Vacancy: Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)

Job Title: Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)
Employer: New Heights School
NOR: 160 students. School split across three sites. 
Grade: Leadership Scale
Actual Salary: Point 5 (£54,157)
Contract Type: Secondment Opportunity / Fixed Term (12 Months, in the first instance, subject to funding)
Contract Term: Full time
Location: Liverpool
Start Date: 01 September 2024
Closing Date: 17 May 2024

About the School

New Heights School is a Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 short-stay school, on three separate sites, that provides educational opportunities for up to 160 pupils, who have been, or who are at risk of being permanently excluded. It serves the whole of the city and is a key resource in shaping education for vulnerable students from its partner schools. The school was judged as ‘Good’ in its recent Ofsted inspection in December 2023.


Job Purpose:

  • New Heights School is a provision for students who are permanently excluded, or who are at risk of. All students have Social, Emotional and Mental Health support needs. The school embraces trauma informed approaches and promotes reflective and restorative practices.
  • The Assistant Headteacher will work closely with the Headteacher, the wider senior leadership team, students and families, and the school staff in sustaining a journey of improvement, development and innovation to benefit our students.
  • The key objective of the role is to assist the Headteacher in mutually agreed areas of school leadership and management, pastoral support including behaviour for learning, personal development, student attainment and performance management of staff.


  • Maintain a high quality educational environment for students with additional learning needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Moderate Learning Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as well as students who face additional barriers to learning.
  • Ensure the continued development of the school and make a significant contribution to high quality organisation, leadership and management
  • Play a full and active role in supporting and promoting every aspect of the life of the school
  • Attend Governing Body meetings, as appropriate
  • Accept the collective responsibility of the SLT and respect its confidentiality when this is agreed to be necessary
  • Ensure that the school meets its statutory duties as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice
  • Ensure that safeguarding and child protection are key priorities for all staff
  • Keep abreast of developments within education and the special sector at local, national and international level
  • Management and control of risk
  • Participate in cross-provision activity, as appropriate, in order to share good practice and innovation to maximise the benefits to students.


Additional Information:

Roles are fixed term in the first instance depending on outcomes and funding for future years.


If you think you can make a difference to vulnerable young people and are excited by the challenge of building on the already existing good practice and would like to know more, to arrange a visit or a chat with the Head of School, please contact the school by email:




Safer Recruitment

New Heights School and Liverpool City Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks, along with all other Department for Education pre-employment checks.




Recruitment Documents (Downloads)


Job Description: Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral (JD)

Person Specification: Assistant Headteacher – Pastoral (PS)

Application Form: Download Document

Advert: New Heights – Advert – AHT (May 24)

Contact Telephone: 0151 498 4055

Contact e-mail:


NOR: 160 students. School split across three sites.