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Deputy Head - Full-time

Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, Dartford

  • Ref:KCC886-2117-211L
  • Posted:28/03/2024
  • Pay:L7-L11
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:25/04/2024 at 23:00
  • Interviews:1st May 2024


Post Title: Deputy Head

School: Dartford Bridge Community Primary School 

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time 

Grade: Leadership Pay Scale L7-L11 

Salary: £56,126-£61,789 

Start Date: September 2024 

Advert Closing Date (We reserve the right to close adverts earlier than the closing date):  25th April 2024 

Interview Date: Wednesday 1st May 2024 

Are you an excellent teacher who has high expectations and the ability to inspire children?  Are you an experienced leader who can lead and motivate others? Are you looking for your next career move? Then Dartford Bridge Community Primary School could be the perfect place for you.

Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, which is part of Cygnus Academies Trust, is looking to appoint a Deputy Head for its two-form entry school with a Nursery in the heart of the Bridge Community. This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate teacher and leader to join our fantastic team and help lead the school on its continued journey of success.

You will be an integral part of the Leadership and staff team and play a pivotal role on the journey to achieve the highest standards of learning, aspirations and achievement for all pupils. As well as taking an active role in the leadership and management, you will also be driving teaching and learning across the whole school. You will be expected to be an exemplar role model with some teaching responsibility and be committed to the vision of the school.

We are looking for a colleague who:

  • Is an expert practitioner
  • Has inspirational leadership skills with a clear vision of excellent practice
  • Is able to lead, inspire, encourage and empower
  • Has excellent organisational skills with the ability to support and motivate colleagues
  • Is able to build on current success and help implement new initiatives
  • Has initiative, energy, creativity and a sense of humour
  • Is approachable with excellent communication skills

In return we can offer:

  • An inspiring Leadership Team
  • Children who are ready to learn
  • A dedicated team of staff who believe in and value the children with whom they work with
  • The support and professional development offered by Cygnus Academies Trust
  • The opportunity to work across schools and to collaborate with colleagues across the Trust

Cygnus Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust, working to realise the ambitions of all people within the trust. It is our desire to give our pupils the education of advantage that used to be the preserve of privilege. This advantage will prepare them well both for their next stage in education, but also for their career paths of the future.

Visits to the school are strongly recommended and encouraged (16th April -24th April).  Please visit our website www.dartfordbridgecps.com and come and meet our wonderful children!

Please contact Mrs Sarah Smith (Headteacher) via the school office on 01322 470678 office@dbcps.kent.sch.uk

Information about the school

At DBCPS we ensure that our children receive the best education, focussing on building independence, determination and self-belief. Our BRIDGE values are at the heart of everything that we do. Encouraging children to Believe in themselves, Respect each other, show Independence, be Determined, Grow together and demonstrate Excellence.

Our engaging, exciting and creative curriculum, encourages children to become life-long, resilient learners who are well prepared for their future as self-motivated and independent citizens of the world. As a community school, we build strong relationships and partnerships to ensure we know all our families well and how best to support them.

We are very proud of our school and hope that you will contact us to arrange a visit so that you can see for yourself. We are located on The Bridge Learning and Community Campus. We see ourselves as part of the local community and we strive to make local and international links to support both learning and citizenship at our school.

Cygnus Academies Trust

Dartford Bridge Community Primary School is part of Cygnus Academies Trust who are a group of friendly, like-minded schools, working together in the best interest of all our children. Driven by a desire to collaborate at every level, with an emphasis on staff development and opportunities for all. Cygnus Academies Trust schools really are a fantastic place to work and learn.

Our approach is to allow all schools to retain and celebrate their uniqueness. While ensuring; great teaching and learning, strong leadership and management, effective local governance, curriculum expertise, visionary business and financial management.

Safer Recruitment

Cygnus Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. In line with Safer Recruitment guidelines, CVs will not be accepted, and you are required to complete the application in full giving details of all employment, training and gaps in employment. Cygnus Academies Trust reserves the right to reject incomplete application forms and any consistencies or anomalies will be explored at, or prior to, interview. Any offer of employment is subject to pre-employment checks including a satisfactory ‘Enhanced with Barred List Check’ through the Disclosure and Barring Service. We will require two satisfactory references; one of which must be your line manager in your present or most recent employment. References will be requested prior to interview so please ensure that your referees are available to provide a reference.

Equal Opportunities

Cygnus Academies Trust is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity and inclusion who welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. All people who work and study at our Trust have the right to be respected and valued within a safe and secure environment and not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Additional Information

  • References will be requested for shortlisted applicants prior to interview.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete and return a Self-Disclosure form prior to interview.

  • Online Searches will be carried out on shortlisted applicants prior to interview. Any concerns will be discussed with candidates at interview.

  • Further vetting checks including an enhanced DBS, incorporating a check of the Children’s Barred List, will be undertaken on provisional offer.

  • The Child Protection Policy can be found on the school website.

  • The Employment of Ex-Offenders Policy can be found on the Trust website

This post is a customer-facing position and falls within the scope of the Code of Practice on English Language Requirement for Public Sector Workers. The school has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.


Job Contact Information

  • Name:School Office
  • Address:Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, Birdwood Ave, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5GB
  • Telephone: Tel: 01322 470678
  • Email: office@dbcps.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.