time

Rainham Mark Grammar School, Gillingham

  • Ref:MED887-5420-304L
  • Posted:28/03/2024
  • Pay:Leadership Scale: L14 - L18
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:22/04/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:29th & 30th April 2024


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and exceptional Assistant Headteacher who will play a key role in an expanding and dynamic leadership team.  The successful candidate will provide vision, strategic direction and leadership for behaviour, pastoral and the quality of education across Key Stage 3 at Rainham Mark Grammar School.  This will include working supportively and cohesively with school and trust leaders and wider staff to ensure a rigorous, broad, rich and inclusive personal development offer to all our students.   

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: Collaborate with the senior leadership team to develop and implement a vision for Rainham Mark Grammar School, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Professional Development Advocacy: Champion a culture of continuous professional growth and improvement among staff, leading by example through personal commitment to ongoing development.
  • Effective Resource Management: Provide strategic direction in resource allocation to optimise teaching quality and student achievement, ensuring efficient and effective use of resources.
  • Line Management and Support: Offer guidance and support to department heads and year heads, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment conducive to professional growth and student success.
  • Safeguarding and Student Welfare: Serve as a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all students and provide leadership during key school events and assemblies, maintaining a visible presence to support the school community.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree qualification
  • Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent
  • Leadership experience with evidence of positive impact
  • A commitment to inclusive education and equality of opportunity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Dedication to educating and empowering students
  • Firm commitment to continuous professional development

Benefits of Working for Rainham Mark Education Trust

  • Free Private Healthcare Cover - Benenden Healthcare
  • Daily free lunch from September 2024
  • Free Health Checks
  • Free Flu Jabs
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • High quality CPD opportunities
  • Discounted gym membership at Avenue Tennis, Gillingham
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders
  • Onsite free parking
  • A Trust committed to achieving a healthy work/life balance

If this challenge excites you, please see the Candidate Pack for more details about this post. 

The deadline for applications is Monday, 22nd April 2024 at noon

Interview Dates: 29 and 30th April 2024

If you require an informal discussion about this role post please contact the People Services Department on 01634 623461 or email PeopleServices@rmet.org.  A visit to the school is highly recommended please email rmgs-office@rmet.org to make an appointment.

Information about the school

Rainham Mark Grammar School provides an enriching co-educational experience where students are nurtured to develop their leadership skills and creativity. We are a school for every academically able young person regardless of social-economic background, ethnicity, or gender, with additional support and bursaries where they are needed. Our success is based on our high expectations. Our students and staff are motivated; they inspire and challenge each other to be the best version of themselves. We believe our students are simply the best of their generation, it is a privilege to work with them. Rainham Mark Grammar School is a happy place to learn and to grow, we encourage you to visit and experience our community.

Our school was judged “Good” by Ofsted in 2022 but we are firmly of the belief that we have the potential to be exceptional. There is much to achieve in an ever-changing education landscape.

Rainham Mark Education Trust is a family of three Academies in Medway, compromising of Rainham Mark Grammar School - Ofsted ‘Good’ May 2022, Riverside Primary School and Nursery - Ofsted ‘Good’ November 2019 and Twydall Primary School and Nursery - Ofsted ‘Good’ May 2023.

The core purpose of the Trust is to cultivate wisdom, character and strength in students so they can understand, celebrate and shape the world in which they live.

Together, our ambitions for the children in our local community continue to build on current success, and raise the bar further, such that the life chances of each child in our care are maximised through a deeply inclusive education, routinely high expectations, and a range of opportunities that seek to embed a love of learning.

Rainham Mark Education Trust (RMET) is in a very exciting stage of its development, having recently realigned and strengthened our central team, relaunched our vision and established an ambitious future strategy.

The benefits of working for us include:

  • Support from a network of senior leaders and teachers within the school and our Trust

  • Regular planned opportunities to collaborate and share best practice within the Trust

  • Working with a team of friendly, dedicated and hardworking staff and Trustees

  • An outstanding offer of CPD opportunities

  • A sharp focus on staff well-being including Health Care provision

Rainham Mark Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We implement a robust recruitment process across the Trust that aligns with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines. The recruitment process involves conducting online checks on shortlisted candidates and all employment offers are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Scheme, medical, confirmation of qualifications, experience checks and satisfactory references.

Our Trust upholds equality, inclusion and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to nurturing a supportive work environment where each individual is respected, appreciated and welcomed. We also support applications for flexible work arrangements.

After the closing date for this post a panel will conduct the shortlisting process. You will be selected for interview based entirely on the contents of your application form. It is therefore important that you fully read the Job Description and Person Specification prior to completing your form. After the shortlisting process has been completed candidates who have been selected for interview will be informed and provided with full details of the interview programme. If you have not heard from us within 10 working days of the closing date for this post, you have, on this occasion, unfortunately been unsuccessful.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:RMET HR Department
  • Address:Pump Lane, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 7AJ
  • Telephone: 01634 623461
  • Email: recruitment@rmgs.org.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.