Assistant Head for Virtual School

Greenwich, London (Greater)
£40.869 - £43.860
24 Nov 2021
13 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full time

Fixed term - 1 Year Contract 

Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do at the Borough of Royal Greenwich. 

With this in mind, are you an experienced Educational Practitioner who is committed to championing the education of all vulnerable children and young people?  We are looking to appoint an Assistant Head within our wonderful Virtual School who will take the lead role in developing strategic vision and support for children known to social care as part of the Virtual School’s extended responsibilities to improve the outcomes for children and young people who are known to social care.

This is a all year-round position.Successful candidates from this recruitment will be issued with a fixed term contract. Whilst this is a fixed term contract opportunity, there is a possibility that the post will be available for permanent recruitment in the future .

With the support of the Head of the Virtual School and Inclusive Services and team members from the Virtual School - you will provide strategic leadership, vision and drive to ensure that all vulnerable children and young people are supported to succeed both academically and pastorally.

Using your understanding of relevant legislation and inspection frameworks, you will lead this area and galvanise colleagues including school staff, social care teams and other partners, to champion vulnerable children and young people and ensure they ‘thrive’, not just ‘survive’.

If you are an enthusiastic, committed individual with excellent communication skills and passionate about making a positive difference to lives of children and young people in Royal Greenwich, then you are invited to apply. 

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Eva Tabaton ;     07849 309849   

If you require any assistance in viewing or accessing this opportunity, please contact or call 020-8921-8977

Safer recruitment: Royal Borough of Greenwich is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any roles which involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, or roles in which the duties will involve access to sensitive information relating to children, young people or vulnerable adults, the Royal Borough will take up references prior to interview. You should provide details of referees including your current and previous employers, covering the last 5 years. Candidates can request for us not to send a reference request to their current employer prior to interview by emailing us at As part of our Safer Recruitment Policy, a full employment history is also required for this role. Please provide a full employment history, together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment. Unless otherwise stated, a Basic DBS check will be undertaken as part of the pre-employment checks for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

DBS: This role requires an Enhanced DBS. (This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act,1974).

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