Assistant Headteacher

Pay Range: L10-14 (Fringe) Initially. Will be reviewed once the school is full.
Start Date: 01/09/2022
Contract Type: Full-time
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 01/02/2022

As the new Orsett Heath Academy continues to grow, we are looking to recruit a talented and ambitious Assistant Headteacher to help us shape the school prior to the move into our new £30m school building in April 2023. We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented middle leader who wishes to make the step up to senior leadership in a growing, dynamic and supportive school. This is a once in a career opportunity to help us establish a new school in its third year and beyond.

The successful candidate will be able to lead either our pupil tracking, data and timetabling work or our curriculum development work. The first of these roles will have responsibility for our data systems as well as for the school timetable. The second role will have responsibility for ensuring that our curriculum offer is exciting, effective and thoroughly embedded.

Applicants will be excellent classroom practitioners and have excellent subject knowledge. They will lead by example and be able to work in a highly collaborative environment. There will be a number of career development opportunities as the school grows. If you have energy and passion in abundance and would like to join a unique school with a dynamic and collaborative team, then we look forward to hearing from you.


Why Orsett Heath Academy?

Orsett Heath Academy opened in 2020 with 120 Year 7 Pupils. We are oversubscribed in both Year 7 and Year 8. In 2023 we will move to our new school building. The school is currently located in purpose built accommodation at Thurrock Rugby Club, adjacent to the final school site. The school will grow to be a large community 11-16 school with 1200 pupils. We have assembled a highly motivated and able staff team and are looking for people who share our values to help us grow.



This is an exciting time to join SWECET as the Trust has recently grown to 6 schools. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

  • The support of an experienced Executive Headteacher;
  • A supportive and friendly work environment;
  • Becoming part of a growing organisation;
  • Full and comprehensive induction with training and tailored pathways for individual career progression;
  • Competitive salaries;
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A health and wellbeing package;
  • A two week October half term; and
  • Reduced gym membership at a Trust school.


If you have energy and passion in abundance and would relish the opportunity to be part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to discuss the school and the role with the Head of School or Executive Headteacher or visit the school, please email [email protected].


South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring service.

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